Welcome to ORGANIC BABY UNIVERSITY
My Story: Jennifer, CEO of Organic Baby University
I always thought I was a pretty healthy person before I became pregnant; I ate healthy foods and ate organic food occasionally. I exercised regularly, took my prenatal vitamins and generally took pretty good care of myself. But only weeks into my pregnancy I was diagnosed with an extremely rare chromosome disorder and it completely changed my life and my pregnancy.
There is nothing scarier than finding out that your child may not be healthy. I was desperate to find all the information I could to help my child have the healthiest chance in life. There are so many things as parents that we do not have control of, such as genetics and certain things in our environment. And as an example, in my case, often times it is difficult to get information on what these genetic factors really mean. My condition is estimated to only occur in 1 in 100,000 people so there was no real information to be found. However, there is a lot we can do to make serious positive impacts on our children's health.
As I began to research the things that I DID have control over, I had no idea how many things were in my personal environment that could negatively impact me during my pregnancy and the health of my child. I had no idea that chemicals I had in my everyday products had been linked to birth defects, asthma, ADD, cancer, and even potentially autism in real legitimate scientific studies! I had always assumed if it was allowed in products that it must be safe- that the government was regulating these chemicals.
What I didn't know at the time was that over 80,000 chemicals have been introduced to our environment and in our products in the last 50 years and less than 200 have ever been tested as safe by anyone! That just seemed crazy to me!
The government just can't keep up with it! I quickly understood that in order to protect my unborn child and my family moving forward, I needed to learn as much as I could about how what these chemicals were, where they were found, what they did to our bodies, and how to avoid them!
As I researched, the most frustrating thing was there didn't seem to be one website that was inclusive of everything I needed to know. Nearly all websites that discussed these topics addressed just some of the chemicals, or the "main" chemicals to avoid. There were a few sites that seemed to contain most or all of the information, but you had to search all over their site reading a ton of articles...and more frustrating...is if you didn't know what you were looking for it...how were you supposed to find it?
Pregnancy is such an exciting time for a new mom, and a stressful one! Mom's want to do the very best they can for their babies! And most people don't have the time like I had to spend hundreds of hours researching what to avoid, what products are truly safe, which products say they are "green" or "organic" and are misleading and harmful, and how not to have to spend a zillion dollars or a ton of time to make the necessary changes!
That is the reason Organic Baby University was born. My husband had asked me why I wasn't sharing all of the information I had learned with other moms to be!? So now I am! I have compiled all the information I have learned from over 230 resources (and have provided references for all facts) in a fun A-Z animated, carton video format. You don't have to search all over the internet, read tons of articles, or wonder what the next chemical is that you need to learn about or avoid! No more stress! You can watch the videos and make the easy changes and spend the rest of your time enjoying your pregnancy, knowing you have done everything you can do protect your baby. You also will have access to me and the other members if you have questions or want more in-depth discussion about how to have a more green, organic, safe pregnancy, baby and family!
It is everything you need for a healthy pregnancy, baby and family in one easy stop!
A ccording to the World Health Organization, more than 33% of diseases of children under five years are caused by environmental exposures. (116)
According to the National Academy of Sciences, in the year 2000 " 1/2 of all pregnancies resulted in less than healthy babies and up to 1/3 of the developmental defects in these babies are caused by exposure to toxic chemicals". (48)
Did you know that the "EPA has determined that infants up to age two are, on average, ten times more vulnerable to carcinogenic chemicals than adults and for some cancer causing agents are up to 65 times more vulnerable". (115)
""Children accumulate up to 50 percent of their lifetime cancer risk by their second birthday". (115)
"Today children are exposed to thousands of substances in the environment, most of which have never been tested for toxicity to children ... the implications of this massive experiment in exposure are unknown". (123)
"Environmental toxins are suspected to be correlated to many disorders that, until recently, have been assumed to be genetic in origin ... asthma and autism are among the disorders that may be linked to environmental toxicants". (123)
"While genetic factors are thought to account for 10-20% of cases of chronic disease in childhood, the majority of causes are unknown. It is strongly suspected that some pediatric diseases are caused in part by exposures to environmental toxins". (23)