Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Ever since becoming more focused on holistic, family-centered healthcare, I have been searching for the right practitioner, that doctor who would understand our wellness choices and recognize that most health and wellness are centered around the home and not the medical office, pharmacy, or managed care department. Fortunately, we are rarely sick or in need of a doctor's care, so I had been hoping to find someone on whom I could call occasionally if a need arose.
After my daughter's homebirth a year ago, I became much more enlightened about healthcare in America and discovered that much of it was not rosy. The dangers of the American maternity care system aside, I began to question the entire model of standardized, one-size-fits-all, pharmaceutical-driven healthcare, and I realized that I wanted a much simpler, more holistic, alternative approach to healthcare for my family, should such a thing exist. I first tried an “integrative” medical practice that I thought might be a good fit, but still found it a bit too conventional.
Where was that old-time country doctor I envisioned? That doctor who created a warm and welcoming environment for children and families? The one who got to know the family's essence, and who recognized that home is where health and healing should occur? The doctor whom you paid directly for services rendered, instead of relying on a managed care system to broker the deal? The doctor who not only respected, but was actively supportive of homebirth, midwifery, attachment parenting, extended breastfeeding, homeschooling, homeopathy, and parental choice in vaccination decisions? Where was this elusive country doctor of a by-gone era?
It turns out, in the countryside.
We traveled out of the city, to the countryside, into the woods as it were, to find the perfect doctor for our family. Finally, that feeling I had deep inside, that feeling that we weren't quite connecting with our current physician and that hope that there might be, must be, something better for us, was realized, beyond the city. It's fitting, I think, as I write about natural parenting that our well-matched doctor should practice in a small countryside office, surrounded and influenced by nature.
Since we traveled outside of the city and into the woods for a family well-visit with our doctor today, it made perfect sense to make a day of it in the countryside, exploring conservation land trails, collecting flowers in our nature sacks, spotting turtles, and spiders, and hawks, picnicking in the grass, and meeting up with countryside friends whom we see all too infrequently.
Sometimes it takes a trip out of the city, into the countryside, to find the perfect dose of nature and nurture.