Preconception Counseling

  • Covers exercise, diet, and smart vitamin/mineral supplementation
  • Choosing between a natural birth and a medicalized birth.
  • Find and address potential complications like hormonal imbalance or a toxin load that could interfere with conception and healthy baby development.
  • Your partner’s presence is encouraged.


Preconception counseling with Dr. Ginsburg gives you the opportunity to learn a holistic health approach to your pregnancy and how to prepare for it.

There is a window of opportunity in the few months before conception to significantly improve the quality of the pregnancy, actual conception and the health of the baby. Challenges to these things can include the toxic load of the mother-to-be, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, diet and lifestyle habits, undiscovered medical issues related to pregnancy, and lack of an experienced elder to give early support.

A holistic or integrative approach to preconception and pregnancy focuses on creating a joyful, successful and healthy mother-child experience, including moving with sure steps into the ease of breastfeeding and mothering.

The services Dr. Ginsburg can provide:

Dr. Ginsburg is a board certified Family Doctor as well as a sub-specialist in the area of Integrative Holistic Medicine. (More about what that means here.)

She has the breadth and depth to optimize the mother’s health prior to conception, throughout pregnancy, and to maximize the baby’s opportunity for true, lasting health and thriving, despite the multiple challenges in our modern day culture.

She spends considerable time in a patient visit to understand your situation, but does not replace the person doing the actual prenatal care and monitoring the baby’s progress (whether that is a midwife, OB, or other Family Doctor).  Although Dr. Ginsburg has delivered many babies and provided prenatal care to many, she isn’t doing it at this time.

Preconception counseling and care with Dr. Ginsburg also includes looking at your personal medical history, your birth style preferences, your diet, and prenatal and preconception vitamin and mineral supplements and exercise.

The preconception consultation may move into the following areas as well, which could include lab work:

  • Foods to eat and foods to avoid when pregnant or breastfeeding. Nutritional supplements.
  • Preparing your body for birth. This includes exercise that works for you, how to get good sleep while pregnant.
  • Identifying any deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients you may have.
  • Detoxification. Find and address any burden of toxins that could interfere with conception and healthy baby development.
  • Correcting adrenal and hormonal imbalances. Imbalanced stress hormones (like adrenaline, if you have adrenal imbalance), can imprint on the baby, making it more inclined during it’s life to experience stress instead of peace. Affects the mother also. Can be healed.
  • Insuring necessary support for you before birth, after birth, and while breastfeeding. (Many moms get a lot of resistance from family that do not understand.)
  • Much more.


Choice of Birth Style

Dr. Ginsburg helps you to determine if natural childbirth is a good fit for your values and needs, and what type if so.

She discusses the birth process with you. What risks would be in play for your body type, medical history, and spiritual values. Discusses with you the options of birth in a hospital, a birthing center, or at home. Would you prefer a midwife, a doctor, or both? With drugs or without? Using a portable pool of water for relaxing during contractions, or not. With friends in attendance to massage and give support, or not?

She will help to dispel myths and raise your own awareness with good quality information about the path ahead.

If you choose a medicalized form of childbirth, she will help you understand the risks.

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