Day 48: Family Health 2: Nutrition for Pregnancy

A Vegan Perspective: Nutrition for Pregnancy by Gabriel Cousens, MD; DVD: Birth As We Know It; 101 Reasons Not to Have Your Baby in a Hospital; Eggs: A Pregnancy Superfood; Probiotics; A Post-Raw/Vegan Perspective on Pregnancy and Childbirth by David and Katrina Rainoshek

Welcome to Day 48!

Birth As We Know It: A Film by Elena Tonetti

“The quality of our civilization largely depends on the way we procreate. The way we arrive into this world defines our capacity for love, compassion, intimacy. Conscious conception and birth are an integral part of conscious living.

When parents create a new baby in full awareness of the effect their actions and thoughts have on their unborn child, humankind is given another chance to thrive.

The quality of our life is defined, first of all, by the quality of attention and love received while we are still in our mother’s womb.” – Elena Tonetti

BIRTH AS WE KNOW IT The Sentient Circle has released a groundbreaking new film aimed at illuminating future parents on the impacts of conscious conception, pregnancy and birth. In this stunningly beautiful feature titled “Birth As We Know It” (1hr, 15 minutes), Director Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova shares her experiences as one of the co-creators of the “Conscious Birth” movement in Russia during the early 1980’s. It included a very effective birth preparation program which culminated in summer birth-camps at the Black Sea where women gave birth to their babies in warm shallow lagoons.

The movie features eleven natural births, including home birth, water birth, birth of twins, breech delivery and an astounding self-birth by Tanya Sargunas – a world renouned Spiritual Midwife and pioneer of Conscious Birth in Russia. The midwife community calls this film “the most profound and comprehensive guide to conscious birth in the world”, because it delivers a powerful transmission of what it really takes to give birth consciously and gracefully.

Since 1982 Vladimirova has been involved in teaching her program of preparation for natural delivery and birth trauma release. She has traveled throughout the U.S. teaching ”Birth Into Being” Birthshops that incorporate breathwork, graceful movements and emotional healing that often lead to ecstatic birth experiences for both parents. “The birth itself is the last accord in this fascinating journey of self discovery”, says Vladimirova, “After all preparation is accomplished, the delivery of the baby unfolds naturally in all it’s magnificence”.

Vladimirova believes that her documentary offers an opportunity to create a profound shift in the world by showing the significant impact that the conscious birthing experience has on the parents and the newborns. She gently states that, “humans have always had access to the most profound way of healing through bringing new life into this world. We can now reconnect with our source and give birth naturally, the way we, as a species, have always known.”

Websites: www.birthasweknowit.com and www.birthintobeing.com

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These questions come up often in the talks and retreats that we do: What can live food nutrition do for my pregnancy? Can I raise my children on live foods? What kind of preparations can I make before conception? Before birth? The files for today and tomorrow answer these questions, and provide parents with the understanding and information necessary to raise their children on nutrient-dense foods, even before conception! You will also be introduced to an excellent new film by Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova, Birth As We Know It, which will forever impact your understanding and appreciation for pregnancy and childbirth.


Nutrition for Pregnancy by Gabriel Cousens, M.D.

PREGNANCY IS A HOLY TIME. How we prepare for it profoundly affects the life of the wonderful being that is coming into the world. Because of this I am using my broader definition of nutrition as the basis for this chapter. I am including as nutrition all the energies that affect the life of the mother and the emerging fetus. I have explained the importance of healthy germ plasm (sperm and ova) on the expression of heredity in Chap­ter 8. I have made a strong point that the quality of health of the parents significantly affects the health of the germ plasm and the formation of the fetus. It has become obvious that the health of the mother during preg­nancy profoundly affects the health of the fetus. In the Pottenger Cat Study, also discussed in Chapter 8, kittens born of mothers with deficient nutri­tion, even when given optimal nutrition and thyroid and adrenal hormones, and put on the raw-food diet, were not able to develop into a normal cat. Researchers observed that a deficiency produced in a nursing kitten from a healthy mother is not nearly as severe as that produced when a kitten is born from a mother with deficient nutrition during gestation.

