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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Zero Waste/Plastic-free Birth of UG3

Health and Safety Warning: I'm not a doctor, midwife, homeopath, herbalist, or other credentialed/licensed medical/health expert. All of the choices we made, including choosing an unassisted birth were based on my own personal research for my family's needs and should not be taken as medical advice. Anyone who follows our example is doing so at their own personal risk and I cannot be held liable for any outcome, either negative or positive.

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Our birth experience went wonderful and we ended up using very few of our supplies. We opted to have an unassisted birth with just my husband, myself, and UG1 attending. My labor was very short, 4 hours from start to finish, 2 active, and a 10 min push.

We had some issues with our midwife and changed her role to just providing prenatal and postnatal care up to 37 weeks. UG3 (a girl!) was born at 38 weeks, so we tried to have the midwife come within the agreed 24-36 hour window for postnatal care. She was just barely willing to come within 48 hours, but we were just going to take what we could get to keep UG3 home. Interestingly enough, she was born in the evening, so UG1 was up and watching a movie and came in to check on me. She saw UG3 just after she came out and still commented that "She's really cute."

UG3 had something come up the evening before midwife was scheduled to come and since she hasn't been involved in the birth, she didn't feel she could diagnose anything. So, we canceled our appointment with her for the following morning and headed to the ER at the children's hospital to see what was going on. Turned out to be nothing, but they weren't willing to do the newborn screening either, so they referred us to a pediatrician to have it done in the 48 hour window (yep, same as midwife).

Went to pediatrician and got a lecture about our decisions to refuse some procedures and finally got the 1st newborn screening done. We'll return to the pediatrician for the 2nd newborn screening and just take our girls for well child visits after that appointment.

Because we went to the hospital, every test was done with plenty of plastic which was non-avoidable, but not zero-waste or plastic-free.

We didn't end up using all of our supplies, but here is we did use:


    1. 1 unlanolized lightweight wool swaddling blanket postpartum to protect our sheets from lochia
    2. 1 wool Reusable/washable underpad and lanolized, used postpartum under swaddling blanket to protect our sheets from lochia and changing diapers
    3. 2 Stainless steel cord clamps, sterilized were used successfully to cut the cord with boiled kitchen scissors, after being scared off from cord burning by a pop that didn't even touch UG3
    4. Homemade cloth Postpartum pads from old towels, my repurposed baby blanket, and cotton layer for softness worked great for the first week and now I don't really need such heavy duty care
    5. Bubzi Co. Nasal Aspirator-Part Silicone, Washable, Reusable, Works better than bulb and can clean better to prevent mold build-up..worked great for clearing out a little extra fluid from UG3's nose and mouth, along with a couple of good wacks to the back and feet flicks 
    6. Twin Pack Newborn Metabolic Screen from the Utah Department of Health (Formerly the PKU screening, a necessary and life saving test and so we aren't going to alter this item.)  Update on June 3rd, 2016: It's all paper, even the mailer (excepting the adhesive! So already plastic-free.) We took this to the pediatrician's office, so they did use a band-aid, plastic heat packs, and alcohol wipes to perform the screening. I'm going to try to refuse the band-aid for the second screening.
    7. Birthing in the tub and cleaning with soap and water like any other day worked great and Mr. Greenie was a champion at removing all traces of our birth mess!
    8. Washing everything normally thrown away and using a large hand-me-down wet bag to put washables in also worked well. 

