When Tim and I were preparing for childbirth last summer, one expert we turned to for guidance was Sheri Bayles. Sheri is a registered nurse who has put out a really great DVD series called “Laugh and Learn.” She has a series on labor and childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn baby care. We watched the labor and the baby care DVDs, and they were very helpful to us!
I recently had the opportunity to read the book version of Laugh and Learn About Childbirth. I thought it was simply terrific! One of my favorite things about the dvd was all of the very helpful diagrams she used. Well, those same diagrams (and more!) are in this book. It is so hard to fully understand “pelvic station,” for example, without being able to see a good visual. Dilation is also difficult to fully understand without seeing what the different centimeter amounts actually look like. I’m very glad to see that all of these concepts are illustrated in this book, as well as some strategies for easing pain while in labor and some pushing techniques.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is preparing for childbirth. Sheri helps take away much of the fear that is associated with childbirth by reminding us that, “The key to a wonderful labor and delivery is faith in the body’s infinite wisdom, combined with knowledge and information about the process itself – and a great sense of humor” (p. 17). She also walks you through every stage of labor, and gives you the most important information in a very digestible, and often humorous, format. This would be a book that I would suggest reading a few times throughout your pregnancy (and at 134 pages, it is a quick read) and then taking it with you to the hospital or birthing center.
Buy It: The brand new book, Laugh and Learn about Childbirth is available on the laugh and learn site for $12.95…a terrific price for a book so full of helpful information!
Edit: This giveaway is now closed.
Win It: Sheri wants to give you the opportunity to win your very own copy of her latest book right now!
The contest will run until Friday, March 5th at 7:59pm CST. A winner will be randomly selected and emailed, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Open to residents of the United States.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.