7 Great Reasons to Drink Your Pregnancy Tea

If you’re planning to give birth with a midwife, chances are she’s recommended you drink a pregnancy tea. Premier Birth Center has a really delicious Organic Pregnancy Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs. We’ve been drinking it at the birth center lately, and we have to admit it’s pretty awesome! Our pregnancy tea has the usual NORA (Nettles, Oatstraw, Red Raspberry Leaf, and Alfalfa) that we’ve always recommended, but it also has spearmint, ginger, lemon balm, and lemon peel, which give it a great taste and offer additional health benefits. We think it’s especially good iced.

Why drink the pregnancy tea? Why do midwives think it is such a great idea? Here are 7 great reasons we think you should drink pregnancy tea:

1. It helps you stay hydrated.

You can count your pregnancy as part of your daily “water” intake. Sometimes, drinking just plain water can get a bit boring, so having the pregnancy tea as an alternative can help make it easier to meet your daily hydration goal.

2. It’s great iced!

If you’re not a hot tea drinker, no problem. This stuff is really great iced. We’ve been making it in our Takeya Iced Tea Pitcher, which has been working really well. It takes about 5 minutes to have a big pitcher of iced nutritious deliciousness this way. If you’re having trouble getting in your daily pregnancy tea, try using an iced tea infuser so you’ll have iced pregnancy tea on hand when you’re thirsty. So yummy!

 

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You can get the Takeya Iced Tea Pitcher on Amazon.com (currently $24.99 on Amazon Prime, as of 8/14/16)

 

3. It’s a great source of iron.

The red raspberry leaf, alfalfa, and nettles in the tea are full of iron. Nettles, especially, is an especially potent source of herbal iron. If you’re trying to prevent or treat anemia, drinking at least a quart of strongly-brewed pregnancy tea daily can be an important part of your iron-boosting regimen.

4. Oatstraw is amazing.

Nobody every really talks much about oatstraw. It is often overshadowed by the red raspberry leaf, alfalfa, and nettles in the tea, but oatstraw is truly awesome in its own right. Oatstraw is high in magnesium, which helps your body to properly absorb calcium. It can be calming, lower your blood pressure, aid in your digestion, and lower your blood sugar. Oatstraw helps improve your sleep, too.

5. It’s like sending your uterus to the gym.

Your uterus is a muscle. It contracts off and on during pregnancy, and that’s normal. The red raspberry leaf in the pregnancy tea strengthens and tones the uterus, a bit like sending it to the gym. It causes contractions that are like exercise for your uterus — not strong enough to put you into labor or to be uncomfortable — just a gentle workout to build strength and uterine tone. This can help your labor to be more coordinated and help prevent excessive bleeding after the birth.

6. It’s a complex multivitamin in a cup.

The vitamins and minerals are easily assimilated by your body because they are from a food source. Seriously, this is powerful stuff. Here’s the list of vitamins and minerals we know are in the pregnancy tea:

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A, B complex, C, E, K1, folic acid, histamine, acetylcholine, formic acid, acetic acid, and butyric acid.10,21 The hairs are made of silica and inject neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine, histamine, 5HTP (serotonin), moroidin, leukotrienes into the skin.

Oatstraw

Silicon dioxide occurs in the leaves and in the straw in soluble form as esters of silcilic acid with polyphenols, monosaccharides and oligosaccharides. Oat straw contains a high content of iron, manganese, zinc, chromium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, niacin and a variety of other nutrients, and saponins, alkaloids such as avenine, trigoneline, sterols, flavanoids, and calcium.

Red Raspberry Leaf

Red raspberry contains anthocyanidins, ellagitannins, flavonols such as quercetin and kaempferol, catechins, phenolic acids, fragrine, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, chlorogenic acid, glutathione, and alpha-tocopherol, iron citrate, pectin, malic acid, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, and potassium sulfate.

Alfalfa

Alfalfa contains 2-3% saponins, sterols, alcohols, flavones and isoflavones (including phytoestrogens such as genistein and daidzein) coumarin derivatives, alkaloids, plant acids (including malic and oxalic acid) vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, C, E, K1, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, amino acids (including valine, lysine, arginine, tryptophan, sugars, plant pigments such as chlorophyll, 17-25% crude fibers, 15-25% protein, minerals, and trace elements such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper.

