Canadian Childbirth Association

The Canadian Childbirth Association (CCA) is an international organization representing education relating to childbirth in Canada and throughout the world. The CCA supports organizations that provide services to pregnant women. The mission of the CCA is to provide leadership and advocacy for the education of childbirth to the general public. We provide vitally important health information that has the potential to create healthier pregnancy and childbirth in our society. The Canadian Childbirth Association promotes the development of education in the public interest and contributes to increased maternal and infant health around the world.

The vision of the Canadian Childbirth Association is that childbirth education is fundamental to maternal and newborn health services and that every woman must have free access to childbirth information to increase the health of themselves and their baby.



“Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” New Kindle Edition – Free Copy Promotion for December 1 & 2, 2016

We are very excited to announce our new Kindle edition of “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” which is available now at: Amazon

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What women love about “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”:

Becoming pregnant and raising a child are among the most exciting times of our lives. There is nothing that is more important than giving children the best start in life and now, in this new book which is described as ‘a gem’, many of the secrets are revealed to you.

Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets: A Prenatal Teaching Guide is a pregnancy handbook, packed full of excellent advice and the most up to date scientific evidence available and includes information on;

  • Birthing choices
  • Building a confident start for the whole family
  • The ‘business’ of childbirth
  • Development stages
  • A guide to breastfeeding

Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets is the ultimate guide for new parents when it comes to raising baby. With pregnancy tips, ideas for having a natural birth and lots more besides, this fabulous pregnancy handbook will be your friend all the way through, from conception to giving birth at a place of your choosing.

Get your copy of Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets today and take the time to prepare yourself and your family for your new addition. Available at:  Amazon


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“Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” 2015

How to know if you are pregnant…


How to know if you are pregnant…

Many women are aware that they are pregnant from the signs and signals their body gives them long before they test positive for pregnancy. During the initial onset of pregnancy you may feel some bloating, cramping, nausea, you may have more frequent urination, and you may notice increased creamy discharge.

In 6 to 12 days you may notice some light pink or brown spotting or experience a short or light period as implantation occurs. Some women on an intuitive or emotional level feel something is different. Nausea is one of the truest signs of pregnancy and cannot be confused with an oncoming period.

What are the next signs of pregnancy? Next you may experience morning sickness with the associated nausea and vomiting. You may also experience sore breasts, fatigue, spotting pink or brown, cramping, dizziness, headaches, food cravings and fever.

If you are recording your body temperatures you will notice that your temperature continues to stay high after ovulation. Wait for at least 7 to 14 days after a missed period to home pregnancy test in order to confirm what you already know.

Disregard too early home pregnancy test results.

The moment you feel nausea coming on reach for a high protein snack and a glass of water and you will feel better quickly. Begin now to take a high quality prenatal vitamin and mineral, usually found at a health food store to help create a healthy pregnancy and help prevent miscarriage. A protein snack and a glass of water in the evening before bed will help you to prevent morning nausea.

Your body will tell you long before a pregnancy test if you know the signs to look for. Watching your daily temperature will also signal the time you are at your most fertile.

Gail J. Dahl, National Bestselling Author of “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”

Book Reviews for “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”

“Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” 2015

“Gail Dahl’s book is a gem. It is full of excellent “secrets” which are based on the best scientific evidence and are, therefore; reliable information.” Dr. Marsden Wagner M.D., former Director of Woman’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization

“This accessible and down-to-earth book, “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” came about after the author found a shortage of helpful information about childbirth during her own pregnancy. What she learned after running an ad requesting mothers to send her their best tips on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn care will not surprise those of us who have worked in birth for any length of time: Medicalized birth is causing trauma and physiological damage to moms and babies.

This gem of a book guides women through the months of pregnancy and into the newborn and breastfeeding period, imparting along the way a wealth of “secrets” compiled by the author. These secrets address such issues as choosing a provider, prenatal testing, cesarean section, preparing for birth, circumcision and breastfeeding. This book will make a great gift for any expectant parents.” Midwifery Today Magazine

“How can we maximize our chances of ease, pleasure and safety at birth? How can we minimize our need for interventions? Can we begin, even from early pregnancy, to increase our poise and self-possession, and take the steps that are most likely to give us a joyful and confident start?

Fortunately, this journey — the journey towards natural birth –is mapped out here before you. Gail Dahl has assembled a treasure-trove of wisdom from some of the foremost experts in the area. Not only is there wisdom and experience, but she includes the scientific evidence that you need, presented in easily understandable language. And, like a good friend, “Pregnancy and Childbirth Secrets” is with you through the whole journey and comes in with just the information and advice that you need at the right time. Pregnancy and childbirth are pivotal life events. Pregnancy and Childbirth Secrets will give you the resources you need for a gentle, joyful, and confident start for your whole family.” Dr. Sarah J. Buckley, GP/Family Physician

“The book offers new research and information on everything from the so-called business of childbirth, to the various birthing choices and medical interventions now available, including having a baby at home versus a birthing center or in a hospital.” Calgary Herald Newspaper

“Gail Dahl, author of “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”, became a birth activist the same way many women do: she gave birth herself and, after the fact, saw clearly what she wished had been different. Dahl stands out because she has found a way to transform her personal experience into positive action in the community. She is, in fact, changing the way women give birth – one baby at a time.

Gail Dahl is, first and foremost, a mother – a mother who was changed by the experience of giving birth to her daughter; a mother who wanted to capture the secrets she learned in the delivery room to share with her daughter later; a mother who soon came to realize that those secrets should be shared with all daughters, not just her own.” Robin Galey, Birthing Magazine

“Thank you for all your work in preparing this book.” Maria Keirstead, DAE Past Chairperson, Doula Association of Edmonton

“Thanks Gail for the book, “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”, everyone is excited to get their hands on one!” Teri Quinn, Professional Labor Coach

“I wanted to tell you that your book has been such an amazing resource in my prenatal class.  Every woman is writing a review for you (+10) and I have put one in the hands of all the local doulas and midwives as well.  I am going to be training 12 new doulas this winter and your book is now a required text.” Lisa Wass B.Ed., C.D., Childbirth Educator, President of the Doula SK Network

“Gail Dahl has researched and gathered information that makes pregnancy a gentle, soft, safe experience. In this day of information it is amazing to me that mothers must still search and hunt for what is needed to bring a mother and baby safely through the amazing experience called BIRTH. Gail’s dedication to bring healthy happy babies into this world makes her a pioneer in her field. Thank you Gail, I so appreciate your commitment.”  Jollean Sandwell Schantz, Mother of Five and Grandmother of Six

“Sounds like you have really met a need with your book, and have hit a sweet spot of consumer readiness, so to speak.” Marcy Axness, Ph.D., Early Development Counselor, Fertility, Adoption, & Early Parenting, Quantum Parenting

“This is a great addition to my HypnoBirthing class handouts. Please keep me on your mailing list. I have ordered your book and look forward to it being in my lending library! You are doing a great job.” Jo Kilburn, Dona, CCE, Birth Resource Network

“At one time or another we all have a desire to know “the secret” to something. We long to know the best way to do certain things. However, no information could be more important and more life altering than understanding the secret to having a gentle, safe and satisfying pregnancy and birth experience.

