As a board-certified Naturopathic doctor, I am first a teacher. I educate individual clients regarding nutrition, herbs, homeopathics, essential oils, nutritional supplements, or touch therapies and how they help the body create a state of homeostasis/health. Because naturopathy is a holistic art, I approach each client as a unique creation with individual physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs. I believe each person is created in the image of God, and so each life is not only fearfully, but wonderfully made! There are 144,000 functions in the human body and it is designed, miraculously, if given optimal conditions, to heal itself. As a part of my naturopathic services, I am also trained in a touch therapy called The King Institute Method, or TKM®. This method has been found to be profoundly affective at bringing coherence to the bio-electro-magnetic system. For more information regarding The King Institute Method, go to www.kinginstitute.org
In addition, I am also a Certified Professional Midwife, licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of VA. I attend mothers who desire to birth their babies in the comfort of their own environments as well as help them navigate the early years of laying a sure foundation for a life time of health. In line with this training, I also work as a childbirth educator, and monitrice (midwife-doula).
God has designed the human body and He knew exactly what to do to enable women to give birth to their children. Pregnancy and childbirth are a normal part of life for a woman. I count it a privilege and honor to be “with woman” during her pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum period. The vast majority of times, a woman just needs a little guidance, assistance, and encouragement from those around her. As a midwife, I believe my role is first to teach, then to encourage, monitor, advise, and assist the mother during the childbearing year. It is a time in the parent’s lives when they need to be empowered to educate themselves concerning childbearing and take responsibility for the choices they make. I present information and then share any concerns and limitations I might have to help guide and support the couple during this season. My philosophy concerning location of birth is that babies begin their life in the home, gestate within the home, and when assisted by skilled attendants, it is most often the safest place for babies to be born. When a woman and baby remain healthy and low risk during pregnancy, the risks at birth remain very low, and the amount of medical intervention necessary is lower. “Planned home birth for low risk women in North America using certified professional midwives was associated with lower rates of medical intervention but similar intrapartum and neonatal mortality to that of low risk hospital births in the United States.” (See: Johnson, Kenneth C. And Betty-Anne Daviss. “Outcomes Of Planned Home Births With Certified Professional Midwives: Large Prospective Study In North America,” Bmj 2005;330:1416 (18 June). http://www.bmj.com/content/330/7505/1416
In fact, the latest research has confirmed the following: “among low-risk women, planned home births result in low rates of interventions without an increase in adverse outcomes for mothers and babies.” Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health (JMWH), a landmark study** “Outcomes of Care for 16,924 Planned Home Births in the United States: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009. Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM, Marit Bovbjerg, PhD, MS, Courtney Everson, MA, Wendy Gordon, MPH, CPM, LM, Darcy Hannibal, PhD, Saraswathi Vedam, CNM, MSN, RM This “confirms that among low-risk women, planned home births result in low rates of interventions without an increase in adverse outcomes for mothers and babies.” http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jmwh.12172/full
Currently, I am pursuing advanced training as a Diplomat in Clinical Homeopathy, Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbalist.
"And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose waters do not fail." Isaiah 58:11
Life-Streams Eternal, PLLC began from my place as a mother; as I wanted to provide services to those who wanted to birth and care for their children in as natural a way a possible. I loved birthing my children in the comfort of my own home and decided it was my turn to assist the younger generation to do the same. In addition to midwifery care, I also serve to educate both male and female clients regarding prevention, acute concerns, chronic projects, and maintaining a state of homeostasis. I understand that stresses of life, poor choices in our past, and the fact that we live in a toxic world, can all contribute to our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual degeneration. Goals include education, encouragement, support and partnering with/empowering the client to maintain changes that will affect him/her for the rest of their life. Furthermore, we work at these goals by getting to the foundations and not just viewing symptoms or obvious dysfunctions.