Hi!  :)  I'm Elizabeth, the Mum around here.   I live in Northeast Wisconsin in a teeny tiny town of 418 people. I'm the mama to an infant {almost toddler} son, a certified infant massage instructor, a postpartum doula {certification in progress}, an eco-mama consultant and the founder of {Mum & Roo}.

I like to say {Mum & Roo} is  my heart displayed in HTML... really what this is all about is my desire to make natural parenting easier for Wisconsin families by offering local resources for anything and everything they might encounter along this journey.

When I gave birth in September 2010, I planned on cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, and using only safe, natural products with my son... but the reality of new motherhood hit, and I found myself without any real answers to my 5 trillion questions {...like "what the heck do I do with this gdiaper cover now that it's dirty?"  ...and "why are my nipples bleeding so badly I'm in tears at each feeding?" ...and "how can anyone stand this babywearing thing?" - something I wondered as my $15 front pack cut into my neck, held my son's weight on his crotch, and seemed to cause non-stop screaming fits from both Mum and Roo, lol...} 

After several hours researching, calling, emailing, driving, reading and testing products, I started to realize the road to natural parenting isn't as easy to walk as I had once thought.  

Fast forward about 4 months...after MUCH time and effort invested, it wasn't long before I'd settled into a good place since those first, terrifying few weeks.  I was finally the all-natural mama I knew I was meant to be...but all was not well - I found myself noticing families in public who seemed to be struggling with the same issues I once had.  It was all I can do to zip my mouth and plant my feet on the floor when what I really wanted to do was run to them and help in whatever way I could...

It was honestly painful watching such a great need go unfulfilled. 

Enter {Mum & Roo}.

We're in the beginning phases, we have kinks to work out, but we're here and we want to help.
{Mum & Roo} is an online resource offering the families of Wisconsin a one-stop informational and referral site for everything from  pregnancy to birth to raising healthy families. If you can't find what you're looking for on the blog {there are lots of resources on the right hand side of the blog - just scroll down}, email us and we'd be glad to help answer your questions or connect you with a Wisconsin family professional.

Wisconsin has a growing list of doulas, midwives, birth educators, nutrition coaches, breastfeeding counselors, natural living experts and  attachment parenting aficionados who would love to help your family in its journey towards natural parenting.  We're working on helping you find them all right here.

Locally, {Mum & Roo} has a vision of hosting 2 natural parenting expos each year, bringing together the Fox Cities' professionals and families, where you can learn more about cloth diapering, baby wearing, natural parenting, prepping for postpartum, breastfeeding, birth options and more.  We would love to connect you with professionals who provide private services including birth doula care, postpartum doula care, nutritional coaching for pregnant and lactating women as well as families, natural childbirth, herbal remedies and more.

We'll also do our best to keep you updated on local classes and events we think you'll be interested in.

Online, you'll find book reviews, giveaways featuring our favorite natural products from local vendors, info on baby wearing, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, gentle parenting, pregnancy, birth, baby led weaning, co-sleeping and bedsharing.

We want to meet you wherever you are on this road of authentic, natural parenting and help you find the  best for your family. Please feel free to email me with your thoughts, and don't forget to check out My Philosophy to see what we're all about!