    9. Wide-Mouth Half-gallon canning jar worked great for encapsulating my placenta. The encapsulation specialist was amazing and had her own jar to send capsules home in. She put everything in a paper gift bag as well, so it looked really nice.
    10. Medium/Large mixing bowl to carry placenta until in jar worked fine.
    11. Staying over the bathtub as birthing area worked fairly well. We ended up using the plastic drop cloths that came with our house for cutting the cord on our bed. We're going to be able to reuse another time.
    12. Thermometer, we reused UG1's, no new plastic. We'll eventually replace with a glass one when the batteries go out. This will be reused for awhile of growing up.
    13. Gender neutral hand-me-down clothing and PUL newborn diapers/skin to skin contact and diaper free baby, (no new plastic and we'll eventually sell the diaper covers to get wool covers, no budget for it now.) We stayed naked for awhile and used our stainless steel dog bowl baby potty until we went to sleep.
    14. Towels (already cotton, not plastic) worked fine for drying off baby and after I showered off.
    15. Washcloths (already cotton, not plastic) weren't used.
    16. Cloth washcloths and wipes weren't necessary either. Mr. Greenie did use our cloth cleaning rags for tub clean-up.
    17. Receiving blankets (hand me downs from UG1 and skin to skin contact), didn't use for a couple of days as UG3 slept with us.
    18. Homemade postpartum pads (See above) and granny panties, mostly cotton with exception of plastic elastic waistbands. So amazingly better than disposables! Laundry was a load a day with newborn diapers and pads, but so much better comfort-wise.
    19. Frozen cloth maxipads, see Padsicles tutorial) Also amazing, I didn't feel any need for Tylenol, etc.
    20. Custom glass bended straws (For drinking in even the prone position) Fairly good, but one broke after one use. I would recommend 2 custom heavily bent and 2 regular bent ones.
    21. Coconut water in glass bottles (and grapefruit juice as a treat) Worked great in labor and recovery. Mr. Greenie also enjoyed, so that will be an occasional treat in our house.
    22. Foods easily digested (All in plastic-free packaging already) I did great with a yogurt and didn't even throw up this labor. My labor was again, super short though.
    23. Arnica Montana homeopathic 30 C (Only in plastic, but prevents bruising and decreases "pain" in labor, which I prefer to call discomfort. I would use a Arnica extract in a glass bottle in the future.) Seemed to work fine.
    24. Snacks for birth team (plenty of plastic-free options). Labor went so fast that Mr. Greenie didn't really need a snack or do anything but prepare the birthing area and tidy up.
    25. Car seat installed & ready to go for emergency transport (No plastic-free options exist for driving with baby in the car, we just went with the least toxic and will be recycling all our car seats. If you solely ride public transportation, then you could just hold baby or wear in a sling.) I installed it in early labor with my water leaking into a postpartum pad.
    26. Postpartum Sitz Bath Herbs (Already purchased before going plastic-free so there is tape closing box and a plastic bag holding the cloth herb packets, but you could make your own with homegrown herbs or buy from sellers on Etsy.) These have worked great for soothing ice packs and making padsicles.
    27. Comfy clothing and nudity for skin to skin (Both plastic-free, but clothing seems more like a relaxation thing to me, rather than being an invalid in bed.) I totally stayed naked whenever I could for the first week on my husband's vacation. The clothes helped to feel more healthy though.
    • Bonus:Shephard's Purse for Hemorrhage care, 15ml 3 times a day (Breastfeeding also helps) I used this once, but we didn't have a real heavy hemorrhage problem.
    • Bonus: Raspberry Leaf/Nettle Infusion (Hemorrhage care and reduces blood loss, & boosts iron/Vitamin K levels) Worked great and seems to help.
    • Bonus: Cottonwood Bark Extract, 20 drops 2-3 times a day postpartum for afterpains (cleansing rushes, I prefer.) This was phenomenal, I didn't feel tempted to use painkillers between this and the Padsicles. I would recommend this for every delivery!
    • Bonus: Bengkung Belly Binding Kit (Helps to heal and support rectus abdominus, along with appropriate exercise) This also seems to be working. I already had a diastasis from my first pregnancy.
    • Bonus: Olive oil in glass bottle (on baby's bottom to prevent meconium from sticking) Didn't really use this as we used EC from day one and didn't worry about getting our flats and prefolds stained.
    • Bonus: Tape measure (already owned plastic, to measure baby after birth) Actually forgot to measure UG3 until later. It's not required on birth certificate luckily.
    • Bonus: Candles for Cord Burning vs cutting (We already have the candles, otherwise we would choose beeswax candles. Burning actually cauterizes the cord, so cord remainder can be clamped, tied in a knot, tied off, etc.) Ended up sterilizing kitchen scissors and cutting after a candle popped, but not on UG3 or me.
    • Bonus: Clean sheets for the bed after birth is over and nap is needed for baby, mother, and father.) This worked fine.
    Overall, a great experience and fairly zero-waste and very little plastic! Super happy to have this little one out and about with us now. 

    Here's to less plastic, less waste, and more joy!

    Little Urban Greenie


    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Canning without Cane Sugar or Pectin

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    Canned whole raspberries from the free ones we received from my local grandmother's freezer in their own juices ,instead of using a light syrup. I had four cups of juice left, so I decided to can some raspberry jelly as well. The whole raspberries canned, but one jar had the bottom just cleanly break off in the water bath canner, so I had to clean that up first and put fresh water in the canner to prevent a bigger mess.

