I’m an experienced birth educator, and since I have been working in this industry for fifteen years, I feel confident and competent in delivering antenatal education to families. Yet, at the moment providing Zoom support for my clients is taking A LOT more time than when I’m doing it face to face. I am not complaining, I love learning new skills and this sure is keeping my brain working overtime!
When I’m face to face with classes I no longer need to prepare much ahead. I have enough knowledge to deliver at the drop of a hat, I can also react to my clients feelings and adapt accordingly and I've become pretty good at 'winging it' situations!
This isn’t the case with the Zoom stuff, because not only do I have to think and prep in advance how to deliver stuff that is easy face to face but much more complex online (for example teaching someone how to swaddle their baby), but I also have to constantly keep up with the forever changing medical guidelines.
I have been making You Tube videos and creating new activities that are working online well but may need tweaking as time goes by.
I'm having to manage this whilst having to deal with my own anxieties about the lock down situation we are all in and my own families’ needs.
I am currently teaching four, live, interactive online classes throughout the week, along with several One on One sessions staring very soon.
Feedback from class participants has been fantastic, with loads of encouragement and reassurance that they are happy and grateful they can still be educated, supported and informed so they are prepared for their baby's imminent arrival. Yay !!!
While teaching live, interactive online antenatal classes has always been part of my plan, the current level 4 restrictions sped up this process for me.... and I'm kind of glad it did. It certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone, it's not a platform that I was jumping for joy about using. Once I had my first night under my belt (so to speak) I was relaxed about the following class the next night... while it's been a huge learning curve, I honestly wouldn't change it for the world. I can't wait until the restrictions are lifted and we can go back to face to face classes, online classes will continue to be an option for parents choosing their education path.
Watch out the rest of New Zealand, none of the static classes with workbooks which can be boring... I'm here to put the FUN and INTERACTIVE back into online antenatal classes.
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