In smaller amounts, the tea also contains:

Spearmint

Volatile oil, menthol, menthone, d-limonene, neomenthol, tannins and very small amounts of essential oil containing about 50% carvone.

Ginger

Ginger rhizome contains oleoresin composed of (phenols such as gingerols and their related dehydration products shogaols), fats and waxes, and volatile oils (1.0–3.3% the volatile oil contains sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes), 40–60% starch, 9–10% protien, 6–10% lipids composed of triglycerides, phosphatidic acid, lecithins, and free fatty acids, vitamins niacin and A, minerals; and amino acids.

Lemon Balm

flavonoids such as quercitrin, rhamnocitrin, and the 7-glucosides of apigenin, kaempferol, quercetin, and luteolin, phenolic acids and tannins such as rosmarinic acid, caffeic and chlorogenic acids, triterpenes, volatile oil composed of the monoterpenoid citronellal, geranial (citral a) and neral (citral b) and sesquiterpenes

Lemon Peel

Limonene and at least 45 other antioxidant flavonoids, pectin, vitamin C.

7. We have a special BOGO offer at Premier Birth Center for you!

Want some Organic Pregnancy Tea? Stop by Premier Birth Center for a free sample and pick up a bag of tea for $10. Blog readers can mention this coupon when they come to Premier Birth Center and get a BOGO special for extra savings!

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Premier Birth Center Fact #10 – Our T-shirts may be more awesome than we ever thought!

We hope you enjoyed our facts about Premier Birth Center series. Keep following the blog posts to learn more about us!

Premier Birth Center Fact #10: Our T-shirts may be more awesome than we ever thought!

I designed a Premier Birth Center T-Shirt for our staff and bought a few extra to give to friends and have considered selling some at the birth center. They’re actually really comfortable and look great on everyone! Look how cute Nikki, our office manager, looks in her Premier Birth Center T-Shirt…

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I didn’t think much about it, but those Premier Birth Center T-Shirts are really getting around. They’re traveling around the country and even out of the country now! True story… A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a friend of mine, and she shared with me an experience she had while on a trip to Canada. With her permission, and name removed, I’m sharing her email here…

My husband and I are on a long trip, and we crossed the Canadian border into Saskatchewan. At the border they did the basic questions, took our passports to the office, came back for some more questions, then asked my husband to pull up and park and ME to come into the office! According to their computers, there’s another woman with my same birthdate and social security number who was a ‘bad person!’ And, Canada doesn’t like letting ‘bad people’ in to visit!! A lot to do with fraud I think.

He kept asking me questions like, “have you ever been to court?” and I, of course, said “no” until he reminded me, even for divorce? And I said I was so sorry, yes, I was in court for that. I gave him all sorts of dates of my married name and places I lived and finally I think he just believed my honest face! He said at the end, “I just don’t think you are this bad person!” He did suggest that, when we get home, we go to our local law enforcement office and have them check all this out and then write up some sort of letter saying “THIS ______ is NOT the one with all the crimes attached to her name!” If I understood the various things he said, most of the crimes and mess were from the year I switched back to my maiden name. They don’t appear to be current. And I’m guessing there isn’t a warrant out for that person’s arrest, or I’m sure he couldn’t have let us go and would have called the police. I’m wondering why none of this has come up in credit reports, but maybe they are dead or in jail and so aren’t causing problems now? I had a credit report done in to buy a house and another in a few years later and both came back very good! Anyway, I’ll have to try and track all that down when we get back!!

When I got back in the car, my husband said, you know, that shirt you were wearing might have helped. It is a really comfortable tee shirt I wear for travel and says “Premier Birth Center!” I mean, what criminal would wear a shirt like that!!!! THANKS Kim!!!!!!!

Glad we could help!!! Hope the return trip isn’t nearly as exciting!!!

Premier Birth Center Fact #9: Our classroom is available for community groups to use.

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Over the past few days, we’ve going shared some facts about Premier Birth Center we hoped you’d find interesting and fun. Tomorrow, we’ll have the 10th and final post in this series. Keep following the blog!

Premier Birth Center Fact #9: Our classroom is available for community groups to use.