    After that was ready, I canned the jelly using a cup of stevia powder and a cup of honey vs 5 1/2 cups of sugar, and substituted four packets of gelatin powder vs a box of powdered pectin. We're not vegetarian and I believe there are a lot of health benefits from eating gelatin, so I'll keep using gelatin vs pectin. (See resources page for canning whole raspberries and original raspberry jelly recipe.)

    Here is my raspberry jelly adaptation without cane sugar or pectin (Tends to be Runny and Become gelatin in the fridge, I will keep working on gelatin conversation and update once I get it.):

    Makes approx. 3 half-pints
    Ingredients

    • 4 cups of raspberry juice (from frozen raspberries or 5 pints of raspberries)
    • 1 cup stevia powder
    • 1 cup honey
    • 4 packets of gelatin
    1. Wash berries; remove any stems and rotten berries. Drain.
    1. Pour berries into a large, stainless steel stock pot, and heat over low just to warm. Crush berries to extract juice.
    2. Ladle berries and juice into a jelly bag. Hang the bag to drain over a bowl for several hours, squeezing as necessary to remove the juices.
    3. Measure the juice. You need 4 cups. Add water or another fruit juice as necessary to fill to this exact amount (you shouldn’t have to add much). Pour the juice back into the large stock pot.
    4. Whisk in gelatin to the juice in the pot, and bring to a full rolling boil over high heat.
    5. Quickly pour in the stevia powder and honey, and stir. Return to a full rolling boil, and allow to boil for 1 minute exactly. Remove from heat.
    6. Ladle hot liquid into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/8″ headspace.
    7. Wipe rims of jars with a wet rag, to remove any sticky residue.
    8. Affix a previously simmered lid and ring.
    9. Process in a boiling water bath canner for 5 min.
    10. Remove from canner, and allow to cool on the counter for 18-24 hours before testing the seals on the lids.

    Here are the sealed jars of whole raspberries in the back and raspberry jelly in the front:



    Here's to better and better canning without sugar or pectin!

    Little Urban Greenie

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Zero Waste/Plastic-Free Pregnancy Detection

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    Ways to Detect if You Are Pregnant Without Plastic or Creating Waste (Or: You Have to Be Patient/Dedicated Enough Not to Buy a Home Pregnancy Test That Becomes a Plastic Bio-Hazard.)



    All of these tests/methods take time to show results, anywhere from 18 days IF you have been using fertility charting to 8 weeks if waiting for Chadwick's Sign. 

    Speaking solely from 3 pregnancies personal experience, most practitioners don't do much in the first trimester. You can alternatively have the same bloodwork done at 5 or 6 weeks as at 12 and can have an ultrasound in the same timeframe to establish a heartbeat. 


    We didn't find this helpful, and don't plan on doing anything other than interviewing practioners to find a good fit during the first trimester, if we have more children and no medical need arises.


    I am NOT a doctor or midwife though, and this cannot be taken as medical advice, as I have no background or training to back me up other than statistically insignificant personal experiences. This is solely opinion based. 


    Here are the methods/tests to find out if you're pregnant that are scientifically based, non-toxic, all-natural, plastic-free, and zero-waste:

    1. Fertility awareness: If a woman has been charting using Fertility Awareness methods, she will know when she ovulated. If it has been 18 days since ovulation with no period, then she is pregnant. - See "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler
    2. Wheat and Barley test: If a woman is pregnant, she can urinate on wheat and barley seeds over the course of several days. 70 percent of the time, the urine of pregnant women did promote growth, while the urine of non-pregnant women and men did not.  “Accurate Ancient Egyptian Pregnancy Test. Make sure that you use actual seeds from a catalog, not from a grocery store, as barley usually has the endosperm removed and both may be sprayed with herbicides, making germination hard or near impossible. (To Make Truly Zero-waste, use seedlings like wheatgrass and water normally after test results are done.)
    3. "Chadwick's sign is a bluish discoloration of the cervixvagina, and labia resulting from increased blood flow. It can be observed as early as 6 to 8 weeks after conception,[1] and its presence is an early sign of pregnancy."- Wikipedia
    4. Missed Periods and other symptoms. See the following article for signs of pregnancy as well as natural ways to figure out how far along a woman is: Signs, Symptoms, and Landmarks

    You may also enjoy Zero Waste Plastic Free Family Planning, and "Baking" as a Couple with Less Waste

    Here's to a plastic-free and zero-waste wait for results! Perfect time to work on a project for your homestead.

