As consumers, we do not always think about safety in the products that we purchase; nor do we think about whether we are protected from hazardous chemicals in those products. Under the Consumer Protection and Regulation information is an article that discusses Wal-Mart’s announcement in 2013 that it would phase out 10 hazardous chemicals from the fragrances, cosmetics, household cleaners and personal care products that it sells. The US Toxic Control Substances Act has not had a major update since 1976, therefore, allowing consumer products to be filled with untested chemicals (Koch, 2013). Chemicals such as bisphenol-A (BPA) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has already been banned from products (Koch, 2013).
Cesarean deliveries have increased over the years. Many women are denied the option to have or to try for a vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC). In a 2005 survey by Childbirth Connection, it was determined that 45% of women who had a C-section with their prior delivery were interested in trying for a VBAC. Of that 45% of women who wanted to try a VBAC, 57% of them were denied by their doctor in fear that there would be complications (Roan, 2010).
- Hazardous chemical: any substance, mixture, or article that satifies the criteria of one or more Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) hazard classes, including a classification in Schedule 6 of the WHS Regulations (Health and Safety, 2018).
- Bisphenol-A (BPA): a chemical produced in large quantities for use primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Commonly found in water bottles, infant bottles, compact discs, and medical devices (Bispehnol-A (BPA, 2018).
- VBAC: a vaginal birth by a woman who has undergone a cesarean section in a previous pregnancy.
Bisphenol-A (BPA). (2018). National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/sya-bpa/index.cfm
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Koch, W. (2013). Wal-Mart announces phase-out of hazardous chemicals. USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/12/walmart-disclose-phase-out-toxic-chemicals-products-cosmetics/2805567/
Oxford Dictionaries. (2018). English Oxford Living Dictionaries. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/vbac
Roan, S. (2010). More women should have choice of vaginal birth after C-section, panel says. LA Times. http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-0323-hosp-vbac-20100323-story.html