This section tells how to make some materials for teaching about women’s bodies,
pregnancy, and birth. These materials can be used when teaching other midwives,
pregnant women and their families, or people in the community who want to
learn about women’s reproductive health. Most people learn more easily using
these types of teaching materials than they would learning only from a book.
3 basic methods for making teaching materials
Copying a pattern
Some of these teaching materials include patterns for
making models. To copy a pattern, put a thin sheet of
paper over it. If possible, tape it down lightly so it
does not move around. Then trace the pattern onto
the thin paper. Remove the thin paper and pin or tape
it on the cloth or cardboard you are going to cut out.
Making a slide into a poster
Put a large piece of paper or a large cloth on a wall.
Then put a slide into a slide projector and shine
the picture onto the piece of paper or cloth.
Trace the picture exactly. Once you have
the outline, color it in.
Making models out of papier maché
Papier maché is a good material for making models of parts of the
body. For example, if you want to make a model of a baby’s head, use
a balloon or some dry, crumpled newspaper in a plastic bag.
Then make a paste of flour and water.
Dip strips of newspaper or
other paper in it, and layer the
strips over the balloon. Make several
layers and let it dry. It dries well in the
sun. Paint the outside so it looks like a
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