Past Natural Parenting Teas


February 15th – Natural Birth – Making It More Calm & Relaxed
Laura Duffy – Natural Childbirth Educator, HypnoBirthing® Practitioner, Labor & Birth and Postpartum Doula

We discussed natural birth and that it is the most natural thing in the universe. All day, every day, all around the world – this birth thing is happening. We touched on the power of the mind and how what your mind perceives directly effects how your body reacts – especially in birthing.

Mom needs to educate herself and she needs to find a birthing place where she feels safe, and confident that her wishes will be listened to. She needs physical & emotional support and she needs to trust in her body. Then, she needs to breathe…

Discussing natural birth and birthing options is my passion so if you have any questions, definitely contact me anytime!

 Laura Duffy


January 18th – The Role of B Vitamins in Fertility, Detoxification, Mental Health and Endocrine Balance
Dr. Corrie Marinaro, ND – New England Naturopathic Health

Dr. Corrie’s talk was wonderfully informational and interactive, as is her way!  She discussed different B Vitamins, their benefits, and ways you can get them into your system more easily, as well as making sure they are absorbable by your body – the difference between folic acid and folate is a new and very hot topic.

A lack of B Vitamins, and lack of the proper absorption of them can cause:

  • Birth defects
  • Infertility
  • Skin issues
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Histamine –processing disorders such as allergies, asthma & anaphylaxis
  • Anemia
  • Poor immune function

A large percentage of our population unknowingly have a gene which makes them unable to process certain sources of B Vitamins.  It is so important to do your research and work with you care provider to be sure that you are getting the correct vitamins and source of vitamins so your body can process them effectively.

Click here to download the handout Dr. Corrie had at the Tea.  It is very scientific(Dr. Corrie loves to ‘geek out’), in depth, and will answer many questions you may have.  If you find you have more questions, which we always do, here is Dr. Corrie’s info:

New England Naturopathic Health
Dr. Corrie Marinaro, ND
179 Main Street, Suite 408
Waterville, Maine 04901
(207) 873-9380

Be sure to check out the B Vitamin Happy Hour they are offering at New England Naturopathic Health on Tuesdays & Thursdays as well!  ‘Tis the season!



Join us for the FREE viewing of this amazingly educational & family friendly movie –

What’s On Your Plate?

This incredible documentary is about kids and food politics, as spoken through the eyes of two eleven year old girls – Sadie & Safiyah.

“The girls address questions regarding the origin of the food they eat, how it’s cultivated, how many miles it travels from the harvest to their plate, how it’s prepared, who prepares it, and what is done afterwards with the packaging and leftovers. They visit the usual supermarkets, fast food chains, and school lunchrooms. But they also check into innovative sustainable food system practices by going to farms, greenmarkets, and community supported agriculture programs.”

This is such an important film for the entire family as well as our community!


We will have a panel of local guest speakers for a little Q&A after the movie!

It will be a morning full of fun & education for all! Join us!

Guest Speakers

Dr. Nathaniel Petley, ND –
Sacha Genest, CPM –
Erika Verrier – Maine School Garden Network –
Courtney Williams – Marr Pond Farm –

This is a FREE screening and of course donations are always welcome to help continue such important community events!

Thank you to our Co-Host Revisit Healthcare –

November 16th – Homebirth
Sacha Genest, CPM – Joyful Beginning Midwifery

It was so wonderful to have Sacha back to talk with us about all of the ins and outs of homebirth!  She discussed the differences between hospital, birth center and home births.  She also discussed the importance, and how to determine if, homebirth is right for you!  For more information on homebirths you can contact Sacha at
October 19th – Adoption
Maine Children’s Home

Lindsay Bragdon of the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers joined us in October!  She gave us a clear look into the steps and processes of private adoption in Maine –  local and beyond.  If you are considering adoption feel free to give Lindsay and the folks at the Maine Children’s home a call anytime!  They will guide you along the way!


September 21st – Vaccination Choices
Dr Morgan Titus Rau, ND

Childhood vaccination is one of many important healthcare decisions we make for our children.  Morgan discussed the rights and options that we have in Maine, the different diseases, the different vaccines, alternative methods of treatment, delayed vaccination schedules, the importance of informed choice, and then addressed some of the concerns we have regarding vaccination.  She also put together an amazing handout detailing the information.

Simpy click here to view it:   Vaccination A Naturopathic Perspective

Dr. Morgan Titus Rau has over 12 years of clinical experience as a Naturopathic Doctor treating pediatric patients.  She practices at Maine Family Natural Health in
Vassalboro, Maine.

