Pregnancy care providers should receive specialized training to provide counseling on a wide variety
of issues during pregnancy. Title X Regulations require providers to provide nondirective counseling,
neutral information, and referral upon request. However, a client may decline to seek counseling
about certain topics. This article will discuss the importance of receiving pregnancy care training and
how to find it. Here are some examples of trainings:
March of Dimes
If you’d like to provide prenatal care to expectant parents, the March of Dimes can help you. March
of Dimes supports a series of training sessions that align with prenatal care guidelines. These
programs are typically held monthly during the first and second trimesters, and twice a month in the
third trimester. The sessions are a great way to learn more about prenatal care and gain access to a
network of experts. The March of Dimes’ mission is to improve the health of mom and baby by educating new parents about topics like mental health, birth trauma, sex after pregnancy, breastfeeding, finances, and work. Through their education programs, more than 100 healthcare professionals are equipped with the skills and knowledge to provide better care to expectant mothers and their babies. In addition to
providing prenatal care, the organization provides education to hospital staff about social determinants of health and supports future advocacy.
If you’re thinking about bringing centering into your prenatal care, you’ve come to the right place. This training helps you create a safe, supportive environment for your group of expectant mothers. The centering sessions are facilitated by a certified care provider, and you’ll have individual check- ins with your provider and your growing belly. Group members discuss specific concerns and how to feel your best during your pregnancy. You’ll also learn tips for coping with labor and the postpartum period. In the training, centering professionals lead interactive discussions, and members have ample time to ask questions. The classes are taught by midwives, who guide group members through the various stages of pregnancy and childbirth. CenteringPregnancy materials cover nutrition, common discomforts, and labor and delivery. The training also addresses breastfeeding and infant care. The centering program is based on peer-to-peer discussion, which has proven to be more effective at changing behavior.
Supportive Pregnancy Care
A strong facilitator is an essential component of supporting group participants. By empowering the
group members to discuss their personal experiences, a strong facilitator can help foster an environment where people feel comfortable discussing sensitive topics. This training module looks at the various characteristics of a strong facilitator and discusses how to create groups to foster discussion. Participants will also explore March of Dimes resources to help them implement their program. The second module focuses on effective group facilitation and examines how to engage group participants. They will also learn how to deal with difficult situations and handle group dynamics. There are two main models of care for high-risk and low-risk women. In the Centering model, women are grouped according to their estimated due dates. Each group will have a midwife assess their health and participate in group discussions on specific topics. The latter group discussions may focus on how to deal with certain symptoms at certain stages of pregnancy or how to prepare siblings for the new addition. While the Centering model is best for low-risk pregnant women, it is still helpful for women experiencing high-risk pregnancy.
Group prenatal care
Nursing educators have to address several challenges when providing group prenatal care. Groups
of women often have different expectations and may miss out on one-on-one interaction. Groups
also tend to become tight-knit, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
prohibits the sharing of patient information. These challenges are best overcome through communication and education. Here are a few tips for effective group prenatal care training. First, consider funding sources. In order to qualify for a grant, practices must provide evidence- based group prenatal care services to their clients. Some eligible activities include staff training, childcare, transportation, accessibility, and COVID-19 response. Some sites are seeking to add group prenatal care as a primary care option, while others are pursuing a different model. A nonprofit foundation, Centering Healthcare Institute, may also provide start-up funds and technical assistance
to local medical practices.
The costs of childbirth education courses are increasing as more women seek these classes. Full
packages of childbirth education programs typically include a childbirth class, lactation support
group, and transition to parenthood group. Full packages cost around $1,400, while individual
courses cost about $450. Some programs provide sliding scale payment options. Pregnant women
and their partners may wish to look into these costs as a factor when determining whether or not
they are worth the investment. The average cost of a normal pregnancy and delivery is approximately $30,000. This figure includes prenatal care, a vaginal delivery, and the first three months of newborn care. However, the actual costs will vary widely. Many services are diagnostic, so expect to pay out-of-pocket for the majority of services. The costs of pregnancy care are also high if the woman is in need of a cesarean section.
Classes offered in your own home
Pregnancy care classes are no longer only taught in the classroom. Online pregnancy care training
options are also available to busy moms on the go. Pregnancy wellness classes, such as the
Motherly Birth Class, provide physical, mental, and nutritional support. They also answer frequently
asked questions. Some courses come with downloadable materials, like a workbook or guided
meditation. Some classes even have a private community, so you can chat with other moms-to-be in
a safe, nurturing environment. There are numerous benefits to taking a prenatal class at home, but it is important to find one that works for you. The Centering Queer & Trans Pregnancy Group teaches classes on emotional and physical well-being. Its curriculum is gender-inclusive and LGBTQ+ focused. The classes cover topics ranging from birthing options to hospital preparation. Participants will also learn how to care for their changing body and how to manage pain during pregnancy.