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WOW: Women of Wellness: A network for prenatal and early family care

Dr. Risa Sloves, Founder of WOW

WOW: Women of Wellness

WOW stands for Women of Wellness, a group of independent health and wellness professionals dedicated to providing a broad spectrum of services to women and families at all stages of the reproductive or pre-reproductive cycle. In the summer of 2009, Dr. Risa Sloves, a Norwalk Chiropractic Physician, Board Certified in Maternity and Pediatric Care, who had been leading the Fairfield County Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network for several years, realized that many of her monthly HMN speakers and participants were highly educated healthcare practitioners, specializing in pre- through post-natal and early childhood education. Dr. Sloves wondered how the group could support the community in a holistic way from an educational standpoint. By the fall of 2009, Dr. Sloves and 12 other women had formed the networking group WOW. There are currently 18 women in WOW, whose specialties include: chiropractic care, fertility, lactation support, massage, exercise, pre and post-natal yoga, labor doula services, home and hospital midwifery, acupuncture, naturopathy, pediatrics, physical therapy, CPR training and Hypnobirthing childbirth education. The women of WOW will be volunteering their time over the next four months at the Malta House in Norwalk, a residence program for mothers, their children and expectant mothers. WOW providers recently participated in the Mother’s Day 5k walk to benefit the American Heart Association, and there are plans to present educational events to the community in the coming months.

To find out more about WOW and the individual practitioners, go to their website:

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