Babies – such a wonderful way to start people.
I became interested in natural health for children and babies after my siblings started having them! I saw those darling faces and wanted nothing more than to give them the best start in life and to keep them away from unnecessary medical interventions. The truth is that making a healthy baby stars long, long before those Cuties ever grace us with their presence.
I was in naturopathic medical school when my siblings became parents. I am the baby of the family so I’ve gleaned a lot of experience before ever having any experience! I started getting questions from my family and friends alike about the whole pregnancy adventure, like:
- Should I do a detox before pregnancy?
- Are there natural alternatives to fertility treatments?
- What’s the difference between an OB/GYN and a Midwife?
- Are there natural remedies for morning sickness?
- Are there a safe natural treatments for a cold or flu in pregnancy?
- What about giving birth outside a hospital – is it safe?
- What can I eat in pregnancy? What should I eat?
- Are there natural ways to get ready for labor? Induce labor?
- What is the best prenatal vitamin?
- What is the deal with vaccines? Can natural medicine make vaccines safer?
- What else do I need to do for the best chances of an optimal pregnancy and healthy baby?
Needless to say, I had my work cut out for me. I dove head first into researching these areas of natural fertility and childbirth and, now graduated and since accomplished in the area of women’s and children’s health – I’ve come to trust and share my training and experience with the many natural options available for keeping moms and babies safe and healthy.
I studied diligently in naturopathic medical school, I read the work of accomplished medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, midwives, and I preceptored with as many naturopathic midwifes and integrative medical doctors as I could during my clinical studies (some naturopaths earn an additional midwifery degree). After I graduated from naturopathic medical school I even took classes at a midwifery university during my internship training because I wanted to gain confidence examining and treating newborns.
I wanted to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible about what natural treatments were safe and effective for our mothers and babies. And boy have I found a wealth of possibilities.
My goal is to help as many women as possible increase their ability to experience optimal fertility, optimal pregnancies and to deliver healthy, happy babies. And most importantly for mother and child – it is with a sense urgency and duty that I seek to help my patients avoid unnecessary medical interventions which threaten to increase our nation’s already staggering rate of infant and child mortality.
By helping women understand their rights and options in healthcare, and by guiding women to towards the best possible health before and during pregnancy, medical interventions will generally be less likely needed. By the same common sense, when medical interventions like labor induction or cesarean section are indeed needed, a healthier woman will be less likely to experience complications during such procedure. This is the best of both worlds in my view, and a win-win for all medical providers and patients alike.
I have seen the proof in the research and in real life: increasing your odds for an optimal conception, pregnancy and birth is entirely possible with naturopathic and integrative medicine.
And I am still learning, every day, seeking out those answers to your questions and mine, so please ask!