Optimal Fertility: Preconception Detoxification

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I’ve been talking about environmental health for a number of years now teaching about the health implications that may effect all of us… but there’s one population that I’ve been itching to talk about, teach about, and offer support around, and it happens to be the most vulnerable population around.


Babies in the womb.

Fetal development is a supremely sensitive and delicate thing, unfortunately easily disrupted by chemicals in our environment.

The root of many childhood health issues like autism, or learning disabilities, as well as adult onset diseases, like cancers and even Alzheimer’s can have their roots in pre-natal chemical exposures.

Any health practitioner who serves or supports this audience of parents-to-be (in preconception), or during pregnancy and beyond needs to be well versed in the myriad ways that their environment can impact the health of their child.

That’s why when Jessica Drummond, founder of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute invited me to join her in co-creating a course for health professionals who serve this audience, I gave her an immediate and enthusiastic HELL YES!

We’ve been working for the past few months on putting this program together and it’s ready! (More about this course in a moment…)

This vulnerable audience – little developing babes – is part of why I do this work in the first place. It was nearly 7 years ago, when my sister-in-law was pregnant with my niece, that I fell into this field of research. I was trying to find the best crib mattress for her to buy, and what I learned made the hair on my arms stand up AND infuriated me. THIS fire is what propelled me forward into this work.

Increasingly, medical bodies are recognizing the desperate need to all health professionals, but especially those working with this vulnerable audience (obstetricians, pediatricians, gynecologists, naturopaths, nutritionists, mid-wives, doulas, etc.) to be better educated about environmental health.

Here’s a headline from a Huffington Post article from just 3 weeks ago:



In a 2013 committee opinion, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said:
“Reducing exposure to toxic environmental agents is a critical area of intervention for obstetricians, gynecologists, and other reproductive health care professionals. The evidence that links exposure to toxic environmental agents and adverse reproductive and developmental health outcomes is sufficiently robust, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine join leading scientists and other clinical practitioners in calling for timely action to identify and reduce exposure to toxic environmental agents while addressing the consequences of such exposure.”
Jessica Drummond, founder and CEO of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute and I created the OPTIMAL FERTILITY: Preconception Preparedness & Detoxification course address these, and other gaps in the education that most health pro’s have.
Here are two KEY REASONS why this course is so important if you already work with, or plan on working with women in preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum:
1. Many health professionals are hesitant to take on preconception /pregnant/postpartum clients because they’re unsure how to handle their specific needs, despite the fact that this is one of the most under-served audiences around!

Women are actively seeking support around everything from whether it’s safe to detox during pregnancy (Jessica and I cover this in this course), to what supplements to take, to which diet is ideal for them, and what products will be the least harmful to their developing baby.
They’re likely already overwhelmed with information – having someone to cut to the chase, and give them evidenced based information and support is a god-send!
2. Most health professionals, whether they are OB/GYNS, Naturopaths, or Health Coaches don’t have adequate training in environmental health issues, which is upsetting considering that the population that’s most vulnerable to chemicals exposures are fetuses in utero.
If you work with women (or plan to!), and want to be able to support them around things like:

– Whether it’s safe to “detox” during pregnancy
– Proper nutrition and supplementation during pregnancy
– Avoiding environmental chemicals that might negatively impact their baby’s health
then I encourage you to check out the new program that Jessica Drummond and I co-created!
We all know that our “healthcare” system (here in the US at least) is reactive rather than proactive – i.e., responding to health issues after the fact instead of focusing on prevention from the start.

When it comes to chronic disease, the idea of “prevention” can sometimes be a tough sell, and most people come into the health care system in a state of re-action.
HOWEVER, when it comes to women and their desire to have healthy, happy babies, they very often take an incredibly PROACTIVE stance – during preconception planning, and especially during pregnancy.

Being able to stand up and be a resource for them during this incredibly proactive time can mean a huge shift for your practice.
The Optimal Fertility: Preconception Detoxification and Preparation Program brings a whole person approach to working with women and couples who want to conceive as easily as possible (with or without the help of assisted reproductive technologies like IVF), have healthy and enjoyable pregnancies, and (importantly!) have healthy babies who have the best chance possible of growing into healthy adults.
This 7 Module Program will teach you the most up-to-date, research based information on preconception detox strategies, nutrient deficiencies common in men and women in their childbearing years, perinatal microbiota health, how to reduce the body burden of environmental toxins, and how to both easily communicate with your clients about environmental toxins (without scaring them into paralysis.) Plus, this program includes a unique module on health coaching skills and strategies for addressing the unique needs of women and couples who are trying to conceive.

This program is designed for professionals who are working with (or want to work with) women and couples who are planning to conceive in the fields of health coaching, physical therapy, nutrition, and fitness. If you’re a health coach, nutritionist, fitness professional, midwife, doula, or anyone else who supports women of childbearing age, this course is a perfect fit.

I hope you’ll check it out 🙂

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