Not long after graduation I was diagnosed with hashimotos thyroiditis. I went from believing I was healthy to having an autoimmune disease. At the time I knew what that meant for me and my future health, but as a woman I also came to learn how it would negatively impact my hormones, future pregnancies and future children. I also knew that I would be more at risk for post-partum depression and thyroiditis. I knew that it could affect my ability to breast feed my new babe. I knew my baby was at higher risk for developmental issues during pregnancy. Through the years I have gotten the honor to listen to women share their birth stories and I knew that when I finally get to tell mine, I want to feel proud. I want to be proud to say I wasn’t sick during my pregnancy, that I was able to thrive and enjoy the beautiful miracle happening inside of me. I want to know that I did everything in my power to make this magical time in my life the best I possibly could for myself, my husband and my baby. I didn’t want to feel like a victim to the diagnosis given to my body or my thyroid. I want to feel strong, healthy and empowered in my body.
After being diagnosed I had a choice to make, I could continue on the path I was on and take on the risks associated with it or I could step up and make the changes I needed to make for my future. I chose to step up. I did functional medicine, took supplements, made dietary changes, worked on my mindset, meditated, brain tapped, journaled, did acupuncture; you name it I did it. The most significant impact on my health was changing the way I saw myself and the world around me. Implementing the Schaefer Protocol, had the biggest impact on my life and my health. Because of this I became certified, so I could bring this to my community and do this work with you. As a woman who has felt like a victim in her own body, I stand for a world where women feel empowered in their bodies through all walks of life.
“Dr. Nicole is one of the most compassionate, caring people I’ve met! I saw her for postpartum chiropractic care after my first child, then for support and chiropractic care during my second pregnancy to help with hip pain and to work towards my goal of a VBAC. She is supportive, encouraging and always listens to concerns. I highly recommend her!”
AS FOR THE KIDS
We have never lived in time with sicker kids or higher infertility rates, and I believe that if we want something different we need to do something different. Our little ones today are suffering from diabetes, auto-immune diseases, cancer, obesity, autism and so many more at higher rates than ever before. What’s worse is most of these are ADULT onset diseases, but they are showing up in our children. So many parents are frustrated and feel hopeless in a system that puts band aids on chronic health conditions for their children leaving them to get sicker over the years only masking the deeper issues. I believe that every single parent does the best they can with what they know. In a country where “quick fixes” have become the norm for health problems it’s hard to really know what health looks like and how to achieve it. This is why when it comes to kiddos I work with couples first, before they become parents. Teaching healthy habits to the parents first gives them the time to learn what they are and how to implement them into their lives. This makes it easier for them to continue to live a healthy life feeling great when they become parents and give them the ability to pass healthy habits down to their children. My hopes in doing this work is that it will result in healthier generations ahead and a hopeful turning point for the future health of our country. Children don’t deserve to be chronically ill. Working on your health prior to becoming parents not only benefits you, but the future health of your child.
For most of you the goal is to conceive, and while we want to help you reach that goal our true path towards that is to focus on your health, because no matter what you have been told or have come to believe, you’re worth it. Conceiving is a product of health, healthy parents with healthy sperm and eggs that are able to come together to build a baby. Conception is normal physiology, this is what we will be working towards with the Schaefer Protocol.
It is time to take action…