Baby 101 - Review and Giveaway

I recently reviewed Shari Daniels' childbirth DVD course "Baby 101" and was given two copies to give away on my blog.

Baby 101 is a complete and comprehensive childbirth class on  DVD that is produced by VideoArts Studios.

Shari Daniels is the modern day midwife of the Discovery Channel's series, House of Babies. Based on her program, she created Baby 101 as a way to educate families about healthy options for pregnancy, labor, birth, and beyond.

The DVD is broken down into 9 segments, including:
  • Course Introduction
  • Birthing Overview and History of Childbirth/Midwifery
  • Exercises for Pregnancy and Birth/Relaxation
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Birth Control
  • Complications
  • Breast Feeding
  • Baby Care
I absolutely love the fact that women can either pick and choose what information is pertinent and important to them and view those specific (avg.) 30 minute segments, or they can go through the full course (total 4 hours 42 minutes).

In the Birthing Overview segment, Shari talks about the history of birth, midwifery, and the importance of woman to woman care.

The Exercises segment includes information on pregnancy-specific and birthing-specific exercises, relaxation practices, and breathing. The only thing that I didn't like is the altered breathing section of this segment.

Anatomy and Physiology was fun and insightful, and an important step in prenatal education for women to understand their bodies and the functions of labor and birth.

The segment entitled Diet and Nutrition was also very fun and educational. It gives tangible concepts to expectant couples in order to help them make healthier food and beverage choices. In fact, my 11 year old loved this section more than any and did a complete overhaul of our pantry after this section - throwing out many of the children's favorite 'staples' that are less-than-healthy.

The Birth Control chapter is another that I had a difficult time with. The information is good, just incomplete, in my personal opinion. Shari does a great job outlining many of the options available, and giving their rates of success; but she does little in talking about the risks or contraindications.

The next segment, Complications, is very well done. Ms. Daniels does a great job talking about variations, complications, and interventions without causing anxiety in her participants/viewers. It is something that is not talked much about in childbirth classes. so I am happy to see her tackle this subject, and in such a well-thought way.

The next two sections, Breastfeeding and Baby Care, are done equally as well as the pregnancy and birth segments. She outlines positive breastfeeding positions, a good latch, positive baby care ideals, and more.

As a doula, I found Shari Daniels' educational DVD to be a great asset to my clients. I can use her DVD as a supplement to the education that I provide my clients in prenatals. She provides visually stimulating, educational, and easily applicable concepts that, I believe, every client can benefit from.

One of my mom's wants more information on breastfeeding? Wonderful! I have just the video for that. If one of my clients wants (or needs) more information on nutrition and diet, Baby 101 provides her with the information she needs, in a clear and comprehensive manner.

I find that I recommend at least one section from Shari's DVD to each of my clients, now. And I believe that other doulas and midwives would benefit equally from her information.

For this reason, I am happy to offer 2 copies of Baby 101 to 2 lucky doula/midwife readers (1 copy each).

Rules for Entering:
You must complete #1 to be entered into the drawing. After that, you can enter as many additional times as you would like, in a separate comment each time. PLEASE leave a way for me to get a hold of you. If you don't, I will redraw.

Entries will be closed on August 8th at 11:59pm PST. Drawing will occur on August 9th.
  1. Share this drawing by Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and/or some message board (mothering.com, justmommies, etc...) Then post a link to where you shared in a comment below. (up to 4 entries possible if you complete all 4 sharing options)
  2. Share your business information, specialty (midwifery, doula, childbirth educator, etc...), and how you would use the DVD in your business below in a comment. (1 entry possible)
  3. If you are a woman attempting to win this for your midwife, doula, or CBE, tell us about them and why they deserve this DVD. (1 entry possible)
  4. Become a follower of my blog by Network Blogs and/or by Google. (2 entries possible if you do both) and then comment below telling me that you have. 
Good luck to everyone!


Lisa said...

I already follow you through Google, does that count as one? : )

Lisa said...

I am a doula, and would love to be able to use these DVDs with my clients as we talk through before, during, and after birth topics!

Lisa said...

I shared it on FB here:

B.A.S.I.L. said...

