This presentation is part of the RCSI MyHealth Lecture Series and was held at RCSI on 26th October 2016.
In this lecture, Hazel Cazzini, Clinical Midwife Manager speaks on “Common Postnatal Challenges”.
My name is Hazel Cazzini and I am an Irish registered and qualified Midwife since 1996. I have worked in all areas of maternity care and have cared for many women during their pregnancy, labour and postnatal periods. I currently work as a Midwife Tutor.
I have been involved in antenatal education for many years and in January 2004 I set up the “complete one-day antenatal class”. In 2009, I qualified as a pregnancy yoga instructor and I am confident that this training greatly benefits the women attending my courses.
I believe in continued personal and professional development and I completed a Masters in Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin in 2013. I regularly attend workshops on the subject of antenatal education, one of which was the International Confederation of Midwives Conference in Prague in 2014. I am also provide sessional guest lectures to student midwives in a University in Dublin on topics such as of exercise in pregnancy and pregnancy yoga.
My classes are guided by the National Standards for Antenatal Education (published in 2020), and provide up-to-date, evidence-based information, delivered in interactive sessions in small groups to facilitate learning in a relaxed and practical manner.
Please see the following feedback comments I have received from some of my recent clients:
13th June 2020 Online class
"We felt the class worked really well through Zoom - not at all that different than in person - Hazel is very personable! The small class size was great for interaction. The structure and information covered was exactly what was needed and we both found it very beneficial- Thank you "- Avril & Austin
21st March 2020 Online class
“Thanks for the class on Saturday, we both really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I thought Zoom worked really well and we didn't have any issues at all with it”.
“Thank you so much for the class last Saturday. My husband and I learned so much. We found the content of the course very useful and relevant. It was also a very open and supportive environment which made us more comfortable in asking questions. The materials you provided are going to be very useful as a reference point in the future. The demonstrations with the bath and nappy changing were particularly useful which was amazing given that you were doing the class virtually.”
"I think this was a fantastic, well rounded, informative day. Hazel was flexible and welcoming to any questions or queries from the group. Nothing was overly biased, the emphasis was more on informing people so they can make their own decisions. The course is practical and well grounded and helped build confidence, rather than scare-mongering. Thank you". Antoinette
"Hazel was very bubbly, interactive and informative. Lots of practical demonstration and advice. Thanks for everything" Cathy & Brian
“ Excellent course, learned so much in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. I feel so much more informed about what to expect. Many thanks”. Tony
"The course was very informative & really well presented. The atmosphere/tone of the class was relaxed but focused. It was easy to ask questions and discussion was encouraged. A very positive experience". Laura
"Very useful session, Hazel was very knowledgeable and great educator, she was very straightforward in her approach" Nichola and Ruari
"Excellent presentation and teaching skills. Exceptional knowledge'' . Scott & Trish
"It was a relaxed but very informative and well presented day - Thank you" .Holly & Niall
" Really enjoyed the relaxed fun and open atmosphere. Hazel is willing to address all questions and reinforced this in a natural process. No judgement on personal choices" Teresa & Darragh.
'This is a really well delivered course, Lots of helpful tips. I would strongly recommend to others' Neil & Michelle
"Hazel is a warm and welcoming Midwife with tons of experience. She gave an excellent honest presentation.
The one day course we did in Stillorgan was brilliant. As first time parents we picked up a good few bits of new information, especially around breastfeeding and bathing.We also went home with notes that we could look over in our own time.There was lots of time for asking questions and we felt very comfortable with Hazel" Julie & Ben.
" This is an excellent course, very comprehensive and relevant topics covered. The delivery of the material is very interactive with helpful demonstrations. Lots of helpful tips- I would definitely recommend it" Neasa
" Hazel was an excellent presenter, one of the best I have come across. The course was very well structured and tailored to the audience. Hazel's presentation style is relaxed and friendly and encouraged questions. I came to the course lacking a lot of information and left with a lot. This is a very comprehensive course and, in my opinion, very good value for money". Mark
"We enjoyed the positive emphasis on birth, (as in, birth is mostly a natural, do-able process). At the same time we felt Hazel gave us an honest account of our potential journey through birth and realistic expectations of the challenges ahead. At the end of the day we feel informed and equipped with many tips to assist us during birth and parenthood. Thank you!" Mary and Paul
Please see the blog below written by a recent antenatal class attendee.
"Excellent course and excellent presenter." David
"Really enjoyed the day. Condensed everything, informative but casual and great for people with busy lives to get so much info in one day." Jenny and Gry
"Thoroughly enjoyed the day, lots of information presented in a relaxed atmosphere. We really enjoyed meeting other couples and can't believe how quickly the day passed! We feel much more at ease and prepared for our journey through birth and parenting" Emer and John
" This was a Brilliant Course. Very informative and enjoyable. We feel much more at ease now. Thank you. Dearbhail and Graham"
"Hazel, Thank you for a great antenatal class and pregnancy yoga sessions, the sessions were very informative, fun and practical. I gave birth to a healthy baby boy 2 weeks ago and your breathing and movement advice was invaluable. The antenatal class information has been put into practice and we talk about it on a daily basis!!! Thanks again for everything, We would recommend your classes to any expecting parents " Lucy and Colm.
“Very practical unbiased information given in an open and friendly manner. Group exercises encouraged good mixing and socialising between participants. We really enjoyed the day". Mary and Seamus.
“Very well thought out course. Many different methods of delivery were used: group work, flip charts, videos, discussions- this kept our attention levels up. Hazel is very open and approachable. An excellent day—Very polished. Thank you. Sheila”.
" Hazel, Thank you for a great day, the sessions were very informative and very well explained. The class atmosphere was so relaxed and this encouraged interaction and humour! The day went by so quickly and we enjoyed the variety of topics and presentation style ; power point, flip chart, video and practical demonstration of bathing the baby. We feel both reassured and informed and look forward to meeting our baby soon! Thanks again, I would recommend this class to any first time parent 2 be ". Deirdre & Sean.
"We both found Hazel to be extremely approachable and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the day and feel a lot calmer and more prepared for the big event" Nicola & Rodney
"The course was informative and conducted in a manner which made us feel relaxed and comfortable to ask questions. Plenty of practical information backed up with theory. The day went by so quickly and we loved the wide variety of topics and your use of many different teaching aids - powerpoint, flipchart, video, group discussion. Thank you" Caroline
We felt the day has been hugely beneficial. Great variety in presentation: group work, demonstration, video, discussion. Hazel has a very approachable manner and the delivery of the course information was realistic in a non patronising/ dramatic way. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and are more confident about the coming weeks_ Thank you”. Sinead and Robert
“We have 15 maternity books, we felt all the important information was compressed into one day and made interesting too! We enjoyed the whole day, it was a pleasure to participate in your class. Diana and Antony”.
“ The class was presented in a friendly informative manner. We consider it to be an excellent source of information especially for first time parents ! Paul and Anne”.
“The class was relaxed and extremely informative, especially for first time parents. Hazel made everyone feel comfortable with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. We feel much better prepared now. Thank you. Anne ”.
“We found the amount of information, its presentation and delivery very,very Professional. Finbarr and Nancy"
“Lots of practical information presented in a practical, clear and down to earth fashion”
“Hazel is a talented, energetic presenter, with lots of knowledge delivered in an interesting, informal way. We really enjoyed the course “