As the Host on HGTV's "Hidden Potential" its been nearly impossible for my husband and I to take classes together until the last couple of weeks when things slowed down for me at work. I have taken classes and read books until I was blue in the face but watching your classes was wonderful.
In your Childbirth Class you explain and give information about the process of birth that was not included in the hospital class nor myriad books I’ve read. The way you convey your lessons, for example what to do if your water breaks, makes it so easy to remember and made my husband and I joke around on a daily basis. He’ll say to me on the way out the door, “Green Means Go!” I also really appreciated the explanations of the medical terms often used in birth – it made my most recent prenatal appointments much better in understanding words like pelvic station, effacement, etc…
Regarding the Baby Care and Breastfeeding Classes – it was great to see a real woman or a real baby! This is not an experience I’ve had in taking baby care and nursing classes around the city. We practiced on a doll - but I would have rather just watched someone live, with a real child or a real breast(!). At our last hospital orientation class I announced that everyone should go out and get the 'Laugh and Learn' series – whether you take a class or not. It’s just really nice to learn at one’s own convenience, in the privacy of your own home and to rewind as many times as you want.
Paige Rien Host of HGTV's "Hidden Potential"
Great Info In a Fun Way!!!
"This whole series is GREAT! We are having our first baby and the information we received from this set of videos let you know things to ask your Doctor. Our Doctor was impressed with our questions and we owe it to this video series!!!! We HIGHLY recommend them!!!"
We Learned Something New Every Time
"Hi Sheri, I just want to share with you my experience with your "Laugh And Learn" Childbirth class! When I was about 7 months pregnant I decided to registered for a Lamaze class but obviously I waited too long. So as I was sitting on my couch crying to "Bringing Home Baby" on TLC I saw your commercial! I didn't hesitate to check out your website and realized that $40 is way cheaper than $150 for a Lamaze class!
Last year July 30th I gave birth to my son Izrael 8lbs 3oz. It was a natural birth all the way and I really believe it was all because of your class!! The videos were so funny to watch that my husband and I watched religiously because we learned something new every time and understood what childbirth is all about! I did everything you said to do, everything from "instead of whining and complaining during contractions - rest" to "Oh No! Don't ever labor on your back!" I was in labor for 5 hours, sat through most of it while rejecting about 3 epidural offers :-)
Now I refer all of my friends to your online classes, that the classes are so good they need to see on their own!!"
B. Salgado, Long Island
This Breastfeeding Class Was Fantastic
This class was a fantastic, basic demonstration on how to breastfeed. Each chapter was clear and concise and not too long. I think I watched the whole thing in under an hour. The real-life demonstrations of mothers breastfeeding their babies was extremely helpful, as was the chapter on pumping."
B. Harrington, FL
Great Substitute For Classroom
"What a great online class, this helped us out so much, we both work crazy schedules and have little or no time to go to a Lamaze class. This is a great support tool for the birth process and to easy the troubled minds of first time parents. Easy to watch and easy to follow."
Jessica Carver, IN
This Class Saved Me!
"I watched the online class to brush up for my third child, since it had been awhile between children. I really wish I'd had it for my first two pregnancies. I can not believe how much I learned. It gives step-by-step instructions for different modes of pain relief and detailed descriptions of what's happening with each stage of labor. But it flows easily from one part to the next and keeps you laughing while you're learning.
So when my third labor progressed WAY faster than we'd expected, I was prepared and used the techniques I'd learned to focus and get through what could have been a painful and scary experience. Instead I knew what was happening at each moment and could visualize the happy end result (my beautiful little boy). This online class is worth more than BOTH of the other prep classes I took for my first deliveries."
S. Teixeira, VA
Terrific! Detailed and Light-Hearted
"I bought this online class after reading all of the reviews for the other "birthing" classes. Wow, were you reviewers right. This class was detailed and very easy to follow. The instructor used visual aids and body language to give a really clear visual of what happens during childbirth. I watched the online class in lieu of spending $100 on a birthing class that would've been very inconvenient for my husband and myself, and man, am I glad I did.
I can't imagine a class would've been any more detailed or helpful and it was so great to just watch it at my own pace, in my spare time and in my own home. Also, I now have it as a reference. The instructor was fun and although a little cheesy at times, you can tell she really knows her stuff and loves what she does. Also I felt like she gave a fair share to women who want to have an epidural and women who don't. The setting for this class is the instructor and 5 expecting couples and I would like to say that it really does a great job at including the husbands, which I find really important. I also learned a lot about blood cord banking, even though I don't think I will do it. Watch this class! You won't regret it."
Hekelalani "Heather", Honolulu, HI
Awesome For Squeamish Fathers-to-Be
"I negotiated that my husband would be in the delivery room as long as he didn't have to attend childbirth classes with gory videos. (And honestly, the idea of squatting on pillows and panting with a bunch of other preggies did not appeal to me either!) But when the time came closer we realized that we needed more info than the books could give.
