I believe that educating patients is one of the primary responsibilities of all medical providers. Here is a list of resources and links to useful information on a range of topics. While I've only listed vetted and trusted sites, website content is ever-changing and inherently un-policed; please use discretion and caution with any and all online resources. Please also note that I have no financial connection to any of these services or products.
Fertility and Women's Health Resources:
- Taking Charge of Your Fertility, by Toni Weschler: A classic and easy to use book on how to chart your cycle and track fertility symptoms.
- The Diva Cup: An amazing product that takes the waste out of your menstrual cycle: www.divacup.com
- Online charting tools and smart phone apps:
- La Leche League of Washington:
- King County Breastfeeding Coalition: links to local breastfeeding support:
- *Baby-friendly Hospitals: The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. It recognizes and awards birthing facilities who successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (i) and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (ii). The BFHI assists hospitals in giving all mothers the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely, and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so.
The BFHI compliant hospitals in our area include University of Washington and Group Health Central Hospital. If you are pregnant and planning a hospital birth and intend to nurse your child, check with your hospital to find out about their lactation services and philosophy of care.
Clean Living Resources:
- http://healthychild.org/ is an amazing resource on how to create a greener home. Very user friendly website with lots of useful and digestible information. You can go straight to this page for tips on safer personal care products during pregnancy
- Water filtration: Reduce exposure to lead, chlorine, and other common water contaminants through water filtration. There are a variety of filters available offering various levels of filtration. Aquasana makes a good, affordable, high-quality drinking water system that is easy to install and use.
- Chlorine filters for bath and shower: www.Rainshowermfg.com
- Household cleaners
- Mrs. Meyer's household products: http://www.mrsmeyers.com/category/Product/Household-Cleaners/pc/2155/2172.uts
- Bon Ami: http://www.bonami.com/
- Seventh Generation Laundry detergent: http://www.seventhgeneration.com/laundry-soap
- Environmental Working Group: This group is an environmental watchdog that publishes great information on everything from safe sunscreens to pesticide levels in food: http://www.ewg.org/
- Sunscreen guide: http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/
- EWG's Dirty Dozen list of endocrine disruptors: http://www.ewg.org/research/dirty-dozen-list-endocrine-disruptors
- Sweat is one our body's most amazing elimination tools. It is one of the important ways that we detoxify our bodies and it can be achieved through a variety of ways. Exercise is one key way. Another way to reduce toxin levels is through sauna therapy. Sauna therapy is used in many cultures throughout the world to improve vitality and overall health. It increases circulation, stimulates lymphatic flow, and promotes excretion of toxins through our pores. A simple and easy recipe for sauna therapy is:
Ten to twenty minutes in dry sauna, followed by 1 minute cold shower. Repeat three times ending on cold shower.*
- Alternatively, these fun, local spas offer a great way to spend a few hours relaxing and chasing away the winter chill. You can modify the alternating hot and cold recipe to allow for longer stretches in the sauna or steam room followed by 30 seconds to 1 minute of cold.
*Caution: sauna therapy promotes the release of toxins from fat cells. Increasing circulation of toxins while trying to conceive or while pregnant is not recommended. Consult your physician if you are trying to get pregnant before engaging in any extensive sauna therapy.
Car Seat Installation:
Three out of four car seats are installed improperly! Get them checked by trained professionals:
Sue Emery, the "car seat lady". She will come to your home and teach you how to properly install your car seat. She is donation based: 206-619-2871
endy Thomas is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician who also offers private car seat safety checks in the Seattle are: http://www.wendytt.com/
More tips fromThe Safety Restraint Coalition: http://www.800bucklup.org/installation/index.asp