Planning, implementing and evaluating a parent education programme
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Planning, implementing and evaluating a parent education programme

Mary Nolan Professor of perinatal education, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, England

This article describes the multidisciplinary development of a parent education programme in north England. A six-week programme of five antenatal sessions and one postnatal session was designed and piloted in six areas in West Yorkshire. Facilitators worked in pairs and comprised health visitors, midwives and nursery nurses. Each group of parents was supported by a volunteer mother from a local peer support and signposting service.

A comprehensive evaluation of the pilot was undertaken, with feedback obtained from the facilitators and the participants before and after their babies were born. Parental satisfaction with the programme was high. The facilitators enjoyed providing a participative programme based on attendees' strengths and working with colleagues from other disciplines.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2017.e1217


Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 09 November 2016

Accepted: 31 October 2016

Published online: 10 April 2017

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