    Little Urban Greenie

      Saturday, June 4, 2016

      Zero Waste Birth: Gathering Supplies

      As we prepared our birth kit, we had to order supplies and we always made the request to reduce plastic and packaging. Some tried and some ignored us completely.

      Here are photos of the birth supplies as they came in:

      Bubzi Nasal Aspirator: Part Silicone, Washable, Reusable Snot Sucker from Amazon

      Upcycled Wool Multiple Use Pad (Chuks-Home Lanolized) from Upcy Bottoms on Etsy

      Stainless Steel Cord Clamps from Precious Arrows Midwifery


      compostable trash bags Made from Non-GMO Potatoes without plastic at all (Midwife insisted on Trash bags for disposal)
      Rubber Hot Water Bottle from Amazon to replace plastic peri-bottle and doubles for future warming needs
      Wool receiving blanket packaging (from Etsy Seller who was amazing on her minimizing plastic packaging by reusing a paper bag and just using a little tape to close it) which is to replace some disposable plastic Chux pads
      Custom Glass drinking straws (Made from Recycled Pyrex by another amazing Etsy Seller who just put a little tape to keep the package closed and wrapped in paper, AND included reusing ideas for the paper wrapping) to replace plastic disposables and keep me hydrated during and after labor, even while laying flat on my back
      Ordered recycled paper towels that looked like they were wrapped in paper on Amazon from a manufacturer who sells recycled toilet paper in paper (Don't fall for the Marcal trap, they're all wrapped in plastic!)

      Utah Newborn Screening (Super impressed with the Health Department on this one, almost plastic-free and zero-waste. FedEx's Earth Smart is even carbon-neutral which is a good step in in the right direction.) 


      Everything else was bought locally or we already had it. The good news is that very little on this list will have to be bought and shipped again. We can pretty much just pack it all up after we're done using it (either during birth or during birth and beyond), and bring it out the next time we have a baby.

      On a personal note, buying/receiving mostly used gender-neutral clothes, diapers, bedding, etc. minimizes waste to make gear and get them to your location, saves money by getting more use out of the same gear, and saves space for storing them for hand-me-downs. You don't have to spend as much time looking for clothes without plastic.

      Here's to less plastic and zero-waste shipping for a zero-waste/ plastic-free birth!

      Little Urban Greenie

      Friday, June 3, 2016

      Canning with little money and updates

      Made a Rose Petal Jelly from this recipe, substituting cane sugar for 1/2 the amount of honey and 4 packets of gelatin versus pectin. It becomes jello solid in the fridge and is fairly runny otherwise, but it tastes great. Planning on making more as a jam once enough blossoms bloom again.

      A tomato plant, most of the calendula, and all of the yarrow have been victims of dog F. We were gone for too long and he killed them. We got a crate to keep him in while we are gone. Mr. Greenie will be mainly in charge of crate training and I will assist where I can.

      Visited my local grandmother and Mr. Greenie worked more on his work training on her computer. She gave us a bunch of last year's frozen raspberries and a overgrown stevia plant. I will be returning her zip lock bags next time we visit. We plan on making raspberry jam and canning whole raspberries from this blessing. We should be canning more whole raspberries from our own bushes in about a month or so.

      We worked in the yard more this week. I harvested 3 bags of chamomile, a bunch of stevia leaves to dry, and two bunches of red raspberry leaf. Mr. Greenie did awesome amounts of weeding and moving bricks from an area we're incorporating into more growing space to a dirt patch. The patch will better serve as a path to our garage and is large enough to double as a patio once complete.

      I just discovered Swagbucks cashback program where you can earn points towards Paypal cash or gift cards. I'm working towards Amazon Gift cards to earn Weck jars. I play videos on their app, search with their browser, answer surveys when I'm resting, and will earn cashback whenever I shop online. They also offer points for playing games, app download points, and more. If someone uses your referral link to signup , you get 10% of whatever points they make for life! Here's mine if you're interested- http://www.swagbucks.com/p/register?rb=19896290

      I also subscribed to volunteer opportunities for the Green Urban Lunchbox. Here's my plan to get free, local, mostly unpackaged food to can and dehydrate this year:

      • Using Green Urban Lunchbox's FruitShare and Back Farms programs to get free fruit and vegetables
      • our garden 
      • neighbors who have fruit trees
      • free box outside of neighborhood communtity garden
      • our Church community
      • Swagbucks program to earn free jars
      • Local Classified ads for free canning jars
      • Family and community for extra free canning jars
      With free local food from these sources and just supplementing with Farmer's Market produce, we should be able to preserve enough to get through the Winter/Spring much better than this year.

