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Free online resource on conscious parenting developed in Belarus


A free online educational resource You Are Not Alone has been developed in Belarus for expecting mothers and fathers who want to be conscious parents, BelTA learned from the project developers.

The resource offers more than 340 hours of interviews with over 40 experts (healthcare professionals, psychologists and educators), documentaries and infographics. The content is grouped into eight blocks. After completing each block parents will take a test, and if this test is passed, they can move on to another block. The program of the course has a number of links and texts for those who prefer to read instead of watching.

“The educational online course You Are Not Alone is easy, user-friendly and positive. Together with the leading healthcare professionals from Minsk and Minsk Oblast, we managed to create brief and meaningful videos. They provide detailed answers to all questions about parenting. This course offers an opportunity to get ready for pregnancy and birth and to compare views of various experts who have a wealth of experience. Now parents-to-be have a manual that will be an alternative to using the Internet for medical advice,” Irina Ikonostasova, chief obstetrician-gynecologist at the healthcare committee of the Minsk City Council, said.

The developers of the project are confident that users will appreciate not only the content, but also the positive message of the resource. Pregnancy and birth is teamwork where all the participants are interested in success.

“In addition to the medical part, the resource also focuses on the psychological and social aspects. Other important themes include the role of fathers and childbirth with a partner. Although the project team has done their utmost to make the resource as informative as possible, we still see room for growth,” the project developer and head of the Happy Baby social center at the SOS Children's Village (Borovlyany) Irina Shmak said.

Deputy chair of the labor, employment and social security committee of the Minsk City Council Irina Dudka emphasized the importance of the section about benefits and allowances for parents.

The educational online course is available at

The project was implemented by the international public association SOS Children's Villages Belarus together with the labor, employment and social security committee of the Minsk City Council and the labor, employment and social security committee of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee with financial support of SOS Children's Villages Poland and the Embassy of Canada.