Maternity Institute Partners with Alexandra Zissu, green living expert and co-author of The Complete Organic Pregnancy

Press Release

For Immediate Release: Monday, June 25, 2012

Media Contact: Mary Oscategui:

415-937-1602 or


The International Maternity Institute™ (IMI), a leading maternity and birth educating organization represented in twenty-two countries, partners with Alexandra Zissu, co-author of The Complete Organic Pregnancy to teach courses for maternity professionals in green living.

June 27, 2012 San Francisco, CA- Since 2009, the International Maternity Institute has been at the forefront of maternity education, offering cutting-edge training and preparation. The IMI specializies in baby planning, greenproofing, greenbirth education, sleep consulting, stress management, and maternity product expertise. Their online learning format allows students from all over the world to experience their world-class training programs through their online maternity school and curriculum.

In 2010 the IMI introduced and  launched their industry’s first and only greenproofing and greenbirth certification programs designed to train and prepare maternity and birth professionals with comprehensive knowledge and practical experience in order to prepare pre-conceiving, expecting, and new parents for toxic free living. The Complete Organic Pregnancy, co-authored by Alexandra Zissu has been a part of the IMI greenproofer curriculum since its’ inception and utilized as one of many valuable resources for both maternity professionals and the families they work with.

“The IMI is thrilled to have Alexandra on board to teach our Greenproofer Certification program. We couldn’t have chosen a more perfect person. Alexandra’s commitment to green living, vast knowledge of the industry, awareness of environmental issues, professionalism and personality represent IMI’s cultural philosophy and professional standards.” says Mary Oscategui, founder of the IMI.

Alexandra will begin teaching IMI’s Greenproofer Certification™ course in the Fall of 2012. Through the IMI Greenproofer 10 week certification program with Alexandra, participants will gain comprehensive knowledge and practical experience to prepare pre-conceiving, expecting, and new parents for toxic free living while expanding their careers as maternity eco-consultants and greenbirth educators. For details visit


About Alexandra Zissu

Alexandra is an eco-lifestyle expert, writer, speaker, and consultant who has done wonders to translate environmental health issues into simple language and to bring awareness to the benefits of green and healthy living. She’s the co-author of The Complete Organic Pregnancy (2006), author of The Conscious Kitchen (2010)—a Books for a Better Life Awards finalist—and co-author of Planet Home (2010), and The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat. She is currently editorial director for and has worked for New York Magazine, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Lifetime and Details magazines, The New York Observer, and Women’s Wear Daily.

Over the past decade, her stories have also appeared in The New York Times, The Green Guide, Plenty, Cookie,, Bon Appetit, Health, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Self, Child, Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar, and The Huffington Post, among other publications.

She speaks often about all things eco-friendly at private firms, mothers’ groups, schools, non-profits, and industry expos, and consults about green living for individuals and organizations. Though she should probably be on a biodynamic farm in Vermont, or growing dill in Finland, she actually lives in New York City, across the street from where she grew up, with her (organic) family.




About IMI

The International Maternity Institute™ (IMI) is a leader in birth and maternity professional education providing online cutting edge, evidenced based educational programs, products and services for the maternity professional globally. The IMI, currently represented in twenty-two countries, offers courses and training programs for baby planning, greenproofing, green birth education, sleep consulting, stress management, and maternity product expertise. Their educational continuum is designed to enhance the careers of maternity professionals by supplying them with an integrative approach so that they can empower families to know all their options in order to make informed decisions. **(Online Distance Courses available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese). 

The IMI’s mission is to inspire, support, and educate a global network of maternity professionals in order to provide exceptional service to pre-conceiving, expecting and new parents through eco-friendly initiatives, diverse educational programming, professional networking, and a commitment to professionalism. The IMI is also a proud member of the Green Business Bureau, a national third-party program that provides certification for businesses that follow environmentally responsible practices.

The Maternity Institute also provides consultation services for hospitals, birthing centers, retailers, corporations and individuals who wish to incorporate these methods into business, hospital and childbirth programs. By increasing the level of knowledge among professionals and the general public, the International Maternity Institute aims to be a leading authority with an integrative approach to pre-conceiving, pregnancy, and post birth methods.

For more information on the International Maternity Institute, please visit



Mary Oscategui, Founder

International Maternity Institute

PO BOX 455

Fairfax, CA 94930


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