As a massage therapist for 16 years, a seminar facilitator, marketing director at a chiropractic college and nutritional sales representative to natural healthcare practitioners for southern california, it was common for me to question conventional health care modalities. I have an inquisitive mind and always want to know more and usually follow the path less travelled. (I don’t like bumping into people. Probably because I come from a big tourist town: Plymouth, Mass.) For most of my life I’ve been an urban dweller, from Boston to Los Angeles – I love city living. But, my perspective changed once we had a baby. And having a baby only intensified my search for ways to live more naturally. So, it only made sense for me to research a number of topics relating to pregnancy, birthing, nursing, and greening my home, to name a few. I went all out and had my mercury fillings removed (and my husband’s, who is dentist averse – God bless him) and did a heavy metal detox before we tried to conceive. After what my husband endured he was hoping to “try” a bit longer, but at age 37, we conceived the first weekend that we were ready to start trying. We took a Bradley Childbirth class from a lovely woman, with a laugh we will never forget and her husband wasn’t too shabby either. I had a 36 hour, drug-free home birth with a wonderfully, crunchy woman with my husband coaching me all the way. We also chose not to vaccinate. I breast fed exclusively until just after my son’s 2nd birthday. I made 80% of my baby’s food homemade and bought only organic bedding and sleepwear. The list goes on.
Most people I meet are surprised to learn about my lifestyle. The thing is, I don’t “look” crunchy. I am still very urban on the outside, as far as my style goes. I tell them I am crunchy on the inside. So, now we’re in the suburbs in northern California and this blog is my journey to Crunchville – in diamonds and heels.
I look forward to sharing my experiences of trying to green my family while making sustainable choices for the environment. As I am always learning and growing, I welcome suggestions and feedback. Welcome to Pure Mothers!
You can also find me as a blog contributor on “Going Green” over at www.peacefuldaily.com.
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new”
Rajneesh (Indian Mystic)