Monday, May 30, 2011

Discovery Toys Summer Sales

There are two Discovery Toys sales going on:
Write in sale for discontinued items through May 31: Must contact me to submit this order. 
Summer Sale, May 27-June 30

You can visit to purchase online or if you wish to shop with a group of friends and get credit to receive your wish list items for free contact me

Khai has three more days in Kindergarden and then he is off for the summer. He has made so much progress that I hope we can continue to build on through the summer. We are pulling out his Discovery Toys phonics to continue with his reading. He wants to learn how to read the clock and build bridges with his Qubits .

June is also Teacher Appreciation month. I like giving a classroom gift. So many fantastic Discovery Toys to choose from.

ABC Arbonne Baby Care

My son, Khoi, woke up during the winter nights because his skin was dry and itchy. We kept bath times to a minimum, slathered him in a variety of baby oils and creams. No change. Then I changed to fragrance free and organic products. A little better, but still needed something better. Trudy gave me a sample of the Arbonne Baby Care products. I liked the consistency of the oil and the absence of any frangrances. So I took the leap and Khoi asks for the oil and cream after bath time. No more scratch marks, and waking up.
Guest Article: BY Trudy Mitchell with Arbonne International

ABC Arbonne Baby Care

Give little ones the skin care they deserve with ABC.  Gentle hair and body wash makes bath-time fun, diaper rash cream spreads happy relief to sore skin, and sunscreen helps protect baby when playing outdoors. Even grown-ups with sensitive skin can appreciate the mild way these products soothe, nourish and protect skin.

The Arbonne Advantage: Arbonne is a highly regarded, premium brand with a Swiss heritage.  The products are healthy, botanically based and inspired by nature.   Arbonne is committed to the development of unparalleled products free of harmful ingredients.  Formulations are never tested on animals and do not contain animal-derived ingredients or petroleum-based ingredients.  You may want to check the labels on all the products you are currently using for petroleum or mineral oil.  These 2 ingredients just sit on your skin and do not penetrate the skin.  Arbonne uses essential oils that actually penetrate and nourish the skin.

Try all five Arbonne’s Baby Care products and note the testimonials below.  Also see below how you can make homemade wipes with Arbonne ABC baby products and receive 20% off!

This review is from: Arbonne Baby Herbal Diaper Rash Cream (Health and Beauty)

“I'll never forget the sound of my 9 month old screaming when changing his diaper. When diaper rash gets this bad, you'll try anything and everything.....and I did - air dry, butt paste, anti-fungal, petroleum jelly, hair dryer dry, air out...the list goes on and on. This is the only stuff that actually works and doesn't make the rash worse. Arbonne diaper rash cream starts working with the first application; no joke, rash almost gone after the very first application. The cream is thin which makes it easy to spread. Very little is required. I've converted all my other mommy friends and daycare now also swears by it. “

Homemade wipes with Arbonne ABC Baby Products—enjoy how soft your hands feel while knowing you are using pure, safe and beneficial products on your baby!

Thing you need:

  • #9 Rubbermaid container:  Any container approximately 6 inches tall will work as long as half roll of paper towels will fit inside.
  • ½ roll paper towels:  Cut with a serrated knife.  We recommend Bounty or the select-a-size paper towels.
  • 2 cups warm water:  Use more or less depending on how moist you would like the wipes
  • 1 Tablespoon Arbonne ABC Baby Lotion
  • 1 Tablespoon Arbonne ABC Baby Wash
  • 1 Tablespoon Arbonne ABC Baby Oil

Directions:  combine water, lotion, wash and oil in a bowl or measuring cup.  Place roll in container.  Pour mixture over roll.  Wait five minutes.  Remove inside cardboard tube (usually comes out in two parts).  Start by pulling the wipes from the center, and make sure the lid stays tightly sealed so the wipes do not dry out.


Call me for free samples and a free skin care consultation for baby and mom.  I’ll show you how to shop at 20% off!  Check out my website below to browse or shop online for baby care and skin care products.  Also, we have a fabulous firming body crème that works great on new mommy’s bellies!

