The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
This is from the cims list--
Learning abilities start before birth because they have some important functions and we are now starting to uncover these. (There are) two reasons why I think it is probably quite crucial that the baby starts learning before birth. These are for recognition and attachment, and for breast-feeding.
To examine this, mothers, 24 hours after birth, were asked to rate the difficulty of establishing breast-feeding from easy to very difficult. They were also asked to rate how different their diet was now compared to the last four weeks of pregnancy, whether there vas no change, little change or a major change in their diet. It was found that mothers who found it more difficult to establish breast-feeding had changed their diet more. Whereas mothers who kept to the same diet found it easier to establish breast-feeding. This suggests that familiarity with the flavour of breast milk makes it easier to establish breast-feeding.
[Prof. Peter G Hepper; Professor of Psychology at The Queen's University of Belfast and Director of the Fetal Behaviour Research Centre at The Queen's University and Royal Maternity Hospital, Belfast.]
Alan Challoner MA(Phil.) MChS email@example.com by the way--here's the cims address CIMS@listserve.mcn.org
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