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J Perinat Educ. 2007 Fall;16(4):52-4. doi: 10.1624/105812407X244787.

Applying the Listening to Mothers II Results in Lamaze Classes.

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ELIZABETH DAY is a mother of two, a certified doula with DONA International, and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator living in Bentonville, Arkansas. She is also a passionate advocate for normal birth and serves as a chapter co-leader of BirthNetwork National in her community of Northwest Arkansas.


Childbirth educators can use Childbirth Connection's Listening to Mothers II survey as a resource for updating their curriculum and teaching methods. The survey reveals that issues surrounding a woman's choice of care providers, her nutrition and fitness habits, and her possible experiences with depression and abuse may not be addressed sufficiently in a traditional, third-trimester, Lamaze class and may need greater emphasis in early pregnancy. The survey's results also show that women turn primarily to books, friends and family, health-care providers, and the Internet for information on pregnancy and birth. Suggestions for incorporating new sources of information and Internet technologies into Lamaze classes are discussed.


Listening to Mothers II survey; childbirth education; early-pregnancy education; normal birth; teaching techniques

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