Gail J. Dahl, a mother, researchers, educator and advocate for safe and gentle childbirth, has done exactly that by providing a thorough guide for parents in her new book, “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”.

With valuable information from mothers, top childbirth experts and researchers, the book is packed full of resources and tips to help you feel informed and supported. Dahl also covers diverse topics – from exercise and sex in pregnancy to cesarean section.

She shares information on how to manage the fear of labor, along with ways to avoid episiotomy and tears. Also covered is the issue of induction (when is it really necessary and when is it not?) and some excellent information on optimal fetal positioning to encourage a more comfortable, easier birth.

Additional topics include how to breastfeed, childcare considerations, adjustment for siblings, and a partner’s role in childbirth and parenting. Further still, Dahl explores the secrets of baby language and what those cries really mean. This information is a dream in itself! The time to educate is before a woman is pregnant – before fears surrounding childbirth become present. I definitely agree. And reading “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” is a positive step in that direction.” Joan Koval, Certified Nurse-Midwife Hypno Birthing Childbirth Educator and Hypnotherapist. Alaska Wellness Magazine

“I would love to carry your book in my shop.” Eva Bild, MA, CD (DONA), Certified Doula, Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Counselor

“An inspiring, inspirational, and practical guide to pregnancy & birth! “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” provides parents with practical and compassionate tools for a safe, normal, birthing experience, from conception through the magnificence of birth and bonding to the precious first days, months, and years of a baby’s life. Gail Dahl offers positive parenting suggestions that will help a parent get the most out of the incredibly empowering, ecstatic experience of creating, birthing, and parenting a precious baby. This is the book grandparents wish we’d had!” Marilyn Fayre Milos, RN

“Your generous spirit and written work will go a long way to helping us educate birthing women and their families.” Andrienne Prest, Comfort and Joy Doula Association

“Great ideas, Gail.” Pam Soltesz, CLD, CCCE, Childbirth Educator, Labour Doula, Infant Massage Instructor, Heaven’s Heartbeat Childbirth Services

“Congrats on your new book! I have several copies of your Tips that I lend to all clients. Mimi Pothaar and I teach natural prenatal classes here in Canmore and would like to make your new book available for purchase to class participants.” Angie Evans, BScHon, MH, Master Herbalist, Doula, Iridologist

“I have your old book and many of my clients have loved it. It would be great to have your new book in my library as well so my clients can have a look and then purchase a copy.” Linda Middleton, Certified Doula/ Trainer & Childbirth Educator

“This book, “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” shoots straight from the hip and doesn’t couch it in a lot of euphemisms. It will wake people up to the fact that they should look in their community of who the birth experts are and engage a whole range of experts. It might give them ammunition if they are rushed into an induction, too. We want to dispel fear. Every woman and any age and in any condition deserves to have a simple birth. Not everyone can, but the majority can. We need information and choices in labor settings that don’t interrupt the actual physiology of birth.” Patricia Bloome, RN, Doula, Lactation Consultant, Prenatal and Childbirth Educator

“I wanted to thank you again for the book, “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”. I’ve read nearly all of it and it reinforces my birth plan and views on pregnancy etc. I think your book is very valuable and I’m glad someone finally wrote a book like that. I’ve been looking for good pregnancy books and found it very hard. I’ve had to do all my own research but now your book backs up what I had found. I will definitely recommend it and use it to show people who don’t understand my choices (very few people I know understand about gentle birth or why I would even try to go naturally). Thank you for writing this book :)” Jenni Desjardins, Second Time Mother

“I read several books before I had my son and this was by far my favorite. I really wanted a natural childbirth and I credit my easy, beautiful labor in part to this book. I read the final chapters over and over again before giving birth and this gave me to confidence to go into my labor with excitement. It also encouraged me to write a birth plan to make sure I got exactly what I wanted and I was very glad I did. I never once thought of asking for drugs and was never offered them. I also progressed very quickly and I think one of the main reasons was because I included that I did not want to be checked or bothered until I was ready to give birth (as discussed in the book). It is a great read for any one who wants a drug free birth for their baby. It’s a great book.” M. Walker, First-Time Mother

“Enlightened Childbirth – Thanks Gail for giving us the insight into what childbirth should really be.” Salli Gonzalez, Licensed Midwife, San Antonio, TX

“Love to contribute, love the excerpts from your book as well, will order a copy soon.  In fact I might go to my library and order a copy to make sure they have one too. Can I publish one of your excerpts on my next newsletter (with a link to your site?) I’d love to do that my newsletter reaches nearly 4000 people all over the world. Good to meet a kindred heart.” Giuditta Tornetta, Birth & Postpartum Doula

An inspiring, inspirational, and practical guide to pregnancy & birth! “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” provides parents with practical and compassionate tools for a safe, normal, birthing experience, from conception through the magnificence of birth and bonding to the precious first days, months, and years of a baby’s life. Gail Dahl offers positive parenting suggestions that will help a parent get the most out of the incredibly empowering, ecstatic experience of creating, birthing, and parenting a precious baby. This is the book grandparents wish we’d had! Marilyn Fayre Milos, RN, Executive Director, National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC)

“I recently had an Open House for my business, Life Song Perinatal Services, and had a chance to show off my chosen class text, “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” by Gail Dahl. This is a wonderful book; she included so many great articles, the kind I normally have clipped out or copied out of journals and saved in my teaching stack. Anyway, I love the book, and was thrilled to find it.

I had this book out for all to see – it was a wonderful gathering of midwives, childbirth educators, doulas, past class participants and mommas – and the book had resounding reviews. I just really appreciate all Gail’s “straight-talk” re: epidural anesthesia and its mother baby effects, induction, cesarean.

She also talks about Optimal Fetal Positioning, comfort measures, positions for birth, connecting with your baby while en utero, etc. Dahl is a true Birthkeeper and believer of sacred, normal, physiological birth. It was beautifully written. In addition, I enjoyed all the “gray boxes” which captured some of the “best of” articles by so many birth gurus, including Michel Odent MD, Gloria Lemay,Penny Simkin, Jean Sutton, Sheila Kitzinger MD, Ina May Gaskin, Marsden Wagner MD, Dr. Thomas Verny, CIMS and WHO recommendations, to name a few. Wonderful!

