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Laugh and Learn About Childbirth (2007)

Sheri Bayles , Expect This LLC  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (479 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sheri Bayles
  • Directors: Expect This LLC
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Expect This LLC
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2007
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (479 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PLXFSS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,112 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Laugh and Learn About Childbirth is made up of 6 easy to watch classes - a total of 4 hours and 15 minutes on 2 DVDs.

Review

"Comprehensive and very entertaining! Great to watch in your own time at home. A great buy!" --Pregnancy Magazine

"Sheri Bayles manages to make even small details about childbirth entertaining." --American Baby Magazine

"What makes this class so special is the humor Bayles uses to teach couples." --Costco Connection

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189 of 193 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and convenient--but annoying at times January 12, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD is divided into 6 classes, just as a regular, live prenatal course would be. The classes are

1. Anatomy and Preliminary Signs of Labor (31:45)

2. Three Actual Signs of Labor and Two Breathing Techniques (57:50)

3. Labor and Delivery (49:25)

4. Pushing and Third Breathing Technique (49:25)

5. Medications Used in Labor, Induction, Forceps, Vacuum, and Monitoring (56:50)

6. Cesarean Delivery, Post-op C/S, and Postpartum Vaginal Delivery (40:50)

As a physician, I recommend it. I purchased this because my husband and I had way too much going on (moving, new jobs, etc.) during this pregnancy, and could not find a class that fit our schedule.

Sheri Bayles is extremely informative and experienced. She explains everything clearly and with good diagrams and props. She is very organized. She seems friendly.

CONS:

--Sheri has annoying mannerisms and really wants you to think she's a comedienne. If you can overcome this, you will learn a LOT from her.

--The set is really far from being aesthetically pleasing.

--Most of the moms don't look like they're REALLY participating; not great models for you. They also look like they stepped out of the 1980s, even though this was filmed in the 21st century.

The cons are small, though. This is very informative, if you can get past the annoying mannerisms and overall lack of prettiness to this video.

I liked having the classes laid out as a "real" class would have been. Sheri does a good job of making one class relevant to the next.
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST July 4, 2007
Format:DVD
Very Informative and Helpful. My wife and I could not make it to the Lamaze classes and we still glad we didn't. This video is great. My wife and I enjoy watching it, and learned a lot. The baby came out like a piece of cake (my wife doesn't agree on that one completely) but we both knew what we where doing)
We read the reviews that mostly criticized Sheri's sense of humor but we took a chance. Her humor is not that bad actually. She gets funny and sometimes goes a bit over the edge, however she is very knowledgeable and definitely has a talent of teaching. When she is describing important stuff she is serious and right on the point.
Some reviews criticized the quality of film making. I am professional photographer and my wife is an art teacher and we both studied film in college. In our opinion the cinematography part of the video is quite appropriate, informative video doesn't have to be a master piece.
Highly recommend it.
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148 of 166 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is a DVD set that's full of good factual information that's then clouded by the instructor's biases and obvious corporate sponsorships.

The facts: she does a very nice job of presenting critical information that I'm glad I now know - such as the 3 phases of labor and the stages within each, simple breathing techniques that I won't be likely to forget in the moment, etc. Yes, she's a little to full of her own sense of humor but in my opinion that's easily overlooked when you consider that you're getting tons of good information in roughly 4 hours of material. And at least she tried to make the subject matter interesting rather than just dry facts.

Biases: she's obviously a very strong advocate for natural birth - no pain meds, no interventions. While she acknowledges that there are sometimes medical reasons that make interventions necessary and describes the interventions well, she does nothing to alleviate the viewers concerns about these procedures and in fact makes you feel pretty bad about "putting your baby through it" (not her exact words but definitely her attitude). The pattern for describing an epidural, and inducement, or another intervention goes something like: (a) here is how the procedure works (facts), (b) here's why it's bad for you, (c) here's why it's bad for your baby, (d) oh, and sometimes it's medically necessary, oh well. As someone who knows that she fits into the "medically necessary" category I didn't appreciate the judgment and lack of support.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Learn About Labor & Laugh vs. Labor 101 April 9, 2011
By Gita
Format:DVD
I can confidently recommend both Labor 101 or Learn About Labor and Laugh. If I could only choose one I would choose Labor 101. Here's why.

Even though they're both informative I am more prone to watch Labor 101 multiple times. I use the relaxation cd almost daily. I'm glad I watched Learn about Labor and Laugh, BUT once is enough for me.

Some difference:

-Style-
Learn about labor and laugh films the dvd in a large room with a number of pregnant couple in attendance. The instructor is addressing those students as though it is a live class. This makes you feel like you're really sitting in on a class. The drawback is that there is a lot of wasted conversation as a result. For example, she goes around the room getting to know each class member and the introductions of a large group takes awhile. Labor 101 addresses you directly and cuts down on small talk.

-Content-
They both cover the stages of labor, birth options, interventions, breathing and pushing. The pushing segment of labor 101 was more useful to me because you actually watch the pushing stage of labor and hear the doctor coaching and guiding the pregnant woman.

-Diagrams-
Learn about labor and laugh shows diagrams and picutres using a flip chart while Labor 101 uses digital animation and birth photography to show diagrams. There is far more birth related imagery show in Labor 101. The camera doesn't spend as much time on a talking head.

-Watching Birth-
There is no birth footage in Learn About Labor and Laugh. You witness two births in Labor 101 and a lot of birth pictures.

-Entertainment Quality-
Sheri Bayles in Learn About Labor and Laugh tells a lot of jokes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, better than a class
Published 2 days ago by JENNIFER L MEACHAM
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not a fan of the instructors sarcastic approach
Published 17 days ago by Girl-Mom x 3
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
Covers everything you need to know with a little old fashioned humor. :) It's organized and split up well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lama H. Ayoub
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great informative cd
Published 1 month ago by SA
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Gave as gift
Published 2 months ago by Eternal Student
5.0 out of 5 stars Great class for those who can't take a live class
My husband and I didn't have time to take a childbirth class in the months leading up to the birth of our son due to work conflicts (both active duty military). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars For new parents
Bought this when I was pregnant. Lots of interesting and helpful information.
Published 2 months ago by Aprile
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a good stand-in.
We didn't think we'd actually laugh, but we did. And learned a lot about childbirth. If you're worried about labor at all and don't have time to go to a class, this is a good... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vin
4.0 out of 5 stars This vido has been great help, and I saved the real class which ...
This vido has been great help, and I saved the real class which were very expensive, no need to take it with this video, its easy and very well explained
Published 3 months ago by ana pau robles gil
4.0 out of 5 stars but I think it was a great solution for two people who worked and...
We used this video in preparation for labor/childbirth. I felt extremely informed. I ended up having a c-section (x4 in the end after all my kids), but I think it was a great... Read more
Published 3 months ago by kristin woodby
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