Babies Bottom Line Review – Laugh and Learn DVD Set – Giveaway!

Laugh and Learn DVD Set

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 (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!

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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!


40 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Emilie said,

    January 23, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

    Found a pregnant lady for you – me! I would love the prenatal DVD workout!

  2. 2

    Kaycee said,

    January 23, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

    I dont think first is good luck but here goes!! I would love to have the infant massage DVD too!!

    kayceewilliams at gmail dot com

  3. 3

    Andrea said,

    January 24, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

    I’d like to have the laugh and learn about breastfeeding :)

  4. 4

    Thao said,

    January 25, 2009 @ 11:45 am

    I am actually taking all the classes but the classes are much cheaper in Houston. I do have the About Childbirth DVD so I would like the Infant massage dvd. member (dot) thao (at)

  5. 5

    sherry gibbs said,

    January 25, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

    oh this is an easy one for me. I would love to have the pre-natal workout dvd for my daughter.


  6. 6

    sherry gibbs said,

    January 25, 2009 @ 7:04 pm


  7. 7

    Kim V said,

    January 26, 2009 @ 9:05 am

    The Belly Bar Burstin Chocolate Bars look yum!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. 8

    Kelly Tirman said,

    January 26, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

    I need this Laugh and Learn 3 DVD Set – I am clueless and need help :)

    Gabrielle Reece’s PreNatal Workouts DVD looks awesome as well – I can’t even imagine looking 1/2 as good as she does.

  9. 9

    Sarah said,

    January 26, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

    The Hot Diggity Dog CD’s look like they would be fun.

    My sister used the Laugh and Learn about Childbirth DVD in lieu of going to classes and found it very beneficial.

  10. 10

    Sabrina said,

    January 26, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

    Oh I would love to win this giveaway! With just a couple months to go in an already somewhat challenging pregnancy, it has been hard to get out and take many classes…given all the restrictions. This would be an awesome way to learn from home!

    I would love the infant massage DVD too. :)

  11. 11

    Sabrina said,

    January 26, 2009 @ 11:41 pm

    Just subscribed too. : )

  12. 12

    Andrea said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 3:56 am

    I like the baby massage video

  13. 13

    Amanda U. said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 5:34 am

    I’d love to try the Burstin’ Chocolate Belly Bars.

  14. 14

    LeeAnn said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

    I’d LOVE to win this! I’m due in June and want to learn all I can. I’d be interested in the birthing ball on their site too.

  15. 15

    Christina said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

    I would like the prenatal workout DVD.

  16. 16

    Dree said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

    I like the BabyBabyOhBaby – Infant Massage.

  17. 17

    Amy said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

    I would love to learn more about baby massage. Classes about baby massage are not offered at our local hospital and a video would be a great help to learn more about it!

  18. 18

    Jenny said,

    January 28, 2009 @ 10:28 am

    Thats easy! The prenatal workout dvd would be my choice because I’m trying to stay fit but I don’t want to overdo it or stress the baby out. That would ease my mind!

  19. 19

    Susan said,

    January 28, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

    I would really like to try the prenatal workout dvd. I am due in April and would really like to have another option for working out!


  20. 20

    KelliAnn said,

    January 28, 2009 @ 4:22 pm

    I’d love to view the infant massage video.

  21. 21

    Katie said,

    January 28, 2009 @ 4:39 pm

    I would love the prenatal workout DVD for my expanding body.

  22. 22

    MRS.MOMMYY said,

    January 28, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

    prenatal workout looks awesome

  23. 23

    Emily said,

    January 28, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

    I’d love to try the belly bars.

    Thanks for offering it!

    princesslimey (at) gmail (dot) com

  24. 24

    Erin Lowmaster said,

    January 28, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

    I’d really like to try a birthing ball. I’ve heard good things about those.

    Thanks for an opportunity to win this!
    ellybean (at)

  25. 25

    Rebecca said,

    January 28, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

    I would love to have their birthing ball. I was so excited to use one at the hospital, but then my labour went so quickly I didn’t have a chance to!

  26. 26

    Andrea said,

    January 28, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

    I’d love the baby massage video. Neat. Thanks!

  27. 27

    Heather H said,

    January 28, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

    The other product i’d be interested in owning would be the infant massage DVD!

  28. 28

    Nancy J. said,

    January 29, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

    I think BabyBabyOhBaby – Infant Massage DVD would be interesting. Thank you!

  29. 29

    Annmarie said,

    January 29, 2009 @ 4:03 pm

    I love the Hardcore Mama maternity t-shirt!

  30. 30

    Julie Neff said,

    January 29, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

    I’d love the infant massage DVD! I would love to learn more about it.

  31. 31

    Crystal said,

    January 29, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

    I would love the Gabrielle Reece’s Prenatal Workouts.

  32. 32


    January 29, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

    I DEFINITELY WANT THE Gabrielle Reece’s PreNatal Workouts DVD!



  33. 33

    Sandra Brodeur said,

    January 29, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

    I would like the BabyBabyOhBaby – Infant Massage
    BabyBabyOhBaby – Infant Massage for my grandaughter who is having her first baby and is kind of apprehensive.

  34. 34

    Terra Heck said,

    January 29, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

    Another item I like is the birthing ball. Thanks.


  35. 35

    Leah said,

    January 29, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

    Hot Diggity Dog #1 looks so adorably cute!! : )))

    Thanks so much for this give~away! : )))


  36. 36

    Leah said,

    January 29, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

    I also subscribe! : )))


  37. 37

    Leah said,

    January 29, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

    And, I TWITTERED about this give~away…….user name: leahita.


  38. 38

    Jay said,

    January 30, 2009 @ 1:35 am

    Gabrielle Reece’s PreNatal Workouts DVD
    I had to laugh-My friend and I wanted to be “Gabby ” in HS. I would like this. The videos would be great to give to a pregnancy crisis center nearby. Thanks for the opportunity

  39. 39

    Katrina said,

    January 30, 2009 @ 3:10 am

    the infant massage would probably come in handy! I would love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. 40

    Colleen said,

    January 30, 2009 @ 8:39 am

    The Chocolate Belly Bars sound really good! Thanks for the chance to win!

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