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Medical school professors, college educators, high school educators, and medical students have endorsed The Biology of Prenatal Development DVD. Read their comments below.

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“The combination of exquisite images and a clear, carefully researched text makes this video an unparalleled resource for all who are interested in the mysteries of life before birth.”

Bruce M. Carlson, M.D., Ph.D.
Director and Research Professor, Institute of Gerontology
University of Michigan*
Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Michigan Medical School*

The Biology of Prenatal Development provides an amazing view of human embryonic and fetal development. It would be a great supplement to developmental biology courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and medical school level.”

Deborah J. Andrew, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Cell Biology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine*

“This video production is a uniquely crafted portrayal of human embryofetal development that is completed by a succinct, but very accurate, description of the process. It is a joint effort that has utilized the expertise of many well-known professionals in the field of human growth and development. I have been invested in the field of perinatal pathology for nearly 17 years and I have not encountered a more widely useful, or expertly illustrated and annotated, video production. It is aimed at a nonprofessional and undergraduate audience, and, true to its mission, it is thoroughly understandable without suffering from over simplification. Thus, it is appropriate for education of mature, high school and college students and, also, for general health care education during pregnancy. However, a lot of its content and phenomenal imagery are of such high quality that it could also be considered for use in the education of a wide variety of professionals in the medical fields. It would lend itself well to introductory postgraduate coursework for medical, nursing, dental, and medical genetics students, as an easily viewed and integrated overview of human embryofetal development. I strongly endorse this product and believe it is a major contribution to general education in the field of prenatal development.”

Ona Marie Faye-Petersen, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Alabama School at Birmingham*
Head, UAB Microdissection Laboratory for Perinatal Pathology
Department of Pathology, Anatomic Division

The Biology of Prenatal Development is an excellent overview of key features of human embryonic development. It contains amazing video sequences of human embryos combined with helpful animations and very understandable narration. It reveals the mystery of embryonic development without removing the wonder.”

David L. Bolender, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy
Graduate Faculty, Program in Cell & Developmental Biology
Medical College of Wisconsin*

“This visually compelling video provides important insights into the dynamism of the developing human embryo. The images can be used to supplement existing teaching tools in courses on developmental biology.”

Mark J. Holterman, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division Chief, Pediatric Surgery
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago*

“This beautifully produced video provides an impressive overview of human development from conception to birth in a very clear, concise presentation. The informative and engaging format includes a continuous timeline to emphasize the sequence and coincidence of important developmental landmarks, illustrated with a mix of easily understood animations, intrauterine videos, and state-of-the-art 4D ultrasound and other imaging techniques. It would be a fine introduction to courses on human development at almost any level, from college to graduate medical programs.”

David H. Bernanke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anatomy
Medical University of South Carolina*

“After reviewing this video, I find it to be a first class presentation that would ideally set the stage for the study of development at all levels of education.”

Alan R. Sinning, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anatomy
University of Mississippi Medical Center*

The Biology of Prenatal Development video provides a uniquely accessible visual overview of prenatal human development.”

Paul A. Krieg, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell Biology & Anatomy
Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology
The University of Arizona College of Medicine*

The Biology of Prenatal Development video has also been endorsed by:

James H. Baker, Ph.D.
Chairman, Department of Anatomy
Howard University College of Medicine*

Maurice J. Pescitelli Jr., Ph.D.
Visiting Research Assistant Professor
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago*

Professor Stuart Campbell, D.Sc., F.R.C.P., F.R.C.O.G.
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Create Health Centre for Reproductive and Advanced Technology,* U.K.

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* Institutional approval is neither stated nor implied.

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“This is the best video I have ever seen to teach prenatal development. I have been searching for this! I am very excited about it. Thank you!”

Melanie Allen
Health Science Technology Instructor
Memorial High School*
Houston, Texas

“This is a wonderful tool for Health Science teachers. As the state consultant in this area, I am always pleased to find a current, exciting, and educational resource for teachers. The presentation given in our state was very helpful to show teachers how to use this dynamic learning DVD. This is a product well ahead of its time. As a state consultant, I cannot endorse a product or vendor, but I can suggest valuable resources to my teachers, and this is on my top 10 list.”

Carol L. Clark
Health Science Education Coordinator
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth*
Lansing, Michigan

“This is the best program I have seen in 26 years of perinatal nursing!!”

Nancy Check, R.N.C., M.S.N.
North Davidson High School*
Lexington, North Carolina

“I teach maternity nursing and definitely plan to incorporate it in my curriculum.”

Judith Swick
Instructor, Practical Nursing
United Technical Center*
Clarksburg, West Virginia

“The entire program is so much superior graphically to anything I have ever seen. Would be a great asset in teaching fetal development.”

Ben Webb
Health Careers Teacher
Marshall County Technical Center*
Benton, Kentucky

“An exceptional DVD to help everyone better understand prenatal development. I love it!”

Heather Allred
Health, FACS Teacher
Hunter Junior High School*
West Valley City, Utah

“The DVD is excellent. A wonderful teaching tool not only for health-related classes, but the entire high school population.”

Pam Hensley
Instructor, Health Occupations
Monroe County Vocational/Technical Center*
West Virginia

“This DVD is amazing. I just can't believe that we received this free at the conference. I have never experienced anything like this before.”

Sandra David, R.N.
Marshall County Technical Center*
Benton, Kentucky

“This video should be seen by every person (male/female) when a pregnancy is confirmed.”

Lynn Thaxton
North Lenoir High School*
La Grange, North Carolina

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* Institutional approval is neither stated nor implied.

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  • Overall, the video was extremely informative and easily understood.

  • The videos of the actual embryos are fascinating.

  • (The video) offers a good overview and would be nice for people with limited previous knowledge.

  • Made me want to be an OB/GYN.

  • The in-utero images are very memorable. I think this is a useful video for introducing human development.

  • 4D scans were awesome.