This is also an important time to share learning on how practitioners have adapted their service delivery.
This article in the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education shares learning on a recent study by Mary Nolan on the experiences of educators in delivering antenatal education online. In the study, she found a number of themes, for example:
- Practitioners were concerned they would be unable to forge connections with the parents they were working with, given the impersonal nature of online calls.
- Parents were not getting the full benefits of antenatal education classes, such as practical examples or opportunities to build friendships with peers.
- Some benefits emerged- everyone learns in different ways, and some parents preferred the more traditional ‘teaching’ style, while others were more open to discussion as they were comfortable in their own home.