The amount of waste created by today’s healthcare practices is appalling.
Mother Blooming Birth Services & Midwifery strives toward the following goals.
Every attempt is made to reduce volumes of wasted resources used in client care. Mother Blooming is working toward implementing electronic medical records, billing and other systems which can eliminate waste and substantially reduce the volumes of paper which have traditionally been used in medical and midwifery practice (click here to read more about another western doctors experience, and why this is important). MBBS uses water-based or soy-based inks for stamps & printing and natural cleaning products whenever possible. We also encourage our clients to breastfeed, and to use cloth diapers- both options greatly decrease the amount of waste going to our landfills.
Mother Blooming Midwifery offers the option of low-waste birth supply kits for home birth clients, which can be borrowed, then once returned. Like hospital linens they are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before being reused. This eliminates approximately a garbage bag of disposable waste, which would typically be used at every birth. We also use traditional metal instruments, which can be cleaned thoroughly and reused as apposed to plastic items which come with extra packaging which all must be sent to the landfill. MBBS also encourage our clients to purchase used receiving blankets, and newborn clothes; which are washed free of the toxic flame retardants manufacturers are required to put on them.
We only use 100% post-consumer paper, and recycle materials whenever possible. Our birth kits that are purchased through Birth With Love, are packaged in recycled boxes for shipping. MBBS encourages our clients to birth in water, which in addition to its many other benefits is a very low waste birth option, and many times we can even recycle the water by using it in your garden.
“I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”