I didn’t take a childbirth class. Is this horrible of me to confess? I didn’t. Nor did I take any kind of formal breastfeeding or baby care class. Now in my defense, childbirth classes in New York start at $400. I am not exaggerating. Even the ones given by the hospital. This seemed like a lot of money to me. And honestly I was a little bit squeamish about them. I really didn’t want to see videos of people pushing out babies. I didn’t even want to see myself pushing out a baby. Not only did I decline the mirror when I gave birth, and forbid any video cameras from being in a thirty foot radius, my glasses were halfway across the room on a shelf. I can’t see my own belly button without my glasses on. To prepare, I took prenatal yoga and read books. My birth really went okay. But a wee bit more knowledge would not have been a bad idea.
I recently had a chance to watch the Laugh and Learn About Childbirth DVD. Now, I’m guessing that when I say “childbirth” the first word that comes to your mind is probably not “laughter.” I had a smooth birth, but I can’t say that there was much guffawing going on in that labor and delivery room. I have considered sending the anesthesiologist who administered my epidural flowers every year on my baby’s birthday, but she was no Seinfeld. But watching this DVD I found myself actually wishing I was pregnant again. Even when Sheri Bayles, the genuinely funny and very personable Lamaze Educator and OB/Gyn nurse who conducts the video classes, talked about the difficult parts of childbirth, I got a little yen. I had a pretty uncomfortable and yarfy pregnancy. So this is saying something.
The “Laugh and Learn About Childbirth” DVD is divided into 6 classes and runs four hours and fifteen minutes. It is comprehensive. The video quality and editing are excellent, and the information is thorough, accessible, and practical. Sheri discusses mucous plugs and pre-labor symptoms, for example, in the kind of detail that only an experienced OB/Gyn nurse (and Mom of twins) can offer. She demystifies a LOT. Several expectant couples participate in the series, and you really do feel like you’re right there with them. I also really appreciated how Sheri included the husbands and partners in the discussion. While she used diagrams and charts as visual aids, no videos of live births were included. And I was grateful.
Laugh and Learn also offers “Laugh and Learn About Breastfeeding” and “Laugh and Learn About Newborn and Baby Care.” Both also feature Sheri Bayles and are structured as classes with couples participating. I don’t think the video qualtiy and editing are quite as good in these two, but they do offer lots of wonderful information. The Breastfeeding DVD covers positions, burping, breastfeeding twins, schedules, obstacles, diet, pumping and bras, pads and nightgowns. This offers a good overview of breastfeeding, but does not discuss latching on or the nuts and bolts of pumping in the same detail as other issues. You will need to look elsewhere for that. The Newborn Care DVD includes bathing, diaper change, dressing, swaddling and supplies in nice detail. It is extremely useful to see the bathing, diapering and dressing done on video–these things are just much more difficult to understand from reading about them.
This 3 DVD Set runs $79.95. If you just want to buy the Childbirth DVD, it will cost you $39.95. Did I mention that childbirth classes in New York start at $400. This is a seriously good buy. And I can honestly say I wish I had seen them before my baby was born.
The really good news in all of this…the wonderful folks at Laugh and Learn have offered a 3 DVD set to one lucky Babies Gotta Have It reader! Want to enter? Read on!
To Enter the “Laugh and Learn 3 DVD Set” Giveaway:
- Head over to the Laugh and Learn Website, take a look around, and tell me one other product from the store you’d be interested in owning. It’s that easy!
***Want an extra chance to win? Blog or twitter about this giveaway, leave me an additional comment letting me know you did (please include the url), and I’ll put your name in the hat twice! Not a blogger? Subscribe to my blog using the button to the right, leave me an additional comment, and you’re entered twice. Or, email a friend about the giveaway, cc me in the message at firstname.lastname@example.org (I promise I will not spam you or your friends – cross my heart) and you’ll have two entries. Make sure you include your email address with your entry.***
Giveaway open to those with U.S. addresses. Giveaway begins on Wendesday January 21st and ends on Thursday January 29th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. On Friday January 30th, my baby girl will draw the winning name and I’ll email you immediately. It’s not a terribly scientific drawing, but I assure you it could not be more random. Thanks for entering!
We are so excited that this giveaway is being done as a part of the Bloggy Giveaways Winter Carnival! Beat the winter blues! Win free stuff! Read great blogs! Woo Hoo!
And the winner is…
#31 Karrie Lorene Wilson! Thank you so much to everyone who entered! I hope to return to my video drawings soon! Have been away due to a death in the family but I’m back now and the baby is ready to pick some winners!