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Ever get the feeling you should (or shouldn’t) do something? It might not seem to fit; it might mean making others unhappy or disappointed; it may mean going back on a commitment because you’ve changed your mind; it may mean doing something you’ve never done- maybe something a little scary.

It might not be convenient in the moment, but usually the feeling (or little voice) inside proves right in the long run.

It’s difficult to justify decisions that come from your inner voice, especially living in a world that is defined by comparing yourself to others on the outside. Your sense of defined logic and reason don’t always match this inner voice. Sometimes it may even seem a little crazy!

But when you learn to pay attention to what your inner wisdom shows you, and to trust and follow that guidance, you’ll find a limitless source of information available to you (at your mental fingertips) that you can access at any time, for any situation or circumstance.

This means that with practice you will intuitively know what to do. The practice then becomes learning to follow this guidance and learning to trust yourself.

Learning to access your inner guidance can change how you approach pregnancy, birth, parenting and life.

So where do you find this voice?

Begin by tuning in to Monday’s show at 1pm ET here: A Labor of Love

The topic is Body Wisdom 101, where I’ll share some basic information about connecting with your inner guidance that you can begin to use right now. Even if you’re not a parent (and have no plans to be one) this information can help you connect with your inner guidance system.

(Don’t worry if you can’t catch the live show. The podcast is generally available for download within 24 hours after the show airs.)

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On today’s show I ran out of time before I ran out of things I wanted to talk about. So because I really wanted to talk about my favorite swim diapers and the other eco-friendly diapering options I’ve used when traveling, I’m writing a quick post.

I’ve tried several swim diapers and have two definite favorites.

Imse Vimse makes super cute patterns that pair nicely with swim shirts found online and in local stores here in Florida. (Because my kids are in the sun and in the water almost daily in the summer, we prefer swim shirts to swim suits anyway.) One aspect that’s really great about these diapers is the side snap on one side. This is great when you have a younger child who may have an accidental bowel movement while playing, because it’s easy to remove the diaper and clean up your child. It’s also great for kids transitioning to potty learning because the one-sided snap looks less like a diaper and helps give youngsters confidence of “real” swim suits. It fits trim like a swim suit bottom, with no extra bulk or elastic banding of some other versions.

Mother-Ease is my other favorite. This swim diaper has two separate layers- an outer layer with cute print options and an inner layer of mesh to contain solids. This one also fits trim, with no bulky fabric. The extra layer inside makes clean-up simple- just shake out the solids into the toilet and rinse the mesh in the sink or with a hose. This diaper has snaps on both sides and is ideal for younger children who are more likely to have bm’s while playing, but fits enough like a regular swim suit you may have to show the snaps to prove you’re complying with pool rules.

Here are a couple photos:

This photo shows a favorite Imse Vimse print we used.

Another cute print from Imse Vimse

This photo shows the inner lining I liked so much.

Another cute print from Mother-Ease.

If you are concerned about disposing of solids when you’re out at the beach or community pool, here are a few tips.

  • Plan ahead. Have an extra swim diaper to change your child into so cleaning the soiled one can be done at home.
  • Carry an extra wet bag, just in case.
  • Carry plastic or biodegradable bags. If you’re concerned that there will be nowhere to dispose of the solids (no restroom, etc) plan to shake solids into a bag and dispose in a trash can.

One last question I wanted to discuss- what about when you’re traveling?

While a lot of moms will continue to use cloth diapers and are able to access washing machines and dryers while away, this may not be the case for you. Or maybe you’re just rather not see that part of a cruise ship while you’re trying to enjoy time with your family. If that is the case, on several occasions we opted to use G-Diapers. This combination of flushable/biodegradable absorbent liner set inside a washable (and cute) reusable cover was a great combination.

After we returned home, we paired the covers with prefolds to make a completely washable/reusable diaper and didn’t have to continue to purchase their flushable liners. We’ve also shared these with other friends who have traveled, making an even greater reduction in the need for new materials.

Another hybrid option is the GroVia. I’ve seen these online but haven’t used them or seen them in person yet. If you’ve tried them, I’d love to know what you think. Add your comment below or email me directly (intentional birth (at) yahoo (dot) com.)

Cloth diapers reduce waste, can reduce your baby’s exposure to toxins, save you money, and when you’re finished you can pass them on the others- either via resale or on loan (if you’re like me and still haven’t given up on dreams of a future baby.)

Be sure to listen to the show replay here Introduction to Cloth Diapers if you haven’t checked it out yet. The information here is only what didn’t fit into the podcast, so there’s much more there including the answers to these frequently asked questions:

  • Why should you consider cloth diapers?
  • How much money can you save with cloth?
  • What are the different styles of cloth diapers?
  • What essentials do you need to buy to make it easier?
  • How do you care for cloth diapers?
  • How long do they last?
  • And more!

So download the podcast and let me know if you have questions or more tips to share with other moms!

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Your life is super-busy. You may have heard about additives in food, pesticides, etc that make you wonder a little. But it seems so time consuming to figure it all out now. If you don’t have the time to sort it all out now, check out today’s show with Super Natural Mom(c) Beth Greer. She’ll be joining me at 1pm ET today to talk about her wake-up call and the steps she took that anyone can take (even busy moms) to improve their health and limit their exposure to harmful chemicals.