One of the biggest benefits of a birth center experience is being part of a community of like-minded people. A birth center is like a mini-village for expectant parents and new families. Our hope is that our classroom will be used for a variety of events that will support the needs of families in our community. We’re off to a good start! Here’s what we have so far:

Premier Birth Center Info Session

One of our midwives is available to answer your questions and give you a tour of the birth center. Light refreshments are served. We’d love to meet you and help you know your options and see if Premier Birth Center is the right place for you to welcome your baby into the world. Register online for free tickets.

Movie Night

Premier Birth Center is hosting a movie night once a month. We’re going to feature one birth or natural living related movie every month. We’ll announce dates soon on our Facebook page.

Virginia is for Doulas

Tiffany Shank of Virginia is for Doulas is offering several classes at Premier Birth Center. You can contact her directly at info@virginiaisfordoulas.com or 540-533-4182 for more information.

  • Childbirth Education Class
  • Postpartum Belly Binding Class
  • Bright Beginnings Childbirth Education Class
  • Comfort Measures for Labor Class
  • Placenta Encapsulation: What’s it all about?

Birth & Beer

Join the men as they talk about their perspective on birth, what to expect and listen to their stories. Dads need a place to talk about all that goes on and what to expect. Bring your own beer, men only.

Does your group want to have your classes at Premier Birth Center? We have a great space for meetings! Contact us for more details, and we’ll get you on the calendar!

 

Premier Birth Center Fact #8 – Our birth tubs are ahhhmazing!

Over the next few days, we’re going to focus on sharing some facts about Premier Birth Center we hope you’ll find interesting and fun. Keep following the blog posts to learn more about us!

Premier Birth Center Fact #8 – Our birth tubs are ahhhmazing!

Seriously… wow, these tubs are just ohhhhmigosh awesome. Makes me want to have another baby. My husband knows that’s an empty threat, so I can say that now 🙂

The Spa Tub

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Spa Tub at Premier Birth Center

This tub is a Japanese soaking tub style Spa Tub. It’s 4 feet square and holds about 160 gallons of water. The water depth is about 29 inches. It has an integrated bench seat, so you can kneel against that on hands and knees (most popular), or be semi-reclined while your partner is seated on the bench and holding you. You could also grab onto the side and get into a squat in the tub. With this tub being so deep, it’s easy to get into just about any position you want to be in.

This tub is what’s called an “air bath.” That means if you like, you can turn on the air and have about 25 heated air jets blowing bubbles into the tub. You’re able to control the intensity of the air jets from either just gentle movement to a really heavily bubbling spa experience. The air tub design blows air into the tub rather than recirculating water through the jets. This is more hygienic, reducing the risk of cross-contamination, and makes it easier for us to sanitize the tubs after the births.

The Soaking Tub

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Soaking Tub at Premier Birth Center

This tub is a little smaller and easier to get in and out of. It is 66″ long and 35″ wide, so it is still pretty spacious. The depth is a little over 20″ and it holds about 120 gallons of water. For perspective on water depth, the heated pool that we rent for home births (AquaDoula) has a depth of 18″, while the inflatable pools are between 22-24″ deep at their maximum.

Both tubs feature in-line heaters to help keep the water warm, and also have LED chromatherapy lighting. Underwater lighting is provided by 2 digitally controlled LEDs. A control pad allows selection of any of these individual colors: aqua, blue, magenta, red, orange, yellow or green. The relaxing Aqua-Blue-Green Cycle gently segues through the 3 colors.

The tubs also have super fast filler faucets. They fill our tubs at almost 9 gallons per minute, so the tubs take around 15 minutes to fill. We know that’s important when your labor is moving along quickly and you want to get into that deep water to get some relief!

Beyond the tubs, we have other tools that help your water birth experience be even better. LED candles and aromatherapy diffusers provide even more relaxation. We have waterproof Dopplers for monitoring your baby. There are warm, fluffy bathrobes, slippers, and a seemingly endless supply of Egyptian cotton towels for when you step out of the tub. The fireplace and our throw blankets can warm you up if you feel chilled after being in the tub.

We put a lot of thought into our tubs and how we do water births at Premier Birth Center. As midwives who have attended hundreds of water births, we know the benefits of water for reducing discomfort, helping labor progress, and providing a gentle welcome for the baby. We want to help you have the best possible water birth experience at Premier Birth Center.

