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

Whether you’re a new mom or a seasoned pro, a low-risk pregnancy can be defined as one where there is no need for or benefit from medical intervention. Most pregnancies (92 to 94 percent) are considered low-risk. Mom and baby are healthy and there’s nothing to indicate that labor and delivery won’t go smoothly. In these situations, a low-intervention labor and delivery can be a wonderful option either in a hospital or a birth center. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recently released updated recommendations on interventions during labor… Read More

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

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

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

Ginger Breedlove, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at Baby+Company, has a long history of caring for the needs of women across the globe. As a nurse for over 40 years and a midwife for almost as long, she’s dedicated her life to the health and wellness of mothers and children. While serving as the immediate past president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, she and her colleagues often gathered to discuss the growing incidence of maternal deaths in the United States. After attending a conference where a speaker bemoaned that despite all the talk, there was no action,… Read More

The thought of delivering a baby can be stressful, especially if you’re a first-time mom and don’t know what to expect. Nearly all women feel anxiety about labor, and as many as 10% of women have more intense fear. Counterproductively, fearful moms may actually find giving birth to be more painful than calm mothers do. Discomfort and labor pains are a part of the birthing process, but it doesn’t have to be daunting. At Baby+Company, our midwives are here to address and ease your birth anxiety. If thinking about labor pains and pain during… 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

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

Thinking about hiring a doula for your big day? If so, get going, girl! The sooner you start interviewing doulas, the more time you’ll have to create a close, trusting bond. In honor of World Doula Week, we’re spreading the word about these incredible individuals and offering you some advice for finding your very own doula soulmate. Your doula is there to provide emotional support, so you’ll want to make sure she has that special something. Don’t just hire the first person you meet; ask lots of questions, and pay attention to both the answers and the… Read More

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