Make Way for Baby!

Reviewed Publisher: 
Amphion Communications Inc., 4701 N. Federal Highway, Suite 301-C1 Pompano Beach, FL 33064. Tel: 954-782-8668).
Reviewed Title: 
Make Way for Baby! (Video, 55 minutes, 1997) (Available in Spanish or English)

Based on the work of Beatriz Manrique, Ph.D., this video proposes an emotional and intellectual head start for parents and babies. Its subtitle, 'Talking your way through pregnancy while improving your baby's mind" indicates a dual goal to increase communication between the parents and babies as well as to enhance the baby's intellectual and physical abilities.

Supporting these goals, the video relies on cutting-edge research showing language and math reasoning may be improved by specific prenatal practices; that early communication techniques which stimulate memory, attention, and association learning can result in earlier development and lasting academic benefits. However, equal, if not greater importance is placed on establishing emotional and intellectual connections before birth, thereby assuring continuation of caring, love and communication after birth. Although pragmatic in approach and abounding with exercises and lessons, the primary emphasis is on reciprocal prenatal communication and bonding which underlie the future capacity for love and emotional stability.

Organized by trimesters, the video delineates the physical and mental capacities of the developing baby at each week or stage, and then proceeds to the techniques, exercises and interactions appropriate for those stages. Clear instructions and demonstrations enable viewers to participate as they watch.

Topics addressed in detail with clarity, include: Early embryonic development of the fetus, the necessity for proper diet, cultivation of healthy posture habits, breathing, strengthening of muscles for nursing and delivery, communication of positive thoughts, and stimulation experiences to facilitate bonding and promote relationship.

Throughout the video, the pronoun "she" is always used to refer to the baby. I am concerned about the many parents whose sonograms have already started them relating to a male child. Because we now know that babies in utero are aware of then* parents' acceptance and approval of their gender, it seems most respectful to refer to the baby's true gender, and if unknown, not to use either he or she.

The fetus, when viewed in utero, is shown as a cartoon figure, which seemed to me an incongruity with the more traditional tone of the script. Most important is the message that is so clearly conveyed: Love, respect, stability, and well-being begin in the womb, and the conscious awareness and attention of parents can truly improve the quality of their children's lives.

More information about this video is available on line at: www.2bparent.com/video.htm

Publication Date: 
03/2000