• May/June 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 3

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Video Reaches Out to New Parents

Babies don't come with instruction manuals, but a new video can help new parents cope and babies thrive.

Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, Begin with Love is a home video for all first-time parents and caregivers and features Dr. Kyle Pruett. A Spanish version of the video, Empieza con amor, is hosted by Christina Saralegui and features Dr. Alicia Lieberman. Both versions spotlight the world debut of Raffi's song "Blessed Be" and feature several new parents.

The video focuses on the importance of the parent/infant relationship during the first three months of life. Based on the latest research in early childhood development, the video highlights five guidelines that will help all new parents create a responsive and enriching environment for their babies:

  • Take care of yourself so you can care for your baby.
  • Provide a warm and loving environment.
  • Talk, sing, and read to your baby.
  • Create a predictable world for your baby.
  • Understand and respond to your baby's needs.

The video was produced by the Civitas Initiative, a national, non-profit communication group whose mission is to provide educational tools to the community of adults who care for children. Harpo Entertainment Group, chaired by Oprah Winfrey, is providing ongoing production expertise and facilities for Civitas communications products, including Begin with Love.

Over 3.6 million new parents will receive the video through the Parenting Group. Other partners and sponsors of the video include Ronald McDonald House Charities, drugstore.com, Zero to Three, and The Harris Foundation.

Civitas is now developing a video and materials for grandparents about child development, their changing role as grandparents, and their importance in today's society. Civitas also will produce Fathers Matter, a series that will target dads of children ages 0-6 and will co-produce a book and website on the first three years of life.

Visit the Begin with Love website at: http://www.beginwithlove.com

A Spanish version of the website is located at: http://www.empiezaconamor.com.

The Begin with Love video can be ordered in English or Spanish for $14.95 through www.bluespin.com/vid-direct/orderform.shtml or by calling 1-800-937-6268, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm PST. (Editor's note: this link is no longer available.)

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