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Superfood Muffins!

These muffins are quick, delicious, and healthy! Great quick breakfast, mid-afternoon snack, or in school lunches. I like to add a tbsp of chia seeds before baking, for added fiber and nutrients! You can also add 1/2 cup of goji berries for more sweetness and protein, or top a warm muffin with almond butter. So good!

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Ingredients:

1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup gluten-free oats, divided
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. Himalayan sea salt
1/2 tbsp. cinnamon
2 eggs
2 tbsp. raw honey
2 very ripe bananas, mashed smooth
1 cup chopped apples
1 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin or lightly grease with coconut oil.
2. Pulse 1/3 cup oats in a food processor until it’s the consistency of flour.
3. Combine the processed oat flour, 1/2 cup whole oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.… Read More

Granola!

This is a favorite right now at Ocean Midwives! I make half this recipe and it makes about 2 mason jars full, which lasts me about a week. I often skip breakfast but when I have the granola in the house I don’t! Throw in some berries, greek yogurt, coconut and a little honey drizzled on top, and you are set for a great, healthy, nourishing start to the day. A great thing to have on hand in pregnancy- full of great healthy fats, protein, and nutrients.

Granola recipe~

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1/2 c honey
6 tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
3 c oats
1 c sweet shredded coconut
Raw nuts and seeds of choice (I use raw organic almonds, peanuts, sunflower, pecan, hemp hearts, and chia. Have also added organic dried banana chips)

Heat honey and oil and spices until melted. Add oats, coconut, and nuts/ seeds.… Read More

Idaho Birth Journey Part 2

So happy to announce that Daisy Burke White was born on 5/3/16 at 4:56 pm!  6 lb 14 oz, 20.5 inches long.  And yes, a girl!  I was convinced since the minute Dani told me she was pregnant that this baby was a boy, so I was (and still am a little bit) so surprised!  No one else seemed surprised, as all the kids in Dani’s family are girls.

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However, waiting for Daisy to be born was full of surprises!

On 5/1/16, Dani’s due date, her water broke at 10:30 pm.  She ran upstairs and showed me an amnicator (which is a long q-tip with pH paper on the tip that turns alkaline, or dark blueberry blue, when it comes in contact with amniotic fluid).  Well, it was the most obvious blueberry positive I have ever seen!  Reminded me of the same energy someone has when running up with a pregnancy test, excited to be at the beginning of a whole new journey! … Read More

Idaho Birth Journey Part 1

Hi All,

Well I (Whitney) have been in Idaho for two weeks with my very good friend Dani who invited me to be here with her for the birth of her second baby. Her estimated due date is 5/1/16, so our original plan was for me to fly out 4/28-5/10, but a few weeks ago she started having some signs the baby may come earlier.

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So, I changed my ticket and flew out 4/14, planning to head home 4/28, which is now today and her baby isn’t here yet.  We are both midwives and we know in our bones that babies come when they are ready, that we can’t know when that is, and yet the first sign of bloody show and mucus and I was on the next flight!  I had been saying all along that if there were any signs the baby was maybe coming sooner I would fly out earlier, so I knew I had to stick to my word. … Read More

Alcohol and Pregnancy: What are the true risks?

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The below two-part post is written by Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, Ph.D., M.P.A., copied from a newsletter Science and Sensibility. This is a two-part series on recent CDC recommendations about alcohol in pregnancy. There has been a lot of backlash about the CDC recommendations being overly fear-based and overbearing, as the CDC is also recommending that women who are sexually active and not on oral contraceptives should also refrain from drinking. I particularly like this quote:

“Pregnancy and childbirth have always been awesome, awe-inspiring and inherently uncertain experiences. Consider the irony of a world in which reproduction is safer than ever, but women and their partners are ever more worried and anxious about pregnancy and birth. Endless warnings broadcast to all women regardless of actual risk form a dark and ominous cloud overshadowing the radiant joy of pregnancy and anticipation of the arrival of a child. This latest CDC warning reflects the increasingly fear-based approach to managing the uncertainty of pregnancy; it’s a flashback to the idea that women could unwittingly harm their unborn children.”

With all the information, pregnancy cautions, and common medical interventions that often lead to more interventions, let’s not lose sight of the joyous miracle that is pregnancy and birth.… Read More

My Favorite Soup!

Easy-Peasy Soup

Peas are high in fiber, protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and many micronutrients.

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They are inexpensive, readily available, and easy to prepare.  This soup is hearty and delicious- perfect in the fall/ winter with crusty bread and butter.  There are also many things you could add to experiment with the flavor and nutrition, such as celery, carrots, spinach, garbanzo beans, or cauliflower.  Enjoy!!

You need:

4 1/2 cups frozen peas
4 cups vegetable stock
2 medium potatoes, cut into cubes
2 medium onions, chopped
1 leek, trimmed, washed, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley OR 1 tsp. dried mixed herbs
1/3 cup sour cream
Salt and Pepper to taste

How to prepare:

1.  In a large saucepan heat the oil, then add the leek, onion and garlic.  Sauté for 5 minutes.
2.  Add the potatoes and the peas.  Stir well, and sauté for 2 minutes.… Read More

Ingredient of the week: Amaranth

Amaranth is new to me, and I wanted to share it with you all!  It is an ancient crop that is naturally gluten free and a complete protein.  Amaranth is high in the amino acid lysine, as well as a great source of fiber, calcium, iron, and magnesium.  It is a flexible ingredient and can be used in porridges, with entrees instead of rice or quinoa, popped for a snack instead of popcorn, and for baking- amaranth flour is a great way to get extra nutrition into cookies and muffins!

To cook: 1 c. amaranth to 5-6 c. of water, bring to a boil and then simmer on medium for 20-25 minutes.

To pop: Heat a pot to high, then add 2-3 tbsp. amaranth, reduce heat to medium, and stir until most of the grain has popped!  Try mixing the popped amaranth with chopped dates and roll in coconut for a delicious treat!… Read More

A Freebirth Story

At Ocean Midwives we support a women’s journey through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum.  Each woman and baby are unique and have their own history, life experience, desires, and needs as they prepare to welcome a new life into the world.  We were lucky to meet this mother who was planning a freebirth after a cesarean.  She came to see us for a prenatal near the end of pregnancy for some reassurement, information, and community.  It is with great pleasure we share her birth story and photos, with her permission, and can celebrate her journey with her.

Her story is all hers, please enjoy!

An Unassisted Birth, Waterbirth, VBAC, Homebirth, Freebirth!

“My birth story begins on November 16, 2011, the day I had an elected cesarean at the advice and encouragement of my Doctor. I was 41+1 weeks and he was concerned that my baby boy was too big, and I was showing no signs that labor was close.… Read More

Odette Vivian’s Birth Story

Birth Date: April 30th, 2015

I had been having Braxton Hicks on and off since week 25 of the pregnancy. When I was 36 wks, 6 days, I woke up feeling crampy, like I was getting my period, and the Braxton Hicks were tighter and more intense. This continued on and off for a portion of each of the next nine days. My son was born three weeks early, so I thought something could happen at any time. There were a few days when contractions were stronger, sometimes vaguely painful, and I thought things might progress, but to no avail. Sunday morning (April 28) I lost the majority of my mucus plug, with some other pieces throughout the day. I couldn’t fall asleep Sunday night, and then around midnight on Sunday night/ Monday morning I started feeling extremely crampy, and I would have painful contractions, about 40 seconds long, every ten to fifteen minutes.… Read More