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 why each… Read More

You may have heard of mindfulness but what is it, really? Let’s take some time to learn about what it is (and what it isn’t) and how it can help you to navigate the stresses and challenges, and deepen the joys in your daily life.  What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of being present to whatever is before us in this moment. This may sound simple but it is not easy! It takes practice and lots of it! Our minds are constantly moving from thought to thought, evaluating, analyzing, judging, thinking about the past or the future. We… Read More

After this article was written, Angelica gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Eden, on June 8, 2017, at Baby+Company Knoxville. I’ve been a nurse for eight years. I’ve always taken care of pregnant women, and I’ve worked in labor and delivery for four years. I’ve seen countless births, and have witnessed almost every imaginable scenario in the hospital. When I became pregnant with my first child, all of those experiences led me to one belief: a hospital birth was not for me. My oldest daughter was born at home, and my second was born at the Lisa Ross Birth… Read More

When you find out you’re pregnant, one of the first decisions to make is who will be your pregnancy care provider. While you’re probably anxious and excited to make sure that everything is going well with your little one, you shouldn’t rush into choosing a provider. You want someone who has an attitude about pregnancy and birth that aligns with your own. How can you narrow down your options when it sometimes seems like you’re just picking someone from a hat? The vast majority of women are attended to by obstetricians (OB-GYNs), but the number of midwife-attended births has… 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

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

Being a mom means being constantly busy. While being busy is not necessarily a bad thing, it can mean that mom misses out on some very important “me” time. Everyday activities like picking up baby, cleaning and doing laundry, and getting in and out of the car can take a toll on the body, especially when the accompanying movements are done incorrectly. Here are 4 exercises that you can do at home- or anywhere for that matter- that will help you get moving and change the way you do your everyday exercises. Squats Squats are the kind of… 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

Beautiful images of mothers nursing their newborns seem to be all over social media lately. When you make the choice to breastfeed your own child, you probably envision sweet moments in the nursery rocking chair, gazing adoringly at the sweet baby cradled in your arms. Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to connect with your newborn, and it’s the best food for your baby during that first year. But breastfeeding can be a challenge, and many mothers give up before their children turn one. The CDC reports that while 81.1% of moms start out breastfeeding, just over… Read More

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