The point is clear. What we do as parents profoundly affects the health of our developing babies in a way that can be irreversible after birth. In this chap­ter we look at how we can fulfill this basic parental responsibility at an opti­mal level. If in reading this chapter you become aware of things you did not do to prepare yourself for your children, it is important to forgive yourself for what you did not know. If you are having more children, give yourself the opportunity to do it with a higher degree of consciousness and preparation.


Juicy Tips: Essential Fats: DHA

If you are preparing for pregnancy during this Juice Feast, or even if you are not, check into adding DHA into your supplementation. Many cases of postpartum depression are linked to a DHA deficiency, and this can be taken care of with an algae-sourced DHA.

Fats account for over 50% of the brain and Omega-3 DHA represents 30% of brain matter. The highest concentration of Omega-3 DHA in the human body is in the retina. Omega-3 DHA is an essential component of breast milk, and newborn babies utilise Omega-3 DHA for brain, nerve and eye tissue development. Maintenance of adult mental agility and hand-eye co-ordination is also supported by DHA.

Recent evidence links low Omega-3 DHA levels and symptoms of disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Alzheimer's and Attention deficit – hyperactivity disorder (ADD). It is also an important nutritional element in preventing and treating heart disease, Asthma, Allergies, Psoriasis, Cancer, and Inflammatory bowel disease. Please check into getting this important element into your nutritional program supplementally.


Important File: Spontaneous Creation: 101 Reasons Not to Have Your Baby in a Hospital

A Book about Natural Childbirth and the Birth of Wisdom and Power in Childbearing Women by Jock Doubleday

Did you know. . .

+ 75 percent of European women use midwives as their principal birth attendants?

+ Only 3 percent of U.S. women use home birth midwives as their principal birth attendants?

+ The United States ranks 28th poorest in the world in infant mortality–just below Cuba and a good bit above Slovakia?

+ The United States far exceeds the first 27 countries in per-capita maternity and newborn care spending?

+ America could save at least $20 billion annually by demedicalizing childbirth . . . while saving lives in the process?

Why are these facts kept hidden from us by the medical industry? Why does the hospital institution want to “parent” our babies? Whose babies are they, anyway?

“Although it is largely U.S. hospitals that are referred to in this book, hospitals worldwide possess similar childbirth technology and perform similar scientifically unsubstantiated rituals on women and babies, resulting in similar high rates of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.

“It is not any particular nation’s hospitals but the institution of the hospital that has proved over and over again to be antithetical to childbearing.”

Included in this SIGNIFICANT file are 101 Reasons Not to Have Your Baby in a Hospital, with explanations for each. Among them:

1 You want to live.
2 You want your baby to live.
3 You don’t want a cesarean section.
4 You don’t want another cesarean section.
15 You want your birth attended by a woman.
16 You want your birth attended by your husband.
17 You want your birth attended by your children.
18 You want your birth attended by your caregiver.
19 You want a quick birth.
20 You want a personal birth.
21 You want a private birth.
22 You want a natural birth.
23 You want a spiritual birth.
25 You want to give birth in a position of your choice.

Appendix A: 50 Further Reasons Not to Have Your Baby in a Hospital
Appendix B: Malpractice Attorneys Specializing in Birth Injuries
Appendix C: Organizations Advocating the Midwifery Model of Care

While every mother may not be able to have a homebirth, every mother can prepare well for a meaningful, healthy childbirth and labor with the best perspectives possible to prepare her. We provide this writing by Jock Doubleday to foster such preparation, whether a woman gives birth to her beautiful baby at home or in the hospital. Every mother wants a beautiful, safe, meaningful birth, and this is not contingent upon where you give birth nearly as much as how you and those around you are informed and prepare for the miraculous event. :)


Video Presentation: Birth by the Numbers with Eugene R. Declercq, PhD

In Birth by the Numbers, (video at right on today’s page) Eugene R. Declercq, PhD, Professor of Maternal and Child Health, Boston University School of Public Health, presents the sobering statistics of birth in the United States today.

