I hate the term “Empowering Women.”

I hate the term “Empowering Women.” Empowering Women has become the term used when you offer a woman a job or an opportunity. In many cases more of a marketing term to place on a website or in blog posts or Facebook rant. What were we doing before this term now overused and without meaning grabbed the spotlight?

Women’s Empowerment Principles:

Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families, and communities.

How does this work if you are attempting to Empowering Women, where do you start?

In Guatemala, I have a great friend, supporter of Boston Newborn Care and our work. In turn, I admire James Dillon’s work in Guatemala, he never uses the term Empowering Women, and Enabling is his preferred means to express his work with Ethical Fashion Guatemala.

 

Empowering Women

Empowering Women

James works mostly Mayan Women Weaving Artisans, in the remote Highlands of Guatemala. The textiles are all handmade dyed from plant seeds, natural cotton, and handspun into works of textile art. The weavers lacked access to technology; he enabled the women to have access to websites, banking, and shipping.

Resulting in economic improvement, products sold internationally and sustainability for the weavers and other forms of Artisan works. Prior local Tourists were the customers, often bartering for a $20 scarf that took a week to weaver.

 

Empowering Women

Empowering Women

James stresses the fact that Ethical Fashion Guatemala is a business, not a None Profit seeking donations or a project. Artisans need work and sales, not donations.

Two years ago, James life in Guatemala changed, Fashionista wrote an article about how from Guatemala James forced ETSY, the on-line handcraft portal to remove thousands of Copyright works of Artisans from their website. The story went Viral.

Think about James story next time you see a sign or website about Empowering Women. I am today thinking how can I Enable more women??

Boston Baby Care | Helping Your Baby Sleep all Night

Boston Baby Care | Helping Your Baby Sleep all Nigh. A Baby nurse can do more than just stay up all night. We have a lot of tricks up our sleeves to help the whole family.

Boston Baby Care prefers a bedtime routine is your best bet for a happy baby and happy parents.

Until you experience the first few months of being a new mom it is impossible to see how unorganized the day can be. Not only is there no time to make sense of what you do but there is little time to come up with a better plan. Nothing feels right. Insecurity is trapping you from properly thinking through the steps you take to accomplish anything.

Boston Baby Care

Boston Baby Nurse

By the time 7 PM comes along there is no way you are in any shape to make a plan for tomorrow. You are just waiting for the next feed and trying to figure out when the night actually starts since days and nights are the same.

Establishing a bedtime routine is so vitally important for everyone. Even though your baby could wear a different onsite or stretchy footie consistently should establish the start and end of each day.

When a new baby joins the family everyone’s life changes. The working adult needs to adapt to the routines as well. With husbands and wives returning home late, it’s hard to check out of adult life to tend to the baby alone. Even children who are used to after dinner being a free for all have to learn.

Boston Baby Care | Helping Your Baby Sleep all Night

Just this week I had a frantic call from a mom whose 4 week old was on a good schedule, but didn’t go to sleep until about 10 – 11pm, despite starting the bed time routine at 7!

So off I went for an observation and consultation. As 7pm approached, up we went to the nursery, and mom put on some music, turned on the overhead lights, and started to feed baby, talking to him the whole time.

While the mom was feeding, older siblings and hubby were coming in and out, for one thing and another, and I could visibly see the baby becoming over stimulated, and fussy very quickly. Then when the feed was over, baby was put into pajamas and…..wait for it….put under a toy with flashing lights and more music!!! By 9 pm poor baby was a complete mess, over tired, over stimulated, and hard to calm. Eventually the baby passed out from sheer exhaustion at 10:40!

Here are the changes I made the next night.

Mom let everyone come up and say good night to the baby BEFORE the routine started, and not to come back into the nursery unless there was a dire emergency. So up we quietly went at 6:45, so that the feed could start at 7.

Siblings kissed baby and left, and then mom put on the white noise machine to cue it was bedtime, change the baby into PJs, swaddle, and turned all lights off, in that order. Mom fed the baby in a very low key, quiet fashion, as you would in the middle of the night, with no conversation, just hugs. The baby was placed in the crib, still awake but drowsy and fast asleep by 7:30 PM.

Bedtime routines are to be very calm, relaxing, and uneventful, with as little stimulation as possible. I’m pleased to report that this is the baby’s new bedtime every night now!

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My Babies Bum and Diaper Rash

Diaper Rash, Newborn parents find the first few weeks challenging, being accustomed to your baby, sleepless nights, breast-feeding and for some Diaper Rash. Seeing your Babies bottom ablaze in fiery color and pain all a mother seeks it to find relief for your Newborns suffering.

There are seven home remedies for diaper rash from diarrhea, yeast infection and other common triggers. Breast milk helps, if you are breastfeeding, if not the remedies include apple cider vinegar, olive oil, cornstarch, and browned flour.

I prefer to stay away from chemical based creams and lotion; one never knows what the hidden ingredients on the label may hold, many natural products may have side effects. The fact Microplastics found in almost everything we put on our body, including toothpaste.

Remember our skin is the largest organ on our body and what we put on it and our Babies bum will be absorbed.

 

I found in of all places Guatemala a natural product for Diaper Rash called “Baby Butter.”

Diaper Rash

 

On the shores of Lake Atitlan Guatemala, I found Geno Veva is a 35-year-old Guatemalan who gave up her career as an engineer five years ago to start a family and to take a break from the high tech world.

Her focus develop pure natural products based on Coconut, Coffee, Cacao, Avocado, Macadamia, and the vast supply of local herbs the Mayan culture have used for hundreds of years for natural medicines.

 

Diaper Rash

Geno working at home

Geno has real world experience with Diaper rash, stretch marks, her five-year-old daughter Love proves her products work as many of her products based on her experience as a mother. Geno continues to develop new products, natural deodorant for woman prone to breath cancer, soaps oil and lotions.

 

Diaper Rash

Geno Creams

I like the idea of supporting Geno through the blogs I write and my interest in natural products. Each products is handmade, extracting natural oils from plants. You can find her on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/Atitlanherbals/. She ships her products worldwide, offers workshops and classes.