About Us

 

Your local network for all things Natural!



Mission Statement

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 Directors

Katie Hines – President and Executive Director 10432130_1610321202532440_5212977226472941253_n

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 4 year old daughter and a 23 month old son. I nursed my daughter until 28.5 months and am still nursing my son. 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 614764_10151696910623027_1150936210_o

My name is Amanda and I live in Bellevue with my husband Ben and two beautiful daughters Aleah who is 3 and Eliana who is 1. 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 4 devastating miscarriages and am working with Dr. Mallory Rupp who is a Chiropractic Internist to get my progesterone levels up. 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 bedshare, breastfeeding, baby led weaning, cloth diapering, babywearing, and are a non-vaxing family. I am thankful for everything we have learned along this journey and look forward to learning more.








Margo Martynski Tobin – Social Media Director1002619_609198560448_6377069184663915955_n

Hi! My name is Margo and I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My, wonderful and supportive, husband and I moved to Omaha last November. We met in the beginning on my undergrad when I was studying Psychology. 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. My husband and I have five cats and welcomed our son, Declan, into this world on Christmas Day, 2013. 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. We babywear, cloth diaper, delay and selectively vaccinate, believe in our son’s right to be intact, and follow a plant based diet.








Open Position! – Human Resources

We are looking to add someone to our team! If you are interested please message our facebook page. Thanks!







Jessie Goodwin – Community Relations Director

Coming soon!







Team Members


Kelly Cunningham – Graphics and DesignKelly Cunningham

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!






Jenny Peterson- Events Calendar & Resource Listjenny

I’m a married stay at home mama of a 2.5 year old boy and a brand new baby girl. I was lucky enough to marry my high school sweetheart about 2 1/2 years ago. We came into attachment parenting totally by accident, as we were practicing attachment parenting principles before we even knew what it was! As a natural/attachment parent I practice breastfeeding, cloth diapering, cosleeping, baby wearing, some baby led weaning… I also make all of my own cleaning products and laundry detergent! I finally have the space for a huge garden and now I am obsessed with it!







Facebook Team

Jeanie Troy Gutheilbykerk – Facebook Moderator
Ashley Flanagan – Facebook Moderator
Amy Vandenbosch – Facebook Moderator
Jamie Lynn Chambers – Facebook Moderator
Eva Conrad – Facebook Moderator
Sondra Thalken – Facebook Moderator
Makayla Mortensen – Facebook Moderator
Ashley Boren – Facebook Moderator
Ashton Guida – Facebook Moderator
Holly Saigh Hummel – Facebook Moderator
Erica K. Snyder Masters – Facebook Moderator