In 2003, cesarean sections accounted for 27.6 percent of all births in the U.S. — the highest rate yet recorded in America and higher than rates in most other industrialized countries. Eugene R. Declercq, Ph.D. uses cesarean sections as a case study to address broader policy questions common to the U.S. health care system: overuse of a costly surgical procedure, disparities in terms of who receives the procedure, the impact of evidence in changing medical practice, the impact of physician fear of malpractice lawsuits, the role of consumers and other interest groups in shaping health care policy and practice, and the role of government in financing quality care and containing costs. Dr. Declercq’s project, Public Interest and Private Policy: The Cesarean Imperative in U.S. Maternity Care, examines trends in cesarean births, outcomes of elective cesareans, women’s attitudes toward maternity care, the views of obstetricians, the debate over malpractice reform, and the role of government initiatives. His work aims to influence maternity care practice and shed light more generally on health care policymaking in America.

Eugene R. Declercq is professor of maternal and child health and Assistant Dean for Doctoral Education at Boston University School of Public Health. He combines formal training in political science with his almost twenty years of experience as a certified childbirth educator to examine policy and practice around childbirth in the US and abroad. The most recent example is his current research examining cesarean section in the US as part of his work as an RWJF Investigator Award. He has served as lead author of two national studies of women’s experiences in childbirth entitled Listening to Mothers. He’s also been active in a variety of public health projects in his hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts, including immunization and lead poisoning prevention efforts and is currently involved in a community-wide oral health campaign that includes the development of a dental clinic. He has authored two editions of the report, The Health of the Merrimack Valley, which examined health status in 24 Massachusetts communities. As an educator, he is a past president of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health and has been a recipient of the Norman Scotch Award for outstanding teaching at BUSPH. He currently serves as the BUSPH Assistant Dean for Doctoral Education, directing a collaborative effort that led to a new Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Program at BUSPH. He also serves on the Steering Committee for the DrPH Subcommittee of the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Further information: http://www.orgasmicbirth.com/birth-by-the-numbers


Documentary: Birth as We Know It by Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova

The Sentient Circle has released a groundbreaking new film aimed at illuminating future parents on the impacts of conscious conception, pregnancy and birth. In this stunningly beautiful feature titled “Birth As We Know It” (1hr, 15 minutes), Director Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova shares her experiences as one of the co-creators of the “Conscious Birth” movement in Russia during the early 1980’s. It included a very effective birth preparation program which culminated in summer birth-camps at the Black Sea where women gave birth to their babies in warm shallow lagoons.

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The movie features eleven natural births, including home birth, water birth, birth of twins, breech delivery and an astounding self-birth by Tanya Sargunas – a world renouned Spiritual Midwife and pioneer of Conscious Birth in Russia. The midwife community calls this film “the most profound and comprehensive guide to conscious birth in the world”, because it delivers a powerful transmission of what it really takes to give birth consciously and gracefully.

Also featured are informative interviews on topics rarely discussed, such as the Sexuality of Childbirth, Circumcision and Limbic Imprinting, and conveys its message in a non-intrusive, wonderfully inspirational way.

”We must pay tribute to Elena for prompting us to re-examine basic features of human nature. Her film explains why millions of women, all over the world, dream of giving birth in the sea, among dolphins,” said Dr. Michel Odent, author, founder of the Primal Health Research Center in London (UK), and an icon in the world of natural delivery for the past 30 years.

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Since 1982 Vladimirova has been involved in teaching her program of preparation for natural delivery and birth trauma release. She has traveled throughout the U.S. teaching ”Birth Into Being” Workshops that incorporate breathwork, graceful movements and emotional healing that often lead to ecstatic birth experiences for both parents. “The birth itself is the last accord in this fascinating journey of self discovery”, says Vladimirova, “After all preparation is accomplished, the delivery of the baby unfolds naturally in all it’s magnificence”.

