Prenatal Patient/Family Teaching Plan
Design a teaching plan for individual/group on a topic of your choice following the format listed below.
Topic: Patterned Breathing During Labor
Target Audience: Older (35 +) first time mom’s in their third trimester
Time: Evening class – 7pm
Place: Local Library Lecture Hall
Method of Teaching: Video, return demonstration, handout for take home, discussion – question
Anticipated Readiness to Learn: This group is anticipated to be willing to learn something new and
have questions answered they have regarding breathing during labor.
Anticipated Knowledge Base: This group is anticipated to have some knowledge on the subject
before coming into the class. This is based on the assumption that these women will have done
prior research and studying on the subject of labor and breathing during labor.
Cultural considerations: Although the class is being taught in a small town there are still people with
different ethnic backgrounds, different levels of education, several different religious beliefs, and
family roles that need to be taken into consideration.
Potential Barriers to Learning: Barriers to learning with this group could be the older first time
mom having already done research on the subject and question the content of the teaching.
Comfort could be a barrier due to the mom’s being in their third trimester, and education level is
a possible barrier with some being under educated and some being over educated.
Patient/Family Learning Objectives: The learners in the group will be able to utilize patterned
breathing during labor to calm and relax them and also to use breathing to make each
Content of Teaching: (1 – 2 pages) I will begin the class by passing out the pamphlets and going
over the material included in the pamphlet. The material in the pamphlet thoroughly explains
the process of patterned breathing. I will explain how pattern breathing is used to help the
laboring mom’s work through the pains, discomfort, fears and anxiety that they experience when
giving birth to their first child.
The first stage of labor in the patterned breathing process is when the mom has to pause during a contraction and cannot talk or walk anymore. At this point is when they begin the breathing by taking a deep breath. Then they begin what is called slow breathing. Which is just one of the patterns in the first stage of labor that they will be taught. Another pattern is called light accelerated breathing and another called variable breathing. Each one of these styles is for the first stage of pregnancy and the mom’s will be taught all three of them. They can use them all throughout the first stage or they can pick the one that is most comfortable for them and use it.
They will be taught breathing patterns for the second stage of labor, this is when the cervix is fully dilated and the mom can start pushing. There are not different patterns in this stage of labor; it is one type of breathing that will help the mom focus on pushing the baby out. This is when I will be teaching the mom’s how to utilize each contraction to the fullest for getting baby out. The support person is important at this point as well. I will be teaching them to count for mom while she is pushing, where to position themselves to help mom achieve the best position when pushing, and how they can help her make each contraction productive by coaching her through it.
I will also be teaching the mom’s how to practice the patterned breathing once they leave the class. I will be sharing tips with them on how patterned breathing can actually benefit them in other areas of their life as well, not just child birth. Even after the birth of the child the mom can use patterned breathing for relaxation and calming stress that occurs in everyday life.
At this point, after the pamphlet is reviewed in...
References: Americanpregnancy.org. (2010). Patterned Breathing During Labor. Retrieved March 3, 2011 from American Pregnancy Association: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/labornbirth/patternedbreathing.htm
Perry, H. L. (2010). Childbearing Beliefs and Practices. Maternal Child Nursing Care (4 ed., p. 22). Maryland Heights, Missouri, United States: Mosby Elsevier.
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