Certified Coach | Serving Nevada city and surrounding area
Samantha first came into contact with EC whilst out traveling in China where she witnessed a mama pottying her baby in the street right in front of her whilst enjoying a cup of tea, at the time she was horrified but the question of how the mother knew the child needed to go stayed with her. After seeing EC practiced by many natural mamas in her community once she became pregnant she was inspired to do some research and as a lover of clear formulas and step by step instruction was thrilled to find Andreas offerings and purchased her book and infant potty course which she devoured and started her baby on his EC journey on the day he was born, triumphantly catching the first meconium poop. She tries to live a sustainable life and so EC fulfilled her need to avoid using disposables or constantly washing diapers. Avoiding as many poopy diapers as possible was very appealing! She was thrilled to discover the coaching program as is keen to help as many moms as possible start and finish EC with confidence. She is also an Ayurvedic postpartum doula and is now offering in home EC support to her new moms during those first special but overwhelming weeks.
My experiences with Elimination Communication
I learned about EC around 5 years before I became pregnant with my first child. I happened upon an article on EC while researching diaper consumption out of personal interest, and was hooked instantly. Everything about it made sense to me - greater communication with our children; helping children to meet their hygiene needs early on and not perpetuating a long-term habit of diapers throughout toddlerhood; cutting down waste and environmental damage; coming to toilet independence without reward systems or coercive methods. I knew EC was what I wanted to do if I ever had children of my own. From that point forward, every so often I would take some time to learn more about EC. By the time my first son was born, I had a good understanding of where to start, and we began our amazing EC journey just days after he was born!
EC appeals to my deepest values, and I truly believe that it can help many families live a more connected, gentler, more healthful and more environmentally-friendly life. I am passionate about connection-based parenting practices and about the environment, and EC is the perfect melding of these things. Teaching EC means bringing two of my passions together while helping families in the process - what could be better?!
With my first, legwarmers and t-shirts were my number one favourite thing. As an overwhelmed first-time parent, it can be hard to take the leap into EC, because it's one more thing to learn and have to think about. Legwarmers and t-shirts allowed me to "dress for success," because my son's legs were kept warm, but I didn't have to contend with onsie snaps, sleeper zippers or pulling pants on and off every time I helped him to pee or poo. It made things easy and quick, which was exactly what I needed.
There is no single book I can point to as the "most" inspiring. I am addicted to reading and researching, and am inspired by books that are informed by parenting through connection (i.e. Joyful Toddlers and Preschoolers, by Faith Collins; Hold On to Your Kids, by Gordon Neufeld); deeper, age-appropriate communication (i.e. How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen, by Joanna Faber and Julie King); mindfulness and emotional literacy (i.e. The Awakened Family, by Shefali Tsabary; Self-Reg, by Stuart Shanker), positive discipline (i.e. Discipline Without Damage, by Vanessa Lapointe; No Bad Kids, by Janet Lansbury), fostering a love of the natural world (i.e. Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv; i love dirt, by Jennifer Ward; Above All, Be Kind, by Zoe Weil) and a sense of play (i.e. Playful Parenting, by Lawrence J. Cohen). And there are so many more!
I always tell people who are thinking of starting that EC doesn't have to be one of those overwhelming things in new parenthood. It can be lighthearted and casual, and you and your baby will still receive so many benefits from the process! In fact, I find that the little successes EC brings can boost early confidence and help parents to bond with their babies. I let them know that EC doesn't mean extreme stereotypes like having your baby naked all the time and things getting messy, or that you're rushing to the potty every 5 minutes, but that it's actually a realistic and rewarding process to undertake for most families.