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Educating a New Generation of Parents

Imagine being able to complete your childbirth education course in the comfort of your home. The eLearning program through Texas Health Resources is making it possible for expectant parents to do just that.

The program offers soon-to-be parents an alternative way to get the infant-preparation education they need. Instead of attending classes in person, parents have the option of learning in the comfort of their own home.

Recognizing a Need

In the hustle and bustle of today’s world, expectant parents may find it difficult to find classes that meet their scheduling needs; or if a woman experiences a high-risk pregnancy and is put on bed rest, she may need the additional flexibility of an online program.

“Hospitals are seeing a great need for other types of education. Many patients require bed rest or are in situations that make it almost impossible to commit to a face-to-face, traditional childbirth education program,” says Dianne Moran, R.N., author of The Gift of Motherhood and creator of the eLearning program at Texas Health. “The eLearning program isn’t just for new parents. It also serves as a great refresher course for parents expecting an additional child.”

A New Way to Learn

The eLearning program satisfies the needs of the current computer generation who prefer the convenience and functionality of an online resource.

"The eLearning program is not intended to replace conventional childbirth education courses, but rather to ensure that all parents have the opportunity to be educated before the birth of their child," says Becky Law, R.N., manager of Lactation and Childbirth Education at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. "This program offers parents a wealth of useful information at their fingertips.”

The interactive, Web-based program is equipped with videos, animated illustrations and games that make preparing for childbirth convenient and fun. The 109-page tutorial is read by clicking the edges of the eBook to turn the page. Registrants have up to 10 weeks to complete the course. Topics covered include:

• Caring for your newborn

• Caring for yourself postpartum

• Childbirth education and labor support

• Discomforts of pregnancy

• Feeding your newborn

• Understanding labor and birth

In addition, the eLearning program includes an on-site labor and delivery tour of the Texas Health hospital where you will deliver your child, as well as the ability to e-mail a Texas Health nurse educator in the event you have questions.

For more information or to register for eLearning classes, visit TexasHealth.org/eLearning.

(Fall/Winter 2009)

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