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Holiday Safety Tips

Posted on November 27, 2015 at 4:39 PM Comments comments (1)
This was first published in 2011 - sharing it again today since the holiday safety tips are still relevant.  Click HERE if you would rather watch the VLOG instead of reading this post :)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
 
It is such a gift to enjoy this season with our children.  They are filled with wonder at the sight of our Christmas tree.  They love to look at the ornaments, especially the ones with their pictures in them.  They are so excited about Santa and presents and at the top of the list, the family coming to visit them from all across the country.
 
This year is especially poignant – like us, our older two children recognize that this Otter’s first Christmas.  They wonder what she is thinking as she sees the activity, and they are telling her all about the family that she will be meeting for the first time.
 
No matter what your faith, I encourage you to take the time out of the hustle and bustle, the imposed rush of the season, to slow down and enjoy this time of year with your children.  The root of the word holiday is “holy day”; so if your faith tradition has a holiday this month, strive to make that the central focus instead of the commercialism of the season.
 
Get down on the floor with your children and look up at the decorations you have put up in your home.  Tell your children the significance and why these symbols are important to you.  Take the time to tell them about their first holidays in your family.  If this is your first holiday with your child, tell them your favorite childhood holiday memory – you can keep this tradition going as they get older.  Even if you have an infant, know that they hear you and that you are imprinting their mind.  Though they may not have a conscious memory, you are helping to plant their roots that bind you together long after they have children of their own.
 
The season will be much more enjoyable if you take some common sense precautions.  I wish you all a holiday away from the emergency room or urgent care.  Here are the usual tips with my modificaitons for families with mobile infants and toddlers.  I am ever mindful that we now have students who are parents to curious, mobile and walking one-year olds!

- Use ornaments that are not fragile, easily breakable, or that present choking hazards.  This is not the time to break out your heirloom decorations.  Although they may not be as elegant, use adornments that can survive a bounce and that won’t shatter and cut your child’s skin.  Also keep in mind this tip: if it can fit through an empty tube of toilet paper, it’s a choking hazard.

We found some lovely, larger ornaments at IKEA that are pretty, as well as safe and functional.  Until our youngest children loose the fondness for touching all the moving parts (most of which break off and fit through that tube of t.p.), my collector series ornaments are safely stored for a few more seasons.

Speaking of choking hazards, watch out for small gift bows, packing peanuts and other packaging materials like twist ties and loose pieces of tape.  Wrapping paper, ribbons and bows can also be a suffocation hazard.

- Hang string lighting and place candles where little hands won't be able to reach.  This seems self-explanatory.  Remember that children are extremely curious and very creative – think about how motivated they are to reach what you are setting out, and make sure that you have lights and candles out of the reach of a “stacking things so I can climb” child.  A note about candles: their fragrance may be overwhelming for underdeveloped senses.  The chemicals used to create that fragrance are not regulated, which is another reason we personally keep “the stink” out. We have no idea what is really causing that odor and whether or not it’s good for us.  Flameless candles are easily found these days – they are a great way to create ambience, thereby passing on the chemical or fire hazard component.

- Check your electrical outlets and cords.  Parents usually keep outlets covered with safety caps.  During this time of year, you may pull them out to put in cords for string lighting.  Make sure that you are aware of your children around all the extra cords and open outlets.  Place the strings high enough so they don’t go in their mouths.  Depending on how mobile and/or curious they are, they may try to pull out the cords from the socket, which can also be an electrocution risk.

- Keep poisonous plants out of reach.  Speaking of mouths…colorful plants might be a temptation to your child.  After a cursory look at THIS LIST of plants, a rash or an upset stomach seem to be the main symptoms.  Given a child’s smaller size and the fact that each person’s reaction is individual and varied, it’s probably best not to take any chances.

- The force of gravity does not take a vacation.   Evaluate your space and see where the safest places are for your decorations and furniture so that your children will not run into them in the normal course of their day.  If you rearrange furniture to accommodate decorations, make sure that the pieces are not a tip-over hazard in their new location. If you move side tables, watch their placement and don’t put anything to heavy or unstable on top of them.  If you move larger furniture, make sure it is steady in its new position.  If you put up a Christmas tree, it can also be a tip-over hazard.  You can secure it to a wall with an eye-hook and twine, or block it off with a safety gate.

Hot, hot, hot – hot chocolate.  I couldn’t resist the reference to the Polar Express!  Slow down and be aware in the kitchen.  Accidents happen - burns and spills happen when we are rushing and when the kitchen is full of people.  Take your time preparing and moving hot foods and liquids.   Be very aware of where your children are, or maybe you can assign someone else to entertain them outside of the kitchen if you are in charge of your holiday meal. 

Along the same lines, children don’t know that tablecloths aren’t stationary – all they see is something on which they can pull up.  The next thing you may hear is the crash of china and silver, or the screams of pain if they are burned by food placed on top of the tablecloth or an overhanging runner on a sideboard buffet.  You may want to skip on the tablecloths and runners and use placemats and doilies for the time being.  They will grow up and you will deck out your holiday table again some day.

I close with this thought today:  you may have seen our past posts about pregnancy and child loss.  As much as holidays are a time of joy, they are also a time of amplified sorrow for families grieving the passing of a loved one.  I invite you to take some time this season to say a prayer for those families that have lost a loved one this year, especially those whom have had their children called to the next journey.  Their loss is ever present as they watch other families enjoy the holidays and wonder what place their child may have played in their own holiday traditions.

From our home to yours, may you have a safe, blessed and joyous holiday season!

Do you have any holiday safety tips to share – what are they?

Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 
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Inside Look: SpenceBaby

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 10:24 AM Comments comments (0)
InSide Look:Spence Baby


One of the priorities of The Bradley Method® is to stay Healthy and Low-Risk during pregnancy by avoiding harmful substances.  Many families who learn about all the different toxins we are exposed to, and how to avoid them, choose to continue to stay healthy and low-risk after their Sweet Pea’s Birth-Day.
 
The fabric we put on our Sweet Peas exposes all of that soft, sensitive skin to whatever is in the fabric.  Whatever that is then gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream.  When you think about the impact that makes over a person’s lifetime, it makes sense to invest in high quality, truly organic "from source to fabric to dye" garments. 
 
I am so excited to introduce our students and readers to SpenceBaby.  This clothing company offers the benefit of organic clothing along with timeless design and attractive colors.  We are thrilled to be able to feature them in today’s Inside Look feature.


 
We first heard about SpenceBaby when I went to the Club MomMe Spring Family Fest in June.  I had the pleasure of visiting with founder Sandy Barton (“SB”) at the end of the day.  She took the time to share some of their story and walk me through her designs and fabrics.  She was kind enough to agree to do this virtual interview with us so that we could share their story and their amazing products with you.



 
SPB: What was the driving force behind Spence Baby?
SB: It was almost meant to be in many ways. My sister-in-law, Rachel, was pregnant with my now beautiful niece Evelyn (Eve). Rachel was very much into raising Eve in a green home and I wanted to get her some cute, fashionable, organic baby clothes. Clothes, not just basics. Needless to say my search came up empty. My husband and I decided this was crazy and set out to fill the void in the market. About 4 months into research, my husband Paul and I found out we were pregnant with our daughter Spencer Grace Barton (Spence baby). Spencer was confirmation I was on the right track and opened up the possibility of being able to work from home and spend more time with Spencer. Something very important to Paul and I.
 
SPB: Tell me more about how you source the fabrics and the dyes you use to create premium organic baby apparel.
SB: Our early research surfaced that the definition for organic fabric and textiles is not really transparent. The USDA and the Federal Trade Commission only require clothing and fabrics wearing the organic title be made with USDA-certified organic crops, but it ends there. This seemed crazy to us since that essentially meant you could purchase organic fabric and treat it with toxic and harmful dyes. Needless to say, our eyes were opened to what "Organic" and even "Certified Organic" baby clothes really meant and it was not what we thought. 
 
This led us to want something better and eventually to the Global Organic Textile Standard or GOTS. GOTS raw materials must be certified organic under National Organic Program standards but it also puts strict limits on the types of fabric dyes that can be used and prohibits toxic fabric finishes, including sand-blasting of denim (which poses a health threat to workers), chlorine bleaches, formaldehyde-based finishing treatments, and nanoparticles intended to make a product “antibacterial.” A factory’s effluent water must be treated and filtered before release. As for worker welfare, the certification addresses workers’ ability to unionize, forbids child labor, and requires that workers are paid a living wage. Not even zippers (no chrome or nickel allowed) and screen printing (no toxic PVC-based inks can be used in T-shirt designs) escape scrutiny. And throughout the entire process, all GOTS-certified items must be kept separate from non-GOTS-certified products to prevent contamination.
 
So it's simple really, we only work with GOTS certified partners and fabrics =)

 
SPB: Where do you draw your inspiration for the designs?
SB: I have always had a eye for design and really pull from a number of sources. I spend a lot of time on sites like Pinterest, Instagram, Fromupnorth, and flipping through countless magazines. I love classic looks and try to use that as a style guide but always add a little something unique to each item.

 
SPB: Can you tell me a little about how you choose the color palette for your clothing?
SB:Sure, I find my color inspiration mostly from the nature that surrounds me in my every day life.  A day at the beach, a walk through a garden in spring, the sky when it randomly has red, orange or purple streaks.  When I see a color that catches my attention I use websites like design-seeds.com to help put together some complimentary colors.

