Your local network for all things Natural!
Our goal is to network the Omaha/Council Bluffs/Lincoln and surrounding areas in regards to all things Natural Parenting and Natural Living to help create a community full of support and education for like-minded parents.
Who We Are
Omaha Area Natural Parents is your one stop place for locating local natural parenting and natural living resources in the Omaha, Council Bluffs and Lincoln Area. Check our local resources for recommended Doula’s, Pregnancy/Childbirth/Breastfeeding classes, playgroups/mommy support groups, alternative healthcare, natural healthy restaurants and more. We also advertise local events and classes – please see our event calendar!
We also discuss natural parenting topics and encourage comments from anyone no matter where you are on the “natural’ spectrum. This means we will be posting alternatives to what the mainstream prescribes. Topics will include exclusive and long-term breastfeeding, attachment parenting, intactivsm, vaccines, alternative health, co-sleeping, baby-wearing, gentle discipline, lactivism, homeschooling, natural pregnancy, natural birth, green living, car seat safety, and more. All of our articles are posted to educate and inform you. Some topics are controversial, but we do not want to avoid discussing them. We cannot withhold facts for fear of offending because the importance of the information outweighs people’s right to not be challenged in their beliefs. Please feel free to post your comments and share your thoughts.
Please see Our Beliefs statement.
We are so glad you are here!
Meet the OANP Team
Board of DirectorsKatie Hines – President and Event Director
Hi I’m Katie! I started OANP in December 2010 because I saw a need to network the Omaha area so other moms could find parenting support. I’m 34 and I have been married to my husband Ryan for a little over 5 years. We have a 5 year old daughter and a 2.5 year old son. I nursed my daughter until 28.5 months and my son for 2 years. I love the community that OANP has created and all the wonderful people I have met along the way. I look forward to continuing to build this community and helping parents find the support they need along their parenting journey.
Amanda Kuehmichel – Vice President
My name is Amanda and I live in Bellevue with my husband Ben and two beautiful daughters Aleah who is 6 and Eliana who is 3. We moved here from Wisconsin in 2011 after my husband was hired by Google. Our journey to natural living began due to me having severe migraines. As we worked through cleaning up our lives it became a no brainer that I wanted a natural birth. Aleah was a natural unmedicated birth with a family Dr. We knew that we wanted to research vaccines and has a result of that didn’t begin any vax’s with Aleah until she turned 1. She has had one 3 part series of vax’s and has remained unvaxed otherwise. When I got pregnant with Ellie I decided to see the midwives and had a natural birth with her. Ellie is completely unvaxed. I have had 6 devastating miscarriages and am working to fix my hormone issues with the help of Kate Bodmann a local herbalist and an amazing nurse practitioner. I love having the option to treat this in a natural way. We eat as much organic food as possible including grass fed organic beef. We are a relaxed homeschooling, bedsharing, family. I have breastfed, practiced babywearing, cloth diapering, baby led weaning, and other attachment parenting principles. I am thankful for everything we have learned along this journey and look forward to learning more.
Margo Martynski Tobin – Social Media Director
Hi! My name is Margo and I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My, wonderful and supportive, husband and I moved to Omaha in 2013. We have one child, a toddler, who keeps us on our toes. I studied Psychology and Sociology in my undergrad. I then went on to receive my Master’s in Child and Adolescent Counseling Psychology. I enjoy hiking, crafting, trying out new recipes, reading, board games, animal rescue, anything outdoors, and exploring Omaha. OANP was one of the first groups I found upon moving to Omaha and I’m so happy to have found it! Educating yourself on all of the options and then deciding what works best for you, and your family, is so important. This is why OANP is great, it has a myriad of resources spanning a variety of issues all in one place. After trying very hard and meeting with several LCs and IBLCs, I exclusively pump breast milk for our son for a year and a half. We babywear, cloth diaper, utilize attachment parenting principles, believe in our son’s right to be intact, and follow a plant based diet.
