I wonder if people think I have a different experience of being a mother because I’m a doctor. There are certainly things I know from my medical background that help. But mostly, as a first time mom, I learned along the way just life everyone else. In fact, I joined some mommy groups on Facebook and purposely never mentioned anything about my medical background because I wanted to be able to ask any question I had without for of someone thinking “hey, shouldn’t she know these things if she’s a doctor”! Yes, I know that sounds pretty silly, but it was how I felt about it. It was nice for me to have separation of doctor and mom, in fact, it was crucial, especially in the beginning. It was fun for me to allow myself to be a new mom and not have expectations that I should know everything. So I still posted and asked – ‘what were your babies first finger foods?’, ‘hey this just happened what does it mean?’, or ‘check out this rash what do you think it is?’ [Read more…]
Hi and welcome to the first Fertile Fridays blog post! Fertile Fridays are going to be about topics related to fertility and preconception health care. In my practice, I have worked with mamas-to-be on getting their health in tip top shape prior to pregnancy – not only to make themselves healthier, but to encourage quick and easy conception, and then a healthy pregnancy and baby.
The fertility part of this blog is also fueled by our current path to trying to have another child ourselves. Valentina is 21 months as I write this, and we’ve been trying for over a year, in fact, we never “not tried” since she was born. With my 43rd birthday having come and gone this week, I’m definitely feeling some pressure and anxiousness around it (which I know, doesn’t help, but it’s hard to just magically make disappear!). [Read more…]
Hi and welcome to my first ever blog post on The Naturopathic Mama. This is a place where medical knowledge combines with mama experience to bring you knowledge, wisdom and empowerment on how to support your family, naturally.
I’m Nicola Ducharme, historically Nicola McFadzean. I guess to be proper I’d say Nicola Ducharme nee McFadzean.
I was born in England (hence the need to be proper much of the time). My Dad is English, my Mum is Australian. If push comes to shove, I do call myself half Aussie and half Pom, but if asked “where are you from?” my reflex response is “Australia”.
I have lived in the Unites States for coming up on 20 years, which when I think about it is longer than I lived in Australia. I’ve definitely become Americanized to some extent – I consider the U.S. home, I love it and the opportunities it has provided me, and my husband and daughter are both U.S. citizens (enough reason to keep me here!). I am a permanent resident but haven’t applied for U.S. citizenship yet, not because I don’t want to, simply because I haven’t made it that far down my to-do list. I’m busy getting my daughter her social security number, and that alone has been procrastinated for a couple of months now. Given some recent political goings-on, it might become a pressing issue, but since a green card holder has pretty much the same rights as a citizen, short of voting, I just haven’t made it top priority. [Read more…]