 
SPB: The clothing is absolutely adorable - will you eventually expand the line to include larger sizes?  I can especially see big sisters wanting to coordinate with little sisters :)
SB: Absolutely! In fact, our company is actually Spence Apparel. Our first collection is Spence Bay but we plane to offer Spence Kids next and possible Spence Toddler (Fingers crossed!).

 

SPB: Do you have a favorite item in your shop? Which one is it, and why?
SB: My favorite item has to be the pink and white striped bubble romper that Spencer is wearing in the website.  I think all babies look adorable in them but what I love about this one is the soft and sweet details like the ruffle trim on the collar and plaid trim in the placket.


 
SPB: We have lots of mamas that are planning on going back to work, or are back to work already and trying to do the family/work juggle.  Do you have any words of wisdom to share with working moms? Or, aspiring mamapreneurs?
SB: There are a couple things that have really helped me. 1) Date night. Getting away from it all and spending time with my husband. Even if it's just dinner, it always helps me clear my head and refocus. 2) Don't let frustration and fear of failure win. I used to worry about how I would be as a Mother and if our business would fail (and still do at times). I realized the only thing I can do is continually strive to grow and educate myself and never stop trying. My husband has been amazing at helping me with this.
 
SPB: What sets your brand apart from other offerings on the market?
SB: Our focus on making a complete line (not just basics) of fashionable apparel from only the highest quality organic and eco friendly materials. We also really value our customers feedback and actually have a few items inspired by comments from we received in our next line.  
 
SPB: What is your vision going forward as you grow your business?
SB: At this point we are taking it day by day. It is our 3-year goal to have a complete collection of Baby and Kids apparel available for everyone who appreciates our brand. 
 
SPB: Personally, we can’t wait for the Kids apparel to hit the market.  SpenceBaby can count on at least one customer for their growing product line!
 
Find SpenceBaby on the web:
Web Page http://www.spencebaby.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SpenceApparel
Twitter https://twitter.com/spenceapparel
Instagram http://instagram.com/spenceapparel
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/spenceapparel/
 
Do you have a favorite children’s garment that you would like to see in an organic clothing line?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 
Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.


 

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

The Dirt on Diaper Wipes

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM Comments comments (0)
Diaper Wipes – A closer look at what are you putting on your Sweet Pea's bum 

As a Bradley Method® instructor, we teach our students to avoid harmful substances in order to have a healthy, low-risk pregnancy.  Our own green journey started when we were Bradley Method® students nine years ago...so naturally, we continued the effort to keep our environment healthy and low-risk once our Sweet Pea was earthside.
 
Little did I know I was going to be in for a rude awakening when I read a Healthy Tips List from Environmental Working Group that listed the top ingredients to avoid in personal care products.  On a whim, I decided to check our products, because seriously, we weren’t at risk…we used products labeled “natural” and “-free”.
 
I was devastated to discover that labeling and product marketing had duped us, the trusting consumer.  I learned to read every label…including the labels on products that were going to touch any part of our children.  Part of our “going green” journey included a switch to reusable wipes and having a cleaning solution in a bottle.
 
If after reading through the ingredients you decide to make the switch to reusable products like we did, there are many options.  We have seen them in the “big box” stores, however since we strive to shop local, we support a mama-preneur and buy our reusable cloth goods from Shannon’s Cloth and More.  You can see her on our blog HERE and HERE.
 
So today I am sharing a list of what is in the “natural” line of the most recognized names in diapers, Huggies™ and Pampers™, plus a big box brand.  
  • If you are not ready to make the switch yet, we have found a store option that we will use when a washing machine is not available.  The ology™ brand available at Walgreen’s passed muster.  
  • The final product listed is the Baby Bits Wipes Solution – truly “free” of the harmful ingredients we want to avoid for our family’s long-term health.  We buy ours from Go Go Natural, a cloth diaper website run by another local mama-preneur.
 
If you want another motivation to switch, HERE is an eye-opening article from WebMD about the little thought of ingredients in conventional wipes – preservatives that are added to the product to minimize bacteria in a perpetually moist environment.  Children are breaking out in rashes due to an allergic reaction in supposedly harmless ingredients.
 
Ingredients to avoid from the Healthy Tips article.  I take an in-depth look at what they are and the motivation to avoid them HERE
 
Start at the end, with preservatives. Avoid:
- Words ending in "paraben"
- DMDM hydantoin
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- Methylchloroisothiazolinone
- Methylisothiazolinone
- Triclosan
- Triclocarban
- Triethanolamine (or "TEA")
 
Check the beginning of the ingredients lists, where soaps, surfactants, and lubricants show up. Try to avoid ingredients that start with "PEG" or have an "-eth" in the middle (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).
 
Read the ingredients in the middle. Look for these words: "FRAGRANCE," "FD&C," or "D&C."
 
Also from the EWG database: I included a quick synopsis of each ingredient in the list below, as well as the ingredient rating. 
 
 
Huggies Natural Care – Kimberly Clark
Water
Amodimethicone (0) - Amodimethicone is a silicon-based polymer – used as a hair conditioning agent
Polysorbate 20 (3) - a surfactant and emulsifier used in cleaners and personal care products Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns:Data gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Sodium Methylparaben (4) - Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Other HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruption; Other MODERATE concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes; Other LOW concerns:Data gaps
Malic Acid (3-4)- Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Sodium Laurel Glucose Carboxylate (no rating available) – surfactant derived from coconut or corn - More about this HERE 
Lauryl Glucoside (0) - Surfactant - Cleansing Agent - This ingredient is a sugar- and lipid-based surfactant.
Methylisothiazolinone (5) - It is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions. Lab studies on the brain cells of mammals also suggest that methylisothiazolinone may be neurotoxic.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (1) - Aloe vera leaf extract is produced from the succulent leaves of the aloe plant, Aloe barbadensis
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E in the form of tocopheryl acetate) (3) - Skin-Conditioning Agent  - Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidence; One or more animal studies show tumor formation at high doses
 
 
Huggies Simply Clean – Kimberly-Clark
Water
Potassium Laureth phosphate (2) - Surfactant - Cleansing Agent; Contamination concerns with ethylene: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); and  The carcinogen 1,4-dioxane contaminates up to 46% of personal care products tested (OCA 2008, EWG 2008). The chemical is an unwanted byproduct of an ingredient processing method called ethoxylation used to reduce the risk of skin irritation for petroleum-based ingredients
Glycerin
Polysorbate 20 (3) - a surfactant and emulsifier used in cleaners and personal care products Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Tetrasodium EDTA (2) - a chelating agent, used to sequester and decrease the reactivity of metal ions that may be present in a product; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Methylparaben (4) - in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruption; Other MODERATE concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes
Malic acid (3-4) – Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Methylisothiazolinone (5) - It is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions. Lab studies on the brain cells of mammals also suggest that methylisothiazolinone may be neurotoxic.
Aloe barbedensis leaf extract (1) - Aloe vera leaf extract is produced from the succulent leaves of the aloe plant, Aloe barbadensis
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E in the form of tocopheryl acetate) (3) - Skin-Conditioning Agent  - Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidence; One or more animal studies show tumor formation at high doses
 
 
Pampers Sensitive – Proctor & Gamble
Claim: Alcohol Free – Hypoallergenic
Water
Glycerin
Aloe barbadensis leaf juice (1) - Aloe vera leaf extract is produced from the succulent leaves of the aloe plant, Aloe barbadensis
Disodium EDTA (0) - is a chelating agent, used to sequester and decrease the reactivity of metal ions that may be present in a product. GRAS
Citric Acid (2) – alpha hydroxyl acid - used in personal care products to adjust the acidity or promote skin peeling and re-growth in the case of anti-aging products
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (3) - polyethylene glycol derivative of castor oil; may be contaminated with potentially toxic impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.
Sodium Citrate (0) Cosmetic manufacturers use sodium citrate to adjust the acidity of a product. Citrate, in the form of citric acid, is also found in citric fruits and juices.
Phenoxyethanol (4) – preservative – suspected neurotoxin - More about that HERE 
Ethylhexylglycerin (1) - Ethylhexylglycerin is a glyceryl ether used as a weak preservative and skin conditioning agent. HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Benzyl Alcohol (5) - Benzyl alcohol is a naturally ocurring and synthetic ingredient used as solvent and preservative; has been associated with contact allergy.
Xantham gum (0) - Binder; Emulsion Stabilizer
Sodium benzoate (3) – preservative – low concern: non-reproductive organ system toxicity
BIS-PEG/PPG-16 Dimethicone (3) - lubricant and conditioning agent.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (1) - Fragrance Ingredient; Skin-Conditioning Agent 
Bisabolol (0) - Fragrance Ingredient; Skin-Conditioning Agent 
Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract (0) - Fragrance Ingredient; Skin-Conditioning Agent 
 
