Greening Your Pregnancy and New Family

Speaker: Donna Walls RN, BSN, ICCE, IBCLC



Continuing Education Units
One (1) ICEA Contact Hour, One (1) R-CERP

At the end of this session, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the negative effects of environmental toxins on pregnancy and new families
  2. Describe safe, healthy alternatives for foods, care products, cleaning and lifestyles
  3. Discuss resources and research available for education for families and professionals

About the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)

The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.


Greening Your Pregnancy and New Family

Donna Walls RN, BSN, ICCE, IBCLC

Education on the effects of environmental chemicals has been slow to catch up with the research. ACOG has recommended that all pregnant women receive information on how to avoid many chemicals known to cause fetal harm. Numerous organizations are providing research and education for families to reduce their exposure to unhealthy toxins but mainstream paths of education have been slow to add this information to curriculum. Childbirth educators have a unique opportunity to educate pregnant and new families about the concerns and also provide safe, healthy alternatives for care of families.


Donna Walls RN, BSN, ICCE, IBCLC

Donna became a Registered Nurse in 1972, and has worked with pregnant and new parents since 1974. She became a Certified Childbirth Educator in 1984, is currently serving as Director of Lactation on the Board for the International Childbirth Education Association, She became a Certified Lactation Consultant in 1987 and an Advanced Nurse Lactation consultant in 2012. She is a clinical Lactation Consultant, and continues as faculty for the Healthy Children Project. She also teaches many women’s health classes and workshops for both patients and professionals and became adjunct faculty at Sinclair Community College, teaching holistic and environmental care classes. She was the project leader for the successful Baby Friendly designation at Southview Hospital in 2008 and has worked to implement the Ohio 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

In 1995 she developed and opened the first Alternative Birth Center within a hospital setting in the state of Ohio and is currently representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee from the International Childbirth Education Association. 

She serves as chair of the education committee for the Breast Cancer Foundation Board.

 In 1997 she graduated as a Master Herbalist from the Australasian College with a Diploma Degree in Herbal Sciences and in 1998 became a Certified Aromatherapist. She was in private practice as an herbalist from 1997 until 2013. She has presented programs on holistic care, including natural therapies for women’s health, herbal medicines, aromatherapies and environmental health both locally and nationally for many years.

She published her first book “Natural Families- Healthy Homes” in 2007, focusing on the connection between the health of the environment and personal health and published her second book “Growing Green Families” in 2016.

Greening Your Pregnancy and New Family

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