Thursday, October 18, 2007

My first birth as an apprentice

can you say "perma-grin"?!
It was a very fast labor. Anne called around 8:30 to tell me K had called and she was going to check on her. So I got my bagged packed, she called back at 9:10 and I was out the door by 9:25. When I arrived K was crowning!! I walked into a whirlwind of excitement, it was great! Baby Girl K was born at 10:48 (about 5 mins after I got there)weight 9lbs even! Her previous c-section was for Cephalo-pelvic disproportion HA! 14.25" head, 15" chest!! This mama's body ROCKS!! and she was beaming!
It's so great to be a part of that!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Ruby Lead Lips

Once upon a time, not that long ago, women applied lead laced powder to their faces and necks to give them a pale complexion. At the time we didn't know the dangers of lead and many women died very young from lead poisoning as a result. But two hundred years later we know better, right?? Scientists far and wide agree on the dangers of lead, the FDA has regulated that food products can not contain more than .1 ppm lead to keep children safe from lead poisoning, the health department regularly screens for lead poisoning and you can even get government assistance to have lead paint and pipes replaced in your home. So everyone agree lead is dangerous. Well, apparently everyone but Dior Addict, L'Oreal, and Cover Girl.

In a recent study put out by the Environmental Working Group 61% of the 33 brands of red lipstick they tested for lead contained detectable levels of lead, with levels ranging from 0.03 to 0.65 ppm. None of these lipsticks listed lead as an ingredient. One-third of the tested lipsticks exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy.(Sidenote: the FDA does not regulate cosmetics)
Among the top brands testing positive for lead were:
-L'Oreal Colour Riche "True Red" – 0.65 ppm
-L'Oreal Colour Riche "Classic Wine" – 0.58 ppm
-Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor "Maximum Red" – 0.56 ppm
-Dior Addict "Positive Red" – 0.21 ppm

Lead is a proven neurotoxin, it causes brain damage that can present as learning, language and behavioral problems, lowered IQ, and increased aggression. Pregnant women need to be especially careful, as lead pass the placenta barrier and can be extremely damaging for a developing baby. Lead has also been linked to infertility and miscarriage.

"Lead builds up in the body over time and lead-containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day, can add up to significant exposure levels. The latest studies show there is no safe level of lead exposure," said Mark Mitchell, M.D., MPH, president, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice.

Glamour magazine’s June 2002 “Beauty Quickie Tip” repeats a commonly quoted statistic, “Women inadvertently (but harmlessly) eat about 4 lbs of lipstick”
in a lifetime.Science shows that no level of lead is “harmless.”

So while everyone is up in arms over the toys from China and their lead content, who is crying FOUL to the cosmetic industry with their MADE IN THE USA lead products??!!

The symptoms of lead poisoning may include:

* Irritability
* Aggressive behavior
* Low appetite and energy
* Difficulty sleeping
* Headaches
* Reduced sensations
* Loss of previous developmental skills (in young children)
* Anemia
* Constipation
* Abdominal pain and cramping (usually the first sign of a high, toxic dose of lead poison)
* Very high levels may cause vomiting, staggering gait, muscle weakness, seizures, or coma

post script: I looked through the complete list of companies with lead in their lipstick and I was flabbergasted to see Burts Bees in their report, this company touts it's self as 99% natural. Their website says this "To us, achieving The Greater Good means creating a world where people have the information and tools they need to make the highest ethical choices and do the best for themselves, their family and the environment. That's no short order, but it is attainable. We've started with a strong and on-going commitment to a set values and activities that support the well-being of people and our planet."
There will likely be more on this later as I investigate them being bought by AEA investors....
if you're as pissed about this as I am write to
John Replogle
633 Davis Drive 600
Morrisville, NC 27560-6884

Po Box 13489
Durham, NC 27709-3489

(919) 998-5200

If you can find an email address for John Replogle President & CEO, Tony Quartararo Executive VP of Operations or Jesus Osuna Director of Manufacturing I would appreciate a heads up.
Get the full PDF report at A Poison Kiss

Thursday, October 04, 2007

I serve an Awesome God!!

I'm just ready to burst today! It's all hit me, just how Gracious my God is. I was so worried when we moved here that I would never find a preceptor, or a good friend. God has blessed me with both. My friend is the sweetest, we're both busy and it's hard to get together, but I know she genuinely cares about me and is excited for me. My preceptor is great, we think a lot alike and get along well. I'm glad I don't have to worry about "unlearning" anything.

God has provided my husband with a fantastic job, fabulous people, and they are so flexible and understanding.

And last, but certainly not least, God has given me resources to deal with the PPD/thyroid issues... yes, I'm taking an herbal med for it, but I was at a lost, I didn't know what to do and God brought the help I needed. I'm amazed at how "normal" I'm feeling now.

I've been near tears a couple times today at just how gracious God has been to me, a loving, supportive husband, good friends, good health, and now my dreams coming true! He has truly lifted me out of the ashes and blessed me beyond belief!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

First day jitters

It was almost like the first day of school. That anxious, worry, dread feeling. You know what I'm talking about, you're so excited and anxious to get started you could pee yourself, but at the same time you're so worried you're going to look like a fool and say something stupid you could vomit.

I have a tendency to dominate conversations and say too much. Offer my opinion when no body asked for it and interject when I really need to keep quite; so my prayer the whole hour and a half drive was that I would keep my mouth shut! I think I did pretty well.

I got there a few minutes late and M was already with a client. I walked in and she introduced me and handed me a chart! Thankfully their prenatal charts are pretty straight forward and it wasn't too hard to figure out what went where.

I got to meet some neat ladies who hopefully I'll be able to be at their birth and I got to talk to M a bunch. She's so sweet and she loves to talk!! I'm so incredibly greatful for this opportunity, I was crying like a pageant winner this afternoon as I realized how long I've been waiting for this and that it is FINALLY HAPPENING!!!!!!!! It's a little overwhelming, to think that I'm finally doing something actually productive towards my goal of midwife. I'm just so happy!!

Monday, October 01, 2007

It's happening... or... plans change

Tomorrow is my first day as an apprentice!!
I am so excited I could scream! I'll be working with Magarett Scott and Anne Coffee at Heaven Sent Births in OKC. They seem to embody the hands off-mother's choice approach I want to follow.

This is an obvious deviation from my previous plan of doing it all through MLL. Nathan just doesn't think it's a realistic endeavor for us to move for a year. I see his concerns and at his suggestion talked to Anne and Magarett about apprenticeship.

I'm so nervous. First, I have this thing about what I really want being taken from me, secondly I'm so afraid of looking stupid! I know I have a lot to learn, but it's always been hard for me to admit my short comings. I hope they don't think I'm a crazy nit wit!

Oh my gosh, what do I wear?? lol ;)