From our November 2009 newsletter:
If you’ve been on the internet lately, you’ve probably seen the news about the United States’ maternal mortality rate. The US currently ranks 41st in the world and there are reports that maternal death is under-reported. Infant mortality is no better. Reading these articles and comments by health care professionals doesn’t bring much comfort or even clear information. It seems health care authorities are scrambling desperately to place the blame somewhere. It may leaving you feeling concerned and at a loss.
The fact of the matter is that there are some surprisingly simple things that you can do to make your pregnancy and birth safer for you and your baby.
1. Eat well and drink plenty of water.
3. Reduce stress.
4. Get plenty of rest.
5. Educate yourself!!
6. Choose your care provider (midwife or doctor) and birthplace carefully.
7. Above all, please remember – Birth is safe!
Baby Steps offers a 2 hour class called First Trimester Essentials. Anyone is welcome! Whether you are newly pregnant, further along, or even only in the planning stages – please join us for this informative introduction to what you need to know to have a safe pregnancy and birth. See our website for current class schedules and to register. If you have a group of people who are interested but don’t see a convenient date on the schedule and you would like to host a class, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you.