According to the American Pregnancy Association, “nesting” is the urge to clean and organize. Nesting during pregnancy is the overwhelming desire to get your home ready for your new baby. To be fair, I’ve been nesting for months but this past week I was hit hard by this urge to prep ALL things for baby. Many friends have lamented that they wished they had done more prep prior to the third trimester when they had more energy, so I’ve heeded this advice and tackled projects along the way. Her clothes have been washed and organized for a few months. Read More

Realizing you are going into labor is inherently exciting. While you might be tempted to send an SOS to your midwife or rush to the birth center, in early labor you may be better off laboring at home. Early labor, when contractions are still irregular, short, and/or mild, often lasts between eight to 12 hours for first-time moms, and about five hours for those who have given birth before. During this time your body is working hard to progress to longer, stronger contractions. After you’ve called the birth center to let your midwife know you’re in early labor, use our… Read More

Baby+Company midwives are dedicated to the welfare of women, both in the local community as well as abroad. When Mandesa Smith (a midwife at our Cary location) was given the opportunity to travel to Guatemala, she didn’t hesitate. Now that she’s back home, we talked with her about her experience. B+C: Welcome back, Mandesa! What inspired you to do this mission? MS: I’ve always wanted to do a mission trip, but I hadn’t really looked into it before. When I bumped into one of my former coworkers, she told me that some of the women from WakeMed were going… Read More

We are extremely excited to announce the arrival of a fantastic team of new pediatric providers and to welcome them to the Baby+Company family! It has been so much fun for us to start to get to know them and we know that you are going to love them as much as we do! Maggie Nicholson Quinn, PNP is a Knoxville native. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and her Master’s Degree in Pediatric Nursing from the University of Tennessee. Maggie has been working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Knoxville area since 2010. She loves working with children of all… Read More

Chief among the laundry list of “to-do’s” on our list prior to baby’s arrival has been finding childcare for her as we will both be returning to work after maternity/paternity leave. If I’m being honest, this was one of those big decisions that was causing the most anxiety for me. Mostly because I feel like there were so many directions we could go with our decision, all with distinct pros and cons. As I was sharing my anxiety about the topic to a very good friend of mine who lives in Canada (who is also a mama-to-be), her first remark… Read More

This past weekend was an event I’ve dreamt about for years – my BABY SHOWER! After struggling with infertility, there were times where I thought I may never get to experience the joy and excitement of my own baby shower. As an attendee (and host) of my fair share of showers, I was elated that the time had come to gather my closest friends and family in celebration of this impending and monumental life change. One of my very best friends of over 25 years, Katie, graciously offered to host and plan the big day – all from 2,500 miles… Read More

Confession: I have never been a minimalist. Whether it’s packing for a trip, or packing my daily purse/tote bag, I always, ALWAYS have more than I could possibly need. Which means I tend to overpack my son’s diaper bag – but somehow, in the beginning, I’d overlook simple things. Like underestimating the amount of diapers needed, or only packing one spare outfit (ha!), or packing 6 books for an infant. Now, ten months into the game, I’ve learned to pack smarter. I’m a big fan of learning what works for you, but here’s a checklist for packing the diaper bag. Read More

We love hearing about Baby+Company births, and we share many of these great stories here. One question that we always ask in our interviews is what advice the new mom has for other women who are expecting. Here, we share some of the best advice we’ve heard about everything from being pregnant to delivering the baby to raising your child. “Think about your personality type and what you envision yourself doing when going through labor. Do you want everyone in the room or do you want to be alone? Don’t stress about things and don’t feel bad.” –… Read More

I love helping moms change their eating habits! When we start making changes to grocery shopping routines, it can seem daunting to shop within a budget AND buy real food, especially when we’re not used to shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. I am frequently asked for my shopping tips, and about how to shop for a family without spending an exorbitant amount  in groceries each year. As a result, I’ve combined my real life experience with grocery shopping all around town to develop my handy guide to the Best Real Food Deals in Nashville Grocery Stores. Read through… Read More

This past week, I had my first (individual) birthing center visit of my third trimester with Baby+Company. I met with Beth Tyson, CNM for my glucose screening test, fundal height measurement, we listened to baby’s heartbeat on the Doppler, I received my Rhogram injection (for those who are RH negative), we went over my list of questions, scheduled our birth classes (Birth at a Birth Center, Newborn Care, and Breastfeeding), and talked about goals and milestones for the coming weeks. Vitals Check As is standard with all visits, my weight was recorded and my blood pressure was taken. Read More

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