Thank you for choosing us to be your midwives! Our primary goal is to help you achieve the pregnancy and birth of your dreams!

First and foremost, we want you to know that we are here for you. If, at any time, you feel that your care could be improve or that we could do more for you, please do not hesitate to let us know. 

We need you to understand that we are only able to provide care to healthy, low/normal risk women. If your pregnancy moves out of the realm of healthy, low-risk, your care will need to be transferred.

To give you the tools that you need to stay healthy and to avoid or reduce the severity of complications, we have put together this Prenatal Guide and the Pregnancy Health Strategies class for you.

At each prenatal appointment you will have a self-assessment sheet to fill out. While the self-assessment information may be useful to us, it should mostly be useful to you. Pregnancy is a time of great transformation. If there are health or lifestyle changes that you have been wanting to make, now is the perfect time!

You are a miracle! You are creating within you the future of the human race! Whoa! And your body is making all of the hormones that you need to do so. You can also leverage these hormones to generate the energy and power that you need to create the life that you want! 

We are on your side! We understand that a woman could make major life-changes, follow every instruction to the “T” and still develop a complication that requires a hospital birth. If that happens, we will, to the degree that you desire, remain by your side and continue to support you and to celebrate your birth. We are family and family sticks together.

If a complication cannot be avoided, having followed the recommendations in this guide can at least reduce or limit the severity of the complication. For example; there is a huge, often lifesaving, difference between mild preeclampsia and severe preeclampsia. 

So, please, take the time to read this guide in its entirety. If you have any questions or need help, please let us know. 

Working with expecting mothers is a delicate process. On one hand, we don't want women leaving prenatal appointments feeling as if they are “failing” or that she is being judged and graded. On the other hand, we wouldn't want her to face a complication in pregnancy or birth and find herself wishing that someone would have told her that there are things that could have been done to lessen the effects of or to fully avoid the difficulty that they have found themselves in. 

With all of the advances in technology and medicine, there is still much about pregnancy and birth that is not understood. Much of the process and the challenges remain a mystery. Why is it that one women would do everything exactly right and yet face a complication while another one seemingly does all the wrong things and yet breezes through pregnancy and birth? We don't know the answer to that. But we do know that if a woman experiences challenges in pregnancy or birth that the stronger and healthier she is, the less she will experience negative outcomes. 

Why does the U.S lead the world in autism rates? Why are juvenile diabetes rates soaring? Why do our children have so many, sometimes debilitating, allergies? The answer is not clear but it wouldn't be quackery to assume that there is something in our environment and/or our diet that is contributing to our children’s poor health. Therefore, this list contains as many, if not more, “Don’ts” than it does “Do’s”. 

This list gives women the basics for avoiding or reducing the effects of most common complications of pregnancy; anemia, gestational diabetes, pregnancy hypertension, infections, long labors, painful labors, preterm labor (before 37 weeks) post-term labor (after 42 weeks) fetal positioning, premature rupture of the membranes, tearing of the perineum and excessive bleeding in labor. 

To keep this list simple, I have not included citations or many rationals for the entries. Pregnancy health should be approached from a holistic perspective, there is not “one cure all” for any aspect of pregnancy and birth health. Just know that there is a very good reason for every single entry that you will find in this outline. My hope is that you can use this basic outline without being overwhelmed with too much information or that it inspires you to do your own research and gather even more information. Either way, the choice is yours. 

In the midwife spirit, 
Shell

Remedy Checklist
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Addressing the items on this list will go a long ways towards creating a healthy home for you and your baby. If you need any help accomplishing this task, please let us know. We have lots of helpful solutions. 

  • Remove non-stick, teflon and aluminum cookware 
  • Remove plastic food storage containers
  • Replace use of plastic water bottles, even the BPA-free ones
  • Replace use of microwaves
  • Remove margarine, shortening, canola oil, corn oil and vegetable oils
  • Remove white sugar, fake syrups and artificial sweeteners
  • Remove all junk foods from the house
  • Remove all foods with added sugar from the house
  • Remove all junk box and packet foods from house
  • Remove all diet” “light” “low fat” and “low cal” foods
  • Remove acidic canned foods
  • Remove 2%, 1% and skim milk
  • Remove air fresheners from home
  • Remove scented candles 
  • Remove scented fabric softener and dryer sheets
  • Remove scented laundry detergent
  • Remove artificial perfumes and body sprays
  • Remove “deodorizing” and “antibacterial” products from home 
  • Remove toxic cleaners from home
  • Remove toxic hair and body products 
  • Remove toxic nail polish
  • Remove toxic toothpaste
  • Remove electronic devices, cell phones and tablets, from bedroom
  • Remove all night time lighting from your bedroom
  • Remove plastic shower curtains
  • Remove polyester or other synthetic bed sheets
  • Remove synthetic and thong underwear
  • Avoid overstuffed furniture and lazy posture
  • Do not use heated blankets or electric seat warmers
  • Only wear underwear when not sleeping
  • Let pubic hair grow
  • Replace any negative inner (and outer) dialogue
  • Visit ewe.org for more information

