“I swear by Apollo the physician …” “Let your food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” Hippocrates, 400BC.

I had been immersed in my free time in looking up pre-eclampsia. My friend a trained nutritionist and I often discuss the importance of nutrition in pregnancy and in life in general. My midwifery mentor cannot stress the need for excellent eating habits during the childbearing time more or more often. And recently I have received two calls in one week from two separate women saying their doctors want to induce them the next day for pre-eclampsia. When I got the stories out they both sounded very similar. They were both well into the 39th week of gestation. Both had a blood test done showing some signs of pre-eclampsia. One had a blood pressure checked and it was a bit higher but still within limits (as per her doctor, she did not know or remember the reading), the other one did not even have a BP done before the OB said to induce.

I know that in both cases no more testing was done and they were automatically scheduled for an induction. Is there really such a rush that a care provider does not have to do more of assessing and consultation for risks and the nature of the condition? What about nutritional counselling and providing info about the only effective treatment available the Dr. Brewer’s diet?

Well. I guess that is why they pay me the BIG bucks! Oh wait a second …

So, here is “some” (actually this is the most complete look on pre-eclampsia) info on pre-eclampsia. Of course you cannot discuss pre-eclampsia without the backing of  Dr. Brewer.

Alas, this post will have to await my rant. It is past midnight, I have a client starting her birthing process and I also have to pick up my kids from their Dad’s in the morning. The time demands are maddening at times. I wish I had a time machine. Sometimes.


How does one have a waterbirth where Dad catches the baby and cuts the cord after delayed cord clamping IN A HOSPITAL?

This is how …. get Gentle Beginnings doula to support you all the way and watch over you during your birthing, hire a care provider that you trust will respect you and normal birth in general, educate yourself on the pros and cons of possible birth interventions, have confidence in your body’s ability and stick to your guns. 😀

Congratulations Mom & Dad, welcome Liliana. Birth story coming in time.

Now I need to catch up on three days without sleep. 😀

the cause of our blueberry madness:

U-pick $1.25 per lb. (10 lbs. and over) and $1.40 per lb. (under 10lbs) We-pick $2.00/lb.

Open everyday 7am-7pm for the season; Call first to confirm – 604-468-8988
Address is 3495 Devon Rd, Port Coquitlam… ask for Juliana

Easy to get to from Vancouver

woke up this morning

with sunshine on my face ….  Sook-Yin Lee in Beautiful video for CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera.

with giggles and kisses warming up my bones,

cuddles and near-misses of footsies in my face waking up my nose,

elated jumps from the headboard landing on bellies urging them to empty,

with grumbling tummies and mouthfuls of cries to be filled with chocolate blueberry pancakes and, of course, Love.

Most people out there do on daily basis. My sister adds it to her coffee or at least she used to (have not checked lately). And the Halloween candy  out there that my ex insists on allowing my kids to ingest is full of it.

Read on, get educated about Aspartame (NutraSweet), a neurotoxin like MSG. The company that the FDA laid criminal charges on did a huge cover up in the research backing up the claims of it being ‘safe’.

These guys know what they are talking about. I don’t like Dr. Mercola too much due to the huge selling push but this video is not by him.

Enjoy and pass it along.


Have you read the books he is talking about? Sweet Deception: Why Splenda, NutraSweet, and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health? or the video by Cori Bracket’s Sweet Misery, A Poisoned World?

We had Soo much fun on Sunday!!! Where you ask? Doing what?….

My son LOVES blueberries. He can eat them every day, bowl-fulls. This morning we had some blueberries topped with mascarpone whipped wit maple syrup. Than we had … more blueberries – on their own. Then, english muffins with … cries for more blueberries. 😀 I asked what the kids want for lunch … more blueberries. Two days of eating mainly blueberries and I really think they will start turning into giant blue berries by the end of the day.

Yesterday we spent the day blueberry picking. My dear friend Mandy invited us to her Mom’s blueberry farm for a day of family picking. Julie’s farm is located in Port Coquitlam, easy fifteen- or twenty-minute drive from Burnaby. I invited a few of my friends and some homeschooling families to tag along.

