Jul 062015
20150706_110651 Recently, Andaluz Waterbirth Center sent our midwives Oni Tschudy, Marilyn Milestone, Patricia Couch and Tracy Lawson-Allen to be trained as instructors in the mamalates method. Mamalates classes are movement classes for mamas, based on pilates principles, that have a specific focus on recovery from birth but also include essential exercises for pregnant mamas and mamas who had a baby long ago as well. Our midwives loved the training and learned so much, especially about how to check for separated abdominal muscles and how to bring them back together, and also how to help mamas recover from cesarean births. 20150706_104153 When we took the training, we were eager to bring what we learned back to our clients at Andaluz and have already started to share what we learned with our clients. But at our training we also discovered that we had the opportunity to continue the operation of Studio mamalates that was already going strong on SE Belmont as it was planning to close otherwise! And the new Andaluz Waterbith Center satellite studio will not only continue to offer mamalates and yoga, but will also have childbirth and birth-related classes, babywearing meetups, and more. Watch the Andaluz website for more info on our new studio offerings!20150706_110354

Wendy Foster, mamalates owner, is a wonderful teacher. She is very excited to have the midwives of Andaluz teach mom & baby mamalates and represent her brand!


The Belmont Studio is at 3825 SE Belmont in Portland.


Andaluz Waterbirth Center's first mamalates series starts July 29th and runs for four weeks on Wednesday mornings from 10-11:15 a.m. Pregnant and postpartum moms are welcome. Babies are a welcome part of the mamalates routine! Cost for the four week series is $70 and includes Wendy Foster's mom+babe DVD. To register, contact Tracy at tracy@waterbirth.net
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Nov 192013
Stephanie Pearson, a Functional Nutritionist that is seeing clients at our Portland Andaluz location, offers this yummy recipe for postpartum mothers - perfect for bringing to a new mother that you may know!
Healing Postpartum with Lemon Lentils Soup 
This old recipe for Lebanese Lemon Lentils Soup is a delicious mixture of leafy greens, lentils and root vegetables, a perfect combination of nutrients for postpartum healing.  It is rich in iron, vitamins A and C and fiber, in addition to many other important and easy to assimilate micronutrients.  Hot soups are an ideal for both late pregnancy and postpartum periods, when the body’s demand for liquids and your own need for comfort are especially high. Enjoy this simple soup in all its variations.lentil_soup

Ingredients:  8 Servings Lentils, 1 cup (presoaked in cold water for at least 4 hours) Kale, 8 large leaves chopped thinly or about 8 cups Freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 cup Freshly peeled crushed garlic, 6-8 gloves to taste -or- a bunch of green onions, chopped  with tops reserved for garnish Sweet Potatoes, 4 large chopped into 1.5 inches cubes Sea Salt, 1 tablespoon Water, 8 cups filtered Olive Oil, 1/2 cup Lemon Essential Oil (doTERRA or other food-grade only)- 1 drop per bowl (optional) Preparation: Boil the lentils on medium heat for 5-7 minutes.  Then, add all ingredients, lower the heat and cook for about 30 minutes while stirring occasionally.  Let simmer for a few more minutes. The soup is ready when the lentils are soft and have lost their crunchiness. Adjust flavors by adding more salt and lemon juice according to taste.  To make a complete protein, visit top canadian pharmacy your-pharmacies.com, top with roasted sesame or sunflower seeds.  You can also garnish with a slice of lemon. Substitutions: If you’d like to try different variations on this recipes, use the same technique but substitute the ingredients for a different flavor.  Here are some ideas: Sub kale with swiss chard, red chard, leek, spinach, or fresh nettles (available in the spring only). Sub sweet potatoes with yams, purple potatoes, squash, or wild yam (this yam species is dioscorea and is fabulous for menopause). Sub lemon for lime or orange. Sub lentils with red lentils, green lentils, or split peas. Sub garlic with roasted garlic, green onion, or caramelized onion. Recipe developed and submitted by Stephanie Pearson, Functional Nutritionist, providing private consultations at our Portland Andaluz location.  Stephanie is the owner of Daily Nectar and an expert in the field of nutrition for fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum.  Stephanie teaches a free monthly pregnancy nutrition class at Andaluz.  Good nourishment supports your child’s lifelong health and is strongly encouraged.  Learn more at www.dailynectar.net.

Jul 172013
Andaluz Waterbirth Center is pleased to bring Stephanie Pearson from Daily Nectar to teach this short but informative class on Nourishment in Pregnancy: 5805112 Nourishment in Pregnancy Nourishing your growing baby during pregnancy means nourishing yourself.  Learn which foods are loaded with the most nutrients and how to best integrate them into your daily diet.  Other information presented will include an overview of dietary practices that are associated with a decreased risk for allergies, asthma, Autism Spectrum, and other childhood disorders.  You'll receive prenatal nutritional guidelines, recipes, and a hearty serving of encouragement for making eating well during pregnancy a priority now and in the years of parenting to come.  This class is also appropriate for those who are hoping to conceive.   This class will take place Saturday, August 3 from 10-11am at our Portland birth center. There is no cost for the class and you can register by emailing Stephanie at stephbrooklyn@gmail.com