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What is one of the biggest health problems you see during pregnancy, birth, or after-birth care?
Nutritional deficiencies, poor diet, and poor lifestyle choices.
What do you do to help fix these problems?
To fix these things, I educate our clients. I give them the information that they need to make the changes that will be in the best interest of their babies and their own bodies. It’s ultimately up to them. I don’t push anybody to do anything, but I do encourage healthful changes. We’re not just providing an isolated birthing package. We are truly interested in the best health of our clients and in providing them with optimal health care.
If there was one thing you could tell every pregnant mother-to-be for the benefit of their health and the health of their baby, what would it be?
Three words: Eat real food. Steer clear of processed foods and eat more unprocessed whole natural foods.
What is the mission of Family Centered Birth?
Our mission is to provide a safe environment and supportive team so that women can birth in the way that they choose.
What is your vision for Family Centered Birth?
To be able to provide respectful, compassionate care for all pregnant women that desire a natural birth.
Tell us more.
The reason this is so important is because how a mother feels about her birth will effect how she feels about that child—and that lasts much longer than just the labor. It lasts for the rest of their lives. She’s going to bond with that child, and that child is going to bond with her. Remember, the child is also having an experience of birth. The baby is coming into the world gently—is being treated very gently and respectfully during their birth experience—and that makes all the difference! This is going to form their whole concept of the other people that they meet in their life. It’s foundational. As we now know through psychology, the birth process is going to affect them for the rest of their lives. So our mission is not only to help women have the birth they want, but to help more children come into this world with a solid foundation in life—by giving them a peaceful and happy birth.
From an interview with Kate Potthast, head midwife of Family Centered Birth: