Pregnancy & Childbirth & Beyond
"Lo, Children are an heritage of the LORD:
and the fruit of the womb is His reward."
As each day
passes and I am
a step further
privilege of the
grateful I am to
to have been
allowed of the
joys and pains
How I wish I had
known then what
I know now...
The days of
heaven on earth
when life was
growing up all
How I wish I had
privilege it was
to carry and
a blessing it
has been to
with God and
Handiwork to be
done in this
placed in my
heaven... and a
taste of true
the children of
Kegel. You will never regret doing these pelvic
exercises---but you will regret it if you don't.
Pregnancy and Birth record page; write us and let us know
your "due-date" and others can join in prayer for you.
A wonderful site that will
be a tremendous encouragement and blessing
Blessing God's Way
In addition to the book:
A Celebration of Pregnancy!
by Doran & Susan, this
website offers many links, encouragement,
resources and inspiration for you to
consider the blessing and celebration of
motherhood---pregnancy and childbirth and,
in turn, host a Celebration of Pregnancy for
someone who's just experienced a birth or is
Elizabeth Prentiss - Stepping Heavenward
For information/articles on pregnancy, miscarriage,
SIDS, understanding birth control,
baby names, beds and MORE, please Scroll down this page.
A book that has been very helpful to me is
The Naturally Healthy Pregnancy by Shonda Parker. I prefer this book because of the foundation of a strong Christian faith, the belief that children are a gift of God and that it is He who opens and closes the womb, and it is He alone who gives life. This book deals with the joys, difficulties, discomforts, and changes that pregnancy brings, and approaches each situation from a natural "medicine" standpoint. You can order this book from the Parker's... please visit their website:
In it you will be directed to other helpful and healthy resources.
more helpful information and
pregnancy and birthing supplies from
Naturally Healthy Birth and Beyond
For health and diet information during pregnancy I have been compiling information in the
Nutrition and Food Values pages
A wonderful newsletter for mama's of many... or any mama, for that matter, that will encourage you with day to day tidbits of help and ideas.
Jenny Silliman's: Jenny's Journal
To subscribe to Jenny's Journal
send a blank e-mail to
To read past issues of Jenny's Journal:
She has some wonderful pointers for labor and birth!
Jenny's Twenty Beautiful Birth Ideas
Jenny's life experiences will bless your heart.
Another fun thing: All during my last pregnancy, I received a free e-mail "update" from Parents Place, it arrived each week corresponding to the "week number" of the pregnancy. Each week the issue described such things as the current size and length of the baby, some changes a woman may be experiencing, and some of the discomforts that are common to that phase of pregnancy and remedies for the discomfort. You might like to receive such a newsletter during your pregnancy!!
Go to: http://www.parentsplace.com
Though this is a wonderful and helpful resource,
This is NOT a Christian Site or Newsletter
"Connecting Women of all ages and backgrounds in a
community of support and love through Jesus Christ."
If you have any questions about any aspect of pregnancy or childbirth, nursing or childcare, one of the very best locations to search for answers is the MOMYS website... you will find good and solid answers to questions that mothers have asked over the years.
I am a strong and vocal ;-) advocate of Divine Family planning---meaning I am opposed to what is termed "birth control" and pray that Christian Families will come to an understanding and appreciation of God's design for marriage and families and that children are indeed a
gift of God---it is for Him to choose whether a couple will have children and it is His to choose the number they will have, as He is the Giver and sustainer of life. Strong and often unpopular views in this day and age---but it is one area I do not apologize for... and pray the LORD will encourage other men and women who have this same understanding. It is often a source of division in groups, and it is absolutely not my intention to divide over this matter. It is in sincere love that I share this.
I am including a page here of information regarding "birth-control" called Understanding Birth control and a link to a website that will be helpful to those who want to understand more about life advocates. There are some very graphic articles regarding the heinous practice of abortion, I advise you in advance. PLEASE be
advised that the pictures are heartbreaking. PLEASE view with caution and understanding. http://www.lifeadvocates.com
You can go to the LLL website, and for information that will help you locally, click:
Breast Feeding Information
Mother's milk is best for baby... and yet many women feel this is inconvenient or uncomfortable or they don't work through the (sometimes) difficult early days of nursing and establishing milk supply to make the experience both rewarding and comfortable for both you and your baby. If you are having difficulty nursing, have questions about your milk supply or nutrition, you can talk to consultants at LaLecheLeague. They are familiar with the questions you might have and they will help you through your difficulties and provide answers that will encourage you.
I want to share with you a personal story by Mary Sturges (yes, of MOMYS) regarding
SIDS ---Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. a personal story, used with permission,
When God chooses a Rosebud...
Sometimes, before dawn, God chooses to pick a rosebud before it blooms and take it home.
This is what my dear friend, Mrs. Pais,
told me of her experience with the death of a child 40 years prior. I've
considered this many times over the years when our sister's baby was stillborn,
when another friend's 6 year old child died suddenly and when, yet another
friend walked through a similar valley with the death of her 2 day old child.
And over the years, I've been privileged to meet many women... each with a story
to tell. Most everyone I've talked with had an experience of loss of some
sort---each carries a piece of a grief... unique, but not so uncommon is the
great love they felt and experienced with or for their child.
Though we may not
understand, we trust Him---by faith, we trust that all God's ways are good.
If you have experienced the hurt, disappointment and emptiness after miscarriage,
please see the Schultz family website.
Their love for their children and for the LORD is heartwarming.
Stefani Schultz' story is the inspiration behind the painting below.
This painting is called
"The God of All Comfort"
You can order this painting by the artist, Bill Gray, for your own home.
Go to the site
Prayer For Little Angels..a message of hope for
you who have lost a baby...'
our Little Angels,
If you had only lived,
There's nothing in this whole world
That for you we would not give..
On clouds of love we'd lay you down,
Tuck moon-beams round your sides-
We'd dim the light of distant stars,
And sing you lullabies.
We'd linger by your cradle
As we'd gaze at you in awe;
To us you'd be our own angels,
Too perfect for this world..
You must have dreamt of Heaven,
For you decided not to stay,
The angels came and took you
As under our hearts you lay..
Now Jesus gently rocks you
In His strong and tender arms-
We know now, Little Angels
You are safe from any harm..
Lord, lay them down
In a cradle of gold,
Tuck rainbows round their sides-
Cover them with Your angels' wings,
And if they ever cry,
Tell them Mom and Dad are coming
Just as soon as they awake-
Please kiss our little angels, Lord
And love them in our place.'
their angels always see the face of My
Father.." Matt 18:10
© Glenys Robyn
Hicks 1996 Not to be used without author's
Christian Support for Fertility
Hannah's Prayer Ministries
Including Infertility or the Death of a Baby at Any Time From
Conception Through Early Infancy
This picture is entitled The Mother's Offering
depicting Mary's offering in the Temple
This beautiful picture is from an extremely old book of Bible stories.
We have found that the best place to have our babies sleep in infancy is right in our bed...
now, I'm not necessarily meaning "attachment parenting" or advocating the "family bed"
idea... rather, all of our last 5-6 babies have slept with us throughout most of their first
year. I think this "co-sleeper" is sure a neat idea... take a look! http://www.armsreach.com
You will never regret doing these pelvic
exercises, but you will regret it if you don't.
Diet is becoming more and more controversial everyday. Some will argue that high protein is bad,
some will say that the proportion to carbohydrates is the key, some will say that all natural is the key,
and still others say that fat/carbohydrate/calorie ratio is what one should consider first. Some
argue that the meats, milk products and other foods we eat are too risky because of the hormones,
pesticides and additives. Some feel that there are too many
conflicting views and so they don't really
hold to one school thought or another. Some say that all things in moderation are lawful. I am surely
no health expert and so everything I share with you on our site comes with a disclaimer, and it is simply
that the suggestions below and the charts and information on our Nutrition Pages are merely ideas
and suggestions, you must decide for yourself what is best for you---these are not intended to be any
thing more than options for you to consider and to use
if you choose to do so.
For some possibly good and perhaps helpful information on pregnancy diet and health,
see Dr. Tom Brewer's Blue Ribbon Baby Pages. He has written
The Brewer Medical Diet. Go here:
(how's that for a decisive description)
Here is a sample Pregnancy Diet and
you can also take a look at our
Nutrition Pages for more information.
You can highlight this, copy it and print it out to post on your fridge so that you can refer to it.
A very basic Version of a Pregnancy Diet
1. One quart (4 glasses) or more of milk. Any kind will do: whole milk, low fat, skim, buttermilk,
yogurt, ice cream, etc....
2. Two eggs, (hard boiled, in french toast, or added to other foods).
3. One or two servings of fish or seafood, chicken, lean beef, lamb, pork, beans or cheese.
4. One or two good servings of fresh dark green leafy vegetables: mustard, collard, turnip greens,
lettuce, or cabbage, pumpkin, squash, wheat-grass.
