Winning DVD for Invercargill Parents Centre
A DVD produced in the south has won the New Zealand Parents Centre CEO award for innovation.
Invercargill Parents Centre president Johanna Jamieson said disappointment became delight at the New Zealand Parents Centre national symposium.
The group had produced a DVD to represent a tour of Southland Hospital to educate new parents on where to go and what happens when they come to the hospital to give birth.
They entered the DVD for an award at the symposium but missed out.
However, the women were given an award for a section they had not entered.
The DVD won the New Zealand Parents Centre CEO Award for innovation.
''We were surprised to say the least, totally blown away,'' Mrs Jamieson said.
Committee member and co-ordinator of childbirth education for the centre Jo Anderson said the idea for the DVD came about when it was discovered there was difficulty organising times for educators and parents taking childbirth classes to attend tours of the hospital.
''The first idea we had was to take photos of the maternity ward, blow them up and laminate them, but I thought why don't we make a video,'' Mrs Anderson said.
The DVD, which runs for about 15 minutes, tells parents where to go, who to see and what happens if childbirth does not go as smoothly as it should, she said.
''It means they can watch the video at their classes, rather than having to organise everyone to meet up at the hospital.''
The tour includes the maternity ward, birthing rooms, explains equipment that might be used, and shows the neo-natal unit.
''We usually don't get to go into the neo-natal unit in the flesh but we got permission for the DVD. There was even a gorgeous newborn in there whose mother welcomed us in,'' Mrs Anderson said.
The DVD took two years to complete and has been well received by expecting parents.
The Invercargill Parents Centre is run by a committee of 12 volunteer parents and provides services for new parents.
Its biggest service is childbirth classes, of which there are 12 running this year
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