I’ve been on a quest for a long time to be more aware of my surroundings- to really understand the impact different choices have on my life. In my memory, the first book that made me really think was “8 Weeks to Optimum Health” by Andrew Weil. I learned about food coloring, high fructose corn syrup and trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils) and how these assaulted my system. That was 1995. It was more difficult back then to find processed foods with more natural ingredients. Now even my small town has a healthy market.

Somewhere along the way I learned about organics, reducing or eliminating animal products, genetically engineered foods, and labeling requirements (rather the LACK of labeling requirements). So we joined a local organic coop a few years ago and do our best to stick with organics and shop the local grocery store with Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” & “Clean 15” in mind.

We’ve eliminated most household cleaners in favor of vinegar and water. We keep trying different choices in dishwasher detergent, but haven’t had much success- but we’ll keep trying. For laundry soap, we use soap nuts (sustainably harvested) and occasionally a perfume and dye-free detergent. We’ve stopped using fabric softener at all (about 3 years ago) and the clothes still feel nice. I also use vinegar in the rinse cycle for some hot loads.

We don’t buy polyester pajamas for the kids- no matter how cute they are. I’m not willing to have my girls sleeping, curled up with a chemical flame retardant. We use other natural fiber PJ’s that don’t require additional chemical treatment. I expect as we replace worn mattresses, the new ones will be organic.

The whole family has been (nearly) water-only- meaning no shampoo- for 18 months or so. I was very skeptical about this- how would our hair get clean?! I was using spiking glue on my very short hair at the time. Would water actually get that out? It did- and now, in addition to being shampoo-free, I also don’t use conditioner because I don’t need it. I figured out a secret – shampoo is why I needed conditioner, because it stripped away the natural moisture in my hair. So I’m saving money, too!

There are other small changes- I go to CosmeticsDatabase.com before I buy makeup or creams or new/different bath soap, just to check out how the ingredients will possibly affect us. I use the EWG.org safe sunscreen guide and generally opt to go with the recommendation of long sleeves and a hat when we’re in the pool.

There are more small changes, but you get the idea. There are a lot more things I want to do, too.

This didn’t happen overnight. It’s been a process for over 15 years. But one small change at a time I became more prepared for the next change and the next. And now, with my girls and their health at stake, it’s even more important to me.

(If you miss the live show, you can download the podcast here.)

What changes have you made in your life? Do your thinking change once you became pregnant or now that you have children?

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Today’s radio show will focus on information about circumcision that parents need to know- information that hopefully will help parents keep their newborn sons intact. The more I read, the more I hurt for baby boys (and girls) who are circumcised; and the more I hurt for parents who made the decision based on misinformation, cultural bias or blind trust in their doctor. Parents simply don’t choose to permanently injure their children without the belief that it will somehow help.

Here’s some info to get you started:

Although at one time it was only a religious rite, in the early 1900’s circumcision was promoted to eliminate or cure many diseases including hernia, nocturnal incontinence, prolapse of the rectum, syphilis, cancer, epilepsy, chorea, hysteria, and masturbation. These are the main “conditions” that moved circumcision into the medical realm. In our modern era, circumcision is not recommended by any medical or health association, although myths still circulate widely, many suggesting circumcision reduces risks for penile cancer, HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer in women, and urinary tract infection.

The most important fact to understand relating to these myths (once you get over the absurdity of some) is that not one of these conditions is caused by the foreskin or cured by circumcision. And for women- the fact that nuns have a similar rate of cervical cancer as sexually active women should be enough to conclude circumcision is irrelevant to that health concern.

With no medical reason to circumcise, most parents still need to be educated about reasons to leave children INTACT. Because currently parents in the US are from a generation of very high rates of infant circumcision, so many husbands/fathers and wives/mothers don’t know what the foreskin is for. Ignorance of what is missing, and the desire to see our bodies as ok and acceptable and same, is part of what propels tradition. To counter tradition and cultural bias, we need to learn the reasons to oppose tradition.

  1. The Foreskin is not a birth defect. It has a purpose and is necessary for normal sexual function and sensitivity. It protects the glans and maintains proper pH balance, moisture and cleanliness. The foreskin contains glands which produce antibacterial and antiviral proteins to defend against infections. In many ways, it works like the eyelids do to protect our eyes.
  2. Protect your child from needless pain. Even when anesthesia is used (which is not 100% of the time), babies feel an extraordinary amount of pain. Watch this video of a circumcision to understand how babies suffer.
  3. Children have the right to bodily integrity and can’t give informed consent. Parents don’t have the right to consent to surgical removal of healthy tissue for no medical reason. Men and women deserve to remain whole unless they choose to alter their own bodies. Legislation was passed banning Female Circumcision in the US in 1997, but similar protection for boys has not yet been passed.
  4. Long-term consequences, psychological and physical, have been identified including sexual dysfunction and impotence.

Parents and doctors can work together to eliminate this unnecessary surgery. Consider this: do you really want a doctor caring for you or your child who would needlessly (and for profit) remove any healthy organ from your baby- a kidney, for example- just because s/he can live without it? Should we remove the appendix at birth? Why not?

If doctors put the welfare of your baby first, they would find no practical or logical reason to remove the foreskin. So then, why do doctors perform this unnecessary surgery on babies?

Join me with Marilyn Milos on A Labor of Love at 1 p.m. today or catch the replay HERE.

A great resource for parents to understand current information applied to your specific questions is available at CircumcisionDecisionMaker.com. A list of resources is available HERE. You can also learn more by watching this video of Dr Dean Edell.

Your comments and stories are always welcome.

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