Parent’s Choice Baby Wipes – Walmart
Water
Glycerin – generally considered non-toxic
Phenoxyethanol (4) – preservative – suspected neurotoxin - More about that HERE 
Sodium benzoate (3) – preservative – low concern: non-reproductive organ system toxicity
Potassium sorbate (3) – preservative - low concern: non-reproductive organ system toxicity
Sodium cocyl Apple amino acids (0) – no info available
Pentadecalactone (1) - Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive);
Suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulative
Aloe barbadensis leaf extract- (1) - Aloe vera leaf extract is produced from the succulent leaves of the aloe plant, Aloe barbadensis
Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract - (0) - Fragrance Ingredient; Skin-Conditioning Agent
Tocopheryl acetate (3) - Skin-Conditioning Agent  - Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidence; One or more animal studies show tumor formation at high doses; Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology
Citric acid (2) – alpha hydroxyl acid - used in personal care products to adjust the acidity or promote skin peeling and re-growth in the case of anti-aging products
 
 
Ology Bamboo Baby Wipes – Walgreen’s

Purified Artesian Aquifer Water
Polysorbate 20 (3) - a surfactant and emulsifier used in cleaners and personal care products Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Vegetable glycerin (0) GRAS
Lavandula angustifolia (lavender oil) (0)
Citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil (0)
Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe vera) leaf extract (1) - Aloe vera leaf extract is produced from the succulent leaves of the aloe plant, Aloe barbadensis
Calendula officinalis flower extract (1) - Fragrance Ingredient
Potassium sorbate (3) – preservative - low concern: non-reproductive organ system toxicity
Sodium benzoate (3) – preservative – low concern: non-reproductive organ system toxicity
Citric acid  (2) – alpha hydroxyl acid – used in personal care products to adjust the acidity or promote skin peeling and re-growth in the case of anti-aging products

 
Baby Bits Wipes Solution
Coconut oil glycerin soap (0)
organic plantain herb (0)
chickweed herbs (0)
virgin olive oil (1) – may cause irritation
pure essential oil of tea tree (0)
pure essential oil of lavender (0)
 


I hope it goes without saying...just in case...please refer back to this post if you are going to share the information - thank you for respecting the time and effort it took to pull this information together. ~Krystyna


Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

Warning Labels: Epidural Drugs

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 3:22 PM Comments comments (0)
In light of a research study published this week, we are highlighting this blog post today, originally written on May 28, 2013.

"Mainly, in all of the groups of labor pain medications and delivery method, we found that mothers who received labor pain medications were 2-3 times more likely to report [delay in the onset of lactation] DOL compared to mothers who did not use labor pain medications and delivered vaginally."

As stated below, this information is shared in the interest of true informed consent.  If a mother adds another piece to the puzzle, she may decide to choose other pain relief tools aside from pain medication, or do everything to delay pain medication as long as possible in order to give her and her baby their best opportunity to get breastfeeding off to a good start.

Bradley Method classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, PaysonMay 28, 2013:
I am sharing the information below in the interest of furthering our goal that all our students have true informed consent: knowing all the benefits and risks of a drug or procedure.  It is very rare for anyone to read the drug information insert that comes in all drug packages.  To save you time and squinting, we are doing a “drug warning labels” series for the most commonly used drugs during labor and birth.  There will be two more installments in this series.  Next week we will look at the drugs used for induction, and we will conclude with drugs used for augmentation of labor.

We are passionate about helping families have their Best Possible Birth.  By that we mean the path that leads that individual family to a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.  We want families to have a toolbox full of tips and techniques that help them manage the ebb and flow of labor.  We want them to be comfortable with the path of a normal, low-risk labor.  We want them to have true informed consent by having an open line of communication with their care providers.

Why do we spend time and energy preparing couples for natural birth, even when some of them will end up choosing an epidural, or maybe needing a cesarean for their Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome?  We know that the longer drugs can be delayed or avoided completely, the less likely it is that mother and baby will be exposed to drugs that have never been proven safe for mother and baby.  As one of my favorite class handouts says, “When used wisely and at an optimal time, an epidural can give a laboring woman much needed relief and sleep.  But if you are not prepared for some of the risks, you may end up wishing you had known a little more.”  (read in more detail about epidurals HERE and HERE)

Unfortunately, some families don’t know the side effects or possible complications of the drugs that are used in childbirth today.  We assume that since they are offered, they must be safe.  After all, our care provider would not purposely put us in harm’s way, right?

Did you know that most drugs used in childbirth is used “off-label”?  There is no drug that has been proven safe for childbirth – you can’t run a control study on pregnant women by allowing some to be drug-free and then having others use the drug.  It would be highly unethical as the difference in outcomes might be devastating to the women and children involved.

In today’s post, I have pulled out five of the most common drugs used for epidural anesthesia.  I am not passing judgment on families that choose an epidural.  There are definitely times when the benefits outweigh the risks.  Each family has to make the choice that is right for them.

To be clear – we are not anti-care provider or anti-drug.  We are grateful for modern medicine that saves lives in circumstances when Mother Nature needs help.  It exists for a reason, and we are thankful for the opportunity to meet all the Healthy Moms and Healthy Babies when we hold a class reunion.

Please read and consider this information as you prepare for the birth of your baby.  I included the link to find the complete drug label on-line.  Everything underneath the drug name is in quotations because I *literally* pulled it off the label available online and onto this entry.

LIDOCAINE: Category B
“Lidocaine readily crosses the placental barrier.”

“Systemic toxicity may result in manifestations of central nervous system depression (sedation) or irritability (twitching), which may progress to frank convulsions accompanied by respiratory depression and/or arrest.” 

“The adverse experiences under Central Nervous System and Cardiovascular System are listed, in general, in a progression from mild to severe.”

“Central Nervous System: CNS reactions are excitatory and/or depressant and may be characterized by light-headedness, nervousness, apprehension, euphoria, confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, tinnitus, blurred or double vision, vomiting, sensations of heat, cold or numbness, twitching, tremors, convulsions, unconsciousness, respiratory depression and arrest. The excitatory reactions may be very brief or may not occur at all, in which case, the first manifestation of toxicity may be drowsiness, merging into unconsciousness and respiratory arrest.”

“Cardiovascular System: Cardiovascular reactions are usually depressant in nature and are characterized by bradycardia, hypotension and cardiovascular collapse, which may lead to cardiac arrest.”

BUPIVACAINE: Category C
“Local anesthetics rapidly cross the placenta, and when used for epidural, caudal, or pudendal block anesthesia, can cause varying degrees of maternal, fetal, and neonatal toxicity.”

“Maternal hypotension has resulted from regional anesthesia. Local anesthetics produce vasodilation by blocking sympathetic nerves. Elevating the patient’s legs and positioning her on her left side will help prevent decreases in blood pressure. The fetal heart rate also should be monitored continuously and electronic fetal monitoring is highly advisable.”

“Epidural, caudal, or pudendal anesthesia may alter the forces of parturition through changes in uterine contractility or maternal expulsive efforts. Epidural anesthesia has been reported to prolong the second stage of labor by removing the parturient’s reflex urge to bear down or by interfering with motor function.   The use of obstetrical anesthesia may increase the need for forceps assistance.”

“The use of some local anesthetic drug products during labor and delivery may be followed by diminished muscle strength and tone for the first day or two of life. This has not been reported with bupivacaine.”

CLONIDINE: Category C
“Clonidine Hydrochloride Injection (epidural clonidine) is not recommended for obstetrical, postpartum, or peri-operative pain management.  The risk of hemodynamic instability, especially hypotension and bradycardia, from epidural clonidine may be unacceptable in these patients.  However, in a rare obstetrical, post-partum or peri-operative patient, potential benefits may outweigh the possible risks.”

“Clonidine readily crosses the placenta and its concentrations are equal in maternal and umbilical cord plasma; amniotic fluid concentrations can be 4-times those found in serum.  There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women during early gestation when organ formation takes place.  Studies using epidural clonidine during labor have demonstrated no apparent adverse effects on the infant at the time of delivery.  However, these studies did not monitor the infants for hemodynamic effects in the days following delivery.  Clonidine should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the fetus.

“Labor and Delivery:  There are no adequate controlled clinical trials evaluating the safety, efficacy, and dosing of clonidine in obstetrical settings. Because maternal perfusion of the placenta is critically dependent on blood pressure, use of clonidine as an analgesic during labor and delivery is not indicated (see WARNINGS).”

“Nursing Mothers:  Concentrations of clonidine in human breast milk are approximately twice those found in maternal plasma.  Caution should be exercised when clonidine is administered to a nursing woman.  Because of the potential for severe adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made to either discontinue nursing or to discontinue clonidine.”
 
FENTANYL: Pregnancy Category C
Labor and Delivery
“Fentanyl readily passes across the placenta to the fetus; therefore, DURAGESIC® is not recommended for analgesia during labor and delivery.” 

“Serious or life-threatening hypoventilation may occur at any time during the use of DURAGESIC® especially during the initial 24-72 hours following initiation of therapy and following increases in dose.”

“Respiratory depression from opioids is manifested by a reduced urge to breathe and a decreased rate of respiration, often associated with the “sighing” pattern of breathing (deep breaths separated by abnormally long pauses). Carbon dioxide retention from opioid-induced respiratory depression can exacerbate the sedating effects of opioids. This makes overdoses involving drugs with sedative properties and opioids especially dangerous.”

SUFENTANIL: Pregnancy Category C
“Skeletal muscle rigidity is related to the dose and speed of administration of sufentanil. This muscular rigidity may occur unless preventative measures are taken (see WARNINGS).”

