New free online course: Childbirth – A Global Perspective

pregnancy1This free course provides a broad overview of maternal and newborn health issues facing low-income and transitional countries, where more than 2.6 million babies are stillborn and nearly 500,000 women die during childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications each year.

Childbirth: A Global Perspective, is a new MOOC (massive open online course) by Emory University on the Coursera platform from 1 Oct – 19 Nov 2014. It requires 2-4 hours of study time per week for 6 weeks, a total of 12-24 hours overall. The course is free to study, and a Statement of Accomplishment is available.

The syllabus is:
Week 1: Introduction to Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in the Global Context
Week 2: Introduction to Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in the US Context
Week 3: The Impact of the Health Care Workforce Shortage on Maternal and Newborn Care
Week 4: Emergency Obstetric Care: Health Facility Services that Support Maternal Health and Survival
Week 5: Improving Maternal and Newborn Care through Community-Based Interventions
Week 6: Case Study in Ethiopia: Educating the Community and Training Front-Line Community Health Workers to Deliver Maternal and Newborn Care

MOOCs are free web-based courses designed for large numbers of participants. Anyone wanting to take a MOOC simply goes to the website and signs up. Typical MOOCs comprise video lectures, readings, quizzes and exchanges with instructors and fellow participants in online forums. Coursera is the biggest player in the global MOOC movement, and so far more than 7 million students from nearly 200 countries have registered to take nearly 600 Coursera classes from participating institutions.

index2If you are interested in pregnancy and childbirth, you may also like to take a look at the free Midwifery course by Australia’s University of Newcastle on another MOOC provider, open2study. The midwifery course covers the history of the profession and what it means to be a midwife today. It is delivered repeatedly throughout the year, requiring 2-4 hours of study time per week for 4 weeks, a total of 8-16 hours overall. Like the Childbirth course above, a Certificate of Achievement is available.


2 responses to “New free online course: Childbirth – A Global Perspective

  1. Interesting looking course CYP-media, but might it upset pregnant women or those with young children?

  2. I prefer the midwifery course also mentioned in your article, Tony

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