It seems that the very subtle design of a human being in a mother's womb can be altered unnaturally and inadvertantly by the mother's body. The first environment of a child is its mother's body. But that mother's body can contain harmful substances that may have permanent affects on the child, and even on that child's child- another generation. Does the mother knowingly allow these affects on her body? Or does the adulteration of her environment inadvertantly cause those harmful affects? If we have lead in our homes and mercury in our foods, that we are ignorant of, how do we prevent our bodies from contaminating our babies? If our Mother Earth Home is being abused and poisoned, then so are we and all other living beings. This is unjust. How do we make the right choices when we are not free to choose clean air, water, food? This is unjust and our children are living the affects.
During our own birth experience and our children's birth experiences, are there actions that affect us and our children long-term?
Below is a workshop in which Penny Simkin will address this provocative question at the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services Conference, in February,2010.
• Session Title: Eco-Friendly Birth: Troubling Downstream Effects of Common OB Practices & How to Reduce Them
• Session Description: Drawing from the language and methods of ecology, Penny will explore the effects of today’s birth practices on the baby’s first habitat – the uterus – and his or her next habitat – the mother’s body and breasts. Looking downstream from birth, Penny hopes to focus our attention on the recent findings of long-term implications of such common practices as induction of labor, epidural analgesia, immediate separation of mother from baby, and lack of breastfeeding. How resilient do mothers and babies have to be to withstand the disturbances to their habitat?
EcoBirth, as a philosphy, knows that women can personally affect the quality of the human species by enabling their bodies to be safe and clean first environments for their babies and by bringing their child into the world within a loving experience.
Very useful links recommended by EcoBirth
- Breast Cancer Fund
- Center for Environmental Health
- Childbirth Connection
- Children's Environmental Health Network
- Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
- Collaborative on Health and the Environment
- Endocrine Disruption
- Environmental Working Group
- Healthy Child Healthy World
- Pesticide Action Network
- Physicians for Social Responsibility
- Safe Cosmetics Campaign
- Science and Environmental Health Network
- Steingraber website
- Washington Toxics Coalition
- Womens Voices for the Earth
Before Childhood links- for a healthy body, pregnancy and baby
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