“Decreased respiratory drive and increased airway resistance occur with sufentanil. The duration and degree of respiratory depression are dose related when sufentanil is used at sub-anesthetic dosages. At high doses, a pronounced decrease in pulmonary exchange and apnea may be produced.”

"There are insufficient data to critically evaluate neonatal neuromuscular and adaptive capacity following recommended doses of maternally administered epidural sufentanil with bupivacaine. However, if larger than recommended doses are used for combined local and systemic analgesia, e.g., after administration of a single dose of 50 mcg epidural sufentanil during delivery, then impaired neonatal adaption to sound and light can be detected for 1 to 4 hours and if a dose of 80 mcg is used, impaired neuromuscular coordination can be detected for more than 4 hours."

"The use of epidurally administered sufentanil in combination with bupivacaine 0.125% with or without epinephrine is indicated for labor and delivery. (See INDICATIONS AND USAGE and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION.) Sufentanil is not recommended for intravenous use or for use of larger epidural doses during labor and delivery because of potential risks to the newborn infant after delivery. In clinical trials, one case of severe fetal bradycardia associated with maternal hypotension was reported within 8 minutes of maternal administration of sufentanil 15 mcg plus bupivacaine 0.125% (10 mL total volume)."

DEMEROL: Pregnancy Category: B; D if used for prolonged periods or near term
“Lactation: excreted in breast milk”

Side effects: “Nausea, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, flushing, sweating, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, and pain/redness at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly… Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: slow/irregular/fast heartbeat, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, hallucinations, nervousness), numbness, shakiness (tremors), trouble urinating, severe stomach/abdominal pain, change in the amount of urine.  Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: slow/shallow breathing, fainting, seizures.”

“Before using this medication, women of childbearing age should talk with their doctor(s) about the risks and benefits. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It may slightly increase the risk of birth defects if used during the first two months of pregnancy. Also, using it for a long time or in high doses near the expected delivery date may harm the unborn baby. To lessen the risk, use the smallest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Tell the doctor right away if you notice any symptoms in your newborn baby such as slow/shallow breathing, irritability, abnormal/persistent crying, vomiting, or diarrhea."

"This drug passes into breast milk and is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.”


This concludes the highlights I pulled out from the drug inserts.  I encourage you to click on the links and read the whole insert for yourself.  Going in with all the information may help you make the right decision for your family.  

I want to re-iterate that our perspective (Krystyna & Bruss) is that drugs are a tool, to be used wisely and at the optimal time, i.e., when the benefits outweigh the risks.  If you are going to use any of these as a tool, then educate yourselves on dosage.  You can ask questions like, "Is mom going to get the suggested dose all at once or over a time period?"  "What can we do if she needs more than the suggested dose?"  "Are there any other options?"

We have had students use an epidural as a tool after a prolonged and/or especially painful labor.  The epidural provided the rest and/or relief they needed, and some of them went on to have a quick progression to second stage and a vaginal birth.  Their births are no less "Bradley" than our mothers who had epidural-free births.  All the couples used their communication skills to make the Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby choice for their family.  

It all boils down to the same question, "Which choice is right for our family in the unique instance of our birth?"  When you choose with a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby filter, you can help clarify which choice works for you.

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The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.



Greening Your Nursery: Cloth Wipes

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM Comments comments (0)
Our December/January newsletter has finally arrived…here is the link for you to find out what we are sharing with our students:
 
Our featured business this month is Shannon’s Cloth & More.  I have been meaning to write a post about the toxins in conventional diaper wipes…and I will as soon as edit the pictures that go along with the post.  In the meantime, HERE is a list of ingredients against which you can check the products you are looking at using.
 
After we started our journey to green our environment, I came to the realization that our conventional wipes were no longer welcome as we move towards as toxin-free a home as we can manage.  Nothing I looked at was free of all of these chemicals.  Around the same time, I heard about Shannon’s Cloth and More.
 
HERE is an eye-opening article about the little thought of ingredients in conventional wipes – preservatives that are added to the product to minimize bacteria in a perpetually moist environment.  Children are breaking out in rashes due to an allergic reaction in supposedly harmless ingredients.
 
I encourage you to read the article about the rashes that children are having as a reaction to the ingredients in conventional wipes, and to research reusable alternatives like the products that Shannon provides.                                   
 
Although I was hesitant about it, and couldn’t imagine convenience and reusable in the same sentence, we started using them over the summer. We have not looked back, and I can barely bring myself to buy the conventional product anymore..  It was a much easier transition than I anticipated.  We got some Baby Bits to make our own cleansing solution plus spray bottles from GoGo Natural, started using our wipes from Shannon’s Cloth, and just started rinsing and washing our wipes as we do with our wraps.  EASY!
 
Plus – we are supporting a small business owner, saving money since we are not buying a product that we throw away after one use, keeping trash out of the landfill, as well as keeping icky chemicals away from our Sweet Pea’s skin.  Win. Win. Win.
 
Do you have a green product that you like to use in your Sweet Pea’s nursery?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 
Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
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Birth News

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 6:31 PM Comments comments (0)
Happy New Year!!  Wishing all of our readers many blessings as you welcome the new year.  I trust your holidays were wonderful and that you are looking forward to all the promise of a fresh slate.

These are probably going to keep being evening editions - thank you for your patience as we ramp up posting again in the New Year.  I am really placing a high value on being Peaceful Mama for my kiddos, which means that being on the computer is taking a back seat to homeschooling and teaching classes this season.  

I will be back in full swing soon - until then, please do not hesitate to contact me via email (krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com) if you have any pressing questions about pregnancy, natural birth or breastfeeding!

Birth News
 
FERTILITY
NOTE: Please read this with a grain of salt - we have had students have beautiful, term babies even though they used IVF to attain pregnancy.  Simply shared as a tool for discussion with your care providers as you weigh the benefits and the risks.

IVF Pregnancies Are More Likely To Result In Stillbirth, Preterm Birth, Low Birthweight, Or Neonatal Death

Couples struggling with infertility often turn to assisted reproductive therapy in an effort to start the family of their dreams. A study out of the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Institute found that pregnancies conceived with assistance such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) are more likely to end in stillbirth, preterm birth, low birth weight, or neonatal death, compared with natural pregnancies.

"More research is now urgently needed into longer term follow-up of those who have experienced comprehensive perinatal disadvantage," said lead researcher Professor Michael Davies from the University of Adelaide's Robinson Institute. "Our studies also need to be expanded to include more recent years of treatment, as the technology has been undergoing continual innovation, which may influence the associated risks."

Medical Daily http://bit.ly/19V24Sc

PREGNANCY
NOTE:I am by no means suggesting that you *should* go get a flu shot – again, I am simply offering this as information to discuss with your care provider.  See what Dr. Sears has to say about the flu shot during pregnancy HERE and HERE 

Flu shots in pregnancy protect babies from being born too soon, Canadian studies show

Pregnant women who are vaccinated against the flu are significantly less likely to deliver premature or low-birth-weight babies compared to unvaccinated expectant mothers, new Canadian research finds.

Based on more than 12,000 women in Nova Scotia who gave birth in the immediate aftermath of the H1N1 flu pandemic, the study adds to mounting evidence that the flu can have “really detrimental effects for both mothers and their babies,” said first author Alexandra Legge, a fourth-year medical student at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Ottowa Citizen http://bit.ly/1gqKeoL


BIRTH
Premature 'Water Breaking' During Pregnancy Linked to Bacteria

High levels of bacteria are associated with water breaking 
prematurely in pregnant women, a new study indicates.

Researchers arrived at their findings by analyzing samples of amniotic sacs (fetal membranes) from 48 women after they gave birth. The report is published in the Jan. 8 online issue of the journal PLoS One.

Nearly one-third of early deliveries are associated with premature rupture of fetal membranes, and it's important to learn more about why this happens, the researchers noted.

WebMD http://bit.ly/1d31rF3

POSTPARTUM

Is Placenta Encapsulation the Answer to Postpartum Depression?

It's a sad reality that a lot of moms are familiar with postpartum depression. For anyone that has suffered from this type of clinical depression, you know the impact it can have on both the lives of the individual suffering, and those around her. There have been studies upon studies to find a way to eradicate the symptoms; some have been proven helpful and others not so much. But what if you knew of something that could eradicate all the above? Something so simple, natural and readily available. Would you give it a try? What if that particular “something” just happened to be encapsulating your placenta and eating it? Ew. But what if it really worked?

Not only does it work, but it does much more than combat the “baby blues.” January Jones, Kim Kardashian, Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamara Mowry-Housely all rave about their experiences with encapsulation. Before you allow your stomach to churn, put down your lunch for a few moments and take a few moments to learn more about placenta encapsulation and postpartum depression.

Mommy Noire http://bit.ly/1gqI3By

BABY

New causes of diabetes in babies discovered

Scientists have found two new genetic causes of neonatal diabetes - a form of diabetes that occurs in the first 6 months of life. 

The research by the University of Exeter Medical School provides further insights on how the insulin-producing beta cells are formed in the pancreas. 

The team discovered that mutations in two specific genes which are important for development of the pancreas can cause the disease. 

Business Standard http://bit.ly/1a3eaX5

'Kangaroo Care' May Have Lasting Benefits for Human Babies 
 
At age 10, the children who had received maternal contact as infants slept better, showed better hormonal response to stress, had a more mature functioning of their nervous system and displayed better thinking skills.