Thank you, Gail, for writing such a book, and for compiling this excellent resource. I look forward to sharing it with my students. It is just what I was looking for in a childbirth class book.” Mary Burgess, Midwife and Childbirth Educator, Life Song Perinatal Services

“Learn how you can have a safe, gentle birth – “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” is packed with information that will guide you throughout your pregnancy and during your first days as a mom. Mothers, childbirth professionals and researchers share their experience and knowledge, giving you the insight you need to have a birth that is safe and rewarding for both you and your baby. Learn how to prepare for a positive childbirth experience.

Read “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” to discover how you can have an easier, safer and gentler birth no matter where it takes place–at home, at a birth center or in the hospital. With information gleaned from mothers, top childbirth professionals, and researchers, this book explains what to expect month by month and what you can to do have a good birth experience. For example, you’ll learn that: You should eat and drink fluids at the beginning of labor and drink fluids throughout your labor. This is one of the best natural pain relievers for childbirth. You should remain active and change your position at least every twenty minutes during labor.

The information in “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” is valuable for both soon-to-be and new mothers and serves as an important educational tool for men. Topics covered include natural fertility options, exercise during pregnancy, natural remedies for morning sickness, advantages of a doula and the benefits of professional labor support. You’ll also learn about new effective natural pain relief for labor, positive childbirth preparation, your partner’s role in childbirth and how you can overcome common labor challenges.” Mothering Magazine

Gail J. Dahl, National Bestselling Author
Gail J. Dahl, National Bestselling Author

Increasing daily Vitamin D3 Could Save Millions of Dollars in Health Care for Pregnant Women

“Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” 2015

The Importance of Vitamin D and Pregnancy

Take a look at the newest and most fascinating Vitamin D3 study that shows the greatest importance of all pregnant women to have extra Vitamin D3 during their pregnancy using daily sun exposure, special foods and supplements:

An RCT study looking at skeletal and non-skeletal effects as well as birth outcomes for 3 groups of pregnant women taking – 400 IU, 2000 IU and 4000 IU was published in 2012. The study found that women who took vitamin D3 of 4,000 IU/day during pregnancy “normalize” vitamin D metabolism and improve birth outcomes including: reduced cesarean section by 43%, reduced pre-term births by 26%, reduced gestational diabetes by 64%, reduced pre-eclampsia by 67% and reduced infections by 11%. No risk of side affects from the vitamin D dosage was found. Pregnant women receiving 4,000 IU/day vitamin D3 attained an average circulating 25(OH)D level of 111 nmol/L, well below the 150 nmol/L found in a natural environment. “Our conclusion is that during pregnancy women should have a circulating 25(OH)D level in excess of 100 nmol/L; however, one achieves it, be it solar exposure and/or diet”.

Hollis et al., Vitamin D and Pregnancy: Skeletal Effects, Nonskeletal Effects, and Birth Outcomes. Calcif Tissue Int DOI 10.1007/s00223-012-9607-4

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Secrets – Preventing Premature Birth with Vitamin D3

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Higher daily doses of vitamin D lower risk of preterm births: study

Sharon Kirkey, Canwest News Service: Saturday, May 1, 2010

A new study found that women taking 4,000 international units of vitamin D daily — 10 to 20 times the dose the leaders of Canada’s pregnancy specialists currently recommend — had half the risk of premature delivery than women who took just 400 IU of vitamin D daily.
Photo Credit: Ted Rhodes, Canwest News Service

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All pregnant women should take 4,000 international units of vitamin D daily — 10 to 20 times the dose the leaders of Canada’s pregnancy specialists currently recommend — to lower their risk of preterm labour, preterm birth and infections concludes the first study to investigate the safety of high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy.

The study found that women in its 4,000-IU-a-day group had half the risk of premature delivery than women who took just 400 IU of vitamin D daily.

Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths in Canada.

And “not a single adverse event” related to vitamin D dosing was found during the study — as U.S. researchers will report Saturday at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Vancouver.

Gail J. Dahl
Award Winning – National Bestselling Author and Childbirth Researcher
National Bestseller “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”
National Bestseller “Pregnancy & Childbirth Tips”
Executive Director, Innovative Publishing Inc.
Founder and Director of the Canadian Childbirth Association

Gail J. Dahl is a childbirth researcher, award winning and national bestselling author. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Childbirth Association. Dahl has received many awards, including  “The YWCA Woman of Distinction Award”, “The Woman of Vision Award” and “The Great Women of the 21st Century Award” for her contributions toward women’s health and education.

Copyright 2015, Copyright released with references if the article is to be used for the purpose of childbirth education. “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” by National Bestselling Author Gail J. Dahl. Now available across North America at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Chapters and Indigo Books & Music. The information contained in or provided through this publication is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be, and is not provided as, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your midwife, physician,  or other qualified health care provider before you undergo any treatment or for answers to any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.

Secrets – Vitamin D3 and Pregnancy

After watching the most amazing results of the increased Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2 in my own personal health program, I thought it would be a good idea to review how important Vitamin D3 is in pregnancy, for both mother and baby. The information and research studies below have been collected by the Vitamin D Council and this article is reprinted with permission.

For those of you who wish to obtain Vitamin D from a natural source, fifteen minutes a day in the sun, exposing the areas you are able to, between the hours of 11:00 and Noon, is an ideal time for Vitamin D generation.

I hope that everyone that is on the program continues to see amazing results. Many seem to start off with experiencing a return to very deep sleep patterns and then the gradual healing of aches and pains and a steady improvement of mood and energy levels. Let me know what you experience. Best wishes, Gail

The information contained in or provided through this publication is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be, and is not provided as, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your midwife, physician, or other qualified health care provider before you undergo any treatment or for answers to any questions you may have regarding any medical condition. The reply to your email questions is not a substitute for health care from your licensed health care provider. The answers to your questions do not constitute a patient-physician relationship. The answers to questions are meant to provide you with additional information to help you make health care decisions. You should always consult your health care provider before proceeding with any of the recommendations. The information contained within this correspondence is not intended to treat, diagnose, or claim to cure any medical condition or disease.

