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Welcome to Beyond Prenatals

Posted Jan 27 2009 7:16pm

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

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.

Find it here: Eden Foods Cornbread Recipe

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