A few days ago, one of my clients requested recommendations for DVDs that she could watch about newborn and baby care during the first year. I quickly realized that I did not have very many recommendations off the top of my head. I have plenty of books I could share, but DVDs? Not so much. I hurried to the internet to ask my fellow doulas what they recommended, and here is a short list of responses. I plan for this to be an ongoing list of resources, so if you are reading the post and notice one of your favorite DVDs is missing, please send an email to email@example.com. Thanks!
Newborn and Baby Care Videos:
HUG Your Baby by Jan Tedder-this program is required training for one of the leading doula training organizations in the US. I'm sure it's pretty good if doulas are required to take it.
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp- I have this video in my doula library for clients to check out.
Baby Language by Priscilla Dunstan- I know nothing about this, but this was recommended by several doulas as a way to learn how to disipher a baby's babbles and cries more than anything else.
Injoy's Postpartum & New Baby Care- I do not know anything about Injoy or their DVDs, but there is a decent sized list of DVDs here.
Amazing Talents of the Newborn by Dr. Marshall Klaus and Phyllis Klaus- I have never watched this video, but it can be bought from Penny Simkin's website. If she's willing to put it on her site, it must be good, right?
Laugh & Learn Classes by Sheri Bayles- These can be viewed online or DVDs can be purchased. There are three classes, childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care. They seem cute from the website, but I haven't watched these.