Vladimirova believes that her documentary offers an opportunity to create a profound shift in the world by showing the significant impact that the conscious birthing experience has on the parents and the newborns. She gently states that, “humans have always had access to the most profound way of healing through bringing new life into this world. We can now reconnect with our source and give birth naturally, the way we, as a species, have always known.”

Click here to see what others are saying about Birth as We Know It.

Thank you for considering this valuable topic today. Please enjoy these files, and send them on to the parents in your life whose children may stand to benefit. Thank you.

See you in The Green Room!

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Birth As We Know It: A Film by Elena Tonetti.

This is a 25 minute short version of the 75 minute feature documentary. More information: http://www.birthintobeing.com/bawki A transformative, groundbreaking, stunningly beautiful film that illuminates the impacts of conscious conception, pregnancy and natural birth.

Alex Grey, “Birth.” Find more at www.AlexGrey.com

Alex Grey, “Birth.” Find more at www.AlexGrey.com

Orgasmic Birth [ABC News 20/20].

Is it possible to have an orgasm during childbirth? Painful. Excruciating. Unbearable. These are the words most often associated with childbirth. But what about pleasurable? Blissful? Euphoric? Some women even say that instead of agony, childbirth can be ecstasy. Amber Hartnell of Hawaii said she experienced an orgasm during labor when she gave birth to her son in September 2005. "All of a sudden the orgasm just started rolling through and rolling through, and it just kept coming, and my whole body was spiraling and rolling, and I was laughing and crying," she said. Hard to imagine? Hartnell and her husband, Nassim Haramein, were shocked as well. Although they had spent many hours planning for their son's birth, in a tub under a tree outside their home, they say they never planned for an "orgasmic" birth.

Join Gene Declercq and the rest of the Birth by the Numbers team to explore how the United States is doing on a number of maternal and child health indicators. Are we doing better? Worse? Tune in to find out this answer and more!

Marks of a Beautiful Home

A mark for every breath you took.
Every blink, every sleepy yawn.
One for every time you sucked your thumb,
Waved hello, closed your eyes, and slept
In the most perfect darkness.

One for every time you had the hiccups.
One for every dream you dreamed inside me.

The Flower of Life and Human Cell Division. Click image above for a full size look! And Google "Flower of Life" for more...

The Flower of Life in the Kosmos.

The Flower of Life is a timeless geometric form that makes up all-that-is! It is the fundamental geometry that all forms that make up all of creation and reality emerge from.

Theme Music: “Oh Very Young” by Cat Stevens.

Satire on the medicalization of natural childbirth. Thanks Monty Python!

Alex Grey, “Pregnancy”

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Today’s Downloads

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nutrition for pregnancy

by Gabriel Cousens, M.D.

A MUST READ from “Conscious Eating” by Gabriel Cousens, M.D. Is this book part of your library yet? . . . Have you noticed that parents today are less well in terms of health than their parents, and that the parents of today are having children who are developing adult diseases at even earlier ages? Nutrition is important at every stage of life, and pregnancy – and preparation for pregnancy – are very palpable stages to get in touch with this reality. This file is very important for the healing of generations about to be.


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dHA

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is essential for the growth and functional development of the brain in infants. DHA is also required for maintenance of normal brain function in adults. The inclusion of plentiful DHA in the diet improves learning ability, whereas deficiencies of DHA are associated with deficits in learning. DHA is taken up by the brain in preference to other fatty acids. The turnover of DHA in the brain is very fast, more so than is generally realized.

The visual acuity of healthy, full-term, formula-fed infants is increased when their formula includes DHA. During the last 50 years, many infants have been fed formula diets lacking DHA and other omega-3 fatty acids. DHA deficiencies are associated with foetal alcohol syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cystic fibrosis, phenylketonuria, unipolar depression, aggressive hostility, and adrenoleukodystrophy. Decreases in DHA in the brain are associated with cognitive decline during aging and with onset of sporadic Alzheimer disease. READ ON IN THE FILE! :)


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Spontaneous Creation: 101 reasons not to have your baby in a hospital

by Jock Doubleday

We grew up thinking that the hospital was the ONLY safe place for a birth. . . This author sheds an important light on this notion, and this important decision. This file is just a selction of the chapters from his book that he has placed online, you can order the whole book from the author.