Premier Birth Center Fact #7 – We have a “just in case” birth suite.

Over the next few days, we’re going to focus on sharing some facts about Premier Birth Center we hope you’ll find interesting and fun. Keep following the blog posts to learn more about us!

Premier Birth Center Fact #7: We have a “just in case” birth suite.

Premier Birth Center has 2 “official” birth suites. They’re really great – lovely spa tubs, fireplaces, queen-sized beds, flat-screen TVs, ceiling fans, hardwood floors. Did you know we also have a third, “just in case” birth suite? We figured two birth rooms would be plenty for us, but it’s always good to be prepared for that day when the unexpected baby storm comes, right? Midwives always have a contingency plan… always.

When we did our renovation, we converted our first-floor powder room into an ADA-accessible bathroom with a shower, just in case. And, we added a queen-sized Murphy Bed (a bed that pulls down from the wall) to our classroom, just in case. We added a door to the classroom so it could be closed off from the rest of the birth center for a birth… just in case.

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This is a stock photo of our Murphy bed. Our bedding is different, but you get the idea 🙂

If we need a third birth room, or even if someone just really preferred to have their baby in our “just in case” birth room, we do have this third room we can use. It’s actually a pretty nice setup! It’s on the first floor, has its own separate outside entrance/exit, the fireplace is beautiful, and the bed is quite comfortable. The only drawback of this room really is that it doesn’t have a built-in birth pool. However, we do have a portable heated birth pool (AquaDoula) that we could bring into the room if we needed to.

Bring on the baby storm! Bring it!

Premier Birth Center Fact #6 -We have something in common with dentists.

Over the next few days, we’re going to focus on sharing some facts about Premier Birth Center we hope you’ll find interesting and fun. Keep following the blog posts to learn more about us!

Premier Birth Center Fact #6 – We have something in common with dentists.

You meet people throughout your life, never knowing then the full extent to which they will touch your life until years later. There have been many examples of this during my lifetime. Even just during the process of starting this birth center, there have been several people who have played a part that I never would have anticipated the day I met them. For example, I never knew when I met Kimberly Haines on my first day as a midwifery student that she would eventually end up inspiring me to open Premier Birth Center in Winchester.

There are many people who were big and little pieces of the puzzle as put this project together, but probably the most unlikely piece, at least at first glance, is Arminco, Inc. Arminco is a locally-owned company that designs and builds stunningly beautiful dental offices. Their creative team includes designers, engineers, architects, and project managers. If you are a dentist and want an amazing office, Arminco is THE place to go in the DC area. Seriously, I mean, their designs are totally off the hook beautiful.

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So, how did we get connected with Arminco? Well, it’s a roundabout story, as are many of the stories in this “Premier Birth Center Facts” series.

It all starts with Tara Lussier. I met Tara Lussier at a BirthMatters meeting several years ago when Tara was very pregnant with her twins. Tara had a c-section with the twins, but came to me to be her midwife for her HBAC (home birth after cesarean). You can read her amazing birth story here. Tara’s husband, Mark was nothing short of a hero at that birth. He was ultimately the person who got her through to the end, and it was one of the most memorable moments of any birth I’ve ever had the privilege to witness. Gives me goosebumps just to think about it.

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Awhile after that birth, Mark started working at Arminco. (Ahh, there’s the connection!)

When I found the property in Winchester for the birth center, I talked with Mark about it, and he offered to take a look and give me an estimate for doing the build out so I could figure out numbers for my budget. Months later, Arminco was up to their eyeballs in building a birth center.

I’m not sure if any of us knew what we were getting ourselves into. Arminco had never built a birth center before, and I had never taken on a project of this magnitude myself, either. But, we got through it together. There were many surprises along the way, but with the support and tenacity of Arminco’s wonderful people, we got through each challenge. If a project is easy, pretty much any contractor can handle it. But, when you have a project that presents you with challenges, you want to be working with a professional who has the creativity, courage, integrity, and experience to know how to handle the challenges appropriately. That’s Arminco. They stuck with it to the end, no matter what they faced, and even though it was difficult, they did their best to help me wherever they could. The end product is a beautiful place I think we can all be very proud of.

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There were a few Arminco people who worked closely with me on this project. First, of course, there was Mark Lussier. Without him and his calm “no problem” attitude, I’m not sure I could have made it through all of this. There are no words to express my gratitude for his work to help me with this project.

