Today we honor Lucy Wills, the woman who created prenatal vitamins.
Lucy Wills, born in Birmingham, England in 1888, she studied botany and geology and received a certificate in 1911. In 1915 she enrolled in The London School of Medicine for Women and legally became a medical practitioner in 1920, earning her bachelor degrees in medicine and science.
In 1928, she did research about pregnant women and anemia and realized that the Bombay women had a correlation between their dietary habits and likelihood of their becoming anemic during pregnancy. Ultimately, her studies suggested that a vitamin deficiency was to blame.
Her discovery was the first step toward creation of folic acid. For many years it was the Wills Factor until folic acid was named in 1941 when it was isolated from spinach.
Now the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that women take 400 micrograms of folic acid are taken every day.
May 10, 1888 – April 16, 1964
Happy Birthday Lucy Wills and Thank You for all that you did for women and their babies!
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From The Field- High Touch High Tech of Southeastern Michigan
My name is Ryan Stipp and I am the franchise owner of the High Touch High Tech franchise of Southeastern Michigan. This franchise has been in operation since 2006. I have been with the company since 2010 and have been the owner since 2016. Since I have been with the company, I think of us as not only educators but also role models. We teach our programs with a focus on the science, but also, we focus very much on relationships. I teach from the heart. I do this because I love the kids, all of them. I feel very lucky to be able to work with the kids of Southeastern Michigan and I show that in my teaching.
The best example of this is with a school that has been with us since the beginning. I focus almost entirely on Elementary programs but there is 1 preschool that I care very much about. It is called Tiny Tots. I visit the same kids once a month from September-May. I have come to adore the children of Tiny Tots over the years but what makes it amazing for me is seeing what the children have turned into as they get older. Many times, I will be in a class and a child will ask me “are you Rocket Ryan?” and I will say yes, and they remember me from preschool. That makes me day. Last month, I was working in a middle school with 7th graders, and one of the students remembered me, and I remembered them, and I was so proud of what they have grown into to. I visited that preschool this week and I have a picture of some of the kids and I have also included a picture of some of the thank you cards I have received over the years that I hang in my office as a constant reminder of just how lucky we really are.