The annual Mommybites Summit took place at the New Yorker Hotel in midtown last week. It was the “ultimate” night out with drinks, food, shopping and networking. Highlighted sponsors/vendors included:
Saving Mothers: Until you see the numbers , you don’t realize how many pregnancy related deaths and complications could be prevented in other countries that don’t have the resources and training that our doctors and physicians have in the U.S. Prior to the event, I had not heard of Saving Mothers, a non-profit organization committed to improving maternal care in developing countries.
In rural Guatemala, only 25% of births are attended by medical professionals. Saving mothers provides training, educational outreach, and birthing kits (pictured below) to comadronas, Mayan traditional birth attendants, who are well-respected but often untrained. There is a midwifery program for U.S. trained midwives to go to Guatemala to observe Mayan birth practices, exchange ideas and share practices with comadronas.
In Liberia, Saving Mothers volunteers provide sanitary birthing kits, prenatal care, postnatal care, cesarian sections, training sessions for medical staff , as well as oncologic and urogynecologic procedures. The organization is currently working on fistula repairs, as they pose a health crisis to women in Liberia.
In the Domenican Republic, the organization is training health workers to better understand women’s health issues, identify and treat pelvic prolapse, incontinence, and abnormal pap smears.
Check out their Mother’s Day Campaign, their blog, and find out how a donation can help their amazing cause!
Weleda: Weleda has made natural beauty and wellness products for over 90 years. They pioneered the use of Biodynamic and organic ingredients in skin care because they believe beauty isn’t something made in a lab-it’s something that should be cultivated from the earth without pesticides and chemicals. They have 50 acres of Biodynamic gardens in Germany. On display at the Mommybites Summit, was their Baby Care line in which their products are made with calendula, a gentle and nourishing botanical possesses powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Both of my girls have sensitive skin and eczema so anything all natural and gentle is a bonus. After speaking with representatives at the Summit, I learned that a line of Eczema products is in the works for 2014. The Baby Care line is suitable from birth on. There is also a line just for Mom. To learn more about all Weleda products, visit their website or facebook page.
Rodan and Fields Dermatologists: As we age, we notice a difference in our skin. We get wrinkles, extra sun spots, and some sagging. Knowing about products to help slow down the ant-aging process are always a plus. Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, creators of Proactiv Solutions, make skin care easier at home with their ant-aging products. Their products include the:
- Redefine Regimen, a complete skincare program to visibly firm skin and reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. The patent-pending Macro Exfoliator sweeps away dead cells in just 5 minutes, once a week.
- Reverse Regimen, exfoliates lightens, brightens and protects your skin for a more even tone and texture.
- Soothe Regimen, helps reduce inflammation, strengthens skin’s natural moisture barrier, calms redness, and reduces irritation.
- Unblemish Regimen, combines acne fighting and skin-lightening medicines to clear skin, control oil production, kill bacteria, prevent post-acne dark spots, and protect against UVdamage.
It was an amazing night out with many more fabulous sponsors/ vendors and great prizes won by many during a raffle. Can’t wait to go back next year!
Disclaimer: This was a sponsored post. All information about sponsors/ vendors came from their websites, handouts or speaking with them at the event.