Birthing center nurses are busy. Training requirements are added on from multiple different directions. The Core Practice Curriculum values the nurses’ time by fulfilling a variety of hospital priorities including The Joint Commission, mPINC, patient satisfaction, and general quality improvement. It also inspires nurses to move forward with their professional development by encouraging and inspiring participation in real change, through improvement in counseling skills and participation in task force activities. It is a good choice for birthing centers that perhaps have not yet made a commitment to Baby-Friendly but would like to improve their staff knowledge and implementation of breastfeeding support. It can also be used as a shorter update as part of Baby-Friendly re-designation, interim designations, or mPINC-related initiatives.
The training presents the evidence-based benefits and the science of breastfeeding, while also focusing on motivating staff behavior change.
Although the five-hour Core Practice Curriculum is but a fraction of the current Baby-Friendly staff hour requirement, it covers 65% of Baby-Friendly staff training content specifications.
Adult Learning Principles
The curriculum was designed so that learners are motivated to start, willing to complete, and eager to apply their education.
Coordinated, Consistent Messaging
Training materials and teaching points align with the prenatal education and bedside counseling tools, in addition to the free downloadable materials and Coffective mobile app.
Continuing Education Provided
Staff who complete the entire curriculum will be eligible for nursing contact hours. The Continuing Education credit is provided through Workplace Nurses, LLC.
Completion of the Core Practice Curriculum can be a starting point for completion of the Complete Staff Training Curriculum to eventually fulfill current Baby-Friendly staff training requirements.