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


Acupuncture improves your fertility

Acupuncture treatments are one of the biggest reasons women and men struggling to get pregnant come see us at Rooted for our Fertility Tranquility Program. They’ve heard from a friend or read online that acupuncture can help them get pregnant.

It’s true. There are studies to support the use of acupuncture during your fertility journey.

I’ve got patients who’ve only just started trying to conceive and they want to help manage their stress and anxiety during this time. They also want to increase their chances of it happening naturally for them.

I also have couples that come to see me who have started working with a medical fertility clinic. The traditional fertility clinics are great at diagnosing problems and then putting the egg and sperm together and working on timing. What they’re not great at, typically, is egg and sperm quality as well as managing stress, coaching about diet and supplements that will increase their chances of the medical treatments working.

Acupuncture may help in the following ways:

  • relieving stress and anxiety of fertility treatments
  • increasing blood flow to the uterus to help with lining
  • normalizing hormonal function
  • empowering women to know they are doing something. That they are not just waiting for their next period
  • increased success of IVF (invitro-fertilization)

New Hours Available!

We are thrilled to have Dr. Ashley Nelson, ND, join us to expand our acupuncture hours to our patients. She comes to us with a lot of acupuncture experience and a very gentle bedside manner. Click here to book directly with Ashley for acupuncture if you are already a patient of our clinic.

If you aren’t a patient of the clinic yet and would like to know how we can help you with your particular situation, please book a Free Fertility Introduction with Dr. Whitney Young, ND, our natural fertility expert.

How our clinic works

  1. Book your Free Fertility Introduction with Dr. Whitney
  2. Then book your Intake session – either individual or couples with Dr. Whitney
  3. After the intake process you can then start your acupuncture sessions with one of our naturopaths
  4. Please call if you have any questions! 705-792-6717

Wherever you are on your journey to having a baby or another baby, we are here to help.

Dr. Whitney


Recurrent Miscarriages

When a women loses a pregnancy, it can be devastating.  They want to know why, and want to prevent it from happening again.

Here are a few tests worth doing when miscarriage is a possibility.

1.  Celiac profile – there is a disproportionate number of women who have recurrent miscarriages with latent/undiagnosed celiac disease.  A gluten free diet may be all that’s needed.

2.  Anti thyroid peroxidase antibodies (anti-TPO) – autoimmune thyroid disease can be present without symptoms for years.  There is more to thyroid treatment than meds.

3.  DNA defragmentation of sperm – just because you’re getting pregnant, doesn’t mean that it isn’t him.

4.  MTHFR genetic testing – some people cannot methylate the folic acid that they take in.  Methyl folate is easy to find now.  Taking it ensures more will be appropriately absorbed.

5.  Overall immune testing – ANA, sperm antibodies, inflammatory markers.  Optimizing immune health and managing inflammation is important in prevention.

The naturopathic doctors at Rooted have experience in helping women with recurrent miscarriage.  They will also work with you once you are pregnant again, to help maintain the pregnancy.

Book a free ‘meet the doctor’ appointment to learn more.  Call 705-792-6717 or book online.


Why Oysters Might Not Be a Sexy Food

When people talk about the aphrodisiac foods, they talk about chocolate and oysters as the two biggest foods to get us in the mood. This may be the case, but you might want your man to avoid oysters and get him going in other ways.

Oysters are one of the foods that accumulates cadmium a toxic heavy metal, which is associated with increased immobile sperm. A study was published in the journal of Environmental Health in January 2011. They found that the presence of lead and cadmium in the reproductive tract of men was associated with increased percentage of immotile sperms. So, there was a correlation between high levels of heavy metals and men’s little swimmers that stopped swimming.

According to the World Health Organization, human exposure to cadmium occurs mainly from consuming contaminated foods, active and passive inhalation of tobacco smoke and inhalation by workers in the metal industry; mining, smelting, refining and fossil fuel combustion.

How can your man reduce his exposure to cadmium?

  • Limit or avoid oysters, scallops, mussels and crustaceans which accumulate cadmium
  • Quit smoking or avoid inhaling it around his friends. The tobacco plant accumulates cadmium in its leaves


  1.  Environ Health. 2011 Jan 19;10(1):6. doi: 10.1186/1476-069X-10-6. Relationships between heavy metal concentrations in three different body fluids and male reproductive parameters: a pilot study
  2. http://www.who.int/ipcs/features/cadmium.pdf

Fertility Soup with Lemony Pumpkin Seed Pesto

I asked my friend Ashleigh, a culinary nutritionist, to create a new yummy recipe for our fertility patients. Ok, it’s not a magic soup that one spoonful you will be miraculously pregnant, but it does have some good ingredients to help you on your journey. Ideally you use your own chicken broth you make from a chicken carcass. The Chinese believe that this helps increase your blood – which is very important in baby-making. The soup also includes pumpkin seeds which are a source of zinc, which is important for sperm development and hormonal health. We hope you enjoy it! 

