This is a wonderful resource for all prospective parents (and even parents who have "been there and done that"). As the series covers more topics than the regular hospital based classes, this is a great option to use in addition to hospital ante-natal classes or as an alternative and particularly for people living in isolated areas.

Having a personal copy, allows segments to be revisited as required and watched at your own pace. This information could be just what you need to ensure a wonderful experience in pregnancy, birth and those early weeks. The Birthing Sense series really is essential viewing.

The DVD covers all aspects of pregnancy in a simple, yet informative manner. It gives non-biased information on choice of caregivers to provide viewers with a knowledge of the options available to them.

It goes on to clearly explain many important aspects of pregnancy such as a discussion on the tests available, diet, exercise, use of herbs, breastfeeding and a very informative segment on fitting maternity bras. Diagrams and a model of the pelvic bone structure are cleverly used to enhance the information provided.

The DVD contains essential information to support and encourage natural, active birth. Homebirth, waterbirth and use of a doula are covered as well as yoga and hypnobirthing, both of which I have personally used successfully.

My partner watched the DVD with me and we both found it to be informative and comprehensive, yet simple and easy to watch. The segments are short and succinct giving just the right amount of information without allowing the viewer to become overwhelmed or bored.

The DVD ends beautifully with a relaxation exercise.

This is a DVD that I would thoroughly recommend to any prospective parent, I will absolutely visit this site again and recommend it to friends and family.

Shellie

DVD 1 : Making Sense of your Pregnancy

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Birth Education Video Series

1) Options for Care

Pregnancy is sometimes described as a 'rollercoaster' ride- you get on it when you find out that you are pregnant, and you don't really know all of the options available to you, unless you are informed of them.

In this segment, a General Practitioner, an Obstetrician, a Doula, an Independent midwife, and a hospital-based midwife talk about the options that are available to you for your pregnancy care through a health care provider of your choice.

2) Changes in pregnancy

Carolina (midwife) helps you to understand what effects in your mind and body can be considered 'normal' through your pregnancy.

3) Your Antenatal Visits

Our GP, Saroja, talks about what your health care provider will be checking and talking to you about in your visits through your pregnancy.

4) Gestational Diabetes

* Gestational diabetes accounted for 9% of new cases of diabetes in Australia 1999-2002 (The National Diabetes Register, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)

Claudia, talks about her experience with gestational diabetes.

5) Tests during pregnancy

Kay, our genetic counsellor, discusses many of the tests that will be offered to you through your pregnancy. She talks about what each test involves, and the implications of the results of the tests that you choose.

6) Healthy Diet

Amanda (dietician) discusses the challenge of eating a healthy diet when you are pregnant. She also clearly shows which foods to avoid during pregnancy.

Preview Amanda's segment on the DVDs

7) Exercise in Pregnancy

Liz (physiotherapist) looks at the importance of looking after your pelvic floor, and how to look after yourself when you exercise while pregnant.

8) Herbs in pregnancy

Kara, women's health naturopath, has looked after women during their pregnancy for many years. She introduces the importance that herbs can have in the care of the woman during pregnancy and after birth.

9) Breastfeeding

There are many myths about preparing your nipples for breastfeeding. In this segment, Leanne, a Lactation Consultant, talks about some of the things you might want to learn about breastfeeding before your baby arrives.

10) Maternity Bras

Lorren from Bella Bellies Maternity Boutique

shows Lisa what to look for when trying on and buying a maternity bra.

11) Dads

Coran talks to some Dads about what to expect during pregnancy, and how being a Dad is such an integral part of the whole experience for you both.

12) Homebirth & Waterbirth

Waterbirth is now offered in many institutions as a way to birth your baby. Independent midwife, Jane discusses many of our misconceptions about these wonderful opportunities for birth.

13) Doula

A Doula is a professional support person to support you through pregnancy, birth and after the birth. Having a doula can significantly reduce your time in labour, as well as reduce your risk for caesarian, augmentation, and baby being sent to Special Care Unit.

See what Lisa has to say about using a doula during birth

14) Yoga

Jan Baxter is a qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher that specialises in pregnancy and postnatal exercise. In this segment Jan discusses the benefits of yoga to pregnant women.

She gives some pointers for opening your uterus and how to take care of yourself when doing yoga poses.