LiveScience http://bit.ly/1gpnkyc

Preemies who cry a lot may have problems later on

Premature babies who cry a lot may be more likely than other preemies to have behaviour problems by the time they reach preschool, a new study suggests.

Experts said the reasons for the finding are not certain, and no one knows whether "interventions" to soothe preemies' crying would ward off behaviour issues later.

"In many ways, this study raises more questions than it answers," said Dr Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioural paediatrics at Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Centre in New Hyde Park, New York.

Health24 http://bit.ly/1iWKgZG

Doctors report uptick in number of babies with RSV, a respiratory virus, this flu season

For older children and adults, RSV is usually like a cold. Since there isn't a good vaccine against it, Dr. Starke says parents of babies should act fast if their baby has trouble breathing.

"You notice their chest going in and out, they're breathing rapidly, those kids need to be seen right away," he said.

Dr. Starke says there's no treatment for RSV, so parents may want to be extra cautious about taking their babies out in public during this RSV epidemic.

abc13.com http://bit.ly/1gqJ8cC

BREASTFEEDING
Study Links Breastfeeding to Lower Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The latest study documented in the journal Rheumatology, was conducted on more than 7,000 older Chinese women. It revealed that breastfeeding was strongly related to a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Mothers who breastfed, their risk of rheumatoid arthritis came down by almost half compared to those who never breastfed.

There were studies conducted prior to this that focused on the association between breastfeeding and RA, but the results produced were mixed.  It is a well known fact that breastfeeding benefits infants. But there has been growing evidence that breastfeeding has a positive impact on the health of the mothers too. This latest cross sectional study examined the association between breastfeeding and RA and also on the intake of oral contraceptives.

Science World Report http://bit.ly/1iWMTKQ


Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.




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3 Whole Food Tips

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 6:48 PM Comments comments (0)
We talk about avoiding harmful substances in pregnancy in order to help keep mom and baby healthy and low-risk.  I had an epiphany moment a few months ago, and ever since then we have been diligent about avoiding food dyes.  THIS post on BuzzFeed really got me thinking.  I have mentioned it before, and I will link to it again HERE :  when the FDA approves something, it is not approving that it is safe.  It is simply affirming that the approved dose is not going to kill you in that one ingestion.  It says nothing about the long-term effects exposure to the dye or chemical.

So with all this information out there on what you can’t eat, what can an expectant mom eat?  How are you supposed to eat well when you have a dozen things on your to-do list that have to be done before the day is over? 

The transition from buying ready-to-eat food at the grocery store to making most of your food at home can be overwhelming.  Here are some ideas that have worked for us.  In addition, I listed some foods that we discovered as we strove to have healthier pregnancies as we learned more about what good, whole food nutrition really is.

1.  Reading Labels  
The big two I look for are the fillers and the preservatives.  Ideally, the food you buy will have neither.  If something has soy lecithin or maltodextrine in it, the manufacturer has augmented what you think you are buying.  In my experience, most preservatives end in –ate: nitrates, benzoates.  HERE is a good list of food additives you can learn to avoid.  It’s not impossible to learn the list.  In the days before smart phones, I would write down ingredients to avoid on an index card. Over time, the list became familiar and I have most of it committed to memory.  A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t eat it.

2.  Eating Whole Foods: Less is More 
I used to work out of the home.  As a newlywed couple, it was easy to go out to eat dinner, and making a full gourmet meal was do-able because there were no other demands on my time other than working and making meals for the two of us.  Then Puma was born, and I wanted to keep working.  The days of spending two hours or more in the kitchen getting a meal together were over for me.  I started taking shortcuts, like buying canned goods and processed foods that would help me throw a meal together in minutes.  Does that sound like your story?

Along came Night Owl, who despite having a healthy pregnancy and an unmedicated hospital birth, ended up with a whole bunch of food allergies.  He is allergic to wheat, eggs, peanuts, soy, hazelnuts, coconut, soy and watermelon.  Watermelon and hazelnuts aren’t such a big deal – it’s easy to avoid those.  The others – not so much.  Thanks to him, we got started on the path back to a healthy, whole food diet. 

We found a source for free-range meats.  We eat just about everything from scratch again – we are blessed with a nanny that loves to cook and she only knows how to cook from scratch.  The only prepared food we buy is our gluten-free tortillas and pastas.  In an effort to eliminate foods that have more than ten ingredients in them, things that we used to buy for a quick snack are slowly being phased out: gluten-free crackers and pretzels are not making it into the shopping cart as often.  We are replacing them with dried cranberries and dried currants.

We also make our own soups and stocks.  If you look at the ingredients in store-bought soups, they are very high in sodium and additives.  It takes 10-20 minutes to wash and chop the vegetables for a basic stock; then you throw them into a big stockpot with olive oil, water and spices.  I like to use sea salt (my latest "favorite" is pink Himalayan sea salt), tarragon, garlic powder and a bay leaf or two, depending on how much water I have.  We add in chicken bones for the meat eaters so they get etxtra calcium in their stock.  Once the stocks are made, we can use them throughout the week for making soups, rice, and pasta.

3.  Snacks and Side Dishes: Plan Ahead  
There are a couple of options when it comes to eating fresh fruits and vegetables.  You can buy a whole bunch and pray you use them all before they go bad, and with meal planning, this is more likely to work for you.  If you are not a meal planner, do you have time to stop at the store every few days to load up on the produce you know you will eat?  We use the EWG Dirty Dozen list to decide how to spend our grocery money.  We believe that it is worth it to buy the most contaminated crops in the organic section instead of conventional.  We buy conventional produce when the crops are lower on the pesticide list.

Once we get the produce home, I prepare what we can wash ahead:  citrus, apples, mangoes, avocados; basically, almost anything with a hard shell.  I will wash and peel carrots, then slice them and put them in a container with some water.  You can do this with celery as well.  Voila!  Now I have grab and go snacks for the times that I am in a hurry and don’t have time to prepare an elaborate snack before we head out the door.

We still buy grapes, berries and peaches in season.  By purchasing them in season, we find they keep longer.  Those we wash right before they are going to be eaten, and enjoy them when we are snacking or eating at home.

All these ready-to-go snacks only take a minute to prepare ahead or right before you eat.  Getting used to preparing them during your pregnancy will set you up for a good habit postpartum.  As long as baby doesn’t have a reaction to them, you are training yourself to have a good breastfeeding diet in the postpartum period. 

Other good grab and go snacks are nuts.  Throw them together with dried cranberries and currants and we have a homemade snack sack.  Reality check: even that takes time we don’t have some days.  If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, check out their “Just A Handful” selections.  All of them are good; most of them are healthy.  We splurge on the handful bags that come with some chocolate chunks in them! 

Another time saver are the low-ingredient snack bars: Larabar, That’s it fruit bars, and pure organic bars.  These all have seven or less ingredients and they don’t have soy or cane sugar.  Snacks are a big part of the postpartum period since the constant feeding the first two to three months is conducive to a mama with a monstrous appetite!

As far as veggies for lunch and dinner, we choose to shop our local farmer’s markets so we can support the small farmers around us.  You can ask the farmer directly about their growing methods.  Another possibility might be to save money by visiting them and picking your own produce.

What if that isn’t an option, or you don’t like the variety at your market?  Choosing frozen vegetables from a reputable food company are sometimes higher in essential vitamins and nutrients because they are picked and frozen at peak freshness.  They are economical, and they add a nice variety to your diet.  I remember being less interested in making choices in the later weeks of pregnancy.  It feels like you can’t possibly get any bigger at the end of your pregnancy, all movements are taxing, and having something easy to fix is a blessing!

You can make enough green salad to last three days and dress it with a citrus-based dressing to make sure it keeps.  It may take some trial and error to find a dressing that works without being too runny.  My favorite one is *surprise* homemade.  I learned it from Danielle del Castillo-Hughes at a "Greens" class.  You simply throw all these ingredients together in a blender or Cuisinart and then toss it into your salad: two avocadoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, tahini, garlic, brewer’s yeast, salt, cumin, and the juice from one lemon.

I hope these three points give you an idea how you can start to transition to a more whole food diet.  I wish that yours is a decision that is pedestrian and not food allergy driven.  While having a child with food allergies is one of the best things that ever happened to our family, it was a steep learning curve.  Best wishes to you on your whole food journey!

What are some of your time-saving whole food tips?

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonDisclaimer:  
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.


Warning Labels: Induction Drugs

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)
This is the second post in the series that looks at the small print on the drug information sheet for consumers.  In our first post, we looked at the details of drugs used in epidurals.  Here is the fine print for the drugs used by hospital practitioners to induce labor.  This may be offered for a variety of reasons.  

Whenever a drug or procedure is offered, we encourage our students to look at the benefits and the risks.  There are circumstances where the benefits clearly outweigh the risks.  It is up to each family to individually decide what works best for them and their baby.  In the spirit of informed consent, here is the fine print and FDA Pregnancy Category for Cervadil (Brand Name for a form of Dinoprostone), Dinoprostone, Cytotec (Misoprostol) and Pitocin.


To be clear – we are not anti-care provider or anti-drug.  We are grateful for modern medicine that saves lives in circumstances when Mother Nature needs help.  It exists for a reason, and we are thankful for the opportunity to meet all the Healthy Moms and Healthy Babies when we hold a class reunion.