August 17th – Contraceptive Options
Lynette Johnson of Maine Family Planning

Lynette was such a fantastic guest speaker!  She offered a safe and friendly space to introduce the options for such an intimate topic, while being very open and answering all of our questions!  Feel free to contact Lynette at:

Maine Family Planning – 207.248.3926  PO Box 587, Augusta, ME 04330

July 20th – Car Seat Safety
Megan Waterman, M.S.Ed & Katie L Boynton, NREMT, CPST

Megan Waterman & Katie Boynton, certified Safe Kids technicians, shared with us the ins and outs of car seat safety – and there is a lot to learn!  They went over ages, heights, weights and options for all.  They went over the safety regulations and even made us aware of widely unknown safety hazards.  Megan & Katie would both love to hear from you if you have any questions at all and can even set up an appointment with you to assist in the physical installation of your car seat!  They are the best!

Megan Waterman, M.S.Ed.
KVCAP- Educare Central Maine
Katie L. Boynton, NREMT, CPST
Project Manager
Maine Emergency Medical Services
Click here for a list of other certified Safe Kids technicians in the state of Maine:

June 15th – Arvigo® Abdominal Therapy

Jaqueline Dubord

Jacqueline is trained in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy,® which are founded on an ancient Maya technique.  This technique is performed externally by gently guiding and supporting the digestive and reproductive organs back into their optimal position, allowing for improved functioning for optimal health and wellness.

May 18th – Postpartum Experiences

Dr Elyse Corbett

Join licensed psychologist Dr Elyse Corbett as she discusses the emotional effects that pregnancy & childbirth can have on a family, what to watch for and how to help.

Dr. Elyse Corbett
(207) 619-3424

April 20th – Pregnancy Loss

Ashley Mitchell

Find her on Facebook – My Only Sunshine Motherhood Services

March 16th – Supplements & Herbs Pre & Postpartum

Dr. Nate Petley


It was his love of the botanical world that led Dr. Petley to naturopathic medicine.  He learned the art of herbalism and traditional healing from local herbalists in Connecticut while finishing his Master’s degree.  He graduated from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2013 and is founder of Maine Center for Natural Health located at the Old Post Office in downtown Waterville.


February 16th – Emily Widor
Topic – Pre & Postnatal Yoga
Emily Widor is a prenatal yoga instructor at School Street Yoga. She earned her 200 hour Hatha yoga teacher certification through Earth Hearth Farm Yoga and also has an additional certification in Baby and Me yoga. Emily is a mom of a toddler and is expecting a new baby in June! Additionally, she also has a Master’s degree in social work from Boston University. She loves experiencing the benefits of yoga and sharing these gifts with others.

January 19th – Isabel Streichhahn-Demers


We were so very happy to welcome Isabel to our Natural Parenting Tea!

She is a wonderful speaker and her words of wisdom were priceless!  Isabel discussed the history of acupressure, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.   There are techniques that you can use to help with conception, morning sickness, baby turning, natural induction as well as to help encourage mom’s milk to come in.  Many more techniques can be used postpartum for both mom, baby, toddler and beyond!  There are ways to help with bed wetting, teeth grinding and even ear infections!  The possibilities are endless with acupressure & acupuncture!  For more information on Isabel visit her website at  Be sure to watch the video below and see just how amazing Isabel is!


October 20th – Dr. Nicholas Bosse
​Chiropractic, Prenatal and Post-Partum Care

​The talk in it’s entirety was fabulous!  Dr. Bosse went into detail on all of the pieces below and even helped identify misconceptions of chiropractic technique and how truly helpful it can be in all phases of pregnacy, birth and afterwards.  Thank you so much for joining us!
For more information on Dr. Bosse check out!
November 17th – Dr. Elyse Corbett

Postpartum Experiences

This month we discussed Postpartum Experiences.  This is a very deep and sometimes dark conversation, and we are working towards putting much more focus on this sadly overlooked topic.  80% of moms go through some form of postpartum depression ranging from baby blues to more serious levels.  Dr. Elyse Corbett has been our speaker for the last two years but due to a family emergency she was unable to attend this month.  Luckily, we had two postpartum doulas, Danielle Dickey and myself, who were able to take the reigns.  We discussed different types of postpartum depression, what to look for and how to help.  This includes not only mom, but also partner and other family members.  There were handouts, stories and lists galore.  We will post some video upon completion and until then, here is a handout that Elyse gives at every talk, and I now give to every expectant couple I work with.  Elyse fully intends on joining us again in 2017!

Beth Woolsey Writer, humorist at the Five Kids Is A Lot of Kids blog
An Open Letter to New Mama MeIf I could go back fourteen years to the beginning of this Mama Gig, there are things I’d tell New Mama Me.
Things she should hear. Things she should know. Things I’d deliver straight to her heart,

September 15th – Dr. Corrie Marinaro

Immune Support for Parents & Kids

First up – Dr. Corrie Marinaro, ND in Waterville – topic – Immune Support for Parents & Kids
Find more information on Dr. Corrie and her practice at www.NaturopathicME.com