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ultrasounds : Cause for concern

by Sarah J. Buckley

This is a must-read for parents-to-be and friends of parents to-be. Dr. Sarah Buckley has written an excellent book on childbirth, with a fully referenced chapter on why ultrasounds are less than desireable for the baby (including heating gasses in the womb up to 1000 degrees F). Read this chapter, and find out more about her book here:

http://www.sarahjbuckley.com/html/gentle-birth-gentle-mothering.htm


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eggs : superfoods

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Even as a Raw/Live Vegan, in my research I could find nothing but positive information about normal, healthy eggs in one’s diet. I am a fond proponent of using raw eggs and soft-boiled eggs as a major food in your diet.

Raw whole eggs are a phenomenally inexpensive and incredible source of high-quality nutrients that many of us are deficient in, especially high-quality protein and fat.

Eggs are loaded with healthy: Cholesterol, Protein, Essential Fats: DHA and AA, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D, Selenium, Zinc, Calcium, Phosphorus, and Iron

Read on in the file… this has been a major food of renewal for people ready to move forward from a Vegan or Raw/Live Vegan diet.


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probiotics for balanced health

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Bacteria have a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of tossing down a few billion a day for your health might seem — literally and figuratively — hard to swallow. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria – probiotics.

Self-dosing with bacteria isn’t as outlandish as it might seem. An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. These microorganisms (or microflora) generally don’t make us sick; most are helpful. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens (harmful microorganisms) in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.


Online Articles

Vitamin D and Fertility

A new study conducted at Yale University School of Medicine reveals that vitamin D deficiency is strongly correlated with infertility. (Most likely, it causes infertility.) And rather than infertile women being pumped full of chemicals for conventional infertility treatments, what they really need is safe, simple, low-cost vitamin D. Of course, infertility treatment centers can't charge women $20,000 for vitamin D (like they do for in-vitro fertilization procedures), so they don't recommend it. They'd rather women remain vitamin D deficient so they can keep selling them expensive infertility treatments. Vitamin D is, without question, the miracle nutrient of the century.

Strict Vegan Diets May Be Dangerous, Especially for Expectant Mothers and Children by Chet Day

Let me say before we jump into the heart of this matter that I believe most people who claim to do well long-term on vegan diets do so because they don’t follow their diets strictly. I believe most of those who claim to thrive long-term on vegan diets occasionally consume animal foods containing essential nutritive factors. I have come to this conclusion based on almost ten years of extensive postal and e-mail correspondence sent to me by individuals who have tried to live on various vegan programs, everything from 100% raw food to fruitarianism to Natural Hygiene to the Hallelujah Diet preached by George Malkmus to Arnold Ehret’s Mucusless Diet.

Without further preliminaries, let me reveal why I now believe vegan diets may be dangerous in the long-term for those who actually follow them strictly and especially so for expectant mothers and children.

Breastfeeding found to lower babies’ diabetes risk by Jessica Fraser

(NaturalNews) Breastfed babies may run a 39 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life, according to a new study by University of London researchers appearing in the latest issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The researchers — led by Christopher G. Owen, PhD…

Breast-Feeding May Reduce Childhood Obesity (press release) by NaturalNews.com

Breast-feeding infants may reduce their risk of becoming obese children, even if the mother is obese or has diabetes, according to a study led by a researcher at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. The findings contradict an earlier, smaller study that found that…

Rickets on the Rise as Vitamin D Deficiency Surges Among Expectant Mothers by David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews) The United Kingdom’s Department of Health has warned that the health condition known as rickets is making a comeback due to more widespread vitamin D deficiency among the British population…

Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy Increases Risk of Childhood Dental Problems

(NaturalNews) Women who do not get enough vitamin D while pregnant place their children at increased risk for tooth enamel defects and early childhood tooth decay, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Manitoba, Canada,…

Pesticide exposure in expectant mothers causes lower IQ in newborns

Three separate studies recently published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives indicate prenatal pesticide exposure to fetuses negatively impact a child’s learning ability. Their IQs tend to be lower. The greater the umbilical cord pesticide blood levels, the lower the child’s IQ.

