I'm going HOME to Cebu, Philippines in November!! Every time I make that big trip, it is a priority to me to host some kind of birth information session. While Cebu is a buzzing metropolis, there is a severe lack in any prenatal classes and events and in the years I have worked in birth, one big thing has always been clear - INFORMATION IS KEY!
This time, I am keeping it nice and intimate, meeting with just a few families to make sure they have the time needed to get the information they want. The sessions will be held over 2 nights, each class lasting about 3 hours.
We will be going over:
- The final weeks of pregnancy
- The stages of birth - what to expect
- Informed Choice - how to ask questions so you understand your options
- Cascade of Interventions
- Birth Planning - why this step is vital
- The perfect birth environment
- Standard Birth Procedures / Interventions
- Standard Newborn Procedures
- C-section Birth Plan
- Physiologic Birth
- Comfort Measures
- Postpartum Planning
- Breastfeeding essentials
- Postpartum Depression
- Soothing your baby
- Newborn Care
November 22 and November 29, 2017 - Wednesdays
PDI Condominium, 3rd Floor Unit 304 B Gov. Cuenco Ave. , Banilad
(Immediately across Gaisano Country Mall, Three-Sixty Pharmacy on ground floor)
Parking is available at P20 per hour
P2,500 per pair. Due to the small size of these classes, 50% is due after registration is confirmed in order to reserve your spot. Your spot is not guaranteed with out registration fee payment. The registration fee can be paid by bank deposit - which will be sent to you after registration is received. The balance is due on the first session - Cash only please. You can also pay the full amount right away if preferred. There will be no refunds and cancellations, unless you have already given birth to your baby.
PLEASE bring a yoga mat, pillows, or anything else you need to be comfortable. We will be spending most of our time on the floor, however, there will be chairs available if that is your preference. Please also bring a pen and paper to take any notes you need. Note- this class will be taught 100% in English. I am not great at speaking Bisaya BUT I can understand, so if you are more comfortable asking questions in Bisaya, in most cases this will be totally okay, but I will answer in English.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Seasonal Recipes for those Extra Apples!
The fall brings us so many delicious varieties of local apples. I was recently lucky to get some organic golden delicious apples right off the tree from my mother-in-law! We had more than we could possibly eat so I decided to make two of my favourite apple things:
apple butter and raw apple cider vinegar! I believe in eating in season as much as possible and try not to waste, so these recipes go perfectly hand-in-hand!
If you love apple butter and like to occasionally have a sweet treat now and then, here's an easy low-maintenance recipe that doesn't require much attention; all you need is a large crockpot that has a timer option and low-setting.
*If you prefer a super smooth apple butter, you will want to put them through a blender before jarring.
25-30 small organic apples (you can use a mix of different ones if you like)
2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp ground nutmeg
1 tbsp of cinnamon
*makes about 5 cups
Peel and chop up the apples into cubes (this makes things a bit easier for the crockpot to break down) but save the peels and cores if you want to make the next recipe! If not, be sure to compost them ;)
Place all the apples and remaining ingredients into the crockpot and stir until every apple piece is coated. Then turn on low setting for about 18 hours.
Once it become super dark and rich looking, you can mash or blend the apples for a super smooth texture before canning them.
Your house will smell amaaaazing!
Apple butter is sort of a cross between jam and apple sauce. It's quite sweet like jam (so don't eat too much at once) and can be used the same way you would use jam. I like to top 2 teaspoons of this into some soaked oats for an apple-pie flavour! Yum!
You may preserve it like you would any other homemade jam.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar is incredible for your health and it's easy to incorporate into your daily diet. You've probably seen this product in stores, in the natural foods isle, and its about 3x the price of the pasteurized version. Here, you can make it at home for pennies!
Especially, if you use your scraps from the above apple butter apples!
This is more of an 'guesstimate' recipe. You can taste and smell when it's ready!
I adapted my recipe from The Healthy Home Economist. I didn't bother with other types of apples and I made two batches from them instead of 3.
Apples (whole or peels and cores) *organic* is best
1 cup honey or sugar
About 1 litre of water (more or less depending on how many apples you have)
I used all the peels and cores from the above recipe, though you can do this with as little as 5 apples.
Cover the top with a cheesecloth, or paper to make sure no little bugs get inside (fruit flies love ACV!). It will take 2-3 weeks to fully ferment. It should taste super sour and should smell like regular vinegar. Strain the liquid and store in a cute bottle!
If you are pregnant and concerned with fermented food safety, you may boil the vinegar afterwards to pasteurize it and just enjoy it as any other shelf vinegar, or wait until you're in your postpartum period to consider using this amazing fermented food! There are a 101 ways to use ACV and it has multiple benefits for your health-- from balancing blood sugar, to promoting healthy gut flora to detoxifying your immune system! It really is one of my all time favourite nutritional tools.
If you'd like to read more about it's benefits and or safety, Braggs carries a raw apple cider vinegar and has a good FAQ on their product. It is stated as safe for pregnancy and that the pH of ACV is too acidic for the 0-157 strain of E. Coli bacteria to survive. Keep in mind that though the fermentation process is still the same at home, you are responsible for quality control unlike a store bought product which is manufactured in a factory.
Once your apple cider vinegar has been made, you may store it in the fridge or in a cupboard away from sunlight and heat. It should last a good 2 years if it's been done right, though you'll probably use it up well before then.
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