Please read and consider this information as you prepare for the birth of your baby.  I included the link to find the complete drug label on-line.  As with last week, everything is in direct quotes because the information is pulled from the drug information made available by the Federal Drug Administration (USA).

CERVADIL: Pregnancy Category C
http://www.drugs.com/pro/cervidil.html
Cervidil is contraindicated in:
"- Patients with known hypersensitivity to prostaglandins.
- Patients in whom there is clinical suspicion or definite evidence of fetal distress where delivery is not imminent.
- Patients with unexplained vaginal bleeding during this pregnancy.
- Patients in whom there is evidence or strong suspicion of marked cephalopelvic disproportion.
- Patients in whom oxytocic drugs are contraindicated or when prolonged contraction of the uterus may be detrimental to fetal safety or uterine integrity, such as previous cesarean section or major uterine surgery (see PRECAUTIONS and ADVERSE REACTIONS).
- Patients already receiving intravenous oxytocic drugs.
- Multipara with 6 or more previous term pregnancies."

"Warnings
Women aged 30 years or older, those with complications during pregnancy and those with a gestational age over 40 weeks have been shown to have an increased risk of postpartum disseminated intravascular coagulation. In addition, these factors may further increase the risk associated with labor induction (See ADVERSE REACTIONS, Post-marketing surveillance). Therefore, in these women, use of dinoprostone should be undertaken with caution. Measures should be applied to detect as soon as possible an evolving fibrinolysis in the immediate post-partum period.
The Clinician should be alert that use of dinoprostone may result in inadvertent disruption and subsequent embolization of antigenic tissue causing in rare circumstances the development of Anaphylactoid Syndrome of Pregnancy (Amniotic Fluid Embolism)."

"Precautions
General: Since prostaglandins potentiate the effect of oxytocin, Cervidil must be removed before oxytocin administration is initiated and the patient's uterine activity carefully monitored for uterine hyperstimulation. If uterine hyperstimulation is encountered or if labor commences, the vaginal insert should be removed. Cervidil should also be removed prior to amniotomy.
Cervidil is contraindicated when prolonged contraction of the uterus may be detrimental to fetal safety and uterine integrity. Therefore, Cervidil should not be administered to patients with a history of previous cesarean section or uterine surgery given the potential risk for uterine rupture and associated obstetrical complications, including the need for hysterectomy and the occurrence of fetal or neonatal death.

2. Drug Interactions: Cervidil may augment the activity of oxytocic agents and their concomitant use is not recommended. A dosing interval of at least 30 minutes is recommended for the sequential use of oxytocin following the removal of the dinoprostone vaginal insert. No other drug interactions have been identified."

"Post-marketing surveillance:
Immune System Disorders: Hypersensitivity
Blood and lymphatic system disorders: Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (See WarningsSection)
Reproductive system: Reports of uterine rupture have been reported in association with use of Cervidil some required a hysterectomy and some resulted in subsequent fetal or neonatal death.
Vascular Disorders: Hypotension
Pregnancy, Puerperium and Perinatal Conditions: Amniotic fluid embolism"
"Contraindications:
Hypersensitivity to dinoprostone, prostaglandins, or any components of the product; patients in whom oxytocic drugs are contraindicated or when prolonged contractions of uterus are considered inappropriate; ruptured membranes; placenta previa; unexplained vaginal bleeding during current pregnancy; when vaginal delivery is not indicated; acute pelvic inflammatory disease; active cardiac, pulmonary, renal, or hepatic disease (suppository only)."

"General advice:
Carefully examine vagina to determine degree of effacement and appropriate length of endocervical catheter to be used for application of gel (10 mm if 50% effaced, 20 mm if no effacement).
Patient should be in dorsal position for administration and remain supine for 15 to 30 min after administration of cervical gel.
Following administration of vaginal suppository, the patient should remain in the supine position for 10 min.
Following administration of the vaginal insert, the patient should remain in a recumbent position for 2 h.
Inserts do not require warming prior to administration.
Suppositories and gel must be brought to room temperature. Do not use external sources of heat (eg, hot water bath, microwave oven) to decrease warming time.
Wait at least 6 to 12 h after administration of gel before using IV oxytocin; a dosing interval of at least 30 min is recommended after removal of insert.
Do not use dinoprostone vaginal suppository for extemporaneous preparation of any other dosage forms or for cervical ripening or other indications in the patient with term pregnancy."

"May augment effect of other oxytocic agents; avoid concomitant use. For the sequential use of oxytocin following dinoprostone cervical gel administration, a dosing interval of 6 to 12 h is recommended. A dosing interval of at least 30 min is recommended for the sequential use of oxytocin following the removal of the dinoprostone vaginal insert."

"Pregnancy Category C. Contraindicated if fetus in utero has reached viability stage except when cervical ripening is indicated."

"Lactation: Undetermined."

"Special Risk Patients
Use with caution in patients with asthma, glaucoma, or raised IOP, hypotension or hypertension, CV or renal or hepatic impairment, anemia, jaundice, diabetes, epilepsy, compromised uterus, infected endocervical lesions, acute vaginitis, in patients with cases of non-vertex or non-singleton presentation, and in patients with a history of previous uterine hypertony.
-Anaphylactoid syndrome of pregnancy Intracervical placement of dinoprostone may result in inadvertent disruption and subsequent embolization of antigenic tissue, and rarely leads to development of anaphylactoid syndrome of pregnancy (amniotic fluid embolism).
- Incomplete pregnancy termination If dinoprostone pregnancy termination is incomplete, take other measures to ensure complete abortion.
- Postpartum disseminated intravascular coagulation An increased risk has been described in patients whose labor was induced by physiologic means. Women who are 30 y and older, those with complications during pregnancy, and those with gestational age more than 40 wk are at risk.
- Pyrexia Transient pyrexia (temperature elevations in excess of 2°F), possibly due to the dinoprostone effect on hypothalamic regulation, was observed in 50% of patients receiving suppositories at the recommended dosage. Temperature returned to normal on discontinuation of therapy.
- Ruptured membranes Exercise caution when administering dinoprostone cervical gel or vaginal insert to patients with ruptured membranes.
- Uterine hyperstimulation Placement of dinoprostone cervical gel into the extra-amniotic space has been associated with uterine hyperstimulation. When using the vaginal insert, if uterine hyperstimulation is encountered or if labor starts, the vaginal insert should be removed."

CYTOTEC/MISOPROSTOL: Pregnancy Category X
http://www.drugs.com/search.php?searchterm=Cytotec
"Generic Name: misoprostol (MYE-soe-PROST-ol) Brand Name: Cytotec Do not take Cytotec to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) if you are pregnant. Cytotec may cause abortion, premature birth, or birth defects if taken during pregnancy. Life-threatening..."
(My note: yes - this is just how it appears - with the ellipsis there)

"Misoprostol has been assigned to pregnancy category X by the FDA. Animal studies have failed to reveal evidence of fetotoxicity and teratogenicity. In studies of women undergoing elective first trimester abortion, the administration of misoprostol 400 mcg for two doses caused increased uterine contractions and bleeding in 41% of cases, and partial or complete expulsion of uterine contents in 11% of cases." 

"Breastfeeding Warnings
Misoprostol is rapidly metabolized in the mother to misoprostol acid which is biologically active and is excreted in human breast milk. There are no published reports of adverse effects of misoprostol in breast-feeding infants of mothers taking misoprostol. The manufacturer recommends that caution should be exercised when misoprostol is administered to a nursing woman."
"What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving Pitocin (oxytocin)?
You should not receive this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to oxytocin."

"To make sure oxytocin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
genital herpes;
diabetes;

    • high blood pressure;
    • a heart rhythm disorder;
    • a history of cervical cancer;
    • a history of severe infection in your uterus;
    • a history of difficult labor because you have a small pelvis;
    • if you have ever had surgery on your cervix or uterus (including a prior C-section);
    • if your pregnancy is less than 37 weeks; or
    • if you have had 5 or more pregnancies.’’

"Tell your caregivers at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
fast, slow, or uneven heart rate;
excessive bleeding long after childbirth;
headache, confusion, slurred speech, hallucinations, severe vomiting, severe weakness, muscle cramps, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady, seizure (convulsions), fainting, shallow breathing or breathing that stops; or dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure)."

"Less serious side effects may include:


    • nausea, vomiting;
    • runny nose, sinus pain or irritation;
    • memory problems; or
    • more intense or more frequent contractions (this is an expected effect of oxytocin)."

"For Health Professionals
Hepatic side effects have included neonatal jaundice."
Read more at HERE 

"Genitourinary
Genitourinary side effects have included pelvic hematoma. Excessive doses have produced pelvic fracture, uterine hypertonicity, spasm, tetanic contraction and rupture."