Trudy Mitchell

District Manager, Independent Consultant

Arbonne International

ID # 18324157


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May is the International Month of the Doula

May is the International Month of the Doula

Do you know what the benefits of doula support are?
Studies have shown the following benefits of having a Birth Doula present at birth:

Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, Cochrane Review, 2011
A Systematic Review of the Cochrane Review, 2011

50% reduction in c-section rates

25% shorter labour

60% reduction in epidural requests

40% reduction in Oxytocin use

30% reduction in analgesia use

40% reduction in forceps or vacuum deliveries

Women who have used a Doula are more satisfied with their birth experience, feel more confident in their ability to mother, bond faster with their newborn, are less likely to have Postpartum Depression, and are more likely to breastfeed. ~ Klaus, Kennel, and Klaus 2001

"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

April: Cesarean Awareness Month

April was Cesarean Awareness Month!

Next Meeting: May 18, 2011, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at Robinson Family Wellness on Norcor Dr. in Coralville.
with Guest Speaker is University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Certified Nurse Midwife, Elizabeth Cook: Natural childbirth in the hospital setting
ICAN of Iowa City is a chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). We hold monthly meetings offering woman-to-woman support for the complicated emotions that often accompany surgical birth, as well as providing information and resources to help the women in our community make informed birthing choices. We seek to be a place of safety in which women can ask questions of their peers, express concerns and fears, and share their experiences without judgment. We serve the cities of Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids, and surrounding communities.

All women are encouraged to attend ICAN meetings if they are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, had a cesarean, planning a VBAC or a repeat cesarean, or just want to know more about ICAN.

All women, their partners, and their children are welcome!

About ICAN

The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a non-profit organization founded by Esther Booth Zorn in 1982. ICAN’s mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

Statement of Beliefs:

We, the International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc., believe that:

1. The inappropriate over use of cesarean surgery is jeopardizing the lives of mothers and babies.

2. When a cesarean is necessary, it can be a lifesaving technique for both mother and baby, and worth the risks involved.

3. Birth is a normal physiological process. Research shows that with emotional support, education, and an honest opportunity, the vast majority of women can have a healthy vaginal birth.

4. A healthy birth incorporates emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

5. Research shows that VBAC is reasonable and safe for both mother and baby. A repeat cesarean should never be considered routine– it is major abdominal surgery with many risks.

6. It is unethical and unenforceable for hospitals to institute VBAC bans. Women have the right to refuse any procedure, including a cesarean.

7. Women have the right to true informed consent and refusal, which entails full knowledge of the risks and benefits of all tests, drugs, and procedures.

8. It is incumbent upon every care provider and institution to facilitate the informed consent process.

9. Women must be allowed to express all their birth related feelings in a safe and supportive environment. The emotions of a pregnant and birthing woman have profound effects on the birth outcome and recovery.

10. It is unethical for a physician to recommend and/or perform non-medically indicated cesareans (elective). Women are not being fully informed of the risks of this option in childbirth, and therefore make decisions based on cultural myth and fear surrounding childbirth.

11. The trend of “elective cesareans” is being significantly overstated through distortion of research and data.

12. We as women must now assume more responsibility for our own births.

13. It is critical that women’s choice of care provider and location of birth is respected.

ICAN Vision Statement:

A healthy reduction of the cesarean rate driven by women making evidence-based, risk appropriate childbirth decisions.
Bamboo Birth Services
"empowering no-to-low intervention hospital births"
specializing in VBAC

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Meet the Doulas during the International Month of the Doula, May 2011

May is the International Month of the Doula
Wednesday, May 11, 7-9 PM

ICDoulas Meet the Doulas Speed Dating Style

Panera's Bread House, back lounge area, in the Sycamore Mall, Iowa City. Free and open to the public.

Opening greeting and talk followed by rotation through doulas, childbirth educators, and educational stations.

for more information call: Jun-Nicole Matsushita 319 430 6736 or Katherine Bryden 319-466-9445