This slightly scholarly and very unique cookbook was inspired by the love of food, family, and midwifery. Born of a desire to expand cultural awareness, sensitivity, and humility, 29 diverse groups are represented in this cookbook. Midwifery students and faculty selected a culture to explore through professional journals, web-based resources, and discussions with members of the chosen culture. In many cases, there was a direct link with the culture, either through professional or personal connections.
Cultural beliefs and preferences around food choices are important during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Food fuels the body and provides the building blocks for fetal growth, maternal health, and breastfeeding success. There are many prescriptions and prohibitions on what foods women may or may not eat before, during, and after pregnancy Dietary preferences often reflect recipes handed down through the years within a culture. The area for food preparation and consumption is a meeting place in the home for family and guests, whether in a contemporary gourmet kitchen or an open hearth in a rural landscape. This cookbook will pique the interest of midwives and childbearing women regarding their counterparts across the world while providing practical and palatable recipes designed to nourish women’s bodies at a time when nutrition is critical to positive health outcomes.
The best way to explore a culture is through its food.
We invite you to have a multicultural meal with a midwife that nourishes body and spirit, mother and baby.