What Is Cradle Cap Really? 2 Natural Remedies to Restore Balance by Donna Gates

Cradle cap, also called infantile seborrheic dermatitis, is common. In fact, roughly 70% of all newborn babies in the United States show some sign of cradle cap within their first three months of life.

If your newborn suffers from cradle cap:

Breastfeed if possible. Breast milk educates an infant’s immune system and promotes a healthy immune response.

+ A drop or two of juice from fermented vegetables on your baby’s lips will prompt healthy bacteria to colonize the digestive tract. A healthy gut supports healthy skin.


Great Books

By Deepak Chopra, MD

A much-needed antidote to our modern, assembly-line approach to childbirth, this new book is designed as a guide for all who wish to participate in the wondrous process of bringing new life into the world. Its ideas derive from two sources: the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, with its emphasis on body, mind, and spirit, and the latest Western scientific prenatal research. By integrating the best information from these two very different perspectives, this remarkable book gives readers the tools to ensure that our children are nourished by thoughts, words, and actions from the very moment of conception.

Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives is rich in practical information, including strategies to help enliven the body intelligence of unborn babies by nourishing each of their five senses, as well as through Ayurvedically balanced nutrition and eating with awareness. Specific yoga poses and meditation techniques reduce the mother’s stress and improve the infant’s emotional environment, as do tips for conscious communication with a partner. Exercises prepare parents for the experience of childbirth itself, followed by natural approaches to dealing with the first weeks of parenting, from healing herbs to enhancing your milk supply to coping with postpartum depression.

Inspiring, expansive, and remarkably informative, this unique book from acclaimed experts in mind-body medicine will profoundly enhance the experience of pregnancy and birth for both parents and baby.


by Sarah Buckley, M.D., Foreword by Ina May Gaskin

An authoritative guide to natural childbirth and postpartum parenting options from an MD who home-birthed her own four children.

Sarah Buckley might be called a third-wave natural birth advocate. A doctor and a mother, she approaches the question of how a woman and baby might have the most fulfilling birth experience with respect for the wisdom of both medical science and the human body. Using current medical and epidemiological research plus women's experiences (including her own), she demonstrates that what she calls "undisturbed birth" is almost always healthier and safer than high-technology approaches to birth. Her wise counsel on issues like breastfeeding and sleeping during postpartum helps extend the gentle birth experience into a gentle parenting relationship.


By Shazzie

AN INDISPENSABLE BOOK IF YOU ARE INTO RAW/LIVE VEGAN NUTRITION. CHILDREN ON A PLANT-BASED or PLANT-CENTERED DIET NEED SUPPLEMENTATION. Evie’s Kitchen by Shazzie is a comprehensive guide to raising a child as naturally as possible in the western world. Shazzie examines the breastfeeding culture, the benefits of raw food, and the nutritional challenges of raising a child as a vegan. With a depth of research never published before in vegan literature, Shazzie works out the supplements needed to raise a child healthy, vegan and raw. Her final conclusions in her journey may startle you!

There are over 180 full colour photographed recipes in this book, providing many different meal options for the raw child. The recipes start with “first foods” and then progress to foods and meals that children and adults alike will love. In fact, if you don’t have a child in your life, you’ll love this book just for the recipes! Check out the following, including Russell Brand’s hair fell on my plate, My mate, Golden nuggets, Muffins w’ stuffin, Golden brown texture like sun and Joe’s ecstatic faked beans.


