Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Welcome to Beyond Prenatals

My name is Debra. I am registered dietitian with a Master's Degree in Public Health from Columbia University. I have experience in clinical and community settings, most recently working with pregnant and postpartum women and their children.

This blog is dedicated to nutrition during preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, and early childhood- the perinatal and pediatric period. I will collect and post about the most up-to-date research and developments regarding how healthy pregnancies and healthy early nutrition environments can affect pregnancies and children.

I pay a lot of attention to research in this area, and I know that most women do not have time to pay attention themselves. I want to share this information with YOU- interested consumers, concerned soon-to-be moms, and involved moms. I have a healthy skepticism towards research and a balanced view regarding the precautionary principle and consumer scares. I hope that you will find my approach useful, and I welcome your feedback in the comments or at debra@beyondprenatals.com

I believe that vitamins are a poor substitute for real, live food. Therefore, recipes, cooking, and menu planning are an important component of women's and children's health.

Let's start there. Since today is Tuesday, we'll “Talk about Tuesdays.” This is a cornbread recipe that I just baked. It’s yummy, and healthy, and hearty enough for a light lunch with a salad.  Toss some beans on your salad for a complementary protein!  Find it here: Eden Foods Cornbread Recipe


  1. Hello Debra! Welcome to the blogworld. I look forward to reading your blog, as the emphasis is very close to my heart.

  2. debra you're amazing... i will be reading your blog and passing it to friends! much love, cheryl

  3. Hi Debra, it's me again.

    I am co-hosting a blogfest (also known as a blog carnival or synchroblog) for National Registered Dietitian's day (March 11). Only three years ago, I wasn't able to find any blogs written by RDs which prompted me to start my own blog. As a mother of young children, I have not been able to address as many issues that I had hoped. It is my desire to bring exposure to blogs like yours, to promote sound nutritional information to people on the internet, as well as promote the dietetic profession overall. If you are interested in participating or want more information, let me know by March 2 by sending an email to rdbloggers AT gmail DOT com.

  4. I have a question for you, I noticed on your natural hospital birth plan document (which I love btw!) that you say "immediately after the birth, as per the new AAP guidelines" do you have any reference for this? I would love to have a website or something I could refer people to for post-delivery newborn procedure! Thanks!!