About my Childbirth Class
One role of the Personal Childbirth Trainer is that of an educator. The PCT acts as a resource to the expecting woman and her support people. So, in the spring of 2003, I became a certified childbirth educator with the Florida Outreach Childbirth Education Program.
When I was forming my childbirth class, I recalled many comments from former patients about the childbirth class that they attended. Some said “I didn’t learn anything, all they wanted to do was practice breathing, I was too tired after working all day and don’t remember anything.” I didn’t want patients to say this about my class. I wanted to teach them everything that they really needed to know, from an experienced nurse’s standpoint, all in one day. I wanted them to laugh, giggle, and have fun, while actually learning! After over 800 hours behind my computer, and lots of guidance and assistance, my PCT Childbirth Workshop was formed.
My PCT Childbirth Workshop teaches the usual pregnancy and delivery material as well as information on what to really expect at the hospital, formulation of a “wish list”, birth ball usage, distraction techniques in labor, cord stem cell collection, baby basics, and car seat safety! The workshop is a PowerPoint presentation consisting of 94 great slides with 124 animations. No old-fashioned posters. No folders for you to drop with loose papers falling out. NO! I did not want you to worry about losing the information or handouts. So, my students are provided with a 96-page workbook, PCT Childbirth Workshop: From Pregnancy to Labor and Delivery & Beyond. The book is easy to follow during class and acts as a reference guide for you after class and childbirth. It is funny, concise, and informative. It contains some important reminders, handy lists, and helpful hints from an experienced maternity nurse. The workbook is dedicated to all of the people about to enter into the world of childbirth who wish to learn the necessities of childbirth, discover the many options available to them, receive insight from an experienced maternity nurse, and potentially have fun while learning!
Classes are usually held one Saturday or one Sunday of each month. The location of the class is usually in a hospital setting or doctor’s office. The workshop starts at 9am and ends at 5pm. Times, dates, and locations may vary depending on your instructor. Private classes are also available in your home.
If there are not any PCT Childbirth Workshops offered in your area, call your healthcare provider and/or birthing hospital and say: “I WANT TO ATTEND A PCT CHILDBIRTH WORKSHOP! PLEASE OFFER THAT TO ME!” My PCT Childbirth Workshop is available for purchase by childbirth educators, nurses that wish to teach the course, or hospitals that wish to offer their patients only the best in childbirth education!
See you in class! Get ready to have fun and learn!