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Friday, June 28, 2013

Episode 91 (Epilogue): Elimination Communication

Tonight’s Maternally Yours focused on Elimination Communication. Elimination Communication (or “EC”) is a parenting choice which tends to receive a great deal of intense reactions. Whether you’re a parent who can’t stop expressing their love of EC or one whose left a little weary at the idea of going diaper free, our show tonight is for you!

Elimination Communication is also known as “EC” “Natural Infant Hygiene”, “natural infant pottying, and Infant Toilet training, and Diaper-Free Parenting Elimination Communication. Elimination Communication is a practice in which a caregiver uses timing, signals, cues, and intuition to address an infant's need to eliminate waste. EC emphasizes communication between the caregiver and child, helping them both become more attuned to the child's innate bodily rhythms and ability to control urination and defecation.  

We spoke tonight to Stephanie Savalli. Stephanie is a wife and mother to 3 amazing little people with a 4th on the way. She facilitates a local EC group that meets at Rosemary Birthing Home. Stephanie also runs her own business, “Your  Space. Beautiful.” Through her consulting, Stephanie helps families to realize an organized, non-toxic, and functional living space that supports the physical and spiritual health of the entire family.
Stephanie provided us a great deal of information on her own journey with EC, which she prefers to call “diaper free!” Stephanie worked to encourage confidence of parents who may be having some difficulty getting started, and shared her own experiences, challenges, and successes as motivation. Stephanie worked to dispel the idea that EC has to be something you “do,” and instead worked to frame EC has a natural relationship that can develop between parent  and child- similar to rhythms of breast feeding. Stephanie also talked about the different relationships one can have with each child, and how it is important to keep in mind that these differences don’t signify “success” or “failure.” Stephanie also got into the nitty gritty of EC, to dispel fears that parents have about mess and embarrassment that they worried are related to the process.

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