My husband purchased this and we both loved it. Lots of good info, and even the graphic stuff wasn't bothersome. We enjoyed Sheri's sense of humor and laughed a lot. Cost a fraction of what the hospital childbirth classes were running - plus, we plan to review it again in a month right before I'm due - you can't do that with regular childbirth classes."
J. Baldina, NC
Skip Expensive Classes – Watch This One!
"We bought this mainly because one 8 hour class of information felt overwhelming (and $130 class fee seemed very high!). We LOVED this class. We watched at our own pace and used many of Sheri's techniques during my labor and delivery, including a breathing technique when they tell you NOT to push. Who knew that could happen! Sheri did! I believe my delivery was easier because the "pushing" technique Sheri taught was dead-on to get that baby out as quick as possible! She really does cover everything."
K. Adkins, NJ
Good Overview And Very Informative
"I really enjoyed this class, it provided good content at a nice pace. I highly recommend it."
D. Traub, CA
I Couldn’t Believe How Much I Learned
"I have viewed this set of videos, part of the videos I have viewed more than once (one of the advantages of watching online). When I saw the videos I couldn't believe how much I learned even after having given birth to three children. I cannot express enough what a great tool this is in preparing couples for the big event."
Delores M. Warner, WA
"I was really nervous about the prospect of breastfeeding. Many of my friends were so frustrated that they gave up after a few weeks! I watched this video before I gave birth and again when I got home from the hospital. Within days my baby girl and I were in perfect harmony. It answered all my questions with humor and in terms I could understand. The demonstrations are great. They actually got a new mom to breastfeed on the camera and the close ups were really helpful, as well as all the different "holds". My husband watched it with me and was laughing too. Since then, I've bought it as a gift for two of my girlfriends and they loved it. Highly recommended!"
L. Price, NY
This Online Class Is Incredible Helpful
"I was registered for a Lamaze class and bought this video only as a backup, in case my husband couldn't make it to class. Turns out, the class was really boring while both my husband and I found this video incredibly captivating and helpful. We actually watched it twice. I felt very prepared for labor after this video. The instructor is great - very structured, offers tips that you can remember easily, and has a great sense of humor. I wish she were my labor nurse!"
Excellent And Immensely Helpful
"I thought this video was excellent, informative, and convenient. I have friends who attended live birthing classes and paid $150 for them who said they learned nothing. I paid much less, watched it in the comfort of my own home at my convenience, and learned a great deal. I am due in 10 days so I hope I will still feel the same afterward, but I think I will. Highly recommended especially for first time moms or for parents who have had a lot of time between the last baby and this one."
Better Than “Bringing Baby Home”
"Expecting our first, my wife and I have bought several DVDs related to childbirth, etc. We first chose to purchase "Bringing Baby Home" rather than "Laugh & Learn" because the reviews and descriptions made it seem much better. But we found "Bringing Baby Home" somewhat disappointing. We really liked the "Laugh & Learn" series, so we came back and bought this one. "Laugh & Learn About Newborn Care" is much better than "Bringing Baby Home". More comprehensive and better presentation. Very well done like all the "Laugh & Learn" series."
"I was very happy with the CB class (and in fact just got the breastfeeding class from the same instructor). I watched it in lieu of attending childbirth classes and do not regret that decision. I had read several books about labor and delivery, etc., and the classes brought the information together nicely and made me feel more prepared overall.
I also appreciated the fact that the instructor did not spend a lot of time on breathing techniques and did not overly emphasize natural childbirth. Instead, she discussed the desirability of postponing medications until the labor is well underway because of the cascade effect of interventions (which seems sensible to me). But she certainly didn't try to push going natural all the way."
Very Informative Video!
"I am so glad I did not sign up for in-person classes. This video fulfills that need. I now feel very well-informed."
Very Informative And Helpful
"Very Informative and Helpful. My wife and I could not make it to the Lamaze classes and we're still glad we didn't. This video is great. My wife and I enjoy watching it, and learned a lot. The baby came out like a piece of cake (my wife doesn't agree on that one completely but at least we both knew what we where doing!)
Sheri 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.
Highly recommend it."
Alexander Gitin, NY
Thank You For An Excellent Class!
"I simply want to say how much my husband and I have enjoyed watching your video to prepare us for our upcoming arrival. We could watch it at our own pace, re-watch any segment as a refresher, all without leaving the comfort of home. Sheri is so well-versed and made the learning process for us so much fun. Lastly, when Sheri promptly returned my phone call, she was the nicest & friendliest person on the phone! Thank you for an excellent class!"
Marsha Goodwin, TX
Comprehensive And Fun
"Sheri's video gives you all the information you need to know about having a baby in a straightforward and easy to understand manner. Plus, she is just plain funny. The video is divided into six "classes" that each cover an easily digestible amount of information. My husband and I watched them 2 classes a sitting. I highly recommend the set!"
Interesting And Informative
"It isn't boring or preachy, it just tells you what to expect and how to deal with it. I would recommend this to anyone who cannot attend a regular childbirth class, or anyone who thinks there is no such thing as being too informed. I think this may be my new gift of choice for baby showers."
A. Hamon, WV