5. Two or three slices of whole wheat bread, cornmeal, cornbread, or tortillas.
6. A piece of citrus fruit or glass of juice of lemon, lime, orange, tomato, or grapefruit.
7. Three pats of butter.
8. Other fruits and vegetables.
Also include in your diet:
1. A serving of whole grain cereal such as oatmeal or granola.
2. A yellow or orange-colored fruit or vegetable five times a week.
3. Additional red meat once a week.
4. Whole baked potato
two or three times a week.
5. Plenty of fluids, water, juice etc. Really!
The value of water in pregnancy cannot be overstated! Drink
what will seem like "tons" of water!
6. Salt food to taste for a safe increase in blood volume.
You may substitute proteins if you wish, being sure your proteins are complete, and that
you get approximately 80-100 grams per day, If you substitute, also be sure all the elements
necessary for a well balanced diet are available every day.
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Here is a simple PROTEIN COUNT
Dairy Products: Milk, 1 C. 8gm Cheddar/Swiss, 1 oz. 7gm Processed Cheese, 1 oz. 6gm
Cottage Cheese, 1/2C. 12gm Ice Cream, 1 C. 6gm Yogurt, 1 C. .7gm Butter, 1 tbsp. 0.1gm
Meats: Beef, 3oz. 20gm Chicken, 3oz. 25gm Egg, 1 6gm Turkey, 3oz. 27gm Pork, 3oz. 21gm
Liver, 3 1/2oz. 26gm
Fish: Haddock, 3oz. 16gm Salmon, 3oz. 17gm Halibut, 3 1/2oz. 26gm
Carbohydrates: Potato, medium 2gm Rice, 1C. (Brown) 6gm Corn, 1C. 5gm Noodles, 1C. 6gm
Sweet Potato, medium 2gm Bread, 1 slice 2gm Crackers, 4 saltines 1gm Doritos, 9/16 oz. 1gm
Fritos, 1 oz. 2gm Potato Chips, 16 pcs. 0.8gm Tortillas, 1 1.2gm
Cereals: Cheerios, 1 1/4C. 3.8gm Granola, 1/4 C. 4gm Shredded Wheat, 2/3 C. 3gm
Wheat Germ, 1 Tbsp. 2gm
Nuts: Peanut Butter, 1 tbsp. 4gm Peanuts, 1/4 C. 9gm Walnuts, 1/4 C. 6gm
Beans: Pinto Beans, 1/2 C. 7gm Navy Beans, 1/2 C. 7gm Kidney Beans, 1/2 C. 7gm
Fruit & Juice: Apple, 1 med. 0.3gm Orange, 1 med. 1.6gm Peach, 1 med. 0.6gm Cantaloupe, ¼ 1gm
Vegetable Juice, 4 oz. 1gm Grape Juice, 4 oz. 0.3gm Orange Juice, 1/2 C. 1gm
Vegetables: Carrot, 1 0.6gm Celery, 1 lg. Stalk 0.3gm Lettuce, 1/2 C. 0.3gm Cucumber, 1/8 lb. 0.2gm Tomato, 1 1gm Spinach, 1/4 C. 1gm Cabbage, 1/2 C. cook 1.2gm Green Beans, 1/2 C. 0.8gm
Soups: Vegetable Soup, 1 C. 3gm Beef Broth, 1 C. 5gm Chicken Noodle, 1 C. 3.4gm Chili & Beans, 1 C. 18gm
Resource information for this worksheet:
Nutrition during Pregnancy and Lactation from California Department of Health,
Husband-Coached childbirth by Robert Bradley, M.D. Nourishing Your Unborn Child by Phyllis Williams.
What every Pregnant Woman Should Know by Gail Brewer.
Composition of Foods United States Department of Agriculture.
And finally... I would like to thank the
LORD and acknowledge His great
Hand of Blessing in the provision of our first midwife, Wendy Swetman whose life was dedicated to helping mama's have healthy pregnancies and to safely birth at home.
Wendy went to be with the LORD on August 5, 1996 after a courageous fight with cancer.
I am grateful the LORD allowed us to know this gracious woman, wife and mother, whose
life was a blessing to so many. I am so grateful for the
precious memories of having her come out to the house... responding to
quickly to our many calls over the years. Her skill and expertise
could not be measured as she carefully watched over the births.
We are grateful to have had another midwife, Chris Thain, who
was been such a blessing to us and to our family. We had the joy of seeing her again for our eleventh baby
and to have our son and daughter in law have her
for their midwife as well. Our son and daughter in law used
the birthing suite where all three of their babies have been born. The office and
simply beautiful and elegant Birth Suite is in Bellevue, Washington,