at baby+co. we love everything about the holiday season: the shopping, the decorations, the crisp weather, and of course, the delicious food. but it can seem like the last few months of the year are one long buffet of not-so-healthy choices, starting with halloween candy and ending with the clink of a champagne or beer glass at midnight on new year’s eve. our health coach in our cary, nc center, makayla mclaughlin, shares her tips for eating mindfully during this festive time. drink a glass of water before eating. whether you’re an expectant parent, a breastfeeding mom, or trying to… Read More

as if fall isn’t busy enough for most of us, there’s one more thing to add to your adulting to-do list: open enrollment. that’s the time – usually just once a year, and usually in the fall – when you may have an option to buy new health insurance, or to shop around and switch plans. the rest of the year, you may not be able to buy insurance at all, unless you have special circumstances like changing or losing your job, or getting married. if you don’t have health insurance, you have a 6-week window to get insured. because… Read More

ah, autumn. apple picking, pumpkin spice everything, cooler temperatures, and three words that have the power to strike fear and dread into the heart of parents: daylight savings time. while we usually welcome an extra hour of sleep, having your kids wake up extra early in the morning is not so welcome. don’t fret though: this is doable, and you can – and will – get through it! Here are some tips to help smooth the transition and make it easier on parents and kids. take it slow kids are sensitive to the littlest things – as anyone who’s… Read More

it’s fall and during this time of year many families start to feel more stress. you might have children who need lunches packed and to be driven to school or extra-curricular activities, or you may be feeling the pressure of looming deadlines at work. it seems that once fall hits, then we quickly move into the holiday season – and we all know the stress that can bring! we have found that the best way to lower stress levels is as simple as a walk outside. after all, when we go outside we don’t have the distractions of traffic, phones,… Read More

long gone are the days when a husband stood outside a birthing suite, wringing his hands and listening to the sounds of labor with terror and hope in his heart. (also gone are the days when it was acceptable to carouse with his friends at a pub, enjoying preemptive cigars as the woman did ‘woman’s work.’) no, today we expect our partners to remain by our sides, actively providing support as we bring our children into this world. but how, exactly, can your partner help? here are ten things your partner can do to make labor just a little bit… Read More

sudden infant death syndrome, or sids, is every parent’s worst nightmare. october is sids awareness month; since sids most often occurs when a child is sleeping, we want to focus on sleep products and techniques that will help protect your child from this inexplicable tragedy. your child’s sleep environment is important not only for decreasing the risk of sids, but also for allowing your child (and you!) to get a full, restful night of sleep. when you’re purchasing a crib or bassinet for your child, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the wide array of options. we’ve done the… Read More

we couldn’t think of a better time to celebrate the incredible women who help deliver happy, healthy babies in our centers each and every day! to our midwives: you are the heart and soul of baby+co. your knowledge, passion, skills, and selflessness have helped over 1,500 adorable little souls come into this world! you treat each of the women who come through our doors like sisters, and many times sacrifice your own comfort to ensure they get the care and attention they deserve. for that, we thank you — and… Read More

so, you’re pregnant. and you’re over the moon about your new baby, but you just don’t feel the same way about your healthcare provider. whether you’re just learning about baby+co. and want to birth with us, or you’re still shopping around – at some point in your pregnancy you may find yourself transferring care to a new doctor or midwife. below are some helpful tips if you want to know how to change care providers during your pregnancy. whatever the reason for your care provider switch- remember that it is common for women to change pregnancy care providers and it… Read More

are you considering expanding your family? are you starting to think about adding a little one to your family, or maybe trying for number two or three? did you know there are some easy pre-pregnancy wellness steps you can take to improve your health and better equip your body to conceive? that’s why baby+co. created our new, pre-pregnancy wellness program, well+prepared. baby+co.’s pre-pregnancy wellness program specifically is designed to improve the health of women for future pregnancies, as this pre-conception program provides individuals with a wellness plan customized just for them. every woman’s pregnancy journey is not the same. that’s… Read More

mindfulness can be the calming antidote to the many distractions of modern life, and may even have benefits for fertility and pregnancy. there’s not only an app for that, but literally hundreds of mindfulness apps. the good news is many of them are well rated by users, so there are lots of solid choices. but being confronted with so many choices might make you feel the opposite of serene. it will help to go into it knowing what kinds of features you want. so read about these eight different types of mindfulness apps, download one to try out, and set… Read More

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