The Dance of Teaching Childbirth Education: Essentials and Insights

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"I found Julie's book to be a tremendous resource for teaching birth education. She weaves creative and practical teaching ideas with theory on how to most substantially impact adult learners while providing a respectful environment. There are plenty of books available on pregnancy and birth but this stands out as truly a book for those engaged in the "dance of teaching childbirth education". 
Becca De Souza, Doula and Birth Educator, The Peaceful Birth Partnership




"The Dance of Teaching Childbirth Education will hold a special place in the hearts of so many people.  This was the last book that Connie Livingston collaborated on before her sudden passing in 2016.  Julie Jensen has done an outstanding job of taking the vision they both held and making it happen.  This book is an excellent resource for new educators.  It really walks the reader through the process of creating a class.  The authors were able to incorporate pitfalls of many educators with solutions and ways to keep up with the world as it is today.  As a seasoned educator, I found it to be an easy read, and a great reminder of the how’s and why’s of teaching.  The book should be an essential for any childbirth educator’s library." 

                                                                                                            -Elizabeth Smith, MPH, ICCE, IBCLC, RLC


The Dance of Teaching Childbirth Education is a comprehensive book for childbirth educators and other perinatal practitioners. Your journey is a dance of coordinating many moves to meet your needs and those of your learners. This book teaches you to use and create a curriculum that empowers your participants and yourself. This cutting-edge guide contains practical areas that are not ordinarily included in instructional guides for educators. Some topics covered in this book include:


-Detailed, evidence-based comfort strategies and an easy-to-use reference list

-Unique approaches and considerations to effectively reach adult learners

-Self-reflective activities for the educator to enhance teaching

-Specific strategies for the often-overlooked second stage

-Self-care techniques for the educator



Julie Jensen has been in the childbirth education and adult learning fields for over three decades. She has a bachelor’s degree in clinical and physiological psychology and a Ph.D. in participatory adult learning that has become a manual for adult educators. She has written curricula for and taught a number of childbirth preparation and other prenatal classes including traditional, natural, adolescent, expectant fathers and antepartum needs. She is also a registered psychotherapist in Colorado and is currently a Parent Education Coordinator and childbirth educator in a hospital setting. The Dance of Teaching Childbirth Education is her first book.







connie-headshot.jpgConnie Livingston was a birth researcher, journalist, and childbirth educator, and founder of Perinatal Education Associates, Inc. She was a frequent speaker at birth conferences, and taught doula and childbirth educator training workshops. In 2013, Connie became the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) President-Elect, and in 2015, assumed the role as President of ICEA.  Connie Livingston passed away on December 29th, 2016 at the age of 60. She is survived by her  daughters Heather Livingston and Erin Livingston.







Authors: Julie Jensen & Connie Livingston 

Copyright: 2018


Total Pages: 200


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