I recently blogged about purchasing "Laugh and Learn About Childbirth," a childbirth class on DVD. First of all, let me say that it was great to be able to watch this class in the privacy of my own home, to talk candidly with my husband about my reactions to things that were said on the DVD, and to not have to listen to the material presented with a room full of strangers! This is a plus to the DVD.
The classes cover a variety of topics including signs of labor, a breathing technique, comfort measures, and medications used during labor (including pros and cons of different medication options).
In the first class, the instructor displays a picture of an unborn baby that, to me at least, looks more like a Rorschach ink blot test than a baby, but I eventually see the picture correctly. She defines some anatomy terms that you will probably hear about during doctor visits or "the big" hospital visit, and then delves into the topics outlined in the paragraphs above.
Overall, I found the DVD classes to be very informative and helpful. They are reasonably easy to watch and the instructor is often humorous. I did find that I needed to watch some of the classes again to understand and remember some of the information presented. However, this is one of the benefits to having it on DVD: that I could watch parts of it as often as I needed. The only drawback is that you are unable to ask questions to the instructor, but it was well worth it to loose this opportunity because of the other benefits mentioned.
The instructor has a website, http://www.laughandlearn.com/, where the DVD can be purchased, but I got mine from Amazon.com. I first found the DVD by searching Amazon.com, and I am glad that I saw it there first. The main page of the instructor's website primarily just has photos of celebrities who are said to be "fans" of the Laugh and Learn DVD series. There is not much actual information on the main page, which was a little off-putting to me. First of all, I don't really care what celebrities think of the DVD :) , and I have no way of verifying if that is actually true or not. If you click on the link at the bottom of the page that says, "click here if you want to enter the e-store," it will take you to more information about the DVDs and other products. Or, you can search for it on Amazon.com, and read reviews of the DVD there.
Overall, I found the DVD to be very professionally made, and it seemed to be very honest and accurate. I would certainly recommended it to others who are unable or uninterested in taking an "in-person" class.