Pregnancy and Gestational Vitamin D Deficiency

By Dr. John Jacob Cannell and the Vitamin D Council of America at:

“In the last 3 years, an increasing amount of research suggests that some of the damage done by Vitamin D deficiency is done in-utero, while the fetus is developing. Much of that damage may be permanent, that is, it can not be fully reversed by taking Vitamin D after birth. This research indicates Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy endangers the mother’s life and health, and is the origin for a host of future perils for the child, especially for the child’s brain and immune system. Some of the damage done by maternal Vitamin D deficiency may not show up for 30 years. Let’s start with the mother.
Incidence of Gestational Vitamin D Deficiency

Dr. Joyce Lee and her colleagues at the University of Michigan studied 40 pregnant women, the majority taking prenatal vitamins. Only two had blood levels >50 ng/mL and only three had levels >40 ng/mL. That is, 37 of 40 pregnant women had levels below 40 ng/mL, and the majority had levels below 20 ng/mL. More than 25% had levels below 10 ng/mL. Lee JM, Smith JR, Philipp BL, Chen TC, Mathieu J, Holick MF. Vitamin D deficiency in a healthy group of mothers and newborn infants. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2007 Jan;46(1):42–4.

Dr. Lisa Bodnar, a prolific Vitamin D researcher, and her colleagues at the University of Pittsburg studied 400 pregnant Pennsylvania women; 63% had levels below 30 ng/mL and 44% of the black women in the study had levels below 15 ng/mL. Prenatal vitamins had little effect on the incidence of deficiency. Bodnar LM, Simhan HN, Powers RW, Frank MP, Cooperstein E, Roberts JM. High prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency in black and white pregnant women residing in the northern United States and their neonates. J Nutr. 2007 Feb;137(2):447–52.

Dr. Dijkstra and colleagues studied 70 pregnant women in the Netherlands, none had levels above 40 ng/mL and 50% had levels below 10 ng/mL. Again, prenatal vitamins appeared to have little effect on 25(OH)D levels, as you might expect since prenatal vitamins only contain 400 IU of Vitamin D. Dijkstra SH, van Beek A, Janssen JW, de Vleeschouwer LH, Huysman WA, van den Akker EL. High prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in newborns of high-risk mothers. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2007 Apr 25.

Thus, more than 95% of pregnant women have 25(OH)D levels below 50 ng/mL, the level that may indicate chronic substrate starvation. That is, they are using up any Vitamin D they have very quickly and do not have enough to store for future use. Pretty scary.

Effects on the Mother

Caesarean section

The rate of Caesarean section in American women has increased from 5% in 1970 to 30% today. Dr. Anne Merewood and her colleagues at Boston University School of Medicine found women with levels below 15 ng/mL were four times more likely to have a Cesarean section than were women with higher levels. Among the few women with levels above 50 ng/mL, the Caesarean section rate was the same as it was in 1970, about 5%. Merewood A, Mehta SD, Chen TC, Bauchner H, Holick MF. Association between vitamin D deficiency and primary cesarean section. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009 Mar;94(3):940–5.


Preeclampsia is a common obstetrical condition in which hypertension is combined with excess protein in the urine. It greatly increases the risk of the mother developing eclampsia and then dying from a stroke. Dr. Lisa Bodnar and her colleagues found women with 25(OH)D levels less than 15 ng/mL had a five-fold (5 fold) increase in the risk of preeclampsia. Bodnar LM, Catov JM, Simhan HN, Holick MF, Powers RW, Roberts JM. Maternal vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of preeclampsia. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Sep;92(9):3517–22.

Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes during pregnancy affects about 5% of all pregnant women, is increasing in incidence, and may have deleterious effects on the fetus. Dr. Cuilin Zhang and colleagues at the NIH found women with low 25(OH)D levels were almost 3 times more likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy. Zhang C, Qiu C, Hu FB, David RM, van Dam RM, Bralley A, Williams MA. Maternal plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations and the risk for gestational diabetes mellitus. PLoS ONE. 2008;3(11):e3753.

Bacterial Vaginitis

Dr. Lisa Bodnar and her colleagues found pregnant women with the lowest 25(OH)D level are almost twice as likely to get a bacterial vaginal infection during their pregnancy. Bodnar LM, Krohn MA, Simhan HN. Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency Is Associated with Bacterial Vaginosis in the First Trimester of Pregnancy. J Nutr. 2009 Apr 8.

Effects on the child

Seventeen experts—many of them world-class experts—recently recommended:

“Until we have better information on doses of vitamin D that will reliably provide adequate blood levels of 25(OH)D without toxicity, treatment of vitamin D deficiency in otherwise healthy children should be individualized according to the numerous factors that affect 25(OH)D levels, such as body weight, percent body fat, skin melanin, latitude, season of the year, and sun exposure. The doses of sunshine or oral vitamin D3 used in healthy children should be designed to maintain 25(OH)D levels above 50 ng/mL. As a rule, in the absence of significant sun exposure, we believe that most healthy children need about 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily per 11 kg (25 lb) of body weight to obtain levels greater than 50 ng/mL. Some will need more, and others less. In our opinion, children with chronic illnesses such as autism, diabetes, and/or frequent infections should be supplemented with higher doses of sunshine or vitamin D3, doses adequate to maintain their 25(OH)D levels in the mid-normal of the reference range (65 ng/mL) — and should be so supplemented year-round (p. 868).” Cannell JJ, Vieth R, Willett W, Zasloff M, Hathcock JN, White JH, Tanumihardjo SA, Larson-Meyer DE, Bischoff-Ferrari HA, Lamberg-Allardt CJ, Lappe JM, Norman AW, Zittermann A, Whiting SJ, Grant WB, Hollis BW, Giovannucci E. Cod liver oil, vitamin A toxicity, frequent respiratory infections, and the vitamin D deficiency epidemic. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2008 Nov;117(11):864–70.

That’s right. Healthy children need about 1,000 IU per 25 pounds of body weight and their 25(OH)D levels should be >50 ng/mL, year-round.

Eight years before the above recommendations, Professor John McGrath of the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research theorized that maternal Vitamin D deficiency adversely “imprinted” the fetus, making infants more liable for a host of adult disorders. Research since that time has supported McGrath’s theory. Consider, for a minute, what it must be like for John McGrath, to know that maternal Vitamin D deficiency is causing such widespread devastation, to know it could be so easily treated, but to also know he must wait the decades that will be required to deal with the problem.McGrath J. Does ‘imprinting’ with low prenatal vitamin D contribute to the risk of various adult disorders? Med Hypotheses. 2001 Mar;56(3):367–71.


Dr. Dennis Kinney and his colleagues at Harvard published a fascinating paper last month on the role of maternal Vitamin D deficiency in the development of schizophrenia, in support of Dr. McGrath’s theory. As they point out, the role of inadequate Vitamin D during brain development appears to “overwhelm” other effects, explaining why schizophrenia has so many of the footprints of a maternal Vitamin D deficiency disorder, such as strong latitudinal variation, excess winter births, and skin color. Kinney DK, Teixeira P, Hsu D, Napoleon SC, Crowley DJ, Miller A, Hyman W, Huang E. Relation of schizophrenia prevalence to latitude, climate, fish consumption, infant mortality, and skin color: a role for prenatal vitamin d deficiency and infections? Schizophr Bull. 2009 May;35(3):582–95.


