Well-Baby Visits

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We love seeing healthy babies in our practice. We also see the sick ones but we more often than not are assessing a new baby. Here’s what you can expect from your well-baby visit for the first visit:

  • review of pregnancy & birth history
  • recommendations for any current symptoms
  • physical exam including – hair, skin, lymph nodes, abdomen, ears, heart and lung check, weight, height and head circumference
  • charting on the growth chart
  • information for stages where you are at now e.g. natural solutions for fevers, coughs & colds, food introduction, teething

Our baby patient then come to see us at set intervals so we can help track their growth and development as well as address any concerns that have come up since we saw them last. This is a safe place for you to bring your baby where we have the time to listen to your concerns. Babies also come in for acute visits for 15 or 30 minutes to address things you don’t want to take them to the walk-in clinic for.

Also, check out our new baby scale that we can accurate weigh your baby and toddler up to 40lbs!

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Fertility – Frequently Asked Questions

What is infertility? Is it a common problem? Is infertility just a woman’s problem? The Docs answer your most frequently asked questions.

What is infertility?

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after a year of regular intercourse or carry a baby to term.

Is infertility a common problem?

In 2010 the Canadian Community Health Survey found that infertility rates ranged from 11.5% to 15.7% of couples. This has increased over the years.

In 1992, 8.5% of women aged 18-44 who were married or living common-law were considered infertile.

In 1984, the figure was 5.4%

Is infertility just a woman’s problem?

No.

  • 30% due to male factors
  • 40% due to female factors
  • 30% due to mixed male and female and/or unexplained infertility

What causes infertility in women?

  • Absent period
  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Endometriosis
  • High FHS levels
  • Low progesterone
  • Luteal phase defect
  • Ovarian cysts
  • PCOS
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Stress & fertility
  • Uterine fibroids

What causes infertility in men?

  • Chromosomal or genetic causes – DNA fragmentation
  • Testicular torsion/injury
  • Drugs, chemicals, or radiation damage
  • Sperm antibodies
  • Injury or infection
  • Retrograde and premature ejaculations
  • Failure of ejaculation
  • Infrequent intercourse
  • Damage to nerves
  • Toxicity, oxidative damage to sperm
  • Poor nutritional status
  • Intake of other cravings: alcohol, coffee/caffeine, cigarettes, poor diet, recreation drugs such as marijuana

How can naturopathic medicine help?

Naturopathic doctors work with the subtle abnormalities not just the big ones.  Just having a period isn’t good enough for us. We want to optimize your hormones and make both partners as healthy as possible.

We do a thorough assessment of preferably both parents.  Lab work and physical exam helps us evaluate the nutritional status of the parents.

From this information gathered we determine which herbs and supplements are appropriate for each parent.  We also make dietary recommendations based on the information gathered.

If your time and budget allows, we perform acupuncture based on your symptoms and what treatments you are undergoing.

We do not believe that one protocol helps all people.  Just because your friend tried this diet or this supplement and got pregnant doesn’t mean that it will work for you.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us for a free meet the doctor or book your fertility intake appointment to get started.