Sunday, October 30, 2011

iBirth review & giveaway

At the Lamaze conference last month, I learned about a new app called, appropriately, iBirth. I'm really excited to share more about it and to offer a giveaway for 5 lucky winners.
So what is iBirth? It's an Apple app with four main features (Android version in progress):

1) 26 short videos showing positions for early labor, active labor, back labor, and pushing. Each video is about 1 minute long and has a brief narration with the benefits of that position. I love this part of the app; with a touch of a button, you can see a woman leaning over the back of the bed in early labor, doing a "labor hula" with her hips, and pushing on hands & knees. Three of the videos show mild, moderate, and intense vocalizations, familiarizing women with the normal sounds of labor. These short clips were filmed professionally in a birth center setting that is neutral enough to appeal to women planning both hospital and home births.

You can watch a sample video here:

The creators of iBirth have also made a DVD of these 26 short clips. It's a great resource for childbirth educators, doulas, and midwives. And at only $30, it's a great price!

2. Contraction timer. With a large start/stop button, this timer automatically calculates length and spacing of contractions.

3. Prenatal nutrition guide. This is quite useful when you're meal planning or grocery shopping. It includes important nutrients for pregnancy and lists which foods contain those nutrients. For example, if you were looking to eat more calcium-rich foods, you'd touch "calcium" and find a long list of whole foods and how much of each to eat.

4. Tips & Lists: There are over 140 suggestions and tips to help women through labor. These range from affirmations to tips for long labors or back labor.

The iBirth app is currently on sale for $2.99 (normally $4.99). It's totally worth the money, in my opinion. My favorite part is the video library. For those people who just can't be without their gadgets, even in labor, this one would definitely be helpful!

To purchase the app, visit the iTunes store. The DVD is available at the iBirth website or on Amazon.

Now, for the fun part--a giveaway! I am offering one iBirth DVD ($30 value) and 4 free iBirth downloads ($4.99 value). If you do not have an Apple device, you will receive a free 9-month online registration to iBirth, which includes all of the features except the contraction timer.

How to enter:
  • Look at the iBirth website, then leave a comment about a) your favorite iBirth feature and b) which product you'd like to win (DVD or app). 
  • Be sure to leave your email or website so I can contact you.
  • One extra entry for sharing on your blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (new comment please)
  • Giveaway ends Friday, November 4th at 5 pm EST.
  • DVD for US residents only; iBirth app for anyone, anywhere! 


  1. really? People would actually use this? I mean maybe the Dad... like when he's driving Mom up a wall and she says "here! take this and time contractions....waaaaaay over there on the other side of the room!"

    Nothing snide, I just don't get it. But hey, to each their own. My way isn't the only way.

  2. $30 - it would be a good add on to a bradley class but unless you've done more prep than that I don't think it would help

  3. Thanks! I am going to recommend this to my Childbirth Ed students. Any other recs?

  4. This seems like a great app! Since I am 10 weeks pregnant, this will be a very handy one to utilize! I was going to look for a contraction timer--this has one. Everything else will be a great bonus for my second vba2c!


  5. Sounds fabulous! I WISH I had an apple device - I would buy the app just for the contraction timer. The video library sounds like a great way to expand my repertoire of labor positions beyond what I'm familiar with. I'd love the DVD.

  6. I used an online contraction timer when I was in early labor in August, and it drove me nuts. Kinda like a watched uterus never contracts.

  7. Ooo. I'd like to win the birth video. I'm planning my first home birth and trying to find good birth videos to give my family and idea of what to expect.

  8. Ooh how wonderful. I love the videos! This is so helpful as a new doula. I would love to win the app since I could easily use this during my prenatals!

  9. I love the techniques for dealing with back labor! The contraction timer looks snazzy, too.

    I just got an iPhone 4S so I'd love the chance to win a free download!

  10. This is AWESOME! The best feature has got to be the videos...those would/could come in so SO helpful during my upcoming birth...keep me in check. The app would work for us.

    will surely share on FB!

  11. I'd love the app. I'm planning a home water birth for Dec as I physically can't have an epidural/spinal (not that I would want one) and have started doing as much research as possible.

  12. I would love to have those videos - I had terrible back labor with my son and trying to remember which positions were for what was a hassle.

    I don't have an apple device - hope the android one is available soon

  13. This looks great! I'd love to use the video in my CBE classes to help demonstrate labor positions before practicing them.


  14. I'd love to utilize the birth positions videos, especially before labor begins, maybe my body will build up some muscle memory so it becomes second nature to find the right position for that particular point in labor!

    I have an iPhone, so I'd pick the app.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

    henhenmom at gmail dot com

  15. I'm supposed to give birth any day now, but I would really like to win this so I can check out the birth positions before it actually happens! I don't know any birth positions!!! I don't have an iphone though :(


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