Calling all midwives, doulas, students and birth practitioners. I’m presenting a “Herbal Medicine and Nutrition for Midwives/Birth Practitioners” workshop in Brunswick this month that is recognised by the ACM for 2.75 CPD hours.
Complementary medicine use is common amoungst pregnant women in Australia and is influenced heavily by marketing campaigns and peer-recommendations. In addition, there are a myriad of nutritional and herbal supplements available to purchase online, in supermarkets, chemists and health food stores; it can be difficult for consumers to know the difference between good quality and inferior products.
Midwives play an important role in guiding and supporting women in making healthy food choices, however, there is often little education given to practitioners about this important topic and recommendations given to women vary widely from practitioner to practitioner.
We will discuss:
+ Commonly used and prescribed nutritional supplements in pregnancy: such as multivitamins, probiotics, Vitamin D, Fish oils, Iron, Calcium and Magnesium
+ The traditional and modern uses of herbal medicines for birth and lactation: including discussion about Raspberry Leaf tea in the third trimester of pregnancy and popular galactagogues to support breast milk supply
+ Antenatal and postnatal diets: healthy eating, current recommendations and resources to guide women in making healthier choices
+ Safety and quality issues regarding the use of nutritional products and herbal medicines during pregnancy and lactation
+ How practitioners can access reliable, current and evidence-based research on these issues
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