"Hematologic
Hematologic side effects have included postpartum hemorrhage and fatal afibrinogenemia."
Read more HERE 

"General side effects have include low Apgar scores at 5 minutes. Fetal death has been reported."
Read more HERE 


As you can see from the insert information and the pregnancy categories assigned by the FDA, these are not inherently safe just because they are commonly used.  Any parent who is being asked to use these should do so after careful consideration of the risks and the benefits.  You can use this series of questions to help you determine if the benefits outweigh the risks:
  • Is Mom okay?
  • Is Baby okay?
  • What are the benefits of using this drug?
  • What are the risks of using this drug? (You have the right to read the drug insert for yourself in the care facility)
  • What else is going to happen if we say yes? (Additional procedures, time in bed, time being monitored, position for mom, etc.)
  • What are the expected results?  What if we don’t see them? 
  • What are the alternatives if we choose not to do this?
  • What does our intuition tell us?
  • What happens if we choose to do nothing?

Any advice to offer about being induced?
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Disclaimer:  
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.


Toxin Cheat Sheet

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 7:04 AM Comments comments (0)
Ready to clean up your personal care products and household chemicals in preparation for pregnancy?  Maybe you are pregnant and want to make the effort to have a healthy, low-risk pregnancy?  Or maybe you are holding your baby on the outside and only want to use the best possible products for them and for you??

I have not found too many household cleaners that are truly non-toxic.  Instead, we are Learning to be Green by trying out lots of different combinations of baking soda, lemons, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and castille soap.

Here is my cheat sheet that I use when I am researching products that we are going to use for our personal care and in the home:  
   
Words ending in "paraben" – Parabens are known endocrine disruptors

Diethanolamine (“DEA”) – pH balancer; contamination and non-reproductive organ concerns

DMDM hydantoin – formaldehyde releaser

Imidazolidinyl urea – formaldehyde releaser

Methylchloroisothiazolinone – preservative; associated with allergic reactions

Methylisothiazolinone – preservative; possible neurotoxin

Phenoxyethanol – FDA warning – possible neurotoxin

Sodium laureth sulfate – may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane

Triclosan – antibacterial agent and preservative: possible endocrine toxicity

Triclocarban – deodorant agent, preservative: possible endocrine disruption

Triethanolamine ("TEA”) – surfactant, pH adjusting chemical; possible non-reproductive organ system toxicity

Ingredients usually found at the beginning of the list:
Polyethylene Glycol ("PEG"); 
  • Possible contamination with ethylene oxide (10 on the EWG scale), a known respiratory toxicant 
  • Possible contamination with 1,4-dioxane (8 on the EWG scale), a known carcinogen

Ingredients usually found in the middle of the list:
"FRAGRANCE"
  • any combination chosen from over 3000+ stock chemicals available to the industry that do not have to be disclosed and have not been evaluated for safety 
DYES
  • Usually petroleum derivatives, known to contain lead, arsenic, mercury and ++
"FD&C" – Food, Drug & Cosmetics approved coloring agents
"D&C" – Drugs & Cosmetics approved coloring agents

COMBINATION CONTAMINATION
This combination forms benzene, a known carcinogen.  
IF you see: sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate 
THEN look for: vitamin C, E300, ascorbic acid

This combination forms nitrosamine.  Nitrosamine has also been shown to be a carcinogen.
IF you see: Cocamidoproply Betaine
THEN look for: DEA – Diethanolamine
  and/or TEA – Triethanolamine

Mama request: If you would like to share this information with your friends or anyone else, please link back here. This cheat sheet represents sleepless nights and time away from our kiddos while I have been obsessing and reading over ingredients lists. If you like it, please make this worth my time by giving credit where credit is due. Thanks for your consideration!

REFERENCE/LINK LIST:
Words ending in "paraben" – Parabens are known endocrine disruptors
http://envirocancer.cornell.edu/bibliography/general/bib.parabens.cfm#levels

Diethanolamine (“DEA”) – pH balancer; contamination and non-reproductive organ concerns
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/718373/DIETHANOLAMINE/

DMDM hydantoin – formaldehyde releaser  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702196/DMDM_HYDANTOIN/#

Imidazolidinyl urea – formaldehyde releaser
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703119/IMIDAZOLIDINYL_UREA/

Methylchloroisothiazolinone – preservative; associated with allergic reactions
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703924/METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE/

Methylisothiazolinone – preservative; possible neurotoxin
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703935/METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE/

Triclosan – antibacterial agent and preservative: possible endocrine toxicity
Possible impurity in Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract and Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706623/TRICLOSAN/

Triclocarban – deodorant agent, preservative: possible endocrine disruption
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706622/TRICLOCARBAN/

Triethanolamine (or "TEA") – surfactant, pH adjusting chemical; possible non-reproductive organ system toxicity
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706639/TRIETHANOLAMINE/
  
"PEG" – polyethylene glycol;
  • Possible contamination with ethylene oxide (10 on the EWG scale), a known respiratory toxicant  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/726229/ETHYLENE_OXIDE/#jumptohere 
  • Possible contamination with 1. 4-dioxane (8 on the EWG scale), a known carcinogen  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/726331/1%2C4-DIOXANE/#

Sodium laureth sulfate: may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706089/SODIUM_LAURETH_SULFATE/

FRAGRANCE
http://www.ewg.org/files/SafeCosmetics_FragranceRpt.pdf DYES

DYES:
 http://feingold.org/certified.php Excerpt:

Phenoxyethanol – FDA warning – possible neurotoxin
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2008/ucm116900.htm  

Found this combo on Truth In Aging website
http://www.truthinaging.com/ingredient-spotlight/what-is-it-sodium-benzoate
IF: sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate 
THEN: vitamin C, E300, ascorbic acid
The combination forms benzene, a known carcinogen  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/726354/BENZENE/  

Found this combo on the Episcencial website
http://episencial.com//faq-library/#What is the real deal with Cocamidoproply Betaine?
IF: Cocamidoproply Betaine
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701520/COCAMIDOPROPYL_BETAINE/ 
THEN: DEA – Diethanolamine
and/or TEA – Triethanolamine
The combination forms nitrosamine contamination.  Nitrosamine has also been shown to be a carcinogen. See:  http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/HBI/17/
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/726336/NITROSAMINES/

Disclaimer:  
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

 

A Look At the honest company

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 4:37 AM Comments comments (1)
the honest co.:  One of our alumni students suggested I look into this company.  What’s not to love?  It is the company of a Hollywood starlet (Jessica Alba) who was inspired to walk her talk and provide products that she would use in her own home, for her own children.  Well – here is how they rate against the SPB ingredient check.

Given that we are going to start a new Bradley Method® class series in two weeks, I am super motivated to find some products that we can offer as alternatives to our students if they want to make some changes in personal care products in order to avoid harmful substances.  None of our children have two heads, however, I wish I had been more diligent about avoiding these chemicals when I was pregnant.  We sure do have a lot of other issues we are dealing with that make me wonder.  

Any of the ingredients that appear on the Toxins All Around Us or Another Toxin or Two post are highlighted in red.

Seven of their products (shown with asterisks**) appear on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database, and I list the rating next to the product.  The rating is an average of the toxicity of all the ingredients, so please go over to the database (links are included) and see how the ingredients rate for yourself.

Save one product, the bath and body formulas did not have any of the toxic ingredients off of my working list, or combinations of products that produce toxic byproducts in the bottle.  Yeah!! 

Most of the cleaning products do raise my eyebrows, though.  If you want to try some of the natural green recipes that we are trying out in The Bowman House, please visit our “Learning to be Green” board on Pinterest.

The other partner in the company (Christopher Gavigan) articulates in their video that there is an implied trust that the items we purchase off of a store shelf are safe for use in the home and/or for our children.  That really resonated with me since I have been feeling betrayed by the mainstream companies.  In reality, it's my own fault for not educating myself in this area the way I advocate for our students to educate themselves about birth+.   

We ordered the free trial out of curiosity.  I suspect we are going to stick with our Earth Mama, Angel Baby (EMAB) products since they all rate “0” on the EWG database.  I am hoping that Puma is not going to get attached to any of the samples since we *finally* found an EMAB wash that she likes.

While the honest co. has made a good start, I hope that they will find a way to replace the toxins they use in the household items as soon as possible.
HERE is my cheat sheet for toxins.  Please feel free to print a copy and put it in your purse for shopping trips – I did!  Please link back to it if you want to share - thanks!

In lieu of a long "link list" at the end of the post, all links are right there with the product or the rating. 
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Let me know what you think – are you going to give the honest company a try?  Do you use honest products already?  What are your thoughts?