Hi! I’m Ashleigh Grange, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and Culinary Nutritionist based outside Barrie. I specialize in helping people discover, use, cook with and enjoy everyday foods that happen to have extraordinary healing benefits.

My Fertility Soup with Lemony Pumpkin Seed Pesto recipe comes together quickly for a lunch or dinner that will help warm you up, feel satisfied, balance your blood sugar, and perhaps even leave you with a newfound appreciation for some lighter winter fare. A rich pumpkin and sunflower seed pesto with a bright lemony flavour tops it all off, livening up this easy twist on a not-so-classic creamy broccoli soup.

This recipe is also dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free and corn-free. To make this soup vegan, simply substitute the chicken stock for your favourite vegetable stock.

I hope you enjoy this delightful fertility soup on a sunny winter’s day!

Here’s the recipe in all its glory:

Fertility Soup with Lemony Pumpkin Seed Pesto

For the soup:

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (organic, virgin/unrefined)
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger (I use a microplane for this)
  • 1 ¾ cups cooked chickpeas
  • 4 cups of fresh broccoli, chopped into medium florets
  • 4 cups homemade chicken stock (from organic, preferably pastured chickens)
  • 3 cups almond or cashew milk (try my homemade almond milk tutorial using either almonds or cashews)
  • Season with sea salt (use less if using salted stock) and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

For the pumpkin seed pesto:

  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, preferably raw and organic (not roasted/salted)
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds, preferably raw and organic (not roasted/salted)
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach, packed
  • ¼ cup omega-3 oil (such as hemp seed, Udo’s oil or Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend)
  • Zest of 1 organic lemon
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Season with sea salt to taste
  1. Get all of your ingredients ready.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, add the coconut oil and sweat the onions over low-medium heat, stirring regularly, until soft and translucent.
  3. Add the minced garlic and ginger and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the chickpeas, broccoli and chicken stock. Increase heat to medium. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until broccoli is bright green and just barely tender.
  4. While the soup cooks, make the pumpkin seed pesto. Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until the ingredients are blended to form a thick paste. I prefer a slightly chunky pesto but you can blend until smooth if you prefer. You may need to add a tablespoon or two of water if the ingredients aren’t blending smoothly.
  5. Test the broccoli for doneness and if tender, remove the soup from the heat.
  6. Add the almond or cashew milk. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth and creamy. If you don’t have an immersion blender, just add your soup to a blender in small batches, puree it and return it to the cooking pot. Please make sure you have a blender that can properly vent itself (such as a Vitamix) in order to do this safely.
  7. Do this until all of the soup has been pureed or feel free to leave some of the soup chunky for a different texture. You can heat this over very low heat for a few minutes if it’s not as warm as you would like.
  8. Serve the soup with a dollop of the pumpkin seed pesto on top. Enjoy!

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Would you like to discover more recipes like this?

If you liked this recipe, you might like some of the others featured on my website, in my healthy cooking workshops, or in my monthly e-zine.

My monthly e-zine showcases some of the month’s best recipes, healthy discussion, and free resources, tips and tricks to make your cooking adventures a little easier. You can learn more about it here (and get a free e-cookbook with some of my favourite breakfast recipes at the same time!).

You can also visit my blog or check out a list of my upcoming cooking workshops and other events. I am also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Rooted has a new PCOS tea blend

There are many different hormonal imbalances involved in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome  (PCOS).  As such, different herbal blends work for different types of PCOS patients.

Dr. Whitney and Dr. Kerri show off their new PCOS tea at the Bridal Show.

Dr. Whitney and Dr. Kerri show off their new PCOS tea at the Bridal Show.

Our tea blend is geared to those women with high androgens (high testosterone and high DHEA) which is what often causes the acne and hair growth.

Spearmint tea helps lower the DHEA, the total testosterone and free testosterone.

Green tea helps to increase the sex hormone-binding globulin which helps to mop up the extra testosterone.  Green tea has also been linked to a two-fold increase in fertility.

The studies to reduce the hormones were done over two months so don’t expect to drink just one cup every once in a while to see the changes.  Two cups per day is required for this therapeutic effect.

That said, it’s a tasty tea that can be enjoyed by anybody anytime.

PCOS blend is available at Simply Tea and Chocolate downtown Barrie and at Rooted Naturopathic Clinic

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