I will say not more, other than to point out that Scientific American ran a lengthy article last month on my autism theory but the editors insisted that the author not cite me, nor my paper, because I am “not a scientist.” Gabrielle Glaser. What If Vitamin D Deficiency Is a Cause of Autism? 2009 April 24. Scientific American.

Mental Retardation

The only evidence that Vitamin D deficiency is a common cause of mental retardation is from researchers at the CDC who found mild mental retardation is twice as common among African Americans as whites, and that the politically correct explanation—socioeconomic factors—cannot explain it. If latitudinal studies of mild mental retardation exist, I am unable to locate them. Yeargin-Allsopp M, Drews CD, Decoufle P, Murphy CC. Mild mental retardation in black and white children in metropolitan Atlanta: a case-control study. Am J Public Health 1995;85(3):324–8. Drews CD, Yeargin-Allsopp M, Decoufle P, Murphy CC. Variation in the influence of selected sociodemographic risk factors for mental retardation. Am J Public Health 1995;85(3):329–34.

Of course, it is claimed you are a racist if you believe these studies. In fact, a number of writers have told me their editors will not allow writers to discuss these studies in their stories. I am glad these studies were conducted by researchers at the CDC. Although, I worry about their political longevity at the CDC after reporting such findings.

I will mention one other fact (at my peril) and that is the fact that a very smart man, President Barack Obama, was born in the late summer (August) and has a brain that developed in a womb covered in white skin, during the spring and summer, in the subtropics (Latitude 21 degrees North), during an age before sun-avoidance was the mantra (1961). Make what you want to of that fact. My point is that whites living at temperate latitudes may have a huge developmental advantage over blacks, an advantage that begins immediately after conception, an advantage that has nothing to do with innate genetic ability and everything to do with environment.

Newborn Lower Respiratory Tract Infection

Newborn babies are vulnerable to infections in their lungs and women with the lowest 25(OH)D level during pregnancy were much more likely to have their newborn in the ICU being treated for lower respiratory tract infections. Drs. Walker and Modlin at UCLA recently presented reasons why viral pneumonia is probably only one of many pediatric Vitamin D deficient infections. Karatekin G, Kaya A, Salihoğlu O, Balci H, Nuhoğlu A. Association of subclinical vitamin D deficiency in newborns with acute lower respiratory infection and their mothers. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2009 Apr;63(4):473–7.Walker VP, Modlin RL. The Vitamin D Connection to Pediatric Infections and Immune Function. Pediatr Res. 2009 Jan 28.

Birth weight

While conflicting results exist on the effects of maternal Vitamin D deficiency and birth weight, the majority of the studies find an effect. Furthermore, the studies are comparing women who have virtually no intake to women who have minuscule intakes. For example, women who ingested around 600 IU per day were more likely to have normal weight babies compared to women whose intake was less than 300 IU per day. One can only wonder what would happen if pregnant women had adequate intakes? Drs. Scholl and Chen, at the Department of Obstetrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, concluded pregnant women need 6,000 IU per day, not the 400 IU/day contained in prenatal vitamins. Scholl TO, Chen X. Vitamin D intake during pregnancy: association with maternal characteristics and infant birth weight. Early Hum Dev. 2009 Apr;85(4):231–4.


My old nemesis, cod liver oil, when given during pregnancy resulted in children who were three times less likely to develop juvenile diabetes before the age of 15. Of course, this was back when cod liver oil had meaningful amounts of Vitamin D (these Norwegian mothers were taking cod liver oil in the 1980s). Stene LC, Ulriksen J, Magnus P, Joner G. Use of cod liver oil during pregnancy associated with lower risk of Type I diabetes in the offspring. Diabetologia. 2000 Sep;43(9):1093–8.


Newborns frequently have seizures and those seizures are almost always due to low blood calcium. This problem is so common that many newborns are given a prophylactic injection of calcium. In 1978,  researchers found such hypocalcemia can easily be prevented by giving Vitamin D. Sadly, standard treatment remains—not Vitamin D, but calcium and an analogue of activated Vitamin D. Such analogues do not correct Vitamin D deficiency. The fact that this was known in 1978 and has been routinely ignored by obstetricians since then should give you pause. Do not think science will solve the Vitamin D problem. Science simply points the way, activists must change the practice. Fleischman AR, Rosen JF, Nathenson G. 25-Hydroxycholecalciferol for early neonatal hypocalcemia. Occurrence in premature newborns. Am J Dis Child. 1978 Oct;132(10):973–7.

Heart Failure

Idiopathic infant heart failure is often fatal. Of course, idiopathic to whom? The uninformed cardiologists who do not recognize severe infantile Vitamin D deficiency? Luckily, for 16 infants, Dr. Maiya, Dr. Burch, and colleagues at the Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children are not among them. Maiya S, Sullivan I, Allgrove J, Yates R, Malone M, Brain C, Archer N, Mok Q, Daubeney P, Tulloh R, Burch M. Hypocalcaemia and vitamin D deficiency: an important, but preventable, cause of life-threatening infant heart failure. Heart. 2008 May;94(5):581–4.

Weak bones

Dr. Muhammad Javaid and colleagues at the University of Southampton found that children of Vitamin D deficient mothers were much more likely to have weak bones 9 years later. Dr. Adrian Sayers and Jonathan Tobias of the University of Bristol recently found the same thing when they looked at maternal sun-exposure. Javaid MK, Crozier SR, Harvey NC, Gale CR, Dennison EM, Boucher BJ, Arden NK, Godfrey KM, Cooper C; Princess Anne Hospital Study Group. Maternal vitamin D status during pregnancy and childhood bone mass at age 9 years: a longitudinal study. Lancet. 2006 Jan 7;367(9504):36–43. Sayers A, Tobias JH. Estimated maternal ultraviolet B exposure levels in pregnancy influence skeletal development of the child. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009 Mar;94(3):765–71.

Brain Tumors

John McGrath’s group discovered that children with astrocytomas and ependymomas (brain tumors you do not want your child to have) were more likely to be born in the winter. Ko P, Eyles D, Burne T, Mackay-Sim A, McGrath JJ. Season of birth and risk of brain tumors in adults. Neurology. 2005 Apr 12;64(7):1317.


Three studies have found that epileptic patients are much more likely to be born in the winter. Dr. Marco Procopio of the Priory Hospital Hove in Sussex has written all three. Procopio M, Marriott PK, Davies RJ. Seasonality of birth in epilepsy: a Southern Hemisphere study. Seizure. 2006 Jan;15(1):17–21.


