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Thursday, May 26th, 2011
1:21 pm
Knowledge Hypermarket

The world's first
Knowledge Hypermarket is a full matrix of school lessons, tests, home works and colorful presentations. Just like in Wikipedia everyone can make a contribution. Thanks to wikipedia technology every lesson becomes more complete, informative and up-to-date.

 Knowledge Hypermarket works as a self-service shop except that you don’t need to pay for anything. By clicking on one of the lessons or topics you get a whole bunch of useful information including illustrations, colorful presentations, completed home tasks and just about anything you may need for a lesson.

Sunday, March 16th, 2008
4:21 pm
Sunday, February 10th, 2008
8:33 pm
Hey Ladies!

So I need some help. I have a client who is due in Aug and is planning a home birth. She is looking for some helpful books. Her family is very unfamiliar with doulas and midwives. They basically think they are "witch" doctors *lol*. She is looking for something that will help answer some of the questions they have. Anyone have any ideas?
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
9:50 pm
Free resources

Here is a link to some of my childbirth education articles and handouts - you can vote for your favorites too by the way. :-) 

Anyway - Just thought I'd post it here. You are free to use the articles as handouts as long as my name remains with it, etc. <insert standard copyright courtesy here> *grin*



Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
11:52 pm
Check out this..This is complete discrimination. It pisses me off like nothing else. Its 2006 HELLO? Where have these people been for the last 2000 years?


After you read that, go here and tell them what you think.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
8:14 pm
Great Birth Ball Handout
Just wanted to let you all know that I wrote an article you are welcome to use as a handout for any of your classes about Birth Balls. Feel free to print and handout freely, just please keep my name on it.

Blessings, Angela


Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
12:36 am
Visual aids
Where have you found the best place o buy visual aids? I'm having trouble finding ANY online. There must be something I'm missing, right?
Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
7:08 am
Hi My name is Mary I'm a 5 year Bradley Method teacher in SLC, Utah, I am getting back into school this fall eventually to go into midwifery, and am plnning to certify as a doula through CAPPA sometime next year. I have two beautiful daughters 6 & 3 yerars old and a fantastic supportive husband.
Saturday, June 17th, 2006
2:41 pm
I'm preparing to begin certification as a Childbirth educator through CAPPA. I'm getting together books from the book list and I have a question.
If you could have one of these books on breastfeeding to use as a reference, which would you pick?
-The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Jack Newman
-The Nursing Mother's Companion, Fifth Revised Edition by Kathleen Huggins
-The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding : Seventh Revised Edition (La Leche League International Book) by La Leche League
-Nutrition In Pregnancy and Lactation by Bonnie S Worthington-Roberts

I'm having a hard time deciding. I want something that will let me teach women about the basics as well as common problems.
x-posted some, sorry!
Friday, February 24th, 2006
8:46 pm
Yeah!! Official Business Cards!!
And semi-official Brochures. I'm not sure if I think those are finished yet. I'll probably fiddle with them a bit more before settling on something for sure. But, I do think my business cards turned out awesome. I think I'm going to use the same image in the brochures as I did on the business cards.

What do you think?? http://briefcase.yahoo.com/sidengland@sbcglobal.net (look in My Documents Folder)

Sunday, January 1st, 2006
10:36 pm
Finished! Thoughts and suggestions??
Finished putting together the basic class outline today. Obviously it's a rough draft and thus subject to much change as I begin to put together the student workbooks and full class script, however, it is REALLY nice to have a basic game plan.

Would love some thoughts and opinions from you guys? Anything missing? Anything covered too much? Something a little out of order and should be moved?

Email me to get a copy. sidengland at sbcglobal dot net

Angela <>
Friday, December 30th, 2005
3:53 pm
Curriculum Developement from an email conversation
Thought some of you might find this email conversation interesting. These tips are great!

I also had a major mental block when it came to writing curriculum. It helped me to break it down into smaller steps. Here is how I started my curriculum:

I made a list of topics I wanted to cover. Put each topic on an index card. On the back of the card, I listed ideas for teaching that topic. (Like “lecture” Video” “Demonstration” etc. Some ideas were general like this, some were specific, like “Use pelvis to show ischial spines – move baby through pelvis to show station)

When I had a good stack of cards (I think it took a few weeks, because I kept thinking of more topics and ideas) I divided my stack of cards into 6 piles – one for each week of my classes. Topics I thought should be covered in week one went in the first pile, etc.

Again, I made adjustments over the course of a week or so as I thought about things.

Once I was pretty well set in the order of topics, I started looking at teaching ideas. I wanted a good mix of teaching ideas in each class, so I made some adjustments to avoid having an “all video” night, etc. I tried to figure out which topics were most important, and how to cover them in a way that would appeal to all of the biggest learning styles. I also had to estimate time & make sure I didn’t plan 4 hours worth of teaching ideas for a 2 hour class. I highlighted on the back of each card the teaching technique I planned to use. (I must have used several colors of highlighters as I – once again – mulled it over for a while)

Eventually, I typed up from my cards a basic outline of my class. Soon after I typed it up, I started revising. More revisions were made mid-course in the first series I taught. (Mainly because I am a lousy estimator of how much time things would take!) Come to think of it, I’ve been teaching 8 years and I’m still revising!

For handouts, Think seriously about how you will use them, and what your objective is. I try to only use handouts for two things:

“Extras” I won’t get to in class but that come up occasionally. These handouts I just keep around in case someone asks. Things like “What seafoods are dangerous in pregnancy?”, “resources for info on premature babies” etc.

Things I think will be good reference materials in labor. These are the ones I routinely give out to all the students in my classes, and I recommend they pack them in their labor bags.

Another thing I do with these handouts is a “Quick Quiz” – at the beginning of each class, I write a question about last week’s handouts on the board. When the students come in, they can choose to write their answer to the question, along with their name, and drop it in a box. At the start of class, I draw a winner or two and we review the answers. I always tell them it is “open notes” on the quiz, just like it will be in labor! (This reminds them that if they can’t remember positions for turning a posterior baby in labor, they CAN look at their notes!)

Make sure everything in your handouts matches what you’re teaching in classes.

Hope that is helpful. If you have more specific questions, ask them!

11:22 am
Everyone introduce themselves!
So I'd love for everyone to introduce themselves and tell us a little bit about who you are, and what's going on in your life.

My name is Angela and I am currently pregnant with our second child, due Mid-May.
I am working towards my childbirth education certification wtih CAPPA becuase there is a severe lack of quality education in my town...as evidenced by the fact that when I was pregnant with my first child I had more than one, very intelligent mother say to me, "What is a midwife?" when I mentioned my choice in care provider. Um...yeah...true story. And very sad. The fact that no one here questions or has the knowledge to make informed decisions...that over HALF the women in my Sunday School class have routine schedule inductions....etc, etc.

Anyway, as you can see, I feel very strongly the need for someone here in our community to teach informed classes beyond the one day hospital course the few are otherwise recieving.

I've nearly finished all my requirements except the putting together of my curriculum, handouts, etc. Once I've finished that I plan to teach a free series of classes at the Crisis Pregnancy Center both as a ministry, a chance to tape myself to turn in for the last certification requirement, and as a chance to practice, revise and refine. :-D

So....how many of you are already CBE's? With what organization? How long?
Are you currently in the process of certifying as I am? Or just lurking to hopefully learn something new?

Thursday, December 29th, 2005
10:21 pm
Hi all! Just wanted to welcome you.
Hopefully this will be a useful forum for exchanging information, tips, ideas and stories for childbirth education and our classes and experiences.

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