01 Dec Natural Childbirth: Is it worth it?

Most expecting women will go out of their way to prepare for a healthy baby and to ensure the safest and healthiest birthing experience.  However, today epidurals are de rigueur, and many women mistakenly believe that a hospital birth is the best – or only – option. The fact is, for most women a natural birth is statistically safer than a medicated or Caesarian birth.

When it comes to having a baby, the least amount of intervention is best, assuming there are no complications. Ideally, a birth would take place at a free-standing birth center, or in your own home, with the care of a certified professional midwife (CPM) and a doula for support. CPMs are some of the best trained professionals for non-medicalized births.

Other options include, in order of most hands-off to most intervention-driven, certified nurse midwives, family practice doctors and OB/GYNs. Your chances of having an instrumental delivery go up just based on where you go.

If you want to have a healthy, safe, and natural birth, there are a few steps you should take to prepare yourself:

  • If you aren’t convinced that attempting a natural birth is right for you, educate yourself on the risks of epidurals and Caesarian deliveries to your baby and yourself.  For example, epidurals increase the risk of a forceps delivery and of vacuum extraction, both of which can negatively impact you and your child’s health.
  • Take child birth education classes to prepare for your big day.
  • Hire a doula to comfort and care for you.
  • Make sure your partner is prepared and supportive – this can come in many shapes and sizes.

Sometimes, due to complications, women cannot always deliver their baby naturally.  However, education and preparation through simple measures during preconception, as well a  professional midwife and doula, greatly increases the chances of natural birth. If an epidural is necessary or preferred, there are steps new mothers should take.  Ideally schedule an appointment or two with Dr. Naumes before your birth and then another one in the first week after delivery so that she can help support you during this healing process.

Keep in mind that although natural birth may be painful, it is worth it. Giving birth is a peak life experience, and normally the discomfort you will feel during a natural birth will be outweighed by the euphoria and love you feel after you deliver your baby.

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28 Nov Organic Garden Update

photo by Thejaswi

Here is an update on my search for less expensive clean food.  Our compost bin and worm bin have been hours of fun for our son. Plus I feel much better about turning our food waste into organic soil instead of more trash for the landfill.

Most compost bins are plastic and that didn’t feel right to me.  Ours is a terra cotta composter with a hinged wooden lid.   Oak Cliff Organics guided us with the following:

  • Dried leaves are a good source of  brown, or carbon based material
  • Greens include: pre cooked fruit and veggie scraps, egg shells, used tea bags and coffee grounds
  • We mix what is in the pot weekly, which helps it decompose.  In about 3 months we shouldn’t be able to identify anything in the pot and it is ready to put in our garden.

We also have a terra cotta worm bin.  The little red wigglers come up and feed after we put our food scraps in the bin. We can add crushed eggs shells, tea bags and coffee grounds here too. In about eight weeks the soil will be considered vermicompost and ready to harvest and put in our garden. Oak Cliff Organics will be coming by to give us a lesson in harvesting our worms!

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23 Oct Prevent Colds Naturally

Creating and sustaining community is a wonderful way to nourish ourselves. I find it to be an essential part of spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing. Join me in creating community with other parents who want to learn how to ward off the common cold naturally.

How to Stay Healthy in Cold & Flu Season
Wednesday October 26th | 6:30pm-7:30pm
location: Arlington Family Wellness

3901 West Green Oaks Boulevard
Arlington, TX 76016
(817) 457-3030

Children younger than the age of six years average six to eight colds per year (up to one per month, September through April), with a typical symptom duration of 14 days. Young children in daycare appear to be more susceptible to these infections than those cared for at home, but also less vulnerable when they enter primary school.

At the talk we will explore:
– What are colds good for and how often should we get one?
– What can you do to improve immunity through nutrition?
– What botanicals and supplements can help ward off viruses?
– How can you speed recovery and avoid more serious illness naturally?

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14 Oct Allergies

Many people ask if I can help them with allergies for themselves and their children.  They are tired of taking Zyrtec, Claritin, and Benadryl on a regular basis. They want to understand why they have allergies.  Allergies is a term commonly applied to symptoms such as runny nose, conjunctivitis, asthma, hives or eczema that often occur in association with a season or exposure to certain foods or substances like pollens, pet dander, or dust. In fact, a wide variety of symptoms and systems may be involved in allergic or ‘sensitivity’ reactions that occur when a person’s immune system no longer tolerates seemingly benign substances. Although some allergies are ‘fixed’, correcting imbalances can minimize severity of symptoms. Other sensitivities may be reversed entirely with the proper attention.

  • Identifying specific allergenic foods and environmental substances is an important first step in resolving allergic symptoms.
  • It is important to take a look at digestive function.  Maldigestion and intestinal microflora imbalances can set the stage for chronic allergies, especially to foods.
  • Deficient cortisol in adrenal insufficiency can result in heightened allergic inflammatory responses. Confused?  What is this?  Ask Dr. Naumes to explain at your next visit.
  • Imbalances in key antioxidant nutrients can aggravate histamine reactions and impair immune function.
  • Inherited tendencies for allergic immune reactions is an underlying factor for many individuals with allergies.  Finding out what these are and correcting imbalances can improve quality of life.
  • Consider pre-conception care to learn about the effects of prenatal exposure to environmental toxins and how to minimize those exposures to decrease your child’s risk of allergies
The beauty of Naturopathic Care is that it can address each of these possible contributors to allergies.   Working with Dr. Naumes to create an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, individualized laboratory testing (via appropriate avenues), botanical remedies, and supplementation to replete or correct imbalances, the body can function at a more optimal level.
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12 Oct Organic Vegetable Garden

I'm watering!

As of this week, I now have an organic vegetable and herb garden on my 6×4 patio. It’s not hard to make happen and there are a lot of great reasons to do so:

1) Those thirsty plants provide a daily reminder to get outside, move around, smell fresh air and put my hands in the dirt.

2) The food is as fresh as it gets. Do we want a salad tonight? Lots of different lettuces, kale, beets, and more to choose from.

3) It’s also as local as it gets, we open the door and just take exactly what we need – nothing goes to waste.

4) The plant diversity is improving our ecosystem – the flowers accompanying the plants attract pollinators (bees).

5) A little playground for my son to spend time, learn about where his food comes from and get excited about vegetables. But it goes further than that. “Child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.” Louv brings together “a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults.” And he’s got specific solutions, for example: “Invite native flora and fauna into your life. Maintain a birdbath. Replace part of your lawn with native plants. Build a bat house. For backyard suggestions, plus links to information about attracting wildlife to apartments and townhouses, see the National Audubon Society’s “Invitation to a Healthy Yard,” at”.


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