      Imagine all the glass jars full of canned and dehydrated foods, mostly free, mostly local, mostly plastic-free (exception of Ball/Kerr lids from free jars)!

      Started some white vinegar, so we'll see how that works out. The link on making vinegar can be found on my resources page under non-plastic options, (plastic-free vinegar). Here's what it looks like so far:

      Here's to local food on the frugal and plastic-free/zero-waste side of life!

      Little Urban Greenie

      Wednesday, June 1, 2016

      Zero Waste Birth Kit

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      Health and Safety Warning: I'm not a doctor, midwife, homeopath, herbalist, or other credentialed/licensed medical/health expert. All of the items in this kit were selected based on my own personal research for my family's needs and should not be taken as medical advice. Anyone who follows our example is doing so at their own personal risk and I cannot be held liable for any outcome, either negative or positive.

      As we prepare for the birth of UG3, we have gathered our supplies, trying to reduce both plastic and waste by substituting plastic-free and/or reusable or compostable options. Here are the comparisons between the list the midwife suggested and what we were able to substitute and add to reduce mainly new plastic and waste-

      Midwife's Birth Kit (All Boxed up) Included:
      1. 18 Basic 23 x 36 Disposable Incontinence Pads (Chux pads)
      2. 5 Large 30 x 36 disposable incontinence pads (Chux pads)
      3. 2 newborn 100% cotton hats
      4. 2 plastic cord clamps
      5. 10 Medline Post-Op sponges, 2 per package
      6. 4 lubricating jelly packets, 3 g 
      7. 1 Dyna-Hex scrub brush
      8. 6 Heavy OB pads
      9. 1 Peri bottle
      10. 2 oz bulb syringe
      11. Tenderfoot lancelet
      12. Near Nick Lancelet

      My Birth Kit Substitutions:
      1. Bought 1 unlanolized lightweight wool swaddling blanket on Etsy
      2. Bought 1 wool Reusable/washable underpad and lanolized it (Plastic-free & can be reused for other births and as a changing pad) also on Etsy
      3. Reuse hand-me-down gender neutral 100% cotton hats, rather than using new
      4. 2 Stainless steel cord clamps, sterilized and can be reused
      5. 12 cotton bandages, to be boiled and use alcohol (in glass bottle) to clean baby's heel for newborn metabolic screening
      6. Olive oil for lubrication
      7. ?
      8. Homemade cloth Postpartum pads from old towels, my repurposed baby blanket, cotton layer for softness (old burp cloths could also work well)
      9. 1 rubber hot water bottle
      10. Bubzi Co. Nasal Aspirator-Part Silicone, Washable, Reusable, Works better than bulb and can clean better to prevent mold build-up
      11. &
      12. Sterile Exacto-Knife (Zero-waste and plastic-free yes, would midwife or anyone else go for it, no! So we're stuck with what midwife uses)

        Midwife's Birth Supply List( For Us to Provide):
        1. Twin Pack Newborn Metabolic Screen
        2. Hydrogen peroxide
        3. Bleach, & Lysol Household All-purpose cleaner
        4. Black trash bags/kitchen bags
        5. 2-4 gallon size zip lock bags (Placenta disposal)
        6. Medium/large mixing bowl
        7. pie plate
        8. Cookie/baking sheet
        9. Shower curtain liner/thin plastic drop cloths
        10. Thermometer
        11. Newborn clothes, diapers, baby hats, & socks
        12. Towels (6-10)
        13. Washcloths (4-6)
        14. Roll of paper towels-Viva brand preferred
        15. Receiving blankets (5-10)
        16. 2 packages of extra absorbency maxi pads/ granny panties
        17. Frozen maxi pads
        18. Pack of plastic bendy straws
        19. 3 bottles of Gatorade, Recharge, Coconut water, EmergenC (Electrolyte beverages)
        20. Foods easily digested (honey, yogurt, fruit, bread, butter, peanut butter, soup)
        21. Arnica Montana homeopathic 30 C
        22. Snacks for Birth team
        23. Car seat Installed & Ready to Go
        24. Postpartum Sitz Bath
        25. Nursing friendly PJs, robe, slippers for mom