Ashley Rounds – Human Resources
I have been married to my hard working husband for 5 years and am a stay at home mom to our two beautiful girls. We are very passionate about living a clean and natural lifestyle and caring for our children in a positive environment. I love the outdoors, crafts, and exploring new places with my family. We room share and occasionally bed share, baby wear, follow a paleo diet, and I plan on homeschooling. We moved to Nebraska in December of 2014 and I am so happy we found such a wonderful organization to be a part of.
Jessie Goodwin – Community Outreach Director
Eva Conrad – Secretary & Events Assistant
Hello, my name is Eva. I met my fiance 6 years ago and he is my other half. I am the proud mommy of three amazing boys, my oldest is 13, middle is 7, and my littlest is 16 months. I have breastfed all of my boys, but only made it 1 and 3.5 months with my older two. My youngest is still going strong. I was not very natrual minded with my older two, but I have learned so much in the last few years. We cloth diaper, co-sleep, breastfeed, babywear, and do baby-led weaning. I have been with OANP for 2 years and I love this group and am proud to be part of it.
Kelly Cunningham – Graphics and Design
My name is Kelly and I live in Bellevue. I am married to the man of my dreams, Conrad. He and I used to spend a lot of time hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, swimming, crafting, camping, playing musical instruments, spelunking, wake boarding, snowboarding, and anything else that sounded fun! When we had our first son Maddox, born April of 2011, some of those things got put on hold for their lack of “baby-friendliness” but we plan on continuing those activities as our child grows. I am currently a stay at home mom, but I have worked in child care and at a rock climbing wall in the past. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNO in December 2011. I had planned on going back to school for my Masters in School Psychology, but I am more interested in becoming a Lactation Consultant now! Although we never planned on following a certain style of parenting, we ran across the attachment parenting style and said “Hey, we do all that stuff” and more haha. We carry our son, breastfeed, use cloth diapers, practice elimination communication (starting at 9 months) and baby led weaning, try to eat organic as much as we can, left our son intact, did some vaccines, and bedshare. We also like to garden but usually end up with way too much produce!
Facebook TeamJeanie Troy Gutheilbykerk – Facebook Moderator
Hi, my name is Jeanie. My family lives outside of Omaha on an acreage, we have four kids, five dogs, two cats, and lots of chickens. To pay the bills I work at UNO as a research analyst and my husband owns his own business restoring muscle cars and hot rods! Jaycee is our oldest she is 15, Josh is 14, Kenny Dale is 3 and was born at Methodist with a completely un-medicated birth. I’m not even sure why we were in the hospital, so Tommy Dean was born at home and is 7 months old. We don’t vaccinate. We left our boys the way they were when born. Kenny still breastfeeds to fall asleep and right in the morning (thanks to the help of this awesome OANP community we realized that night weaning when he turned 3 was the best thing for all of us). Tommy is breastfed and we will do Baby-Led Weaning like we did with Kenny. Kenny moved to his own bed, which is still in our room, when Tommy needed space to move into our bed. Kenny is still always welcome in our bed when he needs to! Tommy love his Mommy so he is often found in a wrap due to my insane schedule that is when some of our best bonding times happen and I can still get all required work done! We love to camp, boat, farm, fish, off-road in our 97 Jeep Wrangler, go to car shows. I love to cook and try to make everything from scratch and bought from farmers in Nebraska or Iowa. Life is obviously insane but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Nadia Morris – Facebook Moderator
Hi there! My name is Nadia Morris and I am proud to be the wife of a hard-working Oiler for Hawkins Construction. We have two sweet empathetic little boys, Paidan and Paxan. I’m from Los Angeles, CA. I graduated from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in 2009 and majored in Visual Communications. I wanted to do Window Displays for high-end stores. But my last month of school I got pregnant. I was on my mainstream route when my Dr. suggested a c-section but I decided to do my own research. I ended up dropping him at 32 weeks, got a midwife, and had an unmedicated home birth. Once I actually held my baby, everything changed. My childhood dream of being a Stay-At-Home Mom came back and we also chose to homeschool. We moved to my husband’s hometown of Omaha in 2012 to give our son a better life. I had my 2nd unmedicated home birth in Omaha in 2013. My first was vaccinated for his 1st year and had a bad reaction so we stopped. We are still prochoice when it comes to vaccines. We also circumcised our first and even though he didn’t have any complications as a baby, I’m worried about his future. We chose not to circumcise our 2nd son. I found OANP a few months before moving and started volunteering. I’m on my third year and they have helped me grow so much. I’m thankful to be a part of this great community.
