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Support from Docs and Midwives?

Do you see midwives or physicians encouraging their patients to take classes? Did you have a hand in this conversation? How would you best approach providers to promote education?

In my 30+ years of providing childbirth education for a non-profit medical center, I have seen OB providers support for the class go from "required" to "not necessary".

Sadly, their patients will follow their advice, and my class has changed from a once a week for 6 weeks  course to a one Saturday 5 hour class.  Many months there is only 1 couple.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what has changed in that period of time.  Are the providers thinking they provide all the info the patient needs or are they opposed to educated parents?  Maybe something different than this?  Anyone else? 

Just a thought - I watched my class numbers drop off simply from the triage nurse going on a medical leave. When I brought it up to the other nurses in our small hospital, they filled in the gap and helped to remind mothers to sign up for classes. It's worth a try to enlist the clinic staff if you have the ability.

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