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I focus on fertility issues, women's health and children's developmental issues. I work with issues such as infertility, miscarriage, postpartum depression, and support for genetic issues like mthfr. I use labs, nutrition and lifestyle coaching to support women during pregnancy if they want more personal care. I would love to answer any questions you have about my practice.
A healthy life starts with building a healthy foundation. While most modern medicine focuses on treating symptoms, I work with you to discover and treat the root so you can thrive from the inside out. Let's partner to create a personal, step-by-step plan to guide you and your family on the path to vibrant health!
-Kara Rowley, Licensed midwife & Functional Health Consultant
How It Works
As a health coach, I consult with you live over the phone and provide email support between appointments. I am set up to order and run laboratory tests where you live and follow up with you about results so we can create a game plan for optimal health, wherever you are.
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Polycystic Ovary Syndromn (PCOS) affects 20% of women, yet as many as 70% of women with PCOS will not be diagnosed until later in life. It is as mysterious as health issues come, without specific symptoms or a specific way to diagnose it.
The gut has been accurately called the second brain. The power to heal and reverse autoimmune conditions, such as hashimoto’s or celiac, is found in the gut. The key to reversing developmental disorders such as autism, Aspergers, sensory processingoverload, and ADHD is in the gut. Even infertility issues may be rooted in the gut. So we know the gut is a big deal, but how do I know what to do about it???
Further, the ability of the body to create healthy gametes (the egg and sperm) and for these to replicate is influenced by bacteria, toxins, infection and presence or lack of certain nutrients in the gut. So put simply, the health of your gut is central to getting pregnant.
What would you say if I told you one simple lifestyle change would increase your fertility rate by 40%? It’s true! Changing your diet to a Mediterranean style diet will increase your fertility.
What is the most beautiful gift to a mom? The answer may be sleep. Until you are a parent, it is hard to imagine the responsibility of caring for a child, and that includes the sacrifice of sleep. So when children are having sleep issues it is magnified by the parent also lacking sleep. Though sleep issues may have many causes, I want you to consider one you may not have thought of---- Electromagnetic Fields/ EMFs.
I know fertility problems can feel devastating, but I also know there are things you can do to greatly increase your chance of getting pregnant. I am confident we can work on these issues together and give you the best chance of possible of getting pregnant and staying pregnant.
In the United States 1 in 7 women are diagnosed with postpartum depression and many more deal with baby blues. As a midwife I have supported 100s of women in the postpartum. Here are my go-to suggestions for women dealing with postpartum baby blues and preventing depression.
Thyroid issues are rampant in the U.S. and even small issues with the thyroid dramatically affect fertility.
It is totally possible to breastfeed, at least to some extent, even though you have not had a baby. Most women are able to produce some milk but oftentimes not enough to solely breastfeed, so it is normal to have to supplement at the same time. If you have nursed a baby before it increases your chance of producing enough milk, but if you need to supplement it is still worth it to build up your milk supply and breastfeed. If you think about breastfeeding from a relational point of view as opposed to only for sustenance then you are more likely to feel that you have succeeded and it may make it more worth the work involved. Breastfeeding, beyond being the best nutritionally, for the baby is key for comfort and bonding of the baby and for you it will cause you to release oxytocin which will increase your patience and attachment to the baby.
Foods up to this point are more for interest then sustenance, though we still want them to be nutritious. Optimally, babies won’t be completely weaned until after a year of breastfeeding or much longer. When you are ready to start weaning start by giving your baby food first and then topping it off with breast milk then start skipping nursing altogether more and more often.
There is not a perfect time to start giving babies solid foods but don’t rush it. Wait for them to be interested. Then start slowly with well-chosen foods.
Why are you so adamantly against formula, you ask? Well, to quote Dr. Joel Robbins, “Formulas are dead, inorganic, and mucus-producing. As a result, they will precipitate sinus problems, ear infections, allergies, and lung disorders.” Let me share with you some better options if breastmilk is not avialable.
Breastfeeding is a beautiful gift to both the mom and the newborn, but for many women it is far from easy. Before the birth is the time to prepare for breastfeeding and prevent any issues that might ensue.
Health is one of the greatest gifts we have in life. It is not something to be taken for granted. I learned this the hard way. In my 20’s I was invincible. I traveled the world. I was on call as a midwife all hours. I lived overseas for a seasons. I loved it and am glad I did it, but I paid for it with my health. I would go and forget to eat until my blood sugars over time became erratic. I worked nights and taxed my body so my adrenals rebelled. I picked up a parasite and my health failed and for three years I fought to regain my health.
One of the worst parts of postpartum can be healing from tears (or episiotomies). If you have been there, you know what I’m talking about. If not, I hope you never have to experience that pain. This is when you want to enjoy your new baby but you cannot move or sit because your bottom is in excruciating pain.
You have just grown a human and birthed it and now you are producing milk to feed it and recovering from the birth. You may have had a long labor, a tear or hemorrhage that your body needs support in recovering from. You want to provide your body with what it needs to prevent an infection, to balance your hormones, and to have energy. Here are my recommendations from years of seeing women recover well in the postpartum.
What is a baby bubble? Why do I need one? And where can I buy one? :) Actually, you can’t buy one---- you have to make it or carve it out for yourself. A Baby Bubble is choosing rest and heal and bond with your new baby away from the demands of life. It is the term I use to describe the first weeks or more of life with your new baby
These are the instructions I give to my home birth families right after the birth. They are the basics of what is normal for the baby in the first few hours/days after having a baby.
These are the instructions I give to my home birth families right after the birth. They are the basics of what is normal in the first few hours/days after having a baby.
Your exhausted from the intensity of birth, the intensity of hormones, the intensity of meeting your new baby, the intensity! You’re exhausted and the last thing you want to think about is making food, but one of the most important things you can do to thrive in this beautiful season called postpartum is to eat nutritious food. How do you navigate the exhaustion and the need to nourish yourself?