Firstly if some of your colleagues, or the 'powers that be' aren't really convinced that these educational sessions make a difference, here are a few more links to research papers that have looked at the outcome of prenatal education.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Education and Breastfeeding Outcomes
This paper looked at three different methods of providing the education and found all to be equally efficacious. This is good to know if your hospital is reluctant to sponsor special classes, as the education provided one-on-one at routine prenatal visits was one method studied. However note that all 3 methods involved someone taking the time to spend with the mothers - written materials only are not as effective.
Evaluating effects of a prenatal breastfeeding education programme on women
This paper looked at primiparous women who were to undergo elective cesarean section. They used written materials, but also individual phone interviews. Again a positive outcome was achieved.
Randomized controlled trial to determine effects of prenatal breastfeeding workshop
This paper looked at not only breastfeeding exclusivity and duration, but also a maternal self-efficacy, which they found significantly enhanced compared to the controls.
And finally, if you're not quite happy with the materials you are using to support your prenatal education, Woodland Healthcare have very kindly put their materials online. Go to this link to get ideas for re-developing your own.
If you have materials or ideas you'd like to share, please email me about them.
Have a great month everyone.
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