The Holistic Moms Network, which was founded in 2003, is a rapidly growing support organization with over 120 chapters across the United States. "Through monthly meetings, our local chapters bring parents together in a non-judgmental environment that honors their lifestyle and parenting choices," says the group's Executive Director Dr. Nancy Massotto. "For new parents who choose to raise their children holistically, having the support of like-minded parents is critical," she says.
The Holistic Moms Network encourages new moms to trust their instincts, to parent from the heart, and to educate themselves about the pros and cons of all healthcare options. Through a dynamic e-mail discussion loop, members of the group share life-changing information and advice on a variety of topics including pregnancy, breastfeeding, natural childbirth, positive discipline, alternative medicine, and all aspects of green living.
"A majority of today's moms say that pregnancy inspired a shift to green living, and surveys and polls show the number of Canadians using complementary medicine has risen from 23 to 42 per cent in the past five years," says Massotto, "so we're seeing a surge of interest in our organization." Moms, dads, grandparents, partners, and other caregivers are all welcome to join.
The Southern Alberta Chapter will meet on the second Saturday of each month at Save-On Foods and welcomes volunteer guest speakers on a variety of holistic lifestyle topics. For more information, please visit the Holistic Moms Network website at www.holisticmoms.org or contact the organization at (877) HOL-MOMS.
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