        My Birth Supplies List Substitutions:
        1. Twin Pack Newborn Metabolic Screen from the Utah Department of Health (Formerly the PKU screening, a necessary and life saving test and so we aren't going to alter this item.)  Update on June 3rd, 2016: It's all paper, even the mailer (excepting the adhesive! So already plastic-free.)
        2. Birthing in the tub and cleaning with soap and water like any other day (Hydrogen peroxide for blood cleanup, may still use some if blood gets anywhere else. Luckily, this is a highly recyclable plastic.)
        3. Plan on using bathtub as birthing area (Bleach and Lysol are for water birth pool, so don't have to sterilize a rented pool.)
        4. Washing everything normally thrown away and using a large hand-me-down wetbag to put washables in. (Bought 100% potato starch/plastic-free compostable kitchen bags if midwife insists)
        5. 2 Wide-Mouth Half-gallon canning jars (We're encapsulating my placenta, so we're planning on putting it into half-gallon canning jars for the encapsulation specialist and sending a quart jar to send capsules home in. If we weren't encapsulating, I would use the jars to transport it and have it buried it under a tree. If specialist insists, we got the zip locks from my local grandmother who is not remotely zero-waste or plastic-free.)
        6. Medium/Large mixing bowl to carry placenta until in jar (Already plastic-free)
        7. Pie plate for sterilized tools to be carried in (Already plastic-free)
        8. Cookie/baking sheet for neonatal resuscitation (" ")
        9. Staying over the bathtub as birthing area (Several plastic drop cloths came with our house if we end up needing them, we can sterilize, so no new plastic.)
        10. Thermometer (Reuse UG1's, no new plastic. We'll eventually replace with a glass one when the batteries go out.)
        11. Gender neutral hand-me-down clothing and PUL newborn diapers/skin to skin contact and diaper free baby, (no new plastic and we'll eventually sell the diaper covers to get wool covers, no budget for it now.)
        12. Towels (already cotton, not plastic)
        13. Washcloths (already cotton, not plastic)
        14. Cloth wipes and washcloths (if midwife insists we will use Recycled, but packaged in plastic as there aren't any options with paper packaging)
        15. Receiving blankets (hand me downs from UG1 and skin to skin contact)
        16. Homemade postpartum pads (See above) and granny panties, mostly cotton with exception of plastic elastic waistbands 
        17. Frozen cloth maxipads, see Padsicles tutorial)
        18. Custom glass bended straws (For drinking in even the prone position)
        19. Coconut water in glass bottles (and grapefruit juice as a treat)
        20. Foods easily digested (All in plastic-free packaging already)
        21. Arnica Montana homeopathic 30 C (Only in plastic, but prevents bruising and decreases "pain" in labor, which I prefer to call discomfort. I will be contacting manufacturers to try and see if they would consider glass containers in the future.)
        22. Snacks for birth team (plenty of plastic-free options)
        23. Car seat installed & ready to go for emergency transport (No plastic-free options exist for driving with baby in the car, we just went with the least toxic and will be recycling all our car seats. If you solely ride public transportation, then you could just hold baby or wear in a sling.)
        24. Postpartum Sitz Bath Herbs (Already purchased before going plastic-free so there is tape closing box and a plastic bag holding the cloth herb packets, but you could make your own with homegrown herbs or purchase from a seller on Etsy.)
        25. Comfy clothing and nudity for skin to skin (Both plastic-free, but clothing seems more like a relaxation thing to me, rather than being an invalid in bed.)
        • Bonus:Shephard's Purse for Hemorrhage care, 15ml 3 times a day (Breastfeeding also helps)
        • Bonus: Raspberry Leaf/Nettle Infusion (Hemorrhage care and reduces blood loss, & boosts iron/Vitamin K levels)
        • Bonus: Cottonwood Bark Extract, 20 drops 2-3 times a day postpartum for afterpains (cleansing rushes, I prefer.)
        • Bonus:Bengkung Belly Binding Kit (Helps to heal and support rectus abdominus, along with appropriate exercise)
        • Bonus: Olive oil in glass bottle (on baby's bottom to prevent meconium from sticking)
        • Bonus: Tape measure (already owned plastic, to measure baby after birth)
        • Bonus: Candles for Cord Burning vs cutting (We already have the candles, otherwise we would choose beeswax candles. Burning actually cauterizes the cord, so cord remainder can be clamped, tied in a knot, tied off, etc.)
        • Bonus: Clean sheets for the bed after birth is over and nap is needed for baby, mother, and father.)

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