Many of the mamas at Earth Mama Angel Baby have experienced baby loss along with baby joy. We offer this space to Mama Michelle, to tell her story to help heal her own heart, to commiserate, and by so doing to encourage other mamas to share their stories.
As part of an eighteen-month nurse leadership program, nurses from the Berry Women’s Health Pavilion at Miami Valley Hospital researched and developed a safer approach for mom and baby care. Their Green Maternity program is the first step in their Green Initiative, and it assures that babies born at MVH have the safest start possible. Earth Mama products were scrutinized and tested with everyone from the NICU pediatrician to nursing staff to the Clinical Pharmacologist in order to make sure the products were not only safe, but also practical for hospital use. After the extensive vetting process, MVH now proudly uses Natural Non-scents Hand to Toe Wash and Angel Baby Oil on their new babies and NICU babies. Mentor Catherine Burns wrote the following Leadership Journey about Anne Brower, the remarkable catalyst for this innovative program.
By Diba Tillery, RN, BSN
Recent media attention concerning chemicals in baby products has caused much concern and alarm. The No More Toxic Tub report from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a non-profit agency whose goal is to bring attention to harmful chemicals in our skin care products, informs us that many of the baby products that we know, love, and have used for many years contain cancer-causing (carcinogenic) chemicals, specifically, 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde. In addition to these two harmful chemicals, parents have to worry about the presence of phthalates and parabens in their personal care products as well as their baby’s. These chemicals are not federally regulated here in the United States, but have been banned in other countries. 1,4-dioxane has been banned in Europe and formaldehyde is banned in Japan and Sweden. The U.S. and Europe have banned three phthalates (DEHP, DBP, and BBP) from children’s toys.
School’s in! Germs out! Students, campers and travelers can choose safe, natural, Triclosan-free clean.
If you’re a parent you’d probably love a dime for every time you’ve prodded your kids to wash their hands, WITH soap! Since washing hands with pure soap is the best way to prevent spreading germs and disease, you’d think we’d all be clear about what that simple thing called “soap” is. But bar or liquid, your soap may not be so simple. And before you find out “you’re soaking in it” you may want to find out why!