Hope for Waiting Arms – Infertility Support Group

Thank you to Emily from Hope for Waiting Arms for contributing her knowledge and sharing with us about her fertility journey. I happily refer many of my Fertility Tranquility patients to her support group and they love the support and group of women they meet. – Dr. Whitney

My husband and I live in Minesing, we have been married for 7 years and unexplainably “infertile” for 6 of those years. We tried to conceive for a few years with no success, then my extreme impatience led us to quickly pursue adoption. We felt strongly that if we weren’t able to conceive then we would adopt. Our biggest dream was that we would become parents and it was ok with us if we weren’t biological parents. When we were “tested” after our official year of trying, we were told that everything was fine (right) but we felt strongly that we didn’t want to wait any longer without moving forward with the adoption process. If God allowed us to become pregnant, we could always stop the process. Fast forward 6 years and we have never seen two pink lines on a test. The adoption process wasn’t easy but it made me feel like I was able to move our situation forward by filling out some paper work or making a phone call.

Adoption as an Option

Adoption brought us on a whole other emotional rollercoaster but in the end it was so worth it. We now have two beautiful, miracle adopted children that we were able to bring home from birth. They are now 3.5 yrs and 1.5 yrs. We also have a teenage foster daughter that recently joined our family.  We gave up control of building our family a long time ago and we are grateful to receive the children that God brings to us. We have open adoptions with our children and it has opened our eyes to what a beautiful thing it can be when two families come together through their love for a child. There is a mutual gratitude for the gift that we have both received in different ways. We always prayed that through our difficult situation, we would be a blessing to someone else. We now also get to love on our birth families, who have had a broken road lead them to placing their child for adoption.

Supporting Others

I was inspired to start Hope for Waiting Arms to provide encouragement, resources and support to women who are struggling with infertility and the family-building challenges that follow. I found that all of the specialists that we dealt with to be great in their designation but everywhere we turned seemed to be lacking in emotional support. I started to feel sorry for my husband that he was the only person I had to lean on, and that he had to see me cry SO often.

I hope this community helps to fill that need for support. We need each other when we are going through this. We need to surround ourself with people who get it, people who have been there and have persevered to build families.

Blogging as Healing

I found the blog to be a great way to share the resources, our adoption experience and encouraging articles that I found on our path to parenthood. The blog is great but I still felt that there was a need for a more tangible support. I started to meet people that were also struggling in this area and thought that it would be better if we could all be there for each other and not just pass on my own experience.

Our In person support group “Waiting Arms Community” was started November 2017 and is held in Midhurst once a month. It has grown quickly in the last 6 months. We get together and share our experiences, our ups, our downs and everything we are learning along the way.

Fertility Wellness Retreat

This fall we are hosting our first Fertility Wellness Retreat in Muskoka. We have an amazing weekend planned, full of fertility resources, professionals in the naturopathic and counselling industry, a fertility focused menu, workshops,  coping strategies and guests who are sharing stories of hope. Its going to be incredible and there are a few spots left. If you are interested in coming, click here to visit our website for more information.

We are also launching our newest group this fall, Adoption Play Group which will be a place for adoptive families and anyone interested in adoption to share about the process, openness, raising adopted children and anything else that comes up related to adoption.

I hope that in some way Hope for Waiting Arms can support you on your journey to becoming a parent. I’m so sorry that you are here, but I’m glad you found us.

For more about my story, encouragement for you and info about our meet ups go to our website www.hopeforwaitingarms.com


IV Therapy for Infertility

There’s this lovely couple I’ve been working with and they swear that IVs helped them get pregnant. They’d been doing so much to help their fertility. Had an unsuccessful round of IVF and were feeling hopeless.

They focused on their diets, did acupuncture and IV nutrient therapy to help rebuilt their health from the inside out.

We are so pleased with their results.

IV Therapy for Infertility

How about adding IV therapy into your preconception regime? The quality of your eggs and sperm determines the quality of your embryo and future baby. IV nutrients help on a cellular level to replenish and rejuvenate.

Check out our site for more info http://rootedinhealth.ca/intravenous-vitamin-therapy

We’d be happy to help and answer any questions you have.

Talk soon,

IV Therapy Lounge – Grand Opening

We had a wonderful open house last week! Thank you to everyone who came to wish us well and check out the new space. Thank you to Mayor Jeff Lehman for helping with our ribbon cutting ceremony. If you haven’t come back in awhile, come check out our space and new supplements!

For more pictures – visit our Facebook page – Open House Album

See you soon!

The Rooted Team.


IV Treatments for Shingles

Shingles is awful. I haven’t experienced it myself but I’ve heard it’s one of the most painful things you can go through. Patients who I’ve seen, find that the pain has affected their sleep so then they are tired for weeks. It’s also decreased their appetite. Having less sleep and eating less food would cause even more fatigue and negatively impact their quality of life.

There’s some great research supporting the use of intravenous vitamin C in the treatment of shingles or Herpes Zoster.

Symptoms of Shingles

The pain usually starts before the rash begins 2-3 days afterwards. Many people have persistent or recurrent pain in that same area that can last for months or years.

The pain of postherpetic neuralgia may be sharp and intermittent or constant and may be debilitating. Vitamin C has been shown to treat and prevent this post-rash pain.

Natural Treatments for Shingles

B12 injections into the same dermatome or around where the rash is also part of the treatment.

High dose vitamin C such as 20g has been researched and supported. Ideally the treatment is 2-3 times the first week as soon as possible and then 1 a week for 3 weeks.

Book your IV Treatment for Shingles

Click here to book your first IV, put in the Notes – shingles and we can chat about which bag to start you on. If you’re not sure, give us a call or book a free session to chat about how IV therapy might help you.


The Perils of Parenting

Last night I was running down the stairs into the basement and stepped straight onto an upturned, jewelled tiara. 5 perfect puncture wounds appeared on the bottom of my foot.

I could have yelled. I could have demanded the girls tell me which one did it. Who left that on the stairs?! For me to step on?! And then bleed?!

They were already pretty horrified by my cry out in pain. The sight of the blood also really made them worried.

I took it as a teachable moment. Calmly explaining that this was a great reason why we shouldn’t leave our toys on the floor.

Am I the most patient mother in the world? Probably not. But I do know that there are many things that I do to make sure I’m in a better mood when I’m around the kids so I don’t lose my cool as often as I used to.

Here’s what I do to make sure I’m a calmer mom:

  • Get a good night sleep
  • Eat regularly (no hangry allowed!)
  • Take time away from the kids aka “me time”
  • Make my life enjoyable and not totally revolving around them
  • Counselling and coaching so I can know my feelings and reactions better

I love working with other moms who want to be Supermoms for their Superkids.

If you’d love to feel more in control of your emotions and your health, book in for a free intro session to chat more about how we could work together.

You’ve got this, Mama.

Talk soon,


Buy the Menu – Rooted Reboot Jan 2018

We’ve had such a success with our Reboots this year. Everyone is loving the menus and asking for more recipes! If you can’t wait until our next Reboot in September 2018 here’s your chance to get some great recipes ahead of time.

This is our menu from January 2018 which people raved about. Their favourite meals were the One Pan Mediterranean Fish & the Protein-Packed Avocado Toast. So good!!

Click here to buy it now for only $19

This Menu Includes:

  • 7 days
  • 3 meals and 2 snacks
  • great portions for leftovers
  • hypoallergenic
  • mediterranean-friendly
  • hormone-friendly
  • helpful tips and variations
  • beautiful pictures
  • easy instructions
  • naturopath-approved recipes

Let us know if you have any questions!

Drs. Whitney & Katie