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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.
Midwifery Today Conferences
Learn about breech birth with Cornelia Enning, Diane Goslin and Gail Tully
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.
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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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.
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.
I hope to see you at the retreat or online!
— Jan Tritten
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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.
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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