Craniotabes is softening of the skull bones that occurs in 1/3 of “normal” newborns. Recent evidence indicates it is yet another sign and sequela of maternal vitamin D deficiency. Yorifuji J, Yorifuji T, Tachibana K, Nagai S, Kawai M, Momoi T, Nagasaka H, Hatayama H, Nakahata T. Craniotabes in normal newborns: the earliest sign of subclinical vitamin D deficiency. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008 May;93(5):1784–8.


Dr. Robert Schroth from the University of Manitoba reported that mothers of children who developed cavities at an early age had significantly lower vitamin D levels during pregnancy than those whose children were cavity-free. Megan Rauscher. Prenatal vitamin D linked to kids’ dental health. 2009. Reuters.


The extant data here is conflicting. Two studies have found higher Vitamin D intakes during pregnancy decrease the risk of asthma in later childhood and one has found the opposite. The best review of the issue is by Drs. Augusto Litonjua and Scott Weiss, at Harvard, who conclude that the current epidemic of asthma among our children is related to both gestational and ongoing childhood vitamin D deficiency. Litonjua AA, Weiss ST. Is vitamin D deficiency to blame for the asthma epidemic? J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007 Nov;120(5):1031–5.

Furthermore, a very recent study by Dr. John Brehm and the same Harvard group found low Vitamin D levels in asthmatic children were associated with hospitalization, medication use, and disease severity. Brehm JM, Celedón JC, Soto-Quiros ME, Avila L, Hunninghake GM, Forno E, Laskey D, Sylvia JS, Hollis BW, Weiss ST, Litonjua AA. Serum vitamin D levels and markers of severity of childhood asthma in Costa Rica. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2009 May 1;179(9):765–71.

In case you are wondering, black children are four times more likely than white children to be hospitalized or die from asthma. Akinbami LJ, Schoendorf KC. Trends in childhood asthma: prevalence, health care utilization, and mortality. Pediatrics. 2002 Aug;110(2 Pt 1):315–22.

My experience, both at the hospital and via my readers, is that asthma improves—albeit sometimes slowly—when adequate doses of Vitamin D are taken. However, Vitamin D does not appear to be a cure, like it is in some other conditions. I suspect children with asthma have suffered both gestational and ongoing childhood Vitamin D deficiency that probably altered, perhaps permanently, their immune system.

The Vitamin D Council’s Effort

We recently ran a ¼ page announcement in OB/GYN News and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG). Unfortunately, the editor of AJOG censored our announcement after its first month, but we were able to get the full, three-month run in OB/GYN News. We also sent a very similar email to 18,000 obstetricians in the United States. The total cost to the Vitamin D Council for this campaign was about $12,000.00.

The announcement simply pointed out that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently recommended that all pregnant women have a 25(OH)D blood test because Vitamin D is important for normal fetal development (p. 1145):

“Given the growing evidence that adequate maternal vitamin D status is essential during pregnancy, not only for maternal well-being but also for fetal development, health care professionals who provide obstetric care should consider assessing maternal vitamin D status by measuring the 25-OH-D concentrations of pregnant women. On an individual basis, a mother should be supplemented with adequate amounts of vitamin D3 to ensure that her 25-OH-D levels are in a sufficient range (>32 ng/mL). The knowledge that prenatal vitamins containing 400 IU of vitamin D3 have little effect on circulating maternal 25-OH-D concentrations, especially during the winter months, should be imparted to all health care professionals.” Wagner CL, Greer FR; American Academy of Pediatrics Section on breastfeeding; American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition. Prevention of rickets and vitamin D deficiency in infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatrics. 2008 Nov;122(5):1142–52.

As the AAP recommendation came from an official medical body, to medical malpractice attorneys it represents evidence of a “standard of care” for future lawsuits. We also reminded obstetricians that the statute of limitations on malpractice suits does not toll (begin) until the injured party recognizes the injury. That is, the parents of a 5-year-old child diagnosed with autism five years in the future may bring suit against that obstetrician for how the child was treated during his time in the uterus, citing the 2008 AAP’s recommendation as a standard of care. Obstetricians are already burdened with lawsuits, but they could decrease the number of suits significantly if they would just take the time to learn about Vitamin D.

Finally, we used our last $12,000 to produce and run a television announcement in the Washington, D.C. TV market, entitled Pregnancy and Vitamin D.

What can you do?

Most people want to do good—at least some good—in their lives. The endless pursuit of the God-almighty dollar, better clothes, better houses and better vacations than your neighbors eventually leaves a hole in your soul. Here is an opportunity to fill it.

If you don’t feel that soul hole, try a meditation I learned at Esalen Institute in the 1980s and have practiced ever since. Lie on the floor and pretend you are dead in your grave. Feel the worms, smell the rot, sense the finality. Then, when you really feel dead, visualize your gravestone above. What does it say? “Here lies Robert; he had a big fancy house.” “Here lies Vanessa; she wore beautiful clothes and had four face lifts.” Here lies Michael; he made a billion dollars.” Through this meditation, I realized I want my gravestone to say, “Here lies John, he did something good.”

One good thing you can do is simply tell every pregnant woman and women thinking of getting pregnant that she needs to take more Vitamin D, a lot more. Pregnant women need a minimum of 5,000 IU per day and even that dose will not achieve 25(OH)D levels of >50 ng/mL in all women. Why not buy a few bottles of 5,000 IU capsules and hand out the bottles to your pregnant friends? You can get 250 vitamin D capsules for 15 bucks. Or, forward this email to them. Show them our Pregnancy and Vitamin D public service announcement.

If you want to do more, why not get a copy of our Pregnancy and Vitamin D public service announcement by emailing our webmaster at”(the ad is not copyrighted) and then pay to run it on a TV station in your hometown? You can easily add a caption at the bottom saying this public service announcement is being sponsored by your company, combining a good deed with good business.

Alas, no glory will be yours, at least in this life. No woman will ever thank you for the schizophrenic child she never had, for the trips to the emergency room with a breathless child that she never made, for  the repetitive moaning of the autistic child she never endured. Although, she may wonder why her pregnancy was so easy and why her infant is so healthy, alert, active, and smart.”

John Jacob Cannell MD Executive Director.  More on this article at:

Vitamin D Quotes

Humans make thousands of units of vitamin D within minutes of whole body exposure to sunlight. From what we know of nature, it is unlikely such a system evolved by chance.~ Dr. John Cannell, Executive Director, Vitamin D Council.

If you think of it evolutionarily, it’s the oldest hormone on this Earth. I don’t think that this is going to be a flash in the pan. ~ Dr. Michael F. Holick, Vitamin D expert.

