A Woman’s World: Discovering the Dynamic Menstrual Cycle
by Joan L. Moon, EdD, CNM, RN

[2010, Women’s Health Dynamics, LLC. Available through Women’s Health Dynamics.]

[Review first published in Midwifery Today Issue 100, Winter 2011/2012, © 2011, Midwifery Today, Inc. Review by Toni Rakestraw.]

This course reminded me of a modern version of a filmstrip. Available on a disc as either a short, narrated series of slides (some with animation) or as an interactive PDF file, this program guides you through the basics of the menstrual cycle. It discusses how the reproductive system and the pituitary gland work together, and how various hormones interact to create the menstrual cycle.

There are also some games available to help integrate the information, such as a crossword puzzle, a jigsaw puzzle and a word scramble.

I can see how this may be useful for midwives or doulas working with young mothers who are not familiar with how their cycles work. The show itself is brief; the narration reads the text that is available on the left side of the screen, so this CD could be used with mothers who have hearing issues.

Mothers could also use this as a tool for teaching their children how this amazing system works.

Reviewer Toni Rakestraw worked as a doula before the demands of her children required her to stay home. Now, she spends her time writing and editing book manuscripts in between interruptions.