By Lennart Nilsson

In this latest edition of a classic originally published almost 40 years ago, photographer Nilsson and obstetrician Hamberger explore the miracle of birth, from attraction between a man and a woman to fertilization, pregnancy, labor and delivery; they also discuss infertility and developments in IVF and other treatments. Over 350 new photographs have been added to the fourth edition, including in utero pictures captured with endoscopy and three-dimensional ultrasound technology. Nilsson zooms in on sperm racing towards the egg, the brand-new zygote, the embryo clinging to the lining of the uterus, a tadpole-like fetus and the remarkably developed ear of a 18-week old fetus, among other moments in the process of human reproduction. With Hamberger’s updated text on guidance for new parents, progress in fertility treatments, genetics and pregnancy health, the volume should continue to be a vivid reference for the whole family.


By Ingrid Bauer

Throughout most of human existence, parents have cared for their babies hygienically without diapers. In many cultures around the world, mothers still know how to tune in to their infants to keep them clean and content. Your baby, too, can enjoy the comfort of this natural approach. This comprehensive guide reveals the proven, practical, safe, and compassionate way of responding to your baby’s elimination needs.


By Pam England, CNM, and Rob Horowitz, PhD

Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy. For use during birth, the book offers proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife’s role, and a look at the father’s responsibilities. Childbirth education should also include what to expect after the baby is born. Here are baby basics, such as how to bathe a newborn, how to get the little one to sleep, and tips for getting nursing off to a good start. Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a process of continuous learning and adjustment; Birthing From Within provides the necessary support and education to make each phase of birthing a rewarding experience.


By La Leche League International

An LLLI classic, this definitive guide to breastfeeding reflects current research while maintaining its trademark style of mother-to-mother sharing. Filled with research along with personal stories from mothers, the seventh revised edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding includes new explanations of how the breast makes milk, details about effective positioning and latch-on, suggestions for using herbs and medications to increase milk supply, and more. Updated information provides mothers with the tools needed to make informed decisions about birth, breastfeeding, and parenting.


By Susun S. Weed

Now in its 24th printing. A confirmed favorite with pregnant women, midwives, childbirth educators, and new parents. Packed with clear, comforting, and superbly helpful information.

Beginning with the two months before pregnancy, herbs are enlisted to provide safe, effective birth control, or to help ensure pregnancy, even in the most difficult of situations. A special list of teratogens, including herbs to avoid before pregnancy, is included, as is a section on herbs to improve the father’s fertility and reduce the risk of birth defects.

Once pregnancy has occurred, herbs are safe and beneficial allies in reducing the distress of pregnancy, including hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, morning sickness, emotional changes, anemia, muscle cramps, bladder infections, and preclampsia. Tasty recipes and clear directions make use easy and fun.

Herbs take a starring role in labor and delivery — whether initiating labor, increasing energy, diminishing pain, or staunching postpartum bleeding — and in postpartum care of the mother’s perineum, breasts, and emotions, and the infants umbilicus, skin, scalp, digestive system, and immune system.

Humorous, tender, and detailed, this classic text is supported by illustrations, references, resource lists, glossary, and index.

Thank you VERY much for everything you have done for women, men and children. I have your book Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year and have just started drinking infusions of red clover blossoms, stinging nettle leaves, and raspberry leaf too. ~ Kimberly


By Thomas R. Verny

How does a mother’s tone of voice affect her unborn child? What kind of music, if any, should a child be exposed to in the womb? Can parents influence the predispositions of their child to traits like depression, or something as elusive as basic goodness? Thanks to revolutionary discoveries in neuroscience and developmental psychology in recent years, says Dr. Thomas Verny, we now know more about these questions than ever. In Pre-Parenting, Dr. Verny translates this research into practical advice for parents and parents-to-be.

