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Originally created for midwives, we now have a version for parents! 

Learn techniques that research has shown lead to a higher level of success with preventing and treating Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) by moving beyond the basics of restricting sugary foods and simple carbohydrates. This course offers innovative tracking techniques and the latest research on low-carbohydrate diet plans, education on lifestyle factors that can derail blood sugar management, and nutrient therapy to support GDM balance. This course is geared toward the client or patient who is looking to elevate their understanding of GDM, seek a root-caused (vs. a symptom based) view of wellness, and desires a holistic, individualized approach when creating a GDM care plan. 

In this course students will learn:

1. Who is at risk for Gestational Diabetes and why does Gestational Diabetes happen

2. What does it mean to balance your blood sugar and why does it matter

3. How to treat Gestational Diabetes using a 21st century approach to diet therapy (spoiler alert, it's not just about carb counting!)

4. Learn to become a blood sugar balancing detective, with a tracking model designed to bring clarity and get to the root of blood sugar imbalance

5. Resources from a functional nutrition model, which views the individual client or patient as the cornerstone to real and lasting success in blood sugar balance and wellness for life

6. What to do when diet therapy is not working, with an exploration into the stress response linked to blood sugar imbalance 

7. Creating your toolbox to reduce your stress response- a holistic approach to GDM treatment using pregnancy-specific lifestyle modifications in the arenas of sleep, movement, toxin reduction, relaxation techniques and more

8. Exploring GDM specific nutrients that can move your body from a state of “deficiency” to “sufficiency” in order to better balance your blood sugar levels

As instructor, midwife, and nutritionist Sarah Lax writes in the opening module of the course, “In GDM 101, you are given all of the resources, education, and recommendations that I offer my own nutrition clients, and in doing so I hope to empower you to be your own nutritionist and wellness detective, as in the end YOU are the expert when it comes to knowing your body best.” 

This course contains:

  • 1 hour of videos made just for parents + 40 minutes of videos made for midwives
  • visual aids
  • tracking tools
  • readings
  • the opportunity to ask questions of the instructor in the discussion area 


Please see the course curriculum below for details.

  • Sarah Lax, BA, CPM, LDM, CHN

    Instructor Bio:

    Sarah Lax is a Licensed and Certified Professional Midwife, practicing in Oregon and Washington. She holds a B.A. from Seattle University and graduated from Seattle Midwifery School (now Bastyr University). Sarah is also a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, a Holistic Pelvic Care™ provider, a TRE® (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) provider, a P2i® (Preconception to Infancy) provider, and has training and a personal interest in movement therapies for pelvic floor and diastitis recti care, including Mamalates and Nutritious Movement. With over a decade of experience as a practicing midwife, Sarah has the pleasure of working as the in-house nutritionist with families at Vivante Midwifery and Women's Health, and teaches as adjunct faculty in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University. She is also the owner of Beginnings Whole Body Nourishment, an intentional collection of wellness and support services dedicated to clients who seek to strengthen their body/mind/spirit and uncover the root cause of health concerns during the childbearing years and beyond. Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Sarah spends her free moments on nature outings with her husband and two daughters, exploring new foods, playing music, moving and finding quiet moments as a parent to breathe.

    Sarah Lax

    Licensed and Certified Professional Midwife, Certified Holistic Nutritionist

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Welcome to GDM 101!
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    • Start Here!
    • Disclaimer
  • 02
    Step 1- Setting Your Foundation (Provider Course Gems)
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    • The “Who” and Risk Factors
    • Clearing the Waters- Client Stories
    • Food Mood Poop Tracking
    • The "Ideal" Diet
    • The Food (Sources)
    • GDM and Stress
    • (Option to skip straight to Step 2)- Omega 3s *Bonus Video
    • (Option to skip straight to Step 2)- Vitamin D3 *Bonus Video
    • (Option to skip straight to Step 2)- Magensium and More! *Bonus Video
    • (Option to skip straight to Step 2)- Digestion Animation *Bonus Video
    • Visual Aid- What is Gestational Diabetes? (Animation)
  • 03
    Step 2- GDM 101 For Thriving Families
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    • Blood Sugar Balancing 101
    • Detective Skills and Food As Medicine
    • The Stress Effect
    • Sweet Zzzzzz's
    • Love Your Liver
    • Move and Groove
    • Nutrients For Success and Closing
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    Step 3- Resources for Thriving Families
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    • Visual Aid- What is Gestational Diabetes? (Animation)
    • Visual Aid- Food Mood Poop Tracker
    • Visual Aid- Carbohydrate Continuum
    • Visual Aid- Tips to Improve Digestion
    • Stress, Sleep, and Mindfulness Resources
    • Visual Aid- 16 Tips to Champion Your Liver
    • Toxin Reduction Resources
    • Visual Aid- Fats and Oils: Which to Eat, Which to Ditch
    • Visual Aid- Supplement Tracker
    • Recipes/Meal Planning Support
    • Hungry For More?- Articles, Books, and Research, Oh My!

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