We got to Julie’s farm at noon and the weather was perfect … cloudy and on the chilly side. I let the kids loose to play in the large grassy area. Right away, ABoy found the largest sticks in PoCo and started slaying the local dragons. When I told him we were at a blueberry farm where the bushes were bending to the ground with the weight of the biggest juiciest berries he would ever see … he left the local population to deal with the fiery beasts on their own and started stuffing his mouth with the sweet blues.

I was amazed to see that some of the four-year olds as well as eight-year olds were doing really well filling up their parents folks. I was less impressed with my demands onto my children to start earning their keep. KGirl informed me that she is too busy doing her work. I asked what that might be and she said … “being a kid, so playing is my work.” She was in heaven with her accomplices around. The guilty parties: Lela and Makonnen, Andrew and Isabel, Megan and Linus, and of course ABoy. Alas, after they dined on the blueberries they were off to chase hummingbirds and dragonflies and play hide and seek in the jungle.

story time at Richard's

Andrew reading to Kaia and Lela while patiently waiting for sushi.

The sun came up and I started to sweat. I also became quite aware that I picked the low bushes and not the tall ones. I am quite tall for those of you who don’t know me. My back was really sore. But, I managed to pick 15 pounds of berries on my own, over some spillage and two thieving monkeys.

My friend Jane brought home-made sushi, cut into perfect size for the kids to share. Margaret made yummy vegan chocolate chip banana mini muffins, and I … just mixed some cashews with dried currants and raw cocoa nibs, and glued it together with maple syrup. Of course we all finished it with a healthy dose of … blueberries. 🙂

Julie hung out with us and was very attentive as a hostess. She even offered to feed us! Which we politely declined as to not put more strain on her household. It was enough that we over-ran her house. 🙂

We topped the loot with a dozen of free-range eggs from the next door house.

I am looking forward to the next time. I hope there will be at least one more time this summer.

I really highly recommend this little farm. Julie rocks.

Thanks to Julie and Mandy, Adam and Jane, Margaret and Frank, Nicole, and Cindy. And of course to all the kids. It was a blast.

Earlier this morning I plugged some reggae music in and turned it up really loud and let the kids run crazy so I could bake their freshly berried desert.
The Earth shook periodically, the mugs and pots skipped to the beat blaring from the living room. I heard the thunder of synchronized elephant feet stomping around. Finally I put the-raspberry/blueberry-chocolate-marshmallow crumble in the oven and creamed a bit of mascarpone with maple syrup for the topping. *A few weeks a go I made a conscious decision to say Good Bye to any resemblance of an effort to obtain a beach body for this summer.*
I took a deep breath, gathered a lot of courage, and ventured into the living room to reclaim what was left of my apartment and my children.
I was not so surprised to see my five-year old daughter in different clothes. She was now wearing a pink leotard with her pink tutu skirt and was throwing cushions around wildly.
I was however surprised to see my two-year old son wearing a frilly pink polka dot dress that he borrowed from his sister and a pink glittery hairband. He was doing the most wonderful pirouettes and plies having one of the unfortunate barbies for a partner.
Capes and princess dresses were thrown all over the floor and barbies with chopped off hair were poking out the sofa.
Did I mention they were listening to reggae music?
Ahhh, the dilemma of “do I try to rein them in or do I join them! Easy!

Any tips for me?
In March I booked a camp site on Hornby Isl. The trip is just around the corner now and it is time that I start planning all the not-so-fun parts. Like … ehm, I wish I knew that before … how we are going to make the three different ferry trips on time!
Unfortunately, we will be missing two very important birthday parties so I really hope the trip will be worth it.

Glo is pulling together birth workers of all trades to collaborate and support each other. Here is a list of events in Greater Vancouver this summer 2010. You can also view it on her blog. It will be updated as needed so check back frequently for changes or additions.

