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.
can I find a genetics professional in my area? from the NIH
Table of Pharmacogenomic Biomarkers in Drug Labeling - Pharmacogenomics can play an important role in identifying responders and non-responders to medications, avoiding adverse events, and optimizing drug dose.
Wikipedia on Genetic Testing and Personal Genomics
I like the philosophy of 23AndMe,
and I've heard positive feedback from those who've used it to do
the DNA analysis from a saliva sample.
Once you have the DNA analysis results, you can download the raw
data from 23AndMe.
Genetic Genie provides
free Methylation and detox analysis from 23andMe results, and I
recommend this for all pregnant women.
Promethease charges $5
to do a more comprehensive health and medical interpretation of
the DNA analysis. They have fun tools to help you look at
specific genes or at all the genes related to specific
conditions. You get access to these tools for a limited
time, around 45 days. You can generate all sorts of reports
for ongoing personal use.
NIH page on MTHFR
Part 1 of
4: Dr Neil Rawlins - MTHFR - Sept 2011 - Great overview with
recommendations for treatment. This is the first of the
genes identified by the Human Genome Project that has an
and Pregnancy from mthfr.net. This discusses
ramifications for tongue tie, recurrent pregnancy loss and autism.
The Internet is a rich source of web pages on the subject of MTHFR, pregnancy and tongue tie.
This section is a little bit tongue-in-cheek, because, from time-to-time, I see a study that makes me think that genetics is no longer being taught in med. schools. So I'm collecting relevant links here:
Dates - Genetic Heritage
US-born Indian women have small babies [Source: The Journal of Pediatrics 2006, pre-release 4/5/06] - Investigating whether the tendency of Indian immigrants to have small babies is mirrored in their daughters, despite their living in the USA.
"Asian-Indian women born in the USA deliver more low-birth-weight babies than their Mexican-American peers, despite having fewer risk factors, US researchers reveal. " . . . "Attempting to explain their results, Madan and colleagues speculate that maternal birth weight, stress, attitudes toward pregnancy and family support may influence fetal growth." Oh, gee, I don't know, what else could it be . . .? Maybe the paternal birth weight is also a factor! In fact, maybe the parental heights and parental weights and even the baby's length are factors! Oh, gosh, you don't think it could be genetic, do you? NO . . . medicine teaches us that NORMAL means "equal to the norm", right? WRONG!
that affect pregnancy outcomes in two dissimilar immigrant
groups in the United States.
Madan A, Palaniappan L, Urizar G, Wang Y, Fortmann SP, Gould JB.
J Pediatr. 2006 Mar;148(3):341-6.
CONCLUSIONS: Perinatal outcomes deteriorate in U.S.-born Mexican women. In contrast, the paradoxically increased incidence of LBW persists in U.S.-born Asian-Indian women. Further research is needed to identify the social and biologic determinants of perinatal outcome. [Ed: Maybe they should start with some really basic research, such as showing that newborn weights are directly affected by the size of their parents! It's called genetics!]
I'm saving this spot for research that will surely come if the
above trend continues. It will be about something really,
really silly, such as, "Caucasians continue to have lighter skin,
even after moving to Africa," or, even worse, "Study shows that
children of French parents are more likely to speak French."
Do you think that's too ridiculous? Oh, ye of little faith .