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Understanding Pregnancy

Producer:InJoy Birth & Parenting Education
Date Produced:2012
  • DVD
  • Curriculum
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Pregnant/ Lactating Women
  • Low-Literacy
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Eating Patterns
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Food Safety
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Vitamins and Minerals
Description:Teach expectant parents how to keep themselves and their babies healthy as they take the remarkable journey through pregnancy. Presenting the latest research-based recommendations, Understanding Pregnancy models healthy habits and partner involvement, all while stressing the importance of good prenatal health. This DVD features all-new, stunning 3D animation that brings fetal development to life and will motivate moms to take good care of themselves throughout pregnancy. 75 min. (Bonus: 35-min condensed version and 5-min. fetal development section)
Language:Also available in Spanish.
Ordering Info:Order online at website provided. Facilitator's Guide and Parent Handout available at http://www.injoyvideos.com/index.php?id=48&Page=Free_Guides_And_Handouts
Web Site:http://www.injoyvideos.com


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based on MyPlate or the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Focus of this review is Chapters 3 ( Nutrition) and Chapter 4 Exercise and Chapter 2 Express (Nutrition), Facilitator's Guide (a PDF you can download without a password for free, that includes handouts that go with the video. There is a website that goes with the video but you need a password to get to it, it has additional videos that the reviewer could not review as they didn't have a password.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.
E. Accuracy
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Not applicable.

Sub-titles for the video sections tell what the segment is about and work to meet the learning objective requirement.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Material includes a variety of stimulating and interesting learning experiences, questions, projects, or suggestions for further action that will involve the reader.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.
J. Inclusion of learning objectives, learner activities, instructional aids, lesson plans, evaluation component, identification of required instructional materials, web site with additional materials.
Material includes five or more of the above.

The Facilitator's guide talks about how to use the whole DVD. Handouts that aide the video are at the seewhatyouread.com website, but you need a password to get in so they were not reviewed.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

A. Role Models
Positive role models are provided in text and illustrations. Role models presented as having many roles, traits, and emotions.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Racial, ethnic, and religious groups are represented in a factual manner showing a variety of roles, occupations, and values.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material emphasizes a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.

This section refers to the free handouts in the facilitator's guide including: Exercise Diary, Food Diary and Journaling exercise.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.
C. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used is appropriate for intended audience. Minimizes use of technical terms and if used, are defined.
D. Supportive Illustrations
All of the illustrations contribute to the material and are on the same page as their textual references. Tables and graphs are as simple and easy to read as possible. All information needed in graphs and tables is provided in a form requiring no further explanation.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are attractive, and stimulate interest, without being too busy. There is good balance between print and blank space.
F. Visual Quality

N/A print out yourself from PDF on any weight of paper you choose.
G. Headings/Cueing Devices
Clear headings are provided for each topic area. Cueing devices (shading, boxes, arrows, etc.) are used to direct attention to key points.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at or below 5th grade level for low-literacy materials. Assessment method provided.

There are a lot of charts in this section, charts can be hard to read for someone of low literacy. Review could not SMOG or FOG the materials as they are mostly in chart format, not a sentence format that responds better for pegging literacy scores.

Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are mutually supportive to presentation of concepts.
B. Pace
Presentation progresses at a pace that permits comprehension. Pacing of dialogue is appropriate for absorbing concepts presented. Blank time is provided.
C. Auditory Quality
Speaker, voice and music are clear; sound is audible and has good quality.
D. Visual Quality
Visuals are clear and properly framed; graphics and titles are clearly visible; color, lighting, and editing enhance presentation of content.
E. Continuity
Continuity provides cohesiveness and smooth flow. Visuals in logical order. Auditory portion precisely matched with visual portion.

Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; there are no broken hyperlinks.

2 websites relate to this video:http://www.InJoyVideos.com/SWYR and http://www.seewhatyouread.com the reviewer was not able to register at see what you read .com as they needed a password not included with the video.
B. Readability
Text size is adequate for viewing. Good contrast between text and background.
C. Navigation
Navigation through the web site is logical and aided by navigation buttons and a site map or search tool.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
The video shows how everyday people in all walks of life, race, ethnicity and culture can have a healthy pregnancy outcome.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
C. General Comments
Good overall video to show at a birthing instruction class, or to couples planning pregnancy and are worried about nutrition and exercise issues.
D. Overall Summary
This reviewer only reviewed chapters 3 (nutrition) and 4 (exercise) and chapter 2 express (nutrition) and saw that the video was appropriate for couples planning pregnancy or who are pregnant and need instruction.

Reviewer Rating
Any opinions expressed about any resource in this web site (either expressly or implied) are solely and completely the responsibility of the reviewer and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Highly Recommended