Because vitamin D is so cheap and so clearly reduces all-cause mortality, I can say this with great certainty: Vitamin D represents the single most cost-effective medical intervention in the United States. ~ Dr. Greg Plotnikoff, Medical Director, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

I believe [vitamin D] is the number one public health advance in medicine in the last twenty years. ~ Dr. John Whitcomb, Aurora Sinai Medical Center.

Light is the basic component from which all life originates, evolves, and is energized. Light and health are inseparable. ~ Ken Ceder, former co-director Hippocrates Health Institute, Boston, Massachusetts.

Sunlight is more powerful than any drug; it is safe, effective, and available free of charge. If it could be patented, it would be hyped as the greatest medical breakthrough in history. It’s that good. ~ Mike Adams, natural health researcher and author.

Natural sunlight’s benefits are not limited to vitamin D production. As light enters the eyes, photoreceptors convert the light into nerve impulses that travel along the optic nerve to the brain. These impulses trigger the hypothalamus gland to send neurotransmitters to regulate the automatic functions of the body, such as blood pressure, body temperature, respiration, digestion, sexual function, moods, immune and hormonal modulation, and circadian rhythm. ~ John Maher, DC, DCCN, FAAIM.

This is like the Holy Grail of cancer medicine; vitamin D produced a drop in cancer rates greater than that for quitting smoking, or indeed any other countermeasure in existence. ~ Dennis Mangan, clinical laboratory scientist.

No other method to prevent cancer has been identified that has such a powerful impact. ~ Dr. Cedric Garland, Vitamin D expert.

Vitamin D is, without question, the miracle nutrient of the century. ~ Mike Adams, natural health researcher and author.

Vitamin D is a hormone… powerful, potent, and paleo-to-the-core. Since pre-paleolithic times, Vitamin D has been produced in our skin from the UVB radiation of sunlight. The sun indeed powers nearly all life on earth. It is essential and signals reproduction, energy and longevity for not just humans but all land and marine plants, prokaryotes, and animals. ~ Dr. BG, pharmacologist
I would challenge anyone to find an area or nutrient or any factor that has such consistent anti-cancer benefits as vitamin D. The data are really quite remarkable. ~ Dr. Edward Giovannucci, Vitamin D expert.

In all my many years of practice of medicine, I’ve never seen one vitamin, even vitamin C, have such profound effects on human health. ~ Dr. Soram Khalsa, board-certified internist and medical director for the East-West Medical Research Institute.

We estimate that vitamin D deficiency is the most common medical condition in the world. ~ Dr. Michael F. Holick, Vitamin D expert.

Our most important hormones depend upon adequate reserves of cholesterol for their production and nowhere is this more important than as the precursor substance for the synthesis of Vitamin D, known also as calcitriol. Researchers in this field are sufficiently concerned from the results of their studies to pronounce that we are in the midst of an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency of immense proportion. ~ Duane Graveline MD
MPH, former NASA Astronaut, former USAF flight surgeon, and retired family doctor.

The problem is that vitamin D is not really a vitamin, it’s a hormone. If your thyroid hormone level was low, you’d gain 20, 30, or more pounds in weight, your blood pressure would skyrocket, you’d lose your hair, become constipated, develop blood clots, be terribly fatigued. In other words, you’d suffer profound changes. Likewise, if thyroid hormone levels are corrected by giving you thyroid hormone, you’d experience profound correction of these phenomena. That’s what I’m seeing with vitamin D: restoration of this hormone to normal blood levels (25-OH-vitamin D3 50 ng/mL) yields profound changes in the body. ~ Dr. William Davis, cardiologist.

Vitamin D is perhaps the single most powerful nutrient in the known universe for preventing influenza. ~ Mike Adams, natural health researcher and author.

The Sun is the cosmological phenomenon which is mainly responsible for what the world has become and it would be impossible to remove from the skies without ending the existences of most of all living beings in the same process. ~ Unknown.

No life at all would be possible on this planet without the sun…To teach people to be afraid of the sun is harmful health advice that will ultimately kill more people than it saves. Most people have too little sunlight, not too much. ~ Mike Adams, natural health researcher and author.

Vitamin D is cholecalciferol, a hormone. Deficiencies of hormones can have catastrophic consequences. ~ Dr. William Davis, cardiologist.

Vitamin D deficiency is an unrecognized, emerging cardiovascular risk factor, which should be screened for and treated. Vitamin D is easy to assess, and supplementation is simple, safe, and inexpensive. ~ James H. O’Keefe MD, cardiologist and Director of Preventive Cardiology, Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, Missouri.

It has been clearly established that the only way for your body to synthesize vitamin D is in your skin once it’s exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Hence, the current guidelines to avoid sun exposure, and the fervent pushing of sunscreen, are perhaps some of the most misguided and dangerous health recommendations out there. ~ Leif Grunseth, certified neuromuscular therapist.

The sun is the orchestra leader for the dance of life. Every living thing on earth vibrates to the energy of the sun, including people. For a long time people have been victims of a huge scam that made them think they were supposed to hide indoors or under a blanket of sunscreen while the rest of life basked in the glory of the sun. Now they are catching on that they too need the sun’s life-giving force. ~ Barbara Minton, natural health editor.

Whoever wishes to investigate medicine properly should proceed thus: in the first place to consider the seasons of the year. ~ Hippocrates, the father of medicine (circa 400 B.C.).

Sunlight is life. ~ Dr. William Meller, board-certified internist.

Best wishes,
Gail J. Dahl
Award Winning – National Bestselling Author and Childbirth Researcher
National Bestselling “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”
National Bestselling “Pregnancy & Childbirth Tips”
Executive Director, Innovative Publishing Inc.
Founder and Director of the Canadian Childbirth Association

Gail J. Dahl is a childbirth researcher, award winning and national bestselling author. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Childbirth Association. Dahl has received many awards, including  “The YWCA Woman of Distinction Award”, “The Woman of Vision Award” and “The Great Women of the 21st Century Award” for her contributions toward women’s health and education.

Copyright 2010, Copyright released with references if the article is to be used for the purpose of childbirth education. “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” by National Bestselling Author Gail J. Dahl. Now available across North America at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Chapters and Indigo Books & Music. For more great secrets see the website at: The information contained in or provided through this publication is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be, and is not provided as, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your midwife, physician,  or other qualified health care provider before you undergo any treatment or for answers to any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.

