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February Salon Series: The Power of Nutrition During Pregnancy: How Diet Can Ease Pregnancy Woes & Lead to Fewer Birth Complications

Join Ashley Spivak of Re-Color The Palate for an evening of tasty snacks, interactive nutrition education, massage and meditation! Whether you work with women during pregnancy, are thinking of conceiving sometime down the road, or are already pregnant, it is never too early or too late to learn how the diet can be a tool to ease common pregnancy ailments (including infertility!). We will also discuss the role of diet in preventing birth complications and how stress influences digestion. Please visit to learn more.

When: Tuesday, February 18th from 7PM to 9PM

Location: 5648 Oak Grove Ave. Oakland, CA 94618
*** (A short walk from the Rockridge BART station!)

Cost: Free
$5-$15 suggested donation for BADP, no one will be turned away for lack of funds

Accessibility: The space is wheelchair accessible (but the restroom does not have grab bars). Babes in arms are welcome. Please email salon_fund [at] bayareadoulaproject [dot] org or send us a note on facebook if you have any questions about accessibility.


Speaker Bio:
Ashley Spivak is a certified nutritional consultant and nutrient-dense recipe developer with a specialty in prepping for pregnancy and prenatal nutrition. She curates the nutritional landscape by highlighting the importance of educated product picks at the grocery store, stress management, and by incorporating ideas from a variety of dietary theories and current research to help people kick bad habits and make more informed and sustainable choices. She is a graduate with Honors from Washington University in St. Louis, and has studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York, the Herbal Bear School and the Natural Gourmet Institute.


Notes From The Salon: Using Herbs to Control Fertility

For time untold women have used herbal medicine to assist them in controlling their fertility. Herbs have been used by women seeking to become pregnant, to end unintended pregnancies, and act as birth control.  

The presenters at our March 20th Salon on Using Herbs to Control Fertility were Cynthia Belew, a certified nurse-midwife and herbalist, and Beth Rees, an herbalist and doula. 

Below are tidbits of words and images from the event...


  • Having lots of cramps? Magnesium, B Complex, Fish Oil, Zinc, and Vitamin D can help!  
  • Want to delay PMS? Herbal teas including ginger, strong chamomile, fennel seed, and lemon balm can help.   
  • Did you know Evening Primrose Oil can help soften the cervix?
  • Cottonroot blocks implantation and action of progesterone; it's used for missed/incomplete abortion, retained pregnancy contents, and to induce labor.



Can you smell the herbs? Which have you used?