Birth fun in the Greater Vancouver Area (SUMMER 2010)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 Film Night at the Squamish Adventure Centre featuring “What Babies Want”.
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Discussion about birth options in the Sea to Sky corridor.
**$12 at the door.**

Seating limited to 46. For more info call Gloria 604 737 7063


Wed., July 14, 2010 “Babies” the documentary movie at the Rio Theatre (babies welcome) time: 12:30 p.m. 1660 W. Broadway, near Commercial Sky Train. A visually stunning and joyful new film that simultaneously chronicles the lives of four of the world’s newest human inhabitants – in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco, and Tokyo, respectively — from first breath to first steps, on a journey at once universal and amazingly original. Admission $10

See theFacebook Event page


Friday, July 16, 2010 Yoga and Birth. An evening with Lesley Crowe, prenatal yoga instructor from Kelowna, B.C. This is an informal evening with yogis and birthies. 7:30 p.m. We’ll be watching the video “The Big Stretch” from Australia. At #214 1650 W. 13th Ave., Vancouver (buzzer 99)

**No charge.**


Wed., July 21, 2010 ICAN Meeting at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House in East Vancouver. Important gatherings that happen monthly for women who want to heal from their surgery and find resources for a successful VBAC. Contact Mieke 778 787 0510


Thurs., July 22, 2010 An evening with SUZANNE ARMS author of “Immaculate Deception”. Suzanne Arms is an internationally acclaimed author, photojournalist, visionary, and activist, and has been an acknowledged leader of the international birthing movement for over 35 years. Her 1975 book Immaculate Deception: A New Look at Women and Childbirth fueled a national movement and was named a New York Times “Best Book of the Year.”

In 1995 she has received the prestigious Lamaze International Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to the world of birth. She founded and does her work through Birthing the Future, based near Durango, Colorado. Director of film “5 Women, 5 Births”.

**Admission $15 ($10 ICAN members)

Sponsored by ICAN of Vancouver ican AT playvancouver.com**

Laura Jamieson Co op., 1349 East 2nd Avenue (near 2nd Ave/Clarke Dr.) in East Vancouver

And here’s a map : http://www.ljamiesonco-op.ca/map.html


Tues July 27, 2010 CARLA HARTLEY, director of Ancient Art Midwifery Institute. The oldest home learning program for midwifery students in N. America. Carla is a passionate advocate for home birth, midwifery and the rights of babies.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Potluck Dinner at Ethical Kitchen in North Vancouver.

Every month we host this event to bring together people with like interest in food and also to learn about the Weston A Price Foundations’ work.

Please arrive any time after 7:00 p.m. to 1600 Mckay Rd, North Vancouver, B.C.


For our August potluck, we have a special speaker, Gloria Lemay, who is a Vancouver midwifery teacher, blogger, and childbirth activist.

Gloria will be speaking on the importance of diet in pregnancy for preventing bacterial infections, gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. This promises to be an informative and lively evening.


Tues, August 17 Birth Film Night, Squamish Adventure Centre, Sea to Sky Highway. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Featuring the film “ORGASMIC BIRTH”. Admission $10. Everyone welcome.


Mid August, 2010 PATTI RAMOS, doula and birth photographer from Oregon. Patti’s photos of birth and babies are internationally renowned. http://www.pattiramos.com/


Sun, Aug 29, 2010 This Woman’s Workevening of dance and crafts at the beautiful ScotiaBank Theatre. This is a fund raiser for Shanti Uganda.

**Admission $35 4:00 p.m. 677 Davie St., Vancouver BC**




holly cow! This new REVIEW that just came out in the American Journal of OB & GYN TODAY is sparking some controversy. Kudos to Dr. Klein, an emeritus professor of family practice and pediatrics at the University of British Columbia to setting the record straight and calling the review a “crap”.
Dr. Joseph R. Wax of the OB-GYN department at Maine Medical Center, the lead investigator, with “his colleagues analyzed data …” and “came to the conclusion that there was a tripling of neonatal deaths for home births…”

SAY WHAT??? ANALYZE MY BEHIND. Really! would love to see the work they did and how they did it.

Dr. Jay Iams, the journal’s associate editor: “The study results are consistent with what common sense would tell you,”

That is WHY you don’t give birth to babies, dear Dr. Iams, and why you need a study after a study after a study  to tell you what? That men are incapable of giving birth normally and that you should just leave to women, preferably the ones that don’t have too many initials after their names.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/07/02/home-births-safety.html?ref=rss#ixzz0sYFf5HeE

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