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Next, there is Zehra Arif. She is this amazing genius designer person. She has such a wonderful way of figuring out what people really want. She asked all the right questions to help me get exactly what I wanted. I sent her pictures of all of the furniture and linens I had picked out, and she helped me find flooring, paint, and other parts to pull it together. Oh, and of course, she was the one with the brilliant idea of the brick wall and the super cool shelf for the reception window. That was genius! Everyone loves it!

KevinThen, there’s Kevin Sears. What would I do without Kevin? This guy has been my right hand over the past few months. He’s been my project manager. Kevin has been the unfortunate bearer of the bad news (poor guy!), has had to listen to my meltdowns, and has had to deal with endless inspections and red tape. I love Kevin.

Then, there’s Neris and Mario. These are the main guys who did the construction work. They did a really good job. I’m sure our project was nothing like what they’re used to doing, but you’d never know it by looking at it! Their work was top notch!

I’m guessing Arminco isn’t planning on going into the birth center construction business, but if they ever do, they’d do an awesome job. There are a lot more dentists than there are midwives, so it is probably a better business decision to stick with the dentists, but wow, they really knocked it out of the park, didn’t they?

Oh, and to bring it around full circle… guess who was the doula at Premier Birth Center’s first birth? You guessed right — it was Tara Lussier.

 

Premier Birth Center Fact #5 – We’re as green as can be!

Over the next few days, we’re going to focus on sharing some facts about Premier Birth Center we hope you’ll find interesting and fun. Keep following the blog posts to learn more about us!

Premier Birth Center Fact #5: We’re as green as can be!

We’re doing everything we can to make Premier Birth Center as healthy of an environment as possible. We know everything is a balance of choices. Sometimes, we have to use products we’d prefer not to use in order to keep everyone safe from harmful germs, but whenever possible, we avoid harsh chemicals when we clean the birth center. Almost always, we use doTerra essential oils, rather than artificial fragrances, and natural cleaning products, rather than caustic chemicals. We also do what we can to conserve natural resources, too.

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  • We clean with doTerra’s All-Purpose Cleaner Concentrate. This is our main cleaning product. We use this for cleaning almost everything at the birth center.
  • Our laundry is washed with doTerra’s Laundry detergent. We use a high efficiency front-loader washing machine that’s super high capacity, to minimize the number of loads of laundry we need to do and to reduce our water consumption. For stubborn stains, we use hydrogen peroxide, and use chlorine bleach only as a last resort.
  • We avoid fluorescent lighting, whenever possible. Even though the compact fluorescent bulbs are more energy efficient, we have concerns about the health effects of these lights. Some of our staff are sensitive to fluorescent lighting, so we use incandescent lights in limited amount.
  • Out-of-hospital birth is greener than hospital birth anyway, but to make it even greener, we use a lot of washable chux pads instead of only using the disposable pads. We still use the disposable pads, but are trying to reduce our waste by using washable chux as often as possible. They’re more comfortable for our clients and better for the environment.
  • Our tubs are energy efficient. (More on the tubs in a later post!)
  • 51YgqjBGaaL-2We’re as paperless as possible! All of our standard documents, with the exception of the Premier Birth Center Care Guide and Information Guide, are sent to clients for electronic signature. We use an electronic health record, as well, so we do not keep paper charts at all. Our faxes and our lab reports are all received electronically. This helps us to greatly reduce our paper consumption in our office. What we do use gets recycled.
  • The hand soap in our bathrooms is doTerra’s OnGuard Foaming Hand Soap. It smells ahhhmazing.
  • We use ceiling fans and electric fireplaces to provide quick changes in temperature in the birth rooms, as needed, rather than raising and lowering the thermostat for the whole house.
  • All of our appliances and plumbing are energy efficient. Even our window blinds help us conserve energy.

Premier Birth Center is offering Free Essential Oils Classes with our client Melissa Patterson on Thursday evenings where you can learn more about using essential oils to have a cleaner home and a healthier life. You can contact Melissa directly to learn more about the class schedule and upcoming topics.

We’re not perfect of course, but we try very hard to do our best to be responsible about how we clean and how we consume resources at the birth center. It’s important to all of us.