Editor's Blog

Making healthy choices the easy choices

I have regularly written about my concerns that, despite the very best efforts of professionals, key health messages do not seem to be being heard. And I’ve occasionally asked on the IJBPE FaceBook page for suggestions as to how we might make information on healthy eating, breastfeeding and other such issues more impactful.

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New Insights, Common Issues

Jane Svensson, IJBPE Editorial Board Member from Sydney, writes about the recent Childbirth and Parent Educators of Australia (CAPEA) conference


One question I am frequently asked when training Antenatal Educators is, ‘What if I have a same sex partner in my program? Does the partner go with the men when we do group activities or stay with the women?’ This very question was answered at the Childbirth and Parent Educators of Australia conference that I attended recently in Adelaide – the answer being, ‘Let the partner decide for herself’. Taken one step further, the presenter was then asked, ‘Well, what if we have a number of same sex couples birthing at our hospital? Should we have specific antenatal programs for them?’ The answer was, ‘No, don’t; let’s not marginalise these couples even further. They have often been through adversary to come out so let’s embrace them and welcome them into any of our regular programs’.


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