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"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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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.
--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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no birth footage in Learn About Labor and Laugh. You witness two births in Labor 101 and a lot of birth pictures.
Sheri Bayles in Learn About Labor and Laugh tells a lot of jokes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a nurse (not an OB nurse) and still found this to be helpful information.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
You're about to have your first child...freaking out yet? Never fear good citizen, this DVD is EXACTLY what you need! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brandon Bain
The host is really corny and the video and set is pretty outdated but the information presented was super helpful and put my nerves at ease when I was first time mom. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Morgan Kingshott
The instructor is so annoying. This video could be half as long if she would stop trying to be a comedian and just teach you what you need to know. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vanessa Lawrence
My husband and I love these DVDs. She is very unbiased and will give you the pros and cons of all medical interventions which was nice. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karissa