Newborn care

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting newborns for primary care at Montana Whole Health! Whole health from their very first day…

Why choose a naturopathic physician?

Naturopathic physicians in the state of Montana are considered primary care providers and can perform Well Child Exams, order all lab work and imaging, and make referrals to specialists just like any other conventional pediatrician.

Well child visits at a naturopathic physician’s office typically go beyond what you would experience at a conventional physician’s office.  Naturopathic medicine focuses on prevention, patient education, and treatment of common ailments using natural methods rather than synthetic medications.  

How is care different at Montana Whole Health?

Dr. Krumbeck usually spends 45-60 minutes with families for well child visits, and focuses on optimizing health for children and preventing the development of chronic disease as they grow to adulthood.  She discusses nutrition with each family, and if necessary custom tailors a diet that is right for the growing child.  Dr. Krumbeck also provides alternatives to commonly given medications like Tylenol or antibiotics.

Dr. Krumbeck is an expert in vaccines, vaccine-preventible diseases, and vaccinating children who have various medical complications or have had previous reactions to vaccines.  She also spends considerable time thoroughly discussing vaccines in a non-judgmental, open environment.  Dr. Krumbeck also offers vaccines for families who choose to immunize on an alternate or delayed schedule, according to the parent’s desires.  She administers immunizations in a comfortable, compassionate environment to minimize trauma to the child.  For more information (including how Dr. Krumbeck uses the “Buzzy” to limit pain) see our Vaccines page.

I know that the foundation of good health begins in childhood, and that the best gift you could give your children is a lifetime of wellness. ~ Dr. Krumbeck

Why choose Dr. Krumbeck?

Dr. Krumbeck is one of few physicians who specializes in naturopathic pediatrics.  She is the founder of www.naturopathicpediatrics.com and the author of the Vaccines Demystified online course.  She is also a member of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the author of multiple e-books on treatment and prevention of various childhood illnesses.

Dr. Krumbeck is currently working on a book that includes helpful naturopathic tips for infants.  Parents get a helpful guide at each and every well child visit.  Check out her Newborn Well Child guide!

Do you accept insurance?

Yes.

We highly recommend checking with your insurance company to be sure that you have naturopathic coverage. Insurers that typically cover naturopathic care: Blue Cross Blue Shield (Federal and many other plans), University of Montana plans, Providence Hospital network, Missoula County, State of Montana, Pacific Source and Montana Health Co-Op (“marketplace” plans).  We are considered “in-network” with Allegiance, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Pacific Source, Montana Health Co-Op and the above-mentioned plans, however some plans specifically exclude naturopathic services.  Please call your insurer!

We are so sorry to report that we are unable to bill Healthy Montana Kids or HMK Plus.  Please contact your state senator and representative to make this change! If your child is uninsured or has HMK Plus and you choose to use Montana Whole Health as your child’s place of primary care we can offer a significant discount if you pay upfront for well-child care.  We offer $850 for the entire first year of well child checks (8 well baby checks), 2 “sick baby” visits, and all vaccines (if desired). We understand that this may not be financially reasonable for all patients. We also offer a “Pay It Forward” Plan for certain financially-needy patients. Please call the office to inquire: 406-552-1717

 

Here is our protocol for seeing new babies:

  • If your baby is born in a hospital they will have their first neonatal checkup completed by the staff pediatrician. Your baby will also receive a checkup before they are discharged from the hospital. Babies born in a hospital should be seen in our office 2-3 days after discharge.
  • If your baby is born at home or at The Birth Center they will need to have a checkup in our office within 48 hours (preferably 24 hours).
  • Please call the office as soon as your family is settled at home to schedule your child’s first well child check. Please note that Dr. Krumbeck does take occasional vacation days – when she is out of town you will need to see an alternate provider. Her current days off for 2017
  • May 29th through June 2nd 2017
  • July 3rd through July 4th 2017
  • August 21st through August 25 2017
  • September 1st and September 4th (labor day) 2017
  • September 14th and September 15th 2017
  • September 25th 2017
  • October 19th and October 20th 2017
  • November 10th 2017
  • November 23rd and November 24th (Thanksgiving) 2017
  • December 21st 2017 through January 3rd 2018
  • If your child has any complications during or shortly after birth please continue to see his/her pediatrician (assigned in the hospital) until they are discharged to “standard” care.
  • Please have the hospital, birth center or midwife fax records to (406) 552-4203 shortly after birth.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to the appointment, or have the pediatric paperwork completely filled out. This is extremely important, or I may be unable to see your child. Forms can be found on our website under “For Patients > Forms
  • Please bring 2 warm blankets with you to the visit, as well as extra diapers in case your baby has a wet diaper during the visit.

Well baby checks typically occur at 24-48 hours, 3-7 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months.   Some babies will need additional weight checks, especially early in life.

 

A little naturopathic trick for you:

Lastly – a little naturopathic trick/tip for you: shortly after the baby is born we recommend coating the baby’s bottom with olive oil. This helps easily wipe off the baby’s first meconium stool (poop).

 

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