How Do You Save a Million Babies?

I think there is a small percentage of people on the planet who are true movers and shakers. These people do big things. These people seek to help others. These people can often bring calm to a space and make things better just by their presence.

I got to meet one of these people last Tuesday night.

Jane Chen co-founder of Embrace Innovations and Little Lotus Baby Products

Jane Chen co-founder of Embrace Innovations and Little Lotus Baby Products

7 years ago at Stanford, Jane Chen with a few of her classmates was asked to solve a need in a developing country for 1% of the cost it takes in the modern world.

What did Jane decide to tackle? Infant mortality.

Did you know that the leading cause of childhood death is complications caused from prematurity and that one of the key factors in an infant’s ability to survive is being able to stay warm?

Babies, especially premature babies cannot regulate body temperature. With modern medicine we use incubators to keep our babies at the correct temperature, but in many countries, incubators are not possible. Sometimes incubators will just sit in the corner due to electricity problems or cultural issues.

After many trials Jane and her team developed the Embrace Baby Warmer and with it they have helped save the lives of 140,000 babies.

Jane working in India.

Jane working in India.

Embrace Innovations has been a wildly successful non-profit movement that has changed the lives of thousands. But Jane didn’t want to stop there. How could she and her team bring this lifesaving and affordable technology to millions?

Little Lotus Baby

If each year over 1 million babies die on their first day of life, how can we create enough financial wherewithal to reach and help their families with education, healthcare and medical devices that could potentially prevent their deaths?

Jane founded a line of consumer baby products that use the technology in the Embrace Baby Warmer to keep babies born right here at home at the correct temperature.

Jane’s friends started having babies and a key concern was whether or not their baby was too hot or too cold. She applied her problem solving skills to developing Little Lotus. A new line of products designed to keep babies at the exact right temperature.

Little Lotus Baby Wrap

Little Lotus Baby Wrap

I would have been so grateful to have had one of these Little Lotus wraps when Phoebe was younger. Phoebe was prone to seizures when she was feverish. A wrap like this would have brought me so much peace of mind.

The best thing about the Little Lotus line is it will use the 1 for 1 model and with every sale of a Little Lotus product, an Embrace Baby Warmer will be given to those in need.

Last Tuesday night I posted this on my Instagram account.

In the development of the Little Lotus products Jane partnered with artist Drue Kataoka who traveled the world to trace the hands of children and mothers who had been helped by the Embrace Baby Warmer. She then designed an online art installation at TouchOurFuture.org. These hands were then printed onto the fabric of the Little Lotus products.

Drue took it further in developing a mobile app where you can have an image taken of your hand and lend your hand to the Touch Our Future cause.

It is the intention that with the energies created from Little Lotus products, we will be able to create funding and resources to bring care to the millions.

If you would like to contribute to this cause with me, you can donate to their Kickstarter.

The swaddle blankets are available for preorder now on the Kickstarter for a special price $50 below retail.

Right Where I’m Supposed to Be

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I turned 36 last week.

I didn’t write a post like I did when I turned 35. You can read that HERE. I swore a lot in it.

36. What a year.

We lost Lloyd this year. He passed a year ago yesterday. I miss his love, humor and generosity. I miss feeling his belief in others that they could accomplish anything in life and succeed.

My mom has been gone 4 1/2 years now. That went by so fast. She used to call me every day on my birthday at the exact time I was born, 4:10. I’ve been missing those calls.

But while I mourn for the loss of those people I love and the problems of the world weigh heavy on my heart at times, I can’t help feeling a sense of happiness I haven’t had for quite some time.

Steve and I have been working incredibly long hours to pull off this renovation and we are in the final stages. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. The kitchen and bath are still down to the studs, but at least Phoebe, Steve and I got to move back into our rooms upstairs today.

I find myself in constant excitement and disbelief that I am actually getting to upgrade our apartment. I am picking paint colors, tile, hardware and lighting. I have windows that close and a backyard I can’t wait to have parties in.

Nearly 3 years ago I starting this blog complaining constantly about my inability to do laundry. Now laundry is the least of my worries. We don’t even have a dryer on site, but somehow it gets washed and dried and folded and put away!

I think living all in one small space has been good for us. I have learned how to be much more efficient with space and organization.

I started working for Braille Skateboarding to bring some of my blogging experience and social media skills to their brand. It has been so rewarding and fun. It’s taken some time away from my blog here, but it has also taken some of the pressure off of my own blog and social media platforms so they can be just more creative and fun without the stress of trying to work out how to make a living with them. You have to hit some pretty high numbers of followers and engagement to make a steady income with personal blogging and do I really want my personal life to go viral? Not really.

A snapshot of my life

A snapshot of my life

The girls are all doing well. Phoebe’s vocabulary is shocking at times and when you pair that with her ability to read people’s emotions, she’s quite the little personality. She got a little sick this weekend and had a fever. I am so happy to report she did not seize! This is the first time she has had a fever and not had a seizure for two years.

Ella is advancing in gymnastics and has found a new love for drawing.

Chloe is dancing three days a week and working really hard at school. She has been such a huge help during this renovation.

So now I am 36. Life is feeling pretty great. I am very grateful to those of you who have followed along this journey of ours for the past few years. You’ve inspired me to live better and dream bigger. I feel like I am right where I’m supposed to be.

xoxo from San Francisco,

Jen

A Fun Easter Commercial with The Oriental Trading Company

I had the so much fun a few weeks ago on set for The Oriental Trading Company. I played what I usually play in commercials, a mom. But I played one of those moms who is on top of everything and who turned her house into an Easter Eggstravaganza.

The day started with make-up.

Jennifer Latch

Before

Jennifer Latch

After

We shot many takes and the special effects team had to clean up all the confetti  and eggs each time!

For another easter spot half of the pool was filled with eggs!

A pool full of eggs

His bunny butt got pretty wet but he enjoyed floating in eggs eating a chocolate bunny while sipping some juice.

A pool full of eggs

The team from Oriental Trading Company were super nice and very excited to be creating such a fun spot. Their 15 second commercials have about 3.5 million views! I have known the production crew from Teak Motion Visuals for 7 years and it was great to work with them again.

Commercials are fun because they are like little bursts of creativity that just last a few days. Everyone is usually upbeat, at least in the Bay Area they are. I can’t speak for the LA peeps.