Pre-Parenting explains how even the most ordinary events can evoke a cascade of biological changes in a baby — not only in the brain but also in the immune system and throughout the body. Every experience, from a baby’s trip down the birth canal to the way she is held or spoken to, can shape her health and personality. An internationally recognized expert in early human development, Dr. Verny shows parents how to use this new information to create an ideal environment for their babies, enhance their babies’ intelligence and social skills, and become better parents through “conscious parenting.” Insightful and encouraging, Pre-Parenting is an invaluable guide for parents who want to help actualize their child’s full potential, beginning with conception.


By Thomas Verny

YOU CAN GIVE YOUR BABY A GREATER CHANCE FOR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS—MONTHS BEFORE BIRTH! A pioneering physician, Dr. Thomas Verny, gives startling new evidence based on two decades of medical research.

Your unborn baby is:

• Capable of learning
• Able to warn you of medical problems you and your doctor may not be aware of
• Able to hear and respond to voices and sounds—including music
• Sensitive to his parents’ feelings about him
• Capable of responding to love
• An active, feeling human being.

The ways in which you respond to and care for your unborn child may affect his physical and emotional well-being for the rest of his life. The choices you make today about your child’s birth may make a vital difference for years to come. You can prepare your unborn baby for a happy, healthy life. This remarkable book will show you how! A gift to every loving, caring parent. A book that will change the experience of pregnancy and childbirth forever!


Media, Films, & Documentaries

Birth as We Know It by Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova

Whether we are birthing our dream projects, new babies, or upgraded versions of ourselves, we must first learn to trust, connect, and surrender to our own Greatness. When we create from a place of alignment and integrity, the outcome is magnificent, fulfilling and meaningful!

The Birth Into Being Method, crafted by Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova, is a graceful shortcut to creating new reference points in the nervous system via Re-Coding of the original Limbic Imprint, which you have experienced during your formative period.

This allows you to experience what it really feels like to be safe, supported, and consciously navigate your life from a place of the only true Power there is – the power of Love. Imagine what it would feel like to live in alignment with your Soul’s intention, and contribute to the thriving culture of future generations!

Peace on Earth begins with birth! (our own birth!)


Your pregnancy, one of the most profound and transformational experiences of your life, is the time to take very special care of your baby and yourself. Practicing yoga during pregnancy can help you to become more sensitive to your body’s and your baby’s ever changing needs.

In this program yoga instructor Rainbeau Mars provides a safe and effective pre-natal yoga practice that will help you to maintain a strong and centered body and mind. You will work through a sequence of postures that are not only designed to keep you happy in the moment, but also to prepare you for the experience of giving birth.

Since your yoga practice during this special time will need to be adjusted depending on which trimester you are in, Rainbeau works with two assistants. Together, the three of them demonstrate how each posture should be practiced according to where you are in your pregnancy.

Benefits of pre-natal yoga practice:

• Increases endurance and stamina
• Builds strength and flexibility
• Improves concentration and breath awareness.


Learn poses for each trimester. Relieve aching back, legs & feet. Look & feel fit, make labor easier.

PREGNANCY IS ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING—AND CHALLENGING—EXPERIENCES A WOMAN FACES

As your baby grows, your body changes, creating different needs throughout your pregnancy. Prenatal Yoga, guided by longtime yoga instructor Shiva Rea, addresses those needs with safe, effective stretches and exercises you can modify for each trimester so you reap the greatest benefits.

Focused on helping you feel comfortable, relaxed and fit during pregnancy, this workout will increase your energy and stamina, and build strength, flexibility and balance. The emphasis on proper technique and deep breathing improves focus and concentration, which can help ease labor and delivery. The gentle stretches help reduce fatigue, tension and tightness, while promoting relaxation and improved circulation.

DVD includes:
• Calming meditation and deep breathing
• Gentle workout with seated poses, standing poses and floor work
• Guided relaxation


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60-Minute Prenatal Yoga Flow | with Andrea Bogart

A calming and gentle 60-Minute Prenatal Yoga Flow lead by yogi, Andrea Bogart. The practice involves not just movement but also mindfulness. Listen to your body, connect with your breath and take this class at your own pace.


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