It turns out their instincts had research support. In 2003, the University of Surrey released a study (Uzzell & Leach, 2003) demonstrating the positive impact of introducing cloth diapers to parents in prenatal classes and on the maternity ward in a hospital.
Project goals and objectives
–1– Research and publicize the data informing decisions about using cloth diapers in hospital maternity wards so that other hospitals will be able to make similar decisions.
–2– Implement a grassroots campaign to advocate for cloth diapers in hospitals.
–3– Raise awareness of cloth diapers at the prenatal level. Based on research, the earlier parents are introduced to cloth diapers, the more likely they are to use them. Even if maternity wards don’t use cloth diapers, new parents should still have access to information about cloth diapers included in hospital prenatal parenting classes.
Several committees at the RDA Board level will be focusing on this project – - the Volunteers Committee, where we’ll be training and managing the volunteers to work on the project, the Research Committee, which will guide the investigation into current practices, and the Communications Committee, which will create the internet repository where we’ll collect and share the collected data. To coordinate all the moving parts, we’ll have a Steering Committee guide the project, which will likely take 18 months to complete as designed.
Want to help? We’re organizing volunteers now! Please email me at heatherm at realdiaperassociation dot org.
Executive Director, Real Diaper Association