Woman sues her doctor for assault and battery over unwanted episiotomy during her baby's delivery

by 05/01/15   filed under: birth

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Imagine being given an episiotomy with absolutely no explanation as to why, especially after you’ve told the doctor not to make the cut. This is exactly what recently happened to one mom, “Kelly,” who has since filed a lawsuit for assault and battery against her doctor for performing an unwanted episiotomy. Kelly describes her experience with the following:

“Dr. A came into the room and after two pushes he had scissors in his hands and told the nurse that he was going to perform as episiotomy. I said why? … I pushed two more times and he was going to cut and I said “No, Don’t Cut Me”. Then I said “why, why can’t we try?” He said why you don’t go home and try or go to Kentucky! So then after he yelled at me he cut my Vagina twelve times. So before the episiotomy the nurse said it’s only going to be a little cut. A little cut turned into Dr. A’s horrific rage against me as a human being and against my will to begin with. I wanted to cry so badly and I was so horrified while he was cutting me.”

Luckily for Kelly, her sister caught the entire ordeal on video. You can see said video here (but beware, it’s graphic). Kelly is using a crowd-funding campaign to help fund her lawsuit and Cristen Pascucci of Improving Birth, a national birth-advocacy organization, tells Yahoo Parenting, “The number one issue is it’s about consent. Very simply, she said no.” Unwanted birth interventions are nothing new, but to have caught one on tape may be just the thing needed to shed more light on this growing problem, and perhaps set a precedent which lessens the occurrence of unwanted procedures during labor and delivery. Until then, we suggest you look into having your baby at a birth center vs. a hospital and using a midwife vs. a doctor.

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Vitamin D deficiency linked to autism & high doses of vitamin D may help relieve symptoms of autism

by 05/01/15   filed under: health & body

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Cases of autism are rising at an alarming rate. Some sources say autism is even increasing at a rate of 12% every year, but thus far no one has been able to put a finger on why autism rates are rising and what may be causing autism in the first place. Executive Director of the Vitamin D council, John Cannell, MD, thinks that there may be a link between autism and vitamin D deficiency, a subject he covers in his book, Autism Causes, Prevention & Treatment: Vitamin D Deficiency and the Explosive Rise of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Cannell draws on decades of autism and vitamin D research for his book, noting that vitamin D may be paramount in preventing autism and that high doses of vitamin D may help relieve symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Cannell is not the only one who has recognized this correlation however.

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by 04/30/15   filed under: food, how-to, vegan cooking

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Solvej swings are as beautiful as they are fun

by 04/30/15   filed under: baby gadgets, green baby, green kids

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Solvej is a New Zealand company that makes sustainable and attractive swings that are packed with features. The company offers a slew of swing choices including baby and toddler swings, child swings and even swings for little ones with special needs. Bonus, Solvej is committed to making sustainable choices when possible. The standard Solvej swings are made with 100% acrylic canvas because it is rot proof and is the best outdoor furniture canvas on the market. In fact this canvas has a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty from fading. The Solvej Organic swing is made from 100% organic hemp canvas, which is awesome, though not as rot resistant, so Solvej suggests not leaving the organic swing outside for extended periods. Solvej chooses wood that not only meets the criteria of being naturally weather durable, but it also must come from a planted or sustainable source. That said, Solvej swings are made with salvaged timber from Matai (Prumnopitys taxifolia), a native and endemic tree to New Zealand. The non-toxic acrylic water bound paints and lacquer used on the swings are sweat and saliva resistant. Keep reading to learn more about this cool swing company.

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The Forb from Boon is a flowery silicone bottle brush that cleans with ease

by 04/29/15   filed under: gear for parents, green baby

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Who has time to garden with a baby in the house? Very few of us, right? However, Boon Forb is one flower you can manage and it’s super helpful in the kitchen if you’ve got baby bottles galore to wash. Forb’s colorful petals are made of ultra-tough silicone, that’s more durable than regular nylon bristles found on most baby bottle brushes  — and Forb won’t scratch your bottles. The bottom of Forb comes with a handy built-in nipple cleaner too! Other Forb features include a textured handle that’s slip-resistant, it’s own little vase that allows Forb to stand upright, and it’s top-rack dishwasher safe. Plus, like other Boon products, Forb is BPA, PVC, and Phthalate-free. When paired with a modern Boon drying rack, it’s like a little garden bliss right on your countertop.

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The Licktators release breast milk ice cream to celebrate the royal birth

by 04/29/15   filed under: breastfeeding, news

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Back in 2011, London-based ice cream makers, The Licktators, teamed up with a breastfeeding campaigner, Victoria Hiley, a 30 year-old mother from Leeds, to launch Baby Gaga breast milk ice cream. Cut to present-day and they’ve re-launched the uniquely flavored ice cream in celebration of the pending arrival of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William’s royal baby. Hiley first got involved with the campaign to help, “remind the Duchess of Cambridge, and mothers around the country, of the benefits of breastfeeding. And also how delicious breast milk is, whatever your age.” According to a Licktators press release, Hiley notes, “There was huge support from breastfeeding women for Baby Gaga ice cream in 2011, yet some politicians still stigmatize women for breastfeeding in public. Hiley goes on to say that the birth of the royal baby is the perfect time to re-release the flavor, “After all, what else would you give your young prince or princess?”

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Nepalese girls living in group home make meals for thousands of earthquake survivors

by 04/29/15   filed under: news

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Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, 18 girls from the group home of the Unatti Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing food, shelter, and education to orphaned and underprivileged children in Nepal, have sprung into action to feed people during the horrendous aftermath. With the help of the foundation’s staff, the girls are currently providing rice and dal (a lentil dish) to 3,500 Nepalese in need. Ranging in age from 4-20 years old, these young humanitarians have also been distributing the first aid kits that the organization recently received from Girl Scouts troops in the United States. Additionally, one of their own group home members, who is studying to be a nurse, is providing medical assistance. The generosity and big-heartedness of these girls, who often arrive at the foundation after having been rescued from child labor or trafficking, is both inspiring and humbling. According to Unatti Foundation founder, photographer, and mom Stephanie Waisler-Rubin,”They have a purpose now – they’re helping their community and they feel like they’re making a difference.”

Thankfully, all of the group home members as well as the Unatti Foundation staff are all safe, despite their proximity to the earthquake’s epicenter. If you would like to donate to the organization’s relief efforts, please visit the Unatti Foundation page.

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Tegu's Stunt Team collection brings thrills to the playroom

by 04/28/15   filed under: eco play, green toys

Make your little daredevil’s lofty dreams come to life on a small scale in the playroom with Tegu’s newest arrival: the Stunt Team collection. Even their names summon excitement: Looper, Daredevil, Skyhook and Jumper. Each toy either takes high to the sky or speeds down the road to make playtime the ultimate adventure. Tegu magnetic blocks are made of sustainably sourced, FSC-certified Honduran hardwoods and a water-based lacquer finish and they’re free of lead and plastic. Each toy in the collection can be deconstructed and reconfigured in an array of entertaining characters/forms, lending themselves to open-ended play that’s in the palm of your kid’s hands. Another ingenious attribute, the Stunt Team is fully compatible with ALL other Tegu magnetic wooden blocks — so your mastermind can mix and magnetize til his/her heart’s content — no helmet required!

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