Amy V. Haas

Amy V. Haas has been a childbirth educator, writer, consultant and lecturer in the field of pregnancy and birth for the last 18 years. In addition to her other education, she had the honor of studying with Dr. Tom Brewer for five years. She is a founding member of Rochester Area Birth Network and is presently the Education Chair. She is the mother of two wonderful young men and lives outside of Rochester, New York, with a very patient husband and one demanding Chinook dog.

Diet du Jour! Pregnancy and Popular Diets

“When assessing the dietary needs of any pregnant woman, a care provider must analyze each woman individually, taking into account her activity level.”

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Cultural Diversity in Childbirth Education

The author considers how diverse family dynamics and cultural practices inform her work as a childbirth educator.

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Don’t Risk Yourself Out of a Homebirth—Prevent Gestational Diabetes

A childbirth educator cautions that nutrition is the key to preventing gestational diabetes and having a healthy homebirth.

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Homebirth after Cesarean: The Myth and the Reality

No studies are available on homebirth after cesarean (HBAC). Is it as safe as inhospital VBAC? What elements make it risky? Amy Haas takes on the difficult task of wading applying the available studies on VBAC to the domain of homebirth to give a general idea on its safety. Read more…. Homebirth after Cesarean: The Myth and the Reality

Preventing Complications with Nutrition

Nutrition in pregnancy—a no-brainer, right? Who would think it was so controversial? Disagreement over a healthy diet during pregnancy continues to rage, with one side saying that what a woman eats will have no effect on her pregnancy and the other saying it has an enormous impact. So what’s a woman to eat? Read more…. Preventing Complications with Nutrition

Nutrition during Pregnancy

The single most important thing that you can do for your baby is to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. A well-balanced diet is one that includes foods from all food groups in appropriate amounts, so as to ensure proper nutrition. Read more…. Nutrition during Pregnancy