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Early Life and Childhood/Youth

Becoming a new or expecting parent can bring various emotions. it is a happy time, an exciting time and a very scary time. Companies have a way of advertising products so well in our every day lives that we don’t even notice their presents. We don’t even know how we are being pushed to buy products, we just think we need it. Most expecting mothers and parents want the best for their babies and their children, so they are willing to get the best  or what they “think” is the best. A big contributor to a happy and healthy life is awareness. To be aware means to know your risks, know you options and know your rights.  Parents who are conscious of the products they buy, the care they receive, and the law and polices that effect their lives, will have a more positive outcome to the conception and birth of their children.  New parents are vulnerable and because of this, they are often taken advantage of. Every parent can choose their path, starting from preconception to prenatal to after birth. There needs to be improvement in the amount of awareness that is spread throughout every community, lower class to upper class to help new parents avoid unnecessary negative outcomes.

A resource most people, new mothers and parents do not know is that there is a high chance they are qualified for midwifery services. Most insurances, including Medicare qualify for midwifery services. A midwife is a professionals who specializes in Midwifery. They specialize in women’s sexual health,  pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum,  and child care. Midwives are a resource for new mothers and parents to use through the process of their pregnancy. Midwives can assist in creating specific pregnancy and birth plans for the mother, as well as after care for the child. This service allows a one-on-one care for the mother to ensure she is getting the unique care she needs to give birth to a healthy baby.  If people were more a aware of their eligibility for a service like this, as well as it process and benefits, they may be more inclined to utilize it. The benefits of using professionals and programs like these more could have a very positive impact on the health outcomes of expecting mothers and newborns.

For those who are trying to become pregnant and or are pregnant MUST  do their research on the medications and medical information they are receiving from any other source other than their medical provider. Although there are regulations for direct-to-consumer drug advertising (DTC), There is still an issue with falsely advertised medical products and information spreading around the wed. When it comes to fertility websites and clinic websites targeted towards women’s health, this problems becomes a bigger concern. Women’s health and sexual health is still a topic for debate when it comes to quality health care and access/availability. We continue to try and shine a bigger light on this topic and guide women to take control of their own bodies and health outcomes. If we allow inaccurate information to spread around the web, we are pushing women in the wrong direction that could result in serious health conditions and outcomes. By pushing even stricter regulations on DTC, it could help lead women to the web locations that actually provide accurate and helpful health and fertility information. The next step is to bring awareness to new mothers and women on how to access this accurate info and how to pick out what might be useful and what might be inaccurate. Women must be confident in taking their health into their own hands, and their has to be ways to ensure they can do that safely and effectively.

 

Sources:

Early Childhood Slides

Irimia R, Gottschling M (2016) Taxonomic revision of Rochefortia Sw. (Ehretiaceae, Boraginales). Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7720. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.4.e7720. (n.d.). doi:10.3897/bdj.4.e7720.figure2f

http://cfmidwifery.org/states/index.aspx

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CP&R Prompt 1

Like many of the other people in this class, I chose to discuss chemicals and hazardous materials in cosmetic products. I am not the most astute or knowledgeable in this area, but I do use quite a lot of makeup. There are a few laws and agencies that protect consumers that buy makeup including the Bureau of Consumer Protection and the FDCA (Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act). The BCP protects customers from unfair and fraudulent business practices while the FDCA gives businesses regulations and standards about the safety of the products.

What other consumers should know includes what is in the makeup we choose to buy and use as well as how to be a smart consumer. Doing research can really help protect individuals as consumers and can make a consumer more inclined to make smart decisions about what they choose to buy. This does not just apply to makeup and other cosmetics but any type of product in general. I also believe it is important to know that not all companies abide by the standards or they do the bare minimum to make their products desirable. Overall, I believe that we as consumers must pay more attention to the laws that are their to protect us as well as the lack of regulations.

 

C P & R Prompt 1

The area of concern that I chose was the standards for school food. When I was a freshman in high school in 2012, the lunch usually consisted of a slice of pizza that was so greasy it needed to be dabbed with a napkin before consumption, French fries with extra salt, and a drink called “Ice” that had no calories, and therefore contained aspartame. Then, in sophomore year, the slices of pizza were cut in half, the French fries were unsalted, and fruit cups and low-fat milk were offered as alternative options. As my dream job is to help design meal plans for public schools, this article was of great interest to me. As I am no longer attending a public school, I feel protected, however, for those still in grade school, I do not feel the same. Michelle Obama did make some great changes to the public-school systems food including many dietary restrictions, correct portion sizing, and raising the spending limit of each child by 6 cents. However, these changes are too little too late for America. I do know that schools are now required to have cut down on saturated and trans fats and sodium consumption. In the long term this will help, however, it is not a large enough change to bring about substantial impact. I do not know if this change will impact school aged children to the degree that Michelle Obama was planning on. The agency that would be most relevant to learn something about is any of the fifteen nutrition assistance programs put in place by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, the Summer Food Service Program, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, etc. What is most important to share with consumers about this issue is that there are things being done to help combat childhood obesity and disease. However, it is also important to note that the last changes made to the public-school food system were in 2012 and are now half a decade outdated. Consumers are protected in the way that their children are given healthier choices for lunch, however, they are not protected in the fact that these are merely choices. If you were to ask a 12-year-old if they wanted to have pizza and French fries for lunch or a salad and fruit cup, they would choose the pizza almost every time.