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.

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.”

Jock Doubleday in the Introduction to Spontaneous Creation

 

File Contents:

 

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.

5 You don’t want to hemorrhage.

6 You don’t want an episiotomy.

7 You don’t want epidural anesthesia.

8 You don’t want your baby to have birth defects.

9 You don’t want your baby to be taken away from you.

10 You want to bond with your baby.

11 You don’t want someone to deliver your baby.

12 You don’t want your baby delivered with forceps.

13 You don’t want your baby delivered by vacuum extraction.

14 You don’t want your baby to be stillborn.

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.

24 You don’t like pain.

25 You want to give birth in a position of your choice.

26 You are not afraid of your pelvis.

27 You are not afraid of your umbilical cord.

28 You don’t want to give birth according to a doctor’s schedule.

29 You don’t want to please a king.

30 You want your baby to be smart.

31 You want your baby to be astrologically correct.

32 You want your baby to smile.

33 You want to participate in an ancient process.

34 You believe in nature.

35 You believe in science.

36 You don’t believe that the female body is defective.

37 You don’t believe in the male mother.

38 You want to surrender to nature, not culture.

39 You want to feel empowered.

40 You want to eat during labor.

41 You want to drink during labor.

42 You’re not fooled by the term “birthing room.”

43 You’re not fooled by the term “informed consent.”

44 You’re not fooled by the term “due date.”

45 You’re not fooled by the term “high risk.”

46 You’re not fooled by the term “birth plan.”

47 You don’t want to ride in a car during labor.

48 You want to give birth naked.

49 You want to have an orgasm.

50 You don’t want to experience prolapsed cord.

51 You don’t want to experience postpartum depression.

 

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

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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.

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.

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.

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Birth by the Numbers with Eugene R. Declercq, PhD

In Birth by the Numbers, 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.

 

Source and further resources:

http://www.investigatorawards.org/investigators/default.asp?l=3&i=1580

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

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Online Articles

 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.


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Media, Films, & Documentaries

Birth as We Know It (www.birthintobeing.com) by Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova

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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!)

ZenMama: Prenatal Yoga Workout with Rainbeau Mars

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

Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rae

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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