1st Edition

Nutrition in Pregnancy and Childbirth Food for Thought

Edited By Lorna Davies, Ruth Deery Copyright 2014
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    Making good nutritional choices can mean women optimise the outcomes of their birthing experience and offer their babies the best possible start in life. To support this, all health professionals who work with women during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period need to have an appropriate knowledge of nutrition, healthy eating and other food related issues.

    This evidence-based text provides an informative and accessible introduction to nutrition in pregnancy and childbirth. As well as allowing readers to recognise when nutritional deficiency may be creating challenges, it explores the psychosocial and cultural context of food and considers their relevance for women’s eating behaviour. Finally, important emerging issues, such as eating during labour, food supplements and maternal obesity, are discussed.

    An important reference for health professionals working in midwifery or public health contexts especially, this book is also the ideal companion for a course on nutrition in pregnancy and childbirth.

    Foreword  Barbara Katz Rothman  Part 1: Healthy Eating and Nutrition in Childbirth  1. So What’s For Dinner?  Ruth Deery  2. Macronutrients in Preconception and Perinatal Health  Colin R. Martin, Anne Mullen and Lorna Davies  3. Examining Micronutrients in Pregnancy and Lactation  Anne Mullen, Colin R. Martin and Jade Wratten  4. Nutritional Needs for Lactation  Victoria Hall Moran  Part 2: Context and Cultural Issues  5. Nourishment: Food, Culture and Identities  Rea Daellenbach  6. Caring for Women with Eating Disorders: From Conception to Birth and Beyond  Lydia Jade Turner   7. Vegetarian and Vegan Pregnancy Emma Derbyshire  8. Food Talk with Young Pregnant Women  Ruth Martis  Part 3: Debates and Controversies  9. Sustainability, Food and Chidlbirth  Lorna Davies  10. Baby-Led Feeding – The Best Start to Life  Gill Rapley  11. Nutrition for Labour and Birth  Penny Champion  12. Childbirth in a Fat-Phobic World  Clara Miriam  13. Health at Every Size® Through Informed Midwifery Practice  Jenni Brady, Lucy Aphramor and Jacqui Gingras  Part 4: Practical Application and the Way Forward  14. Conversations about Food – Nutritional Assessment and Counselling  Lorna Davies and Ruth Deery


    Lorna Davies is a principal Lecturer in Midwifery at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, NZ and a part time lecturer for the New Zealand College of Midwives.

    Ruth Deery is Professor in Maternal Health at the University of the West of Scotland, UK. She holds a joint appointment with the University of the West of Scotland and NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

    "You are what you eat and this book provides the brain with diverse fuel for digestion and critical thinking about big-picture nutrition, alongside some great morselfs of food for thought. Thinks book is more than 'just' an appetiser--it's a banquet with a menu to interest all midwives, as well as other health professionals working with women, before pregnancy, during pregnancy, through to birth and the post-natal period." -Carol Bartle, New Zealand College of Midwives, Midwifery News, 2014