As a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) and childbirth and early parenting educator at Baby+Company, I chat with parents daily about baby gear, infant car seat recommendations, safety concerns, and what’s “best.” Read More

As an educator, navigating the path of discussion regarding newborns and safe infant sleep with first-time expectant parents can be a tricky one. I always imagine it as a trail, perilously traversing the top of a razor-thin ridge. You must choose your footsteps carefully as you make your recommendations to these parents. Not only is a child’s physical safety at stake, but also his emotional well-being, and a new mom’s sanity. Read More

September is Baby Safety Month, so we’re going to focus on keeping your baby safe during one of the most thrilling milestones – when Baby learns to crawl! For parents, this moment is both exciting and scary. Suddenly, you see danger lurking everywhere. But don’t worry. It isn't hard to babyproof your house, although you will have to get used to some of the changes. These guidelines will ensure that your new little explorer can crawl around safely. Read More

The body goes through a ton of changes during pregnancy, and the skin is no different. The skin is an organ system, and like all the other organ systems, it’s affected by the changing hormone levels during these 40 weeks. While not every woman will experience the same skin changes in pregnancy, here are some things you might notice. Stretch Marks You knew this one was coming, right? This is probably the one most women think of when thinking about skin changes in pregnancy. Stretch marks may not be limited to your belly, though – they can also occur on the… Read More

Pregnancy brings endless changes – new symptoms and feelings crop up, physical side effects abound, and it can be overwhelming, both physically and mentally. Even though you might be busy with work, preparing for baby, running errands, and dealing with everyday life, it’s important to take time for yourself to make sure you’re healthy for you and your baby. Here are some ways to practice self-care during this time. Rest Pregnancy can be exhausting – after all, you’re growing a person. Your body is working overtime, which means fatigue is a common byproduct. Take time each day to… Read More

Everyone knows you need protein during pregnancy (and always) as part of a healthy, balanced diet, but what does it actually do? Protein is an important part of every cell in your body – it helps build and repair tissue, helps the body make hormones, and is a critical component of things like blood, skin, bones, and muscles. Read More

I would like to talk about the “fourth trimester,” or the first 12 weeks of a newborn’s life. This is a time of transition, for both parents and the baby. The concept is this: human babies have a short gestation period, compared to other mammals – due to our large head size, we’re born early, before we’re really ready, developmentally. Read More

Breastfeeding is normal and natural. We are meant to feed our babies in this way. However, this does not mean that it is always easy. When breastfeeding challenges arise, you can seek help from experienced support people such as sisters, friends or your mother. Sometimes it is necessary to find a lactation consultant or breastfeeding support group to help move through these issues. Read More

Breastfeeding starts off as an intimate dance between you and your baby, but pretty soon most moms are feeling ready to re-enter society. Or you’re not feeling quite ready but you realize you need some support. Either way, one of the best ways to ease out of your babymoon is to find some other nursing moms to hang out with so you can nurse your baby with other women. Read More

Baby+Company and WakeMed have been delivering maternity care together since the birth center opened in 2015. This spring, we began deepening our collaboration, exploring ways to better meet the needs of diverse families in a rapidly changing healthcare system. Dr. AJ Koehler from WakeMed Physician Practices (WPP) assumed the role of Medical Director, and WPP now collaborates to provide full-spectrum maternity care to Baby+Company families. Read More

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