Hospitals use massive amounts of plastic, paper, laundry and toxic cleaners for every birth.
At home, women are in their natural environment and are immune to the community of micro-organisms where they live. Besides lowering the risk of infection, giving birth at home is the most sustainable option for the environment because they are using their own washable linens, and a minimal amount of disposable supplies.
At our birth center we use washable linens whenever possible. We use carefully chosen cleaning products because everything must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between each woman giving birth. An added benefit is that we are not a hospital where sick people are; just the same building you have been coming to throughout your pregnancy and to which your immune system has grown accustomed.
Womancare Birth & Breastfeeding Center is dedicated to helping our community become more sustainable:
- We use a small box of birth supplies with some paper products for the birth, just enough for one small bag of trash.
- At home we wash you linens and towels used during the birth using cold water and your biodegradable soap and hydrogen peroxide, which is non-toxic.
- We use electronic health records, which vastly eliminates most paper and ink usage and waste.
- When possible, we use recycled paper products.
- We recycle all recyclable materials in our office, including finely shredded paper.
- We use higher efficiency, lower energy light bulbs, printers, hot water heater and other equipment.
- We strive to use non-toxic, natural cleaners as much as possible.