Today we're featured on the Birthing From Within blog talking about why our childbirth classes don't involve handouts.
There are many childbirth classes that are based on a book, workbook, or packet of some kind. Some childbirth methods rely on printed materials as nearly the full content of the class. Other classes use printed packets simply a resource for parents to take home and peruse as they wish. Because handouts are so common, many parents when signing up for a childbirth class assume they'll be given a handbook, sort of like a condensed guide to everything they need to know about birth.
We used to give handouts to our birth class clients because we thought that was what we were supposed to do as childbirth educators. But a couple years ago, things changed.
As our perception of ourselves transformed from "teachers" to "mentors," many things about our practice shifted, including the elimination of handouts from our birth preparation classes.
From the post:
Of course, we still offer resources to our clients! But now, we do that by sharing links to our favorite articles, studies, or other sources where our clients can learn more about certain topics that are of particular interest or importance to them.