15) Hypnobirth

Lindsey is well known in the Illawarra for her work with women who have had a non-positive first birth experience. She knows too well the importance of breaking through your fears surrounding birth and trusting in your body.

Lindsey also talks you through a short relaxation practice that you can do every day.


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Extra videos available:

The videos listed on the right are a combination of new videos (not seen on the DVDs), or a shortened version from the DVD series.

Take your time to look around, there is a lot of information here!

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Extracts from Birthing Sense DVD series -

  • Healthy Eating in Pregnancy - Amanda, our dietician discusses foods to avoid during pregnancy in DVD 1 (pregnancy) e.g. foods that may contain listeria (which may cause miscarriage). She also discusses what you need to eat to remain healthy while you are not feeling well (e.g. from morning sickness). See Newsletter
  • How to choose who looks after you during your pregnancy- In DVD 1 (pregnancy) we look at your options for choosing a carer once you are pregnant. We talk to an obstetrician, a GP, an independant midwife, a hospital midwife, and a doula. See Newsletter
  • Introducing baby to your pet - Our veterinary nurse (DVD 3 - baby) discusses some strategies for introducing your pets to your new baby to avoid jealousy issues. More about Kay.
  • Look after your pelvic floor- Women's health physiotherapist, Liz, features on DVD 1 (pregnancy) and DVD 2 (birth). Incontinence after you have a baby is common, so Liz gives us some suggestions to prevent or improve incontinence. See Newsletter
  • Postnatal Depression - Lyn (DVD 3- baby) has a lot of experience counselling women with postnatal depression (PND). In this shortened extract from our 3rd DVD, Lyn discusses how to notice and avoid PND. Post-Natal Depression is treatable! See Newsletter
  • Twins - What to expect from a multiple birth is an extract of a parent interview from DVD 3 (baby). Two mother's of twins discuss how they coped, and what helped them through the early days. See Newsletter

NEW videos - extra information for you - not included in our DVDs -

  • Baby Wearing - Kate discusses how to wear a baby sling on DVD 3 (baby) of our Birth Education Series. She covers slings, wraps and pouches. This video is new- a brief outline of why you would wear your baby. See Newsletter
  • Bellydance for birth - is a great way to exercise during pregnancy, and a great tool for birth. DVD 2 (birth) explains how birth happens, this is one strategy to use for your natural birth. See Newsletter
  • Choosing Healthy Foods for babies - following 'How to introduce family foods' on DVD 3 (baby), we interviewed a healthy food expert to see how we choose the right foods to get the nutrients into our diet (and to our baby). See Newsletter
  • How to avoid flat-head (plagiocephaly)- physiotherapist, Liz gives us a couple of strategies to help avoid 'flat head' on our babies. See Newsletter
  • How to turn a breech baby - A lot of babies who are breech (bottom first) are birthed/ delivered by Caesarian (cesarian) section today. Here are some quick tips to help your baby turn and (hopefully) achieve a natural birth from a yoga expert and an acupuncturist. See Newsletter
  • Premmy Babies - On DVD 3 (baby), we talk to a Clinical Nurse Specialist from a Nonatal Intensive Care Unit, to see what we might expect if our baby is born prematurely (early). This is a new interview from a mother of 2 premature babies- born around 32 weeks gestation. See Newsletter
  • Using a TENS machine- another birth strategy that is described in DVD 2 (birth). This new video tells us a lot more about TENS as a tool for a natural birth. See Newsletter
  • When would you see a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)- Breastfeeding experts are known as Lactation Consultants and they have International Certification (IBCLC). Our breastfeeding information on all 3 of our DVDs is presented by a Lactation Consultant. You can also download a "How to Breastfeed" booklet written by Leanne here. In this new interview, we look at some reasons you might see an IBCLC. See Newsletter
  • Why have a doula? - In our birth education series, we have a doula explaining many strategies for a natural birth on DVD 2 (birth). This is a new video from a parent who hired a doula (professional support person for birth) for her birth. See Newsletter
  • De-stress face and head self massage - We have a massage therapist talk about pregnancy massage on DVD 1 (pregnancy), massage to help during birth (DVD 2-birth), and about baby massage (DVD 3-baby). This time, you can follow someone giving themselves a quick and easy self-massage to help to relax at any time. See Newsletter
  • Attitude of Gratitude - is something that is not related to birth, but is related to life. A gift from our counsellor Lyn, who is also our post-natal depression expert.

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