Stephanie Lichtenberg – Facebook Moderator
Hi, I am Stephanie. I am originally from the Ashland area, but now live in Omaha with my husband, Stephen. We have 4 children; Drake, Gretchen, Annabelle and Lillian. I have breastfed all of my children, co-sleep, baby wear, use cloth diapers and believe that every baby should be checked and if necessary, adjusted by a chiropractor as soon as possible after birth! Becoming a natural parent has been a journey for me and I continue to learn as much as I can to become a better parent for my children. I am grateful for the support that I have received from OANP along the way and am happy to be able to help other parents on their journey, as a moderator for this page.
Lindsey Kocol – Facebook Moderator
Hello everyone, my name is Lindsey. I live in Council Bluffs with my rambunctious two-year-old and wonderful husband. As a parent I am passionate about breastfeeding, babywearing, co sleeping and baby lead weaning. I also enjoy working out and have done crossfit for the past 3 years. I enjoy being part of the OANP community and working with new parents. Before I was a stay at home mom I was a full time sign language interpreter. I also have a bachelors degree in behavioral science. Now I am looking in to the possibility of becoming a CLC and doula.
Amber Magee – Facebook Moderator
Hello! My name is Amber and I live in Louisville with my Husband, Josh, we’ve been married for 4 years! We have 3 beautiful children together, Carter is 4, Connor is 2, and Avalynn is 3 months. I am a SAHM and a Birth Doula. I have a passion for birth (especially VBAC) and Breastfeeding and teaching Mommas and families all about it. I am honored to be a part of OANP. It is such a huge support system for so many families and much needed here! We are a co-sleeping, Breastfeeding, baby wearing, vaccinating family.
Sondra Thalken – Facebook Moderator
Hi! My name is Sondra and I’m originally from northeast Iowa. I moved to Lincoln in 2012 to be with my soulmate, Brian. We have been happily married for almost 3 years! We’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters- Melea (22 months) and Elisia (18 days). I attended Iowa State University for my undergrad in MIS and Marketing, and also attended the University of Iowa to earn my MBA. I also currently work out of our home for a company based in Des Moines, IA. I love being outdoors, traveling, baking, cooking, and enjoy just having fun with family. I first came across OANP in 2013 while expecting our first baby. I was thrilled to find such an awesome support system of natural mamas! The group helped me tremendously as an overwhelmed first-time mama that had millions of questions. Both of our children were beautiful, peaceful, unmedicated natural births, and we are a co-sleeping, breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, healthy eating/healthy living family. So happy to be a part of OANP!
Julie Jahn – Facebook Moderator
I’ve been married for 21 yrs with 5 children ages 5 yrs to 20 yrs old. We have followed attachment style parenting and have enjoyed the blessings it has brought to our family. I’m also a nurse who wears many nursing hats ranging from critical care, neuro, ortho, basic med surge and prenatal OB. Im a practitioner trained to treat allergies w/o shots or medications with Advanced Allergy & Wellness Solutions. I’m also trained in fertility care and taught the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning for 8 yrs. I love OANP and the support it brings to others. I only wish it was around 20 years ago!
Lisa Reseter – Facebook Moderator
I am a stay at home wife/mother of 2 wonderful kiddos. I have a 4 yr old son and an 8 month old daughter. I am a non-vaxxing, breastfeeding, babywearing, attachment/peaceful parenting, homeschooling mama. I love anything outdoors, and I love to bake.
Event TeamSabrina Lambert
Hi, I am a 27 year old single mom of 2 beautiful girls. My daughters are 7, and 4. I have my youngest full time and my oldest only part time. I work 2 jobs in retail, and I think of natural parenting to be a passion of mine! I love living as natural lifestyle as I can and can’t wait to learn more!