Monthly Archives: September 2015

Using Essential Oils Safely

Essential Oils Tallahassee

You hear a lot about essential oils in the birth world. No matter which brand of essential oils you use, or WHEN you are using, please make sure you are using them SAFELY. Like REALLY safely.

What does this mean? Do not use essential oils willy-nilly or solely based on what the manufacturing company says. Seek out what aromatherapists say about that particular oil for your particular situation – small children, pregnancy, or whatever stage your family is in.

As a doula, I am not trained to use essential oils during labor but have had many, many clients who have used them to ease labor pains and discomforts. I am totally cool with whatever families choose for themselves and I personally love using lemon oil while cleaning and even used the same during transition to help ease my nausea!

If you need more info on what essential oils are safe for your family, check out Using Essential Oils Safely​ or their Facebook group:

According to the aromatherapists at Learning about EOs, “Pregnant women need to be especially careful when using essential oils, as some oils are never okay to use during pregnancy.” Two books I’ve seen frequently mentioned while researching EO use for my family are Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child and Natural Babycare. Here are direct links for more information about essential oils for my typical audience:

Essential Oils for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Essential Oils and Children

The takeaway from this I really, really want you to get, is that we all need to be doing our own research on the oils we are interested in BEFORE we buy them, getting the information from sources that are not looking for our business. These oils, even though they’re natural, they have strong medicinal properties and should be treated with respect and caution just as you would any other medicines for your children – and yourselves!

Tallahassee Car Seat Safety

right car seatDid you know this week is Child Passenger Safety Week? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.” If you’re interested in learning more to make sure that your children are in the proper car seat, visit now.

There are certified professionals who are trained on how to check car seat installations to confirm that your child is in the right seat and that the seat is properly installed. I interviewed a local Child Passenger Safety Technician, Patricia Leidy, about what drew her to the field.

What made you interested in becoming a CPST? In November 2012, my middle daughter and I were involved in a side impact collision. I suffered major injuries (and have car accidentrecovered). My daughter did not have a scratch on her. Before I was a CPST, I knew the very basics regarding car seats. After the accident, I start to research – I wanted to make sure I could continue to keep my kids safe in the car. It was a very enlightening process. I learned all about Safe Kids (the certifying body for CPSTs), CPSTs themselves, how common car seat errors are (9 out of 10) and my own misuse. It was then that I decided to pursue certification.

What is your favorite part about being a CPST? Playing with car seats! When a new car seat enters the market, I feel like a kid at Christmas when I get to my put my hands on it.

car seats

39 weeks pregnant at the 2015 Good to be Green Festival

Who has inspired you? I am so very lucky that my inspiration comes from many different people. First and foremost, my husband as he is the one who pushed and encourage to certify. My family and friends for their ears, cars and children for practice. Car Seats for the Littles, as it was their resources that provided most of my enlightenment mentioned above. Finally, my real life CPST resources – my instructor, Dr. Willis of the Florida Occupant Protection Center for her vast knowledge and allowing me to sit in her class, and Danielle and Tina at Safe Kids of Northeast Florida for expanding my knowledge and numerous volunteer opportunities (and the use of Tina’s guest room!).

What is your favorite part about Tallahassee? I grew up here and I love the rolling hills and the great oaks.

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? liedyFree time? With three kids, I am not sure of what you speak! Just kidding. I like to study my LATCH manual (CPST bible). I also help run a babywearing buy, sell, trade.

What is one place you’d like to visit? Poland. My dad was a first generation American and the food and culture just fascinates me!

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend? Load up the family in the van, pick a direction and just roam. We have so much beautiful land to explore.

Do you have any hidden talents? Most people do not realize I was a serious musician in my “before kids” life. Maybe one day, I’ll reclaim that.

If you’d like to reach out to Patricia to have your car seat and installation checked, she can be reached at