A Broken Arrow woman is forming a support group for Tulsa parents interested in holistic health and green living. News On 6 anchor Jennifer Loren reports it's called the Holistic Moms Network and it encourages parents to trust their instincts, to parent from the heart and to educate themselves on the pros and cons of all healthcare options.
It's a lifestyle the Broken Arrow mother discovered the hard way.
Three years ago, then a single mother, Adonya Wong learned her son was autistic.
"I had no clue what I was doing and I didn't know about the cleansers that could affect him. The food that went into his body. The grass that he loved to play in," said Adonya Wong.
Adonya was forced into a world she knew nothing about, but learned quickly about holistic living for her son's sake.
"We've got some organic juice and lots of veggies," said Adonya Wong. "We're still in a transitional stage. We're not full-blown, 100% everything we touch is all holistic. We're a lot more ahead than we used to be and it's all because of him."
For her and her family, being holistic means eating organic, recycling everything they can and looking at discipline and health in a different light.
"As far as the medicinal choices that we all make, a lot of the holistic parents definitely will allow our bodies to do what they were designed to do and that's to heal themselves naturally by using you know natural products," said Adonya Wong.
But, the choices Adonya makes are not necessarily the choices other holistic parents will make and that, she says, is why the Holistic Moms Network is such a valuable resource.
"That's the beauty about Holistic Moms Network is you're able to be a part of a group and it's a non-judgmental environment," said Adonya Wong.
A group that shares ideas, resources and support for their ways of living and parenting the way they see fit.
"One of the things about Holistic Moms Network is that we're not just, you know, connecting to each other. We're connecting to a greater purpose," said Adonya Wong.
Adonya is launching a local chapter of holistic moms. Their first meeting is next Wednesday, March 26th at the Hardesty Regional Library at 7 p.m.
It's not just for moms, though. Anyone who's interested is welcome.