Secrets – Vitamin D and Breastmilk

Secrets – Vitamin D – The Cure For Many Diseases – Norman Shealy, M.D. PhD

Take a look at this new research on the importance of Vitamin D for increasing breastmilk production and improving general health. I have just started increasing my Vitamin D in order to increase my own health.  I have heard of some fabulous results from other people and am looking forward to some fabulous results for myself. You may consider asking your moms to look at increasing their Vitamin D levels when breastfeeding after you look at this important article. Best, Gail

“Dr. Joe Prendergast has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized. His secret – 50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily.
He further reports on the:

Reversal of advanced coronary disease
Reversal of advanced lung disease, avoiding a lung transplant!
Cure of multiple sclerosis
Cure of amotophic lateral sclerosis
Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
Improvement in allergies
Control of many cancers including prostrate, breast, colon, brain tumors, leukemia, myeloma, etc
Reversal of osteoporosis
Prevention of influenza
Cure of depression and many other mental disorders

Upon my return home, I searched the literature and found thousands of articles supporting in general every possibility Dr. Prendergast mentioned. Interestingly, I did not find a single article integrating all this remarkable potential benefit in virtually every disease. Indeed, I know of no supplement or treatment that is so successful in such a broad variety of diseases. One of Vitamin D’s greatest effects appears to be immune modulation. Indeed, even tuberculosis is strongly correlated with a deficiency of Vitamin D.

Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption, which enhances milk production in pregnant women. Suckling of the breast induces prolactin and oxytocin production (even in non-pregnant women) the nurturing and trust hormones. Everything is related to everything!

The recommended daily intake of Vitamin D is only 400 units. When I was in medical school dosages above 1000 units were thought to be toxic-perhaps because most of the D then came fom cod liver oil and were associated with significant amounts of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is toxic at long term dosages above 10,000 Units, although beta carotene is safe at dosages up to hundreds of thousands of units. There are several articles which emphasize the safety of Vitamin D up to 10,000 units. And a single article suggests that 50,000 units will not induce toxicity. Among the most interesting articles are many that emphasize the remarkable decrease in Type 1 diabetes in children given 2000 units of Vitamin D throughout early childhood-up to a 80% decreased incidence. Dr. Prendergast recommends increasing to 50,000 units at puberty. There are also suggestions that gluten sensitivity may be increased because of inadequate Vitamin D. Since one-third of Americans have gluten sensitivity, a Vitamin D deficiency may be a contributor.

One article has stated that 15 minutes of exposure to sunlight on face and hands leads to the production of 400 units of Vitamin D. Total body exposure might then be approximately 8,000 units per hour. One could argue that our forebears living in the tropics, might have produced well over 50,000 units of Vitamin D daily!!

Dr. Prendergast warns that patients taking 50,000 units of Vitamin D3 should not take any calcium supplements! It is fine to have some milk products and the small dose of calcium in most multivitamins will not be a problem. Since most adults seem to have deposits of calcium outside bones, in arteries, around joints, etc, perhaps the Vitamin D assists in retrieving calcium from these undesirable deposits. The other exception to the 50,000 units of Vitamin D would be individuals with kidney failure, those on dialysis. Although there is great evidence that Vitamin D is needed and that a Vitamin D deficiency is related to kidney failure, the dose in these individuals should be monitored by blood levels.

In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually all adults should probably take 50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness. If you are concerned about that dosage, then take six 50,000 unit capsules each month. Children, pre-puberty should take 2,000 units of Vitamin D3.”

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Drug Free Childbirth

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Drug Free Childbirth

Gail J. Dahl

In my years of childbirth research I have come to the understanding that there are three chosen settings for childbirth; hospital, birth center, and home. The couple has a choice of two caregivers, physician or midwife. They can choose to bring in a labor coach or doula, to assist either the physician or midwife. The couple can decide upon having a drug or drug free birth. Today we can offer excellent support for couples choosing a drug free birth.

Many women who did choose an epidural during their first birth are making different choices for their second child. Women are choosing not to have an epidural the second time for the following reasons:

1. The mothers don’t like the feeling of being drugged, or out of it, and do not like the feeling of being unable to move during labor.

2. Mothers are finding that an epidural may not control the pain as promised.

3. Mothers are realizing that the epidural does reach the baby by crossing the placenta, just as any drugs or alcohol will, causing strong narcotics to be passed through the mother across the yet undeveloped blood/brain barrier affecting the brain and cardiac function of their baby.

5. Mothers are beginning to understand that an epidural most always slows down or stops labor causing an epidural birth to be at greater risk for a cesarean section as additional drugs are used to speed up the labor, often causing stress in the baby.

4. Mothers are finding that babies who are drugged are difficult to breastfeed as the epidural drugs will remain in the baby’s system for days after the birth inhibiting the baby’s ability to breastfeed and bond with the mother in the first critical bonding and attaching days after birth.

What are these moms experiencing with a drug free childbirth?

1. A shorter labor.

2. More effective natural remedies for labor pain.

3. Less complications with labor.

4. More emotional support during labor with hired labor coaches.

5. More natural pain relieving hormones triggered to naturally assist with pain.

6. A quicker recovery of the mother from childbirth and a feeling of empowerment after the birth.

7. More bonding and attachment occurring after birth.

8. Breastfeeding successful with the awake and alert drug free baby.

In my research I look at the studies and talk to women about their experiences. This 21st century generation has many more decisions to make than our grandmothers and mothers had to make. It is up to women as consumers to do their research and make sure they are aware of the facts that will help them to make the best of these life-altering decisions during childbirth.

Planning a drug free birth, whether a quiet birth at home, in a birth center or a hospital, will most likely give you the best results for a healthy baby and mother.

“Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” Award winning and National Bestselling Author, Gail J. Dahl.



Help for Crying Babies


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/PressMediaWire/ — National Bestselling Author, Gail J. Dahl has some great tips for crying babies. In three simple steps you can help your baby to calm and relax. The tips are as follows: The world is a noisy, bright, busy place for your newborn. If your baby cries excessively within the first 48 hours of life, bring your baby to your physician to make sure everything is ok. Then; feed your baby, change your baby, make sure your baby is nice and warm.

Now you can: 1. Turn down the lights, turn down the sound, slow down movement and activity. 2. Hold your baby in their favorite position to help them look out and focus on a bright light or blank wall. 3. Roll up your baby’s sleeves and bring the hands close to the mouth so that your baby can look at or suck on their hands, fingers or thumbs. These steps will help your baby to use their instinctual skills to calm down and stop crying.

Practice these self-calming skills daily with your baby and within a short time your baby will automatically use these natural skills to calm and relax. Gail J. Dahl will be on hand at the MOM2B Trade Show from September 30th to October 1st, 2007 in Los Angeles, California with bookmarks on “Help for Crying Babies”.

Gail J. Dahl is a childbirth researcher and educator, an advocate for safe and gentle childbirth and a national bestselling author. She has received many awards, including The YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, The Woman of Vision Award and The Great Women of the 21st Century Award for her work in women’s health and education.