It is one thing to stand in front of a group of people and lecture, it is another to teach them skills they will need to use. We are going to teach skills. As such, we need some tools to help demonstrate the concepts we are talking about. But with little to no money, how do we do that?
The Book for Midwives has patterns for low cost teaching materials, and yesterday I spent some time creating the cloth uterus and vagina teaching model. The uterus comes out of the vagina for further demonstration. The look a little goofy, I know, but they are better than having nothing. I am supposed to sew ovaries to the ends of the straws, but I don’t know if I will do that just yet – I want to keep my options open.
I will also be bringing two uterus-amniotic sac-placenta-cord-baby models I had purchased at the CMI conference. I already have a model pelvis that I will bring if I have room. The last item I have to make are birth simulation pants. It is another idea from the Book for Midwives, basically a too-large pair of pants that you cut open a vagina to simulate birth. I think the idea is hysterical, and can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before.