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.
“When assessing the dietary needs of any pregnant woman, a care provider must analyze each woman individually, taking into account her activity level.”
Read more…. Diet du Jour! Pregnancy and Popular Diets
The author considers how diverse family dynamics and cultural practices inform her work as a childbirth educator.
Read more…. Cultural Diversity in Childbirth Education
A childbirth educator cautions that nutrition is the key to preventing gestational diabetes and having a healthy homebirth.
Read more…. Don’t Risk Yourself Out of a Homebirth—Prevent Gestational Diabetes
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“Homebirth after cesarean” is a phrase that garners mixed reactions—most of them negative. “Why?” or “Are you insane?” they ask. The people who make these comments, however, usually have no idea about the realities of birth in the US.
Read more…. Homebirth after Cesarean: The Myth and The Reality
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Adequate nutrition prevents prematurity in many ways: by boosting the immune system to prevent infections that can cause chorioamniotitis and premature rupture of membranes; by supplying the body with the nutrients to support a full-term pregnancy; by supplying the liver with adequate protein, preventing preeclampsia.
Read more…. Prematurity Is Preventable!
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
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
If you did only one thing to help yourself stay healthy during pregnancy, good nutrition would be it! Read more…. How to Stay Healthy and Low Risk During Pregnancy and Birth