I shared via Twitter. https://twitter.com/#!/subwaystitches

B.A.S.I.L. said...

I am a doula that works primarily with low income and younger mothers. I find they are oftentimes more willing to pay attention when the information meets them at their level and is in a media format - videos are particularly useful. This DVD seems like a great way to do that!

B.A.S.I.L. said...

I also already follow you via Google Reader! Thank you for the work you do!

Kate Klein said...

I am a medical assistant and birth assistant at the Brooklyn Birthing Center. I am working to become certified a as CBE so that I can create a series geared specifically towards my birth center families. I think this would be a great multi-media resource to add to my curriculum. Thanks for writing such a great blog! It has been one of my "go-tos" as I am starting this learning process for CBE. I follow you though Google. Posted to BBC facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Birthing-Center/255069241174421

Kate Klein said...

I am a birth assistant and medical assistant at the Brooklyn Birthing Center. I am training to become a childbirth educator so that I can offer a birth center geared class for my families. I think this would be a wonderful multimedia addition to my curriculum. Thanks for writing such a great blog (I follow you though Google groups). This has been one of my "go-tos" in the learning process for CBE. I have posted this give-away on the BBC facebook wall: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Birthing-Center/255069241174421

Maureen said...

How rad! Sometimes I have clients who just don't have the time w/ schedules to take a class... I would love to add this to my library. I tweeted.

Maureen said...

I am a doula, and would love to have this for my clients.


Maureen said...

I follow you on google.

Anna M. said...

I shared on my facebook google page --


I would love to have this to loan out to my clients!

Anna M. said...

I follow you through google reader as well. :)

The Duty's said...

love your blog!!!

jenna duty


BParrish said...

I am a midwife and we always seek to educate. I would LOVE to have Shari Daniels DVD to go over some basics, but it never replaces developing a relationship with your client. I'm sharing the link on both Facebook and Twitter. Score 2.

Erinn said...

I'm Erinn Streeter, and I'm a DONA-trained doula. My business is Compass Rose Doula Services.

I've shared this on Facebook and Twitter.

Also shared on my Google Reader (where I follow you), which is wired-up to the business website for my friend Kim Stanley, AAHCC: Tallahassee Bradley Method.com.

Not shared on MySpace, because, well...I don't know anyone who actually uses it anymore.

I'm starting a lending library of CBE videos like Shari's for my clients. My hope is that videos will spark new conversations; often, new parents don't even know what questions to ask, and I find that the injection of a little information can spur many queries into life. (-:

Organicmomma said...

I would LOVE for Brenda Parrish to win these DVDs. She is absolutely my FAVORATE midwife. She lives the definition of midwife everyday no matter what else is going on in her life she is there to help you to educate you to be there for you when ever you need it. Whether you are pregnant now, in the past or will be pregnant she is there. She is an widwife angel. I am sharing this contest on Facebook.

Shannon Postell said...

I just posted to facebook!


Shannon Postell said...

I am a doula, and aspiring midwife.
BirthRite Services has a facebook page, and I serve women in the Charleston, SC. Working with new moms, I am always looking for new ways to share good information with them. This looks like it would be a great tool to help new families in my care

Michellehowem41 said...

Oh wow! I love this...as a doula I'm always looking for a way to simplify Childbirth Education especially for moms who need a refresher, dads or other family members. Would love this!

sarahT said...

I'm a doula, aspiring midwife, and always looking for tools to help me share with clients the wonderful world of pregnancy, birthing, and beyond. I've posted this contest to my facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=592475342 and to ICAN of HOuston Galveston and I think I'm already a follower of the blog but if not I'll add it. :) Sarah doula@birthspring.com

Trina Evans said...

I posted to twitter, and will be sending out via facebook as well. I think this would be great for me to show my doula clients!

Kim said...

Posted to facebook!


Kim said...

I'm now following your blog through Network Blogs. :)

Kim said...

I am a doula, lactation counselor, and childbirth educator. I would love to be able to use this DVD with my clients. Thanks! :)

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I am a birth and postpartum doula and breastfeeding counselor, I would love to use this information with my clients.

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