August 31, 2016
Volume 18, Issue 18
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Quote of the Week

The food you eat can be either the most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.

Ann Wigmore, author and holistic health practitioner

The Art of Midwifery

We can see the benefits of a diet that regularly includes fish. Fish is low in saturated fat and high in protein and other nutrients. It is the primary diet source for two omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids: DHA and EPA. Pregnant women who have a diet high in fish have longer gestations, less risk of prematurity and larger babies than women who have diets with a moderate to low intake of fish.

Gail Hart
Excerpted from “Healthy Pregnancy: Fish and Oils,” Midwifery Today, Issue 113
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Learn about breech birth with Cornelia Enning, Diane Goslin and Gail Tully

Strasbourg conference This full-day class will help you develop breech skills such as palpation and version techniques. Frank, footling and complete breech will be discussed, as well as possible complications. In the afternoon, Cornelia will cover the special circumstances of breech waterbirth.

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Eugene conference What is the Heart and Science of Birth?

Attend our conference in Eugene, Oregon, next April and find out! You will have the opportunity to learn practical skills and discover important new information, including information about the Microbiome. And, as always, our hope is that you return to your practice refreshed, renewed and ready to help moms and babies.

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Editor’s Corner

Nutrition in Pregnancy

Besides lowering her stress and talking with and enjoying her in-utero baby, the best thing a woman can do for her baby is eat well. Nutrition is the key to a healthy pregnancy and normal birth. According to Dr. Tom Brewer, many complications can be avoided with healthy nutrition. Some of these include abruption of the placenta, hemorrhage, long/slow labor, low birth weight, prematurity, preeclampsia and IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction).

The late Dr. Brewer recommended 80–100 grams of protein from a wide variety of foods, and he would also tell pregnant women to salt their food to taste. This is still great advice. When I was a midwife, I would tell moms, “Prenatal care is what you do between your visits to the midwives.” Mothers have so much more control over the outcome of their pregnancy and birth than they are aware of. Begin first by feeding your baby with both food and loving communication in the womb, and then find the right midwife to help with your birth.

Toward better birth!

— Jan Tritten, mother of Midwifery Today

Jan Tritten is the founder, editor-in-chief and mother of Midwifery Today magazine. She became a midwife in 1977 after the amazing homebirth of her second daughter. Her mission is to make loving midwifery care the norm for birthing women and their babies throughout the world. Meet Jan at our conferences around the world, or join her online, as she works to transform birth practices around the world.

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Conference Chatter


Midwifery Today is doing one-day mini-conference retreats to be able to bring excellent information, inspiration and CEUs to more places. As you know, it is also hard for midwives and doulas to get far away because they are on call or have young children. So, we want to come to you. Practitioners responded really well to our “Leap into Spring” event at McMenamins last February, so we are doing a mini-conference retreat in Sebastopol, California, September 9, 2016, at Mamalanda Retreat Center.

We will be at a beautiful permaculture center where we will enjoy a vegetarian lunch. This is a perfect place for gardeners interested in midwifery! The speakers of the retreat will be attending the Heirloom Exposition, which is located at the nearby Santa Rosa Fair Grounds, September 7–9. The wonderful people who run Baker Creek Seeds, Jere and Emilee Gettle, are hosting the exposition.

Speakers at our retreat include Gail Hart, Elizabeth Davis, Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos and me. We will be offering some of the wonderful, classic classes like “Heart and Hands,” “Resolving Shoulder Dystocia,” “New and Old: Techniques for Controlling and Preventing Hemorrhage,” and Eneyda’s new class called “Our Eyes and Non-verbal Communication.” There will be several other classes as well, including the favorite “Tricks of the Trade” class.

In case you have not seen our Tricks of the Trade videos on Facebook, they are archived on the Midwifery Today Facebook page. We have lots on our YouTube channel as well.

I hope to see you at the retreat or online!

— Jan Tritten

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Featured Article

Wise Nutrition for Pregnancy

Eating healthy foods is one the greatest gifts we can give our unborn babies to insure their proper physical and mental development. Combined with fresh air, pure water, daily exercise, a gentle lifestyle and nurturing relationships, what we eat truly creates a body and baby who radiate health and happiness.

  • Eat plenty of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, grains, beans and peas.
  • Eat a colorful diet, especially dark green.
  • Eat lots of wet, light foods in the summer and dry, heavier foods in winter.
  • Learn how to combine foods (e.g., grains and beans make a complete protein, fruits and heavy foods rot in the gut, and drinking with your meals waters down digestive juice).
  • Eat fruits 1/2 to 1 hour before you eat heavier foods (veggies, nuts and grains).
  • Eat sweet fruits separate from citrus fruits. Eat melons separate from other foods.
  • Digestion begins in the mouth, so masticate your food slowly.
  • Eliminate non-foods, processed foods, fast foods and junk foods.
  • Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, additives, artificial sweeteners, colorings, flavorings and street drugs.
  • Decrease sugars, flours, addictive foods and foods you are allergic to.
  • Trust your palate; eat what you hunger for.
  • Discover the foods which grow natively in your land and grow some.
  • Sprout your own seeds for mega vitamins and a powerful live food.
  • Drink lots of clean water, pure juices, herbal teas and green drinks.
  • Adjust your food quantity to match your activity level each day.
  • Sleep deeply, nap and relax rhythmically.
  • Salt your food to taste.
  • Eat foods raw unless they taste better to you steamed.
  • Eat fresh or dried before frozen; frozen before cooked; canned is useless. Enjoy the rich flavors of raw foods.
  • Soak beans and grains with sea veggies and then slow-cook them.
  • Read labels—if the ingredient list is more than three items or has words you don’t include in normal conversation, put it back.
  • Shop on the outside aisles of the supermarket; avoid the middle.
  • Try a new fruit, veggie, grain, and/or nut whenever you go marketing.
  • Almonds are considered the king of nuts; make them a daily guest.
  • Steam foods rather than boiling or frying; save the liquid for soup.
  • Three to four stools each day tell you your diet is right for you.
  • A 30- to 35-pound increase is minimally desirable; eat real food and you’ll gain the right amount for you and your baby.

Sister MorningStar
Excerpted from “Wise Nutrition for Pregnancy,” Midwifery Today, Issue 114
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Birth Q&A

Q: What is your number one nutrition tip for pregnant moms?

— Midwifery Today

A: Good quality protein to prevent toxemia and prematurity, and loads of green leafy vegetables to prevent postpartum hemorrhage and hemorrhagic disease of the newborn.

— Marlene Waechter

A: Healthy fats are essential for energy, blood sugar, hormones and the brain! Eat only real foods.

— Kelly Milligan

A: Zero tolerance for sugar. It only creates problems regarding gut bacteria and fetal growth.

— Amanda Ahola

A: Water, water, water.

— Celesta Rannisi

A: Plenty of bright veggies are a must! I also found that cutting back sugar intake gives me much more energy and makes me feel radiant. I tend to stick to non-GMO foods and organic foods as much as possible.

— Tamrah King

A: Nettles, red clover and red raspberry leaf tea, daily.

— Kristin Bergman

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