A Few Things About Cloth Diapers

I had the privilege of cloth diapering my youngest child. What was an economic neccesity at the time turned out to be SO MUCH FUN! Yes really! He was my 4th child and our financial cirumstances at the time of his birth made it imperative that I cut as many corners as possible in our household budget. I tried the cheap disposables. RASH City. LEAKS everywhere. I tried cutting coupons but there wasn’t enough of a savings. I resorted to cloth.

WOW.

If you’ve never held a baby in a  cloth diaper you haven’t LIVED! It wasn’t smelly, it was easy to keep the diapers cleaned, we had no leaks… it was awesome. My only regret  was that I found all this out on my 4th child and not my first. Once I figured out that fitted diapers were JUST as convenient as disposables I never looked back. Check out these links and watch for more articles on this FUN FUN FUN baby passtime. Cloth diapering is addictive! 

http://www.diaperpin.com
Dierctory of cloth diapering businesses, diapering terms,and diaper reviews. AWESOME place to start researching cloth diapering!

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/981007g.cfm
Dollar Stretcher – saving money is a BIG perk to cloth diapering!

http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/
My favorite fitted cloth diapers. Pricey but VERY good quality. Will make their way through many babies.

http://www.diaperpin.com/howto.asp
Great FAQ’s for diapering, including how to wash. IT’s really NOT that big of a deal!!!

http://www.gnmparents.com/a-little-greener-the-benefits-of-cloth-diapers/
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-benefits-of-cloth-diapers.htm
http://www.tinytush.com/health_benefits_of_cloth_diapers.htm
Just a few of the benefits of cloth diapering for your baby.

And just in case you thought those expensive organic disposables are ok… think again.
http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2004/04/63182

Labor Induction

As I am sitting here working on my microtheme for biology which just happens to be on the medical data supporting the use of castor oil as a labor induction agent. I am truly appalled by some of the things I’ve been reading in mainstream, pop-culture media. The prevailing theme seems to be, “I want to be in charge of when and how this baby comes!” And it can be the family that is demanding to control the birth or the attending physicians OR the midwives! What started out to be research for a science class has turned into an unearthing of some very alarming thought patterns surrounding birth. Just google “labor induction” and your eyes will pop out of your head!  The American College of Obstetrician’s and Gynecologist’s puts out this nifty little pamphlet on labor induction. The only risks they outline for labor induction are as follows:

What Are the Risks?

Although problems seldom occur with labor induction, there can be some complications:

  • Change in fetal heart rate
  • Increased risk of infection to woman and baby
  • The umbilical cord comes out before the baby or is compressed
  • Uterine rupture

What about all of the interventions that come from labor inductions? It is frustrating to read publications from other industrialized countries such as Sweden and the UK where studies clearly show that labor induction needs to be approached carefully and MUCH more rarely than it is here in the states. UGH. The birth of a child is not a dentist appointment. Yet it seems to be scheduled just as cavalierly. Sorry for the rant. I’ll publish my microtheme as soon as I have it finished. I will warn you though, current thinking in the academic world says that in order to call it “supporting evidence” it must come from peer-reviewed sources, and the opinion  must be written by professionals in the field. Since there are few midwifery or holistic journals that qualify, most of my sources are mainstream medical literature. Can you guess what the conclusion will be?