For your reference, the EWG scale rates like this:
Low hazard: 0 – 2
Moderate hazard: 3 – 6
High hazard: 7 – 10 

BATH & BODY
honest body oil**  EWG Rating: 0

https://www.honest.com/bath-and-body/honest-body-oil
Ingredients:
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*,Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cocus Nucifera(Coconut) Oil *, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Oil*,Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) Oil*. *certified organic ingredientCertified Organic by Stellar Certification Services
**EWG: 
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/462841/The_Honest_Company_Honest_Body_Oil/

honest bubble bath**  EWG Rating: 1
https://www.honest.com/bath-and-body/honest-bubble-bath
Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice* (Aloe Vera), Organic Calendula Officinalis* (Calendula), Organic Anthemis Nobilis* ( Chamomile), Organic Chamomilla Recutita* (Matricaria), Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate (and) Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glycerin, Organic Citrus Reticulata* (Tangerine) Peel Oil, and Capryloyl Glycine *certified organic ingredient
**EWG:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/462842/The_Honest_Company_Honest_Bubble_Bath/

honest bug spray
https://www.honest.com/bath-and-body/honest-bug-spray
23% Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, 10% Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil*, and Essential Oils of 4% Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella)*, 2% Cedrus Atlantica (Cedar)*, 2% Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass)*, 1.5% Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary)*, 1% Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium)*, and 1% Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)*.
Inactive Ingredients (55.5%):
Water and Essential Oil of 0.5% Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen)*.*Certified organic ingredient 

honest conditioner**  EWG Rating: 1

https://www.honest.com/bath-and-body/honest-conditioner
Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Behenyl Trimonium Methosulfate (Grapeseed Oil), Glyceryl Stearate (Coconut Oil), Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Ethylhexyl Palmitate (from Coconut Oil), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Dimethyl Lauramine Oleate (from Safflower Oil), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (gluten free), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract*, Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula)*, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B-5), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (kosher/food preservative), Potassium Sorbate (kosher/food preservative), Undecylenoyl Glycine (amino acid), Capryloyl Glycine (amino acid), Essential Oil of Vanilla Planifolia & Citrus Tangerina. *certified organic ingredient
**EWG:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/462840/The_Honest_Company_Honest_Conditioner/

honest conditioning mist
https://www.honest.com/bath-and-body/honest-conditioning-mist
Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Behenyl Trimonium Methosulfate (from Rapeseed Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Oil Derived), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Dimethyl Lauramine Oleate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Organic Cucumis (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B-5), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), UNDECYLENOYL GLYCINE (Amino Acid), Capryloyl Glycine (Amino Acid), Vanilla Plantifolia, Citrus Tangerina, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate. *Certified organic ingredient 

honest face & body lotion**  EWG Rating: 1
https://www.honest.com/bath-and-body/honest-lotion
Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate (from coconut), Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Hydroxyethylcellulose (Cellulose Gum), Xanthan Gum, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula)*, Capryloyl Glycine, Undecylenoyl Glycine (amino acids), Sodium Benzoate (kosher/food preservative), Potassium Sorbate (kosher/food preservative). *Certified organic ingredient
**EWG:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/462839/The_Honest_Company_Honest_Face_%26_Body_Lotion/

honest hand sanitizer
https://www.honest.com/bath-and-body/honest-hand-sanitizer
Purified Water, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (Wood Cellulose), Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice), Vitamin E (DL-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate), Grapefruit/Orange/Lime Seed Oil Complex , and Sea Algae (food grade colorant).

honest hand soap
https://www.honest.com/bath-and-body/honest-hand-soap
Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (coconut-based cleanser), Sodium Coco Sulfate (coconut-based cleanser), Cocamidopropylamine Oxide (coconut-based cleanser), Glycerin (plant-based moisturizer), Citrus Grandis (grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil (N.O.P. certified organic lemongrass oil), Phenoxyethanol (pH-sensitive preservative), Citral (lemongrass oil-based) and Benzyl Benzoate (lemongrass oil-based)

honest healing balm**(my note: looks like a diaper cream)  EWG Rating: 1
https://www.honest.com/bath-and-body/honest-healing-balm
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea ( Olive) Fruit Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Oil*, Tocopherol (non-GMO), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula)*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract* *Certified organic ingredient
**EWG:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/462843/The_Honest_Company_Honest_Healing_Balm/

honest organic lip balm trio
https://www.honest.com/bath-and-body/honest-organic-lip-balm-trio
Lavender Mint: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Olea Europa (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Theobroma Cacoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf*, Tocopherol (Non-GMO Vitamin E), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*
Purely Simple: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Olea Europa (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Theobroma Cacoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf*, Tocopherol (Non- GMO Vitamin E), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*
Sweet Orange Vanilla: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*, Olea Europa (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Theobroma Cacoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf*, Tocopherol (Non-GMO Vitamin E), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil* *Certified Organic Ingredient

honest shampoo & body wash**  EWG Rating: 2
https://www.honest.com/bath-and-body/honest-shampoo
Aqua (water), Decyl glucoside (vegetable origin), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (from coconut oil), Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate (from coconut oil), Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acid (from oat), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (gluten free), Dimethyl Lauramine Oleate (from safflower oil), *Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil (Kukui Nut Oil), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil (Macadamia Nut Oil), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, *Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula), * Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B-5), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (food preservative), Potassium Sorbate (food preservative), Capryloyl Glycine (amino acid), Undecylenoyl Glycine (amino acid), Glycine (Amino acid), Vanilla Planifolia & Citrus Tangerina, Citric Acid 
*certified organic ingredient
**EWG:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/462838/The_Honest_Company_Honest_Shampoo_%26_Body_Wash/

honest sunscreen, SPF 20**  EWG Rating: 1
https://www.honest.com/bath-and-body/honest-sunscreen
ONLY contains the following 8 organic, natural, and edible-grade ingredients: 25% Zinc Oxide, Eldorado Springs Artesian Water, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Shea Butter, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax NF, and Vegetable Vitamin E
**EWG:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/437790/The_Honest_Company_Sunscreen%2C_SPF_20/

CLEANING PRODUCTS
honest dishwasher gel
https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-auto-dishwasher-gel
Purified Water, Sodium Citrate (corn-based complexing agent), Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside (plant-based cleanser), Citric Acid (citrus-based softening agent), Xanthan Gum (corn-based thickener), Enzymes, (biodegradable amino acids catalyst), and Potassium Sorbate (food-grade preservative)

honest dish soap
https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-dish-soap
Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (coconut-based cleanser), Sodium Coco Sulfate (coconut-based cleanser), Cocamidopropylamine Oxide (coconut-based cleanser), Phenoxyethanol (pH-sensitive preservative), Citrus Grandis Oil (N.O.P. certified organic grapefruit oil) and Methylisothiazolinone (preservative)

honest dishwasher pods
https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-dishwasher-pods
Sodium Carbonate (natural soda ash), Sodium Citrate (citrus derived), Sodium Metasilicate, Sodium Percarbonate (solid form of hydrogen peroxide bonded with natural soda ash), Sodium Sulfate (mineral), Crystalline Silica (mineral), Non-Ionic Ethoxylate (biodegradable cleaner), Sodium Polyaspartate (mineral), Sodium Iminodisuccinate (biodegradable water softener), Alpha-Amylase & Protease Enzymes (organic enzyme blend) & Polyvinyl Alcohol (biodegradable, water-soluble film) 

CARING CAUTION: Avoid contact with eyes. In case of eye contact, flush with water for 15 minutes. Do not ingest. If swallowed, drink water & consult your physician. Keep out of reach of children & pets.

honest dryer cloths
https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-dryer-cloths
Deionized water, canola-amidoethyl hydroxyethylammonium methyl sulfate (canola oil based softener), myristalkonium saccharinate (ammonium salt preservative), propylene glycol (organic diol), and spunlace rayon nonwoven (sustainably harvested, biodegradable cellulous fiber). 

CARING CAUTION: For laundry use only. Keep out of reach of children & pets. Mild eye irritant — flush with water for 15 minutes and contact physician as necessary. Not intended for garments labeled as flame-resistant, as it may reduce flame resistance.

honest fruit+veggie wash
https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-fruit-veggie-wash
Purified Water, Citric Acid (sugar-based), Sodium Citrate (citrus-based), Sea Salt, Vegetable Glycerin (vegetable oil-based), Decyl Glucoside (corn-based) & Calcium Ascorbate (natural antioxidant)

honest laundry detergent
https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-laundry-detergent
Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (coconut-based cleanser), Sodium Coco Sulfate (coconut-based cleanser), Cocamidopropylamine Oxide (coconut-based cleanser), Phenoxyethanol (pH-sensitive preservative),Methylisothiazolinone (preservative), and Equisetum Hiemale (horsetail plant) Extract

honest multi-surface cleaner
https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-surface-cleaner
Purified Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate (coconut-based cleanser), Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside (plant-based cleanser), Phenoxyethanol (pH-sensitive preservative), Citrus Grandis Oil (N.O.P. certified organic grapefruit oil), PPG-4 Laureth/Myreth-5 (coconut-based cleanser), Alcohol (fermented from corn sugars), and Methylisothiazolinone (preservative)

honest oxy-boost
https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-oxy-boost
Sodium Percarbonate (solid form of hydrogen peroxide bonded with natural soda ash), Sodium Carbonate (natural soda ash), & Polyvinyl Alcohol (biodegradable, water-soluble film) 

honest rinse aid (my note: looks like it works like jet-dry)
https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-rinse-aid Purified Water, Ethyl Hexyl Glucoside (plant-based cleanser), Urea (salt-based oxidizing agent), Citrus Limon (lemon) Peel Oil, Phenoxyethanol (pH-sensitive preservative) & Methylisothiazolinone (preservative) 

honest stain remover
https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-stain-remover
Purified Water, Alcohol (fermented from corn sugars), Sodium Borate (mineral cleansing salt), Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside (sugar-based cleanser), Sodium Gluconate (plant-based water-softener), Phenoxyethanol (pH-Sensitive preservative), Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (N.O.P. certified organic lavender essential oil), Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol (denaturant), Methylisothiazolinone (preservative) 

Let me know what you think – are you going to give the honest company a try?  Do you use honest products already?  What are your thoughts?

LINK LIST:
Here is our Learning to be Green Pinterest Board
http://pinterest.com/sweetpeabirth/learning-to-be-green/

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