Friday, October 28, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Great News About Our Babies Toys

I was extremely grateful when this Mom Rising email ended up in my box. 

"We have great news!  On Tuesday, the the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted that independent testing for toxics like lead in paint, lead content, and phthalates in products for children under the age of 12 must be done BEFORE toys hit the store shelves.

You and more than 10,000 MomsRising members sent letters to the CPSC in support of this rule.  Your effort paid off!

A statement about the CPSC's vote explains the significance of this success: "Today was a monumental day for the safety of America’s children, and one that parents and grandparents have waited years to happen." With this vote, the CPSC is taking "safety to the source."

You can read the entire statement here: (pdf)

Great work and thanks for standing with us to make toys safer!

-- Claire, Sarah, Kristin and the MomsRising Team"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Did You Know That We Just Lost Our Parental Rights in California?

Governor Brown, CA, Signs AB 499 Allowing Shots Without Parental Consent.

This is about taking away our parental right.

"In a national press release on Oct. 10, NVIC criticized California Governor Jerry Brown for bowing to pressure from the pharmaceutical and medical trade lobby when he signed a controversial bill (AB499) into law that allows 12 year old children to be vaccinated without the knowledge or consent of their parents. The new law allows minor children as young as 12 years old to be given Gardasil and hepatitis B vaccine, as well as future vaccines sexually transmitted diseases without the informed consent of their parents.

The new CA law is a violation of vaccine safety provisions in the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act that mandated doctors and all vaccine providers give parents vaccine benefit and risk information before vaccination. It is estimated that it will cost the state of California millions of dollars to implement the new law."  

From the National Vaccine Information Center (

If you are concerned about this, voice your opinion to Gov. Brown at:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

No More Toxic Chemicals In Children's Toys! Action is needed immediately!

I received this important message from Moms Rising.  The US does not test toys that are marketed to our children!  There is a list of toxic chemicals that already exist in toys that our babies are sucking on and our children are playing with.  We don't want them.  What can you do?

"On October 19th, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission  (CPSC) will vote on whether or not independent testing for toxics like lead in paint, lead content, and phthalates in products for children under the age of 12 should be done before toys hit the store shelves.
Tell the CPSC to vote YES on October 19th for testing kids' toys for toxics BEFORE they reach the stores:
Taking one moment to click the above link will help stop toxic products before they hit the shelves!   The current system, where you basically have to have a home chemistry lab in order to figure out if you've purchased a toxic toy or not, isn't working. The vote on October 19th is an important moment for us to make a difference for all kids (and parents who are shopping for gifts) in our nation.
* The CPSC vote is scheduled for October 19th which is next week, that's why they need to hear from families today!

This type of testing is sorely needed.  Independent third party testing before products go on the market would insure the quality and safety of the products our kids interact with daily. These tests would include tests for lead and tests for phthalates. (1)

These are crucial tests.  Lead is a poison. Even low levels of lead exposure can harm a child's mental development.(2) Phthalates, a chemical used to soften plastics, can impair reproduction and development, alter liver and kidney function, damage the heart and lungs, and affect blood clotting. (3)
And now, we can help protect our kids from these dangerous toxic chemicals.  Also, if the CPSC votes YES on this new rule and requires independent third party testing, then it would have the added bonus of reducing the amount of product recalls that parents have to juggle by making the toys safer before they hit the toy stores.  Fewer recalls are a win-win for businesses and families because that means less returning of items to the manufacturer, less post-recall inconveniences, and fewer unhappy surprises when it comes to products in our homes.  Fewer recalls would save businesses money, and save children from tears as favorite toys have to be returned.

This is it!  October 19th is our moment to make a difference for kids. Tell the Commissioners at the CPSC to vote YES:
*The Commissioners of the CPSC rarely hear directly from families, so your message today will have a big impact.  Please forward this email to friends and family--and also post the action link on Facebook. The more voices, the stronger our message.

Thank you for everything you do to protect our kids.
--Claire, Sarah, Kristin, Ashley, and the whole MomsRising team

1) U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (PDF)

2) Lead Poising, Medline Plus
3)Phthalates, Health Care Without Harm (PDF)


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Nutrition For A Healthy Pregnancy and Beyond--CLASS

A healthy baby starts even before the baby is born.  No matter what stage of pregnancy nutrition has a huge impact on both mother and child.  In this informative talk you will:

~ Discover ways to maintain your energy levels.

~ Ideas on how to beat the postpartum blues.

~ Ways to combat common pregnancy discomforts such as nausea, constipation, cramps, swelling

~ Recipe ideas and useful resources.

This is a free talk with Sarah Brick, NE (
Saturday, October 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Awaken Chiropractic
3515 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA  94610

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Birth and Post Partum Doulas

A couple months ago I spent an evening with the East Bay Postpartum doula group.  If in need of support after your birth, I would recommend going on their website and interviewing some of these wonderful women.

If you are in San Francisco, luckily, you have another amazing group of women to turn to....please go to the San Francisco Doula Groups website at:

Happy Doula-ing.