28 Nov Demystifying the Doula

What is a doula?

As a naturopathic doctor having also received training as a midwife, I frequently discuss birth options with my newly pregnant clients. Should I have a home birth, birth center birth, hospital birth? Should I use a certified professional midwife (CPM), a certified nurse midwife (CNM), or an M.D.? No matter what you choose, I recommend that you have a doula at your birth.

A doula, as it pertains to childbirth, is a woman trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and some informational support to the mother before, during, and right after labor.

Let’s cut to the chase. Doulas of North America (DONA) International reminds us of the following facts:

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:

  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications.
  • reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience.
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans.
  • reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals.

Research shows parents who receive support can:

  • feel more secure and cared for.
  • are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics.
  • have greater success with breastfeeding.
  • have greater self-confidence.
  • have less postpartum depression.
  • have lower incidence of abuse.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazine’s D-Moms Blog

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26 Nov Holistic Childbirth Preparation and Education

ONGOING | 7 Week Series | Private Sessions

Please email to schedule
Holistic Childbirth Preparation and Education
with Kate Naumes ND & Shannon Driscoll of Oil & Cotton Creative Exchange

This private class brings couples together in an inspiring environment to prepare for childbirth as they explore their pregnancies and unique experiences through journaling, discussion, and creative hands-on projects.

Do you desire a natural childbirth with as few medical interventions as possible? Are you planning a hospital or home birth but would like to find a Childbirth Education Class that helps you and your partner to prepare for a natural birth in either setting?

Natural birth is labor that proceeds without unnecessary medical interventions such as cesarean section, epidural anesthesia, or artificial induction of labor. When there are problems such interventions have their place, but for the vast majority of women, these medical interventions are simply not necessary.

Instead, what is needed is a holistic approach to childbirth education. Over the course of 7 weeks we will:
-Learn through interactive, creative participation, in a spirit of fun and curiosity
-Help give mothers-to-be insight about what labor and birth will be like from her perspective
-Prepare ourselves to be in labor & give birth as a mother
Practice relaxation and pain coping techniques weekly
Prepare ourselves to be new parents: baby care basics, getting breastfeeding off to a good start
-Get out of our heads and into our bodies

Who is this class for?
– “I’m having a home birth and I just need to find the right class to prepare for natural childbirth.”
– “I just know you’re supposed to take a childbirth education class.”
– “I already had a baby in a medicalized environment and was not happy. I am looking for a different approach this time around.”
– “I’m having a hospital birth but I’m hoping to avoid epidural, C- section and/or induction (ie medical intervention).”

7 week series –
To inquire about prices or to signup for a series appropriate for your due date please email

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26 Nov Fertility 101 for Couples

Pre-conception & Fertility Optimization – Private Classes for Couples

ONGOING | 6 Week Series | 90 Minute Weekly Private Sessions

Please email to schedule
with Kate Naumes ND

Dr. Kate Naumes, ND is enthusiastically offering a program for optimal pre-conception preparation. Pre-conception care is what you do to prepare yourself to become pregnant. Come learn how to enhance your health in preparation for optimal fertility, a healthy full-term pregnancy, a straightforward labor, a rapid recovery, successful breastfeeding – and of course, a bright, healthy beautiful baby! Learn how nutrition, changes in body composition, exercise and sleep can positively impact male and female fertility and impact the health of any future pregnancy. Learn how to protect yourself from exposure to substances in the environment that can decrease fertility and harm a developing baby. Your future baby will benefit from the simple, non-invasive, cost-effective tools that naturopathic medicine has to offer during the pre-conception period. We will use journaling, discussion, and creative hands-on projects to explore mind/body issues surrounding fertility.

Numerous studies have shown the beneficial effects of pre-conception care, including lower rates of miscarriage, birth defects, low birth weight babies, and early-term babies (preemies). The Foresight Study, conducted in England, showed the effects that proper preconception care has on fertility. Out of 300 couples who had previously been declared “infertile”, over 89% were pregnant within 2 years without the assistance of IUI (Intra-uterine insemination) or other similar fertility interventions. The same study showed twice the success rate of in-vitro fertilization in couples who were also undergoing optimum preconception care.

Over the course of 6 weeks we will:
– Learn through interactive, creative participation, in a spirit of fun and curiosity
– Improve nutrition, exercise and sleep habits as it relates to optimizing fertility
– Learn how men’s food choices, emotions and stress responses can positively affect the genetics of your future child
– Learn how to positively impact the health of your sperm

Who is this class for?

– “We plan on becoming pregnant in the next 6 months to 1 year”
– “We have been diagnosed with infertility and we want to explore natural ways to promote conception”
– “A doctor has already recommended IVF or IUI, but I have heard that these work better when I am as healthy as possible”
-“We have had multiple miscarriages and we want to learn to optimize our health naturally to decrease the chances of another miscarriage”

Group Class 6 week series –
To inquire about pricing or to signup for your Pre-conception & Fertility Optimization for Couples Series please contact us at

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20 Nov Tips for Staying Sane During the Holidays

Managing stress is one of the most important things you can do for the health and well-being of yourself and your family. My #1 tip is to take on less! Keep life simple and don’t compare yourself to others. The fall and winter are darker, slower times for rest and reflection; the holidays should be enjoyable and relaxing.

Tips for keeping life simple:

  • Take time for introspection and give children a break from activities, research shows that unstructured play time is vital to development and creativity.
  • You can stay stylish and keep it simple with a mom “uniform.” Or build your wardrobe around a simple color palette so that everything you pull out of your closet already matches. (Your husband will appreciate the break from having to be your stylist.)
  • Learn to say no to holiday parties and get-togethers that don’t bring you and your family joy and peace and that aren’t true obligations.


Ok, so you’re just going to have a busy fall and holiday season… no way around it. What can you do to stay energized and sane? How can you manage your stress?

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazine’s D-Moms Blog

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13 Nov Staving Off Winter Colds

The common cold is an acute, viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. There are many viruses which can cause the symptoms of the common cold. Infants and children are affected more often and tend to experience more prolonged symptoms than adults. So, what can you do to improve immunity and potentially ward off colds & the flu?

The key to prevention is consistency! Once a child or mom is sick with the cold or flu, there is only so much you can do to shorten the duration or decrease the intensity of symptoms. Consistency of good self-care is paramount to prevent frequent recurrences of the cold. So what is good self-care? Exercise, nutrition, sleep, community support, and stress management. Here are some of my tips for achieving each of these to help prevent seasonal illness.

Regular Exercise

  • Moms: Take a 30-minute relaxing walk outside daily.
  • Kids: Play outside.
  • Kids and parents: Have a dance party at home, go on a family nature walk, or pull together an all ages flag football game on thanksgiving instead of sitting and watching football on TV.

Read  Dr. Naumes’ entire post over at D Magazine‘s D-Mom’s Blog.

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08 Nov Basic Supplementation for a Busy Mom


You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. Basic supplementation for a busy mom should most likely include a multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D, a probiotic, and maybe a “greens replacement”. Sounds easy right? Run over to GNC or better yet Whole Foods and voilà! Done! Healthy and beautiful! Not so fast moms; many of the supplements made available to consumers:

  • are not high quality or adequately absorbable
  • are not pure/clean (i.e. free of additive, heavy metals, and preservatives)
  • do not contain the ingredients that the label claims
  • do not follow GMP-certified manufacturing standards (which are an indicator of quality)
  • and are not made with safety-reviewed ingredients

Read  Dr. Naumes’ entire post over at D Magazine‘s D-Moms blog

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