It must have been because I’ve been looking like a huge ball of stress for the past few days (weeks?), but I got a free pass from Rich this weekend to hide away from the family and do whatever I wanted/needed to do. I was instructed not to come home. Which was awesome, because I probably would have at some point if he hadn’t made that point clear. And Siena got sick at breakfast the day I was gone (my man took care of it all himself – gotta love him) and Connor is throwing up today. Not sure what I am going to do about that recycling meeting tonight – the first one. Rich can’t go either – he’s got a late meeting at work he absolutely can’t miss.
So I spent my day starting organization of my childbirth education curriculum (with an hour break for yoga). I hid out in various resturaunts and at the Library (it’s only open for 4 hours on Sunday). There are probably 100 or so required topics to cover (yes, they can be combined) and it’s best if you can teach the really important ones more than once in various ways. I absolutely LOVE that I have the freedom to teach them in any way I see fit, and am taking the job of creating my course design very seriously. It would be easy if I were the type who would just like to stand and lecture, but two things prevent me from doing that: 1) I don’t think it’s the best way people learn; and 2) I hate public speaking. So I’ve found that instead of teaching, I’ll be facilitating. And leading fun, interactive lessons that hopefully will not just hand information over to my class, but let them uncover deeper truths for themselves. I don’t know how long it will take me, and I have some pregnant people willing to take my classes to be my guinea pigs for free – but they probably will pop before I’m ready for them. Nevertheless I’m trying.
Most of the activities for my lesson plan are coming from my Passion For Birth class – which actually covered much more of the required topics that I could have thought possible. But some of them are actually coming up from my own brain. I’m quite impressed with myself.
There are a few topics that are more difficult. How do you teach The Lamaze Philosophy of Parenting without just listing them out? (I’m thinking a poster will suffice as we actively engage in baby care, breastfeeding etc. that day). And how do you teach harmful substances while pregnant without being a scare monger? (It’s an optional topic, and I think I’ve decided to skip it because a) it’s fear-based; and b) at the point people will be taking my class they’ll already have heard the lectures, and c) most of it is common sense – i.e. – don’t smoke and drink while pregnant. I’ll stick with positive nutrition instead and the rest is implied.)
I’m really, really excited to teach my first class. Worrying about that exam? I’ll save that for another day…