NUTRITION

  • Eat a fermented food at least twice per day day (yoghurt, tempeh, miso, kombucha, kifir, etc)
  • Eat 6 dates and some fresh pineapple every day after 35 wks of pregnancy
  • Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables. Shop at the farmers market. Try growing at least one leafy green or herb for use during pregnancy
  • Use fresh herbs and spices, especially garlic and turmeric, daily
  • Eats lots of garlic, cucumbers, celery, bush berries, greens, vegetables, nuts, protein and sea vegetables 
  • Have a serving of dark leafy greens at least twice a day. Chopped greens can be added to eggs, stews, soups, and roasts very easily. Cook or serve greens with a healthy oil to get the most benefit. Pesto, nori and kale chips make good dark leafy greens snacks
  • Eat at 65 grams of protein daily
  • Have a serving of mama’s oatmeal a few times a week
  • Use molasses or monk fruit as a sweetener 
  • Eat 2 ounces of dark (85% or greater) chocolate several times a week
  • The week before taking the glucose test (24-28 weeks) increase intake of complex carbs to 150 grams per day, or about 3-5 servings per day— red potatoes, Yams, Sweat potato, squash, wild rice, quinoa, sprouted whole grain bread, beans, lentils, kasha, brown rice, banana, strawberry, melon
  • At 36 wks reduce fats, carbs, and dairy. Focus on lean meats, greens, veggies, and hydration
  • At 40 wks Bulk up on healthy, complex carbs
  • Download the EWG Environmental Working Group App Food Scores to your phone

Hydration:

  • 1 qt of water, 1 qt of hydration drink, 1qt of herbal mineral/pregnancy tea every day
  • Have a total of 3-4 cups of pregnancy tea every day
  • Salt bath 1-3 times wk. 2 c. epsom salt, 1 c. sea salt   Add: 2 tbl spn olive with 10 drops lavender oil, 10 drops geranium oil and 20 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • Upon rising, have a class of room temp water with Water Sole, fresh juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 oz of apple cidervinegar. If doing Sole or lemon juice, have the apple cider later in the day. Try to work up to 2 oz of ACV per day

Supplements:

  • Absorbable, high quality, prenatal vitamin every few days
  • Spirulina every day
  • Fish oil every day 300 mg, without added vitamin D (stop at 36 weeks)
  • Probiotic every day (also sprinkle in underwear once or twice a week)
  • Digestive enzymes with meals
  • Vitamin D3 in Mct oil every day (4,000-5,000 I.U)
  • Magnesium supplement at night 300 mg or;
  • Magnesium oil spray, 40 pumps every night
  • Balanced B supplement every day (such as methyl guard). Avoid folic acid
  • Take an extra Methylated B-12 supplement every day if vegetarian 
  • Zinc supplement every few days (on full stomach) 12 mg, stop at 36 wks
  • Drink up to 2 oz of diluted apple cider vinegar daily
  • Take 300 mg of Camu-Camu daily
  • Last Frontier Midwifery Uterine Toner- begin at 34-36 wks (available as an add on to the birth kit
  • At 35 weeks, begin the homeopathic protocol:  Note the potency (12c) as it is very important. 
    Mondays: 1- pellet of12c Cimicifuga
    Wednesdays: 1- pellet of 12c Caulophyllum
    Fridays: 1- pellet of12c Arnica

Exercise: (Fitness, Health, Birth Preparation, Baby Position)

  • Use posture-chairs when sitting at a desk
  • At minimum, walk 1 mile, 5 times a week (walk in malls if you have to)
  • Get a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise each week
  • Full, flat-footed squats, sets of 3-10 throughout the day. Start by doing as many squats as weeks pregnant that you are. Add one per week
  • Do three sets of 20 cat-cow poses every day
  • Purchase and use a “Squatty Potty”,it will help with bowel movements and improve general pelvic structure and health
  • Do the “Wonder Woman” pose several times a day
  • Enjoy or develop a healthy sex-life.  Orgasm at least 3x per week
  • Tap the thymus area, your upper chest, like Tarzan, for 15 seconds a few times daily
  • Around 30-34 weeks, unless you have very strong abdominal muscles, begin wearing a supportive maternity band. It should be at least 6” wide

Body

  • Use chemical free makeup, shampoo, conditioner and body products
  • Spend some time outside every day (at least 15 minutes per day)
  • Oil-pull with sunflower oil every day
  • Have you teeth cleaned and clear up any oral infections
  • Replace your toothpaste with a home made toothpaste or a chemical-free one
  • Download the EWG Environmental Working Group app, Skin Deep
  • Sprinkle your underwear or panty liner with a urogenital probiotic powder once or twice a week.
  • Use coconut oil on your skin to keep it supple 

Environment

  • Put an oxygen enriching plant in each room of your house, especially your bedroom
  • Air out your home at least once a week
  • Regularly play music in your home 
  • Introduce water features, chimes, mobiles or prisms to your home

Well-Being & Proaction

  • If you don’t have a strong social network, become a volunteer or join a social group(s)
  • Nap. Sleep.  Women who sleep 8+ hours and take frequent naps have shorter births.
  • Meditate, pray, or spend 15 minutes a day doing nothing.  Let the mind and body relax.
  • Spend at least 15 minutes out of doors every day
  • Smell your partners fragrance- deodorant- antiperspirant-free underarms a few times a week. For added impact, rub your finger under the armpit and then wipe your finger under your nose. (just go with it)
  • Get a chiropractic adjustment 1-3 times a month & begin acupuncture treatments at 34 weeks 
  • Address your fears, speak to your midwife about any concerns that you may have about your pregnancy or birth