One of the many things that I love about Baby+Company are all the wonderful classes, events, and resources that are available to patients and the community. A few weeks ago, I recapped our experience in both the Breastfeeding Basics & Newborn Care class, and this week, I’m sharing my experience with the 4-week ‘The Birth Journey’ birthing class series. Most hospitals either require or highly suggest that parents-to-be enroll in a childbirth class to prepare both mom and her birth partner for what to expect during labor and delivery. Popular classes include Lamaze, the Bradley Method, Hypnobirthing, and perhaps… Read More

It came out of nowhere, 11 months into my nursing journey. I picked my son up from his morning nap, and when he snuggled against my chest, the side of my breast was sore, like a bruise. I felt it and it was tender and hard; when he nursed, I could feel that the side of my breast was like it had a rock inside it. Sure enough: it was a clogged milk duct. Clogged or blocked ducts can occur when the breast isn’t being emptied of milk regularly. This could be from sudden weaning, a breast pump that is too… Read More

The birth of your baby is one of the most exciting, memorable days of your life. In a perfect world, every woman would remember her baby’s birth with a sense of profound joy and accomplishment. You should leave the hospital or birth center feeling as though you are stronger than you ever knew – regardless of how or where you deliver. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. One study found that 33% of women identified their birthing event as “traumatic,” and over 5% actually experienced acute posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Studies have found that… Read More

Like all mothers, I wear a lot of additional hats–sister, daughter, wife, friend, midwife, academic, public health professional, advocate, and entrepreneur to name a few. But mother is my most treasured, and the one that is most often undervalued by the world around me. I spent yesterday day wearing my mom hat–specifically my soccer mom hat–watching my 10 and 12-year-old boys, Max and Tate, play in a tournament. They love the game and I love the joy in their eyes as they run for the ball. They have games again today and I’d love to be cheering them on from… Read More

  It’s early on in your pregnancy, but already your pants are tight and your belly feels big – no, it’s not your imagination! Bloating is a common symptom of pregnancy, usually showing up in the first trimester, around week 10 or 11. Like so many other bodily changes during pregnancy, hormones are to blame – namely, progesterone. Progesterone is the hormone that is responsible for maintaining a healthy pregnancy (“pro-gestation”). When progesterone levels rise, it can also cause things like bloating and gas, because it relaxes smooth muscle (like the uterus). The intestines are also smooth muscle, and an… Read More

As part of our preparation for the arrival of Baby Fleck, I’ve searched the internet far and wide to find a comprehensive list of items that we should bring with us to the birth center. Most of the lists out there are either geared toward a hospital birth or a home birth, so I adapted/created my own tailored for giving birth at a birthing center, with inspiration from Mama Natural’s checklist. Although we may not end up using all the items in the bag, I’ll take comfort in knowing we have them available should we need them. Read More

Does the thought of exercise make you cringe? You’re probably thinking of running on a treadmill or spending sweaty hours in a spin class, but there are plenty of much more pleasant ways for you to stay active in the Triangle. Baby+Company is dedicated to helping you have a healthy, natural, fit pregnancy. Here are some of our favorite places in the Triangle for getting in that recommended 30 minutes of movement each day. Annie Jones Greenway and Annie Jones Park Annie L. Jones Park is located at 1414 Tarbert Drive, right off the Cary Parkway. Drop… Read More

The Breakfast Experiment Begins May 12th! If a food is considered a “healthy” one, is it possible that I still feel tired and cranky after eating it for breakfast? Can you feel the difference when your breakfast is nutritionally balanced? Can I break out of the usual breakfast grab-and-go breakfast food and find some healthy choices that taste good and make me feel great? These are the questions we’ll explore in the coming days as we eat, observe, and record our way through the Breakfast Experiment! We’ll try some old morning standards as well as some new meal mash-ups, and… Read More

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I knew that I wanted to deliver at Baby+Company. I did my research, and found that—out of all of the options available in my area—an out of hospital birth in a supportive, yet low intervention setting, was the choice for me. I am grateful that such an important decision was one that I could make myself, and not one that was forced upon me due to a lack of available alternatives. Sadly, not everyone is so lucky. So, because of that, I have decided to March for Moms. Read More

One of the great offerings from Baby+Company that I’ve been looking forward to experiencing since becoming pregnant have been the educational classes offered during the third trimester. There are a total of three classes that new parents take as part of their care: Breastfeeding Basics, Newborn Care, and The Birth Journey. Due to our crazy schedules, Trevor and I ended up taking Breastfeeding & Newborn Care prior to starting The Birth Journey series (which I promise to share more about in an upcoming post). We were able to take both classes on the same day, which was very convenient. Read More

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