Certified nurse-midwife Sybilla Howell is thrilled to join the team at the new Baby+Company birth center in Winston-Salem. Her nursing career began in 1999 when she received her associate’s degree. Over the next several years, she continued her education, first getting her BSN and then embarking on a master’s degree program at East Carolina University. Her original intention was to become an educator, but partway through the program, she switched to midwifery – which is where, she says, her heart has always been. B+C: It’s clear that you love midwifery. Why did you choose this particular type of health… 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

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

It’s one of the common things people say when you’re pregnant: “Get your sleep now, while you can, haha!” or something of that nature. That’s all well and good – and most of us would love to get the sleep we need – but sometimes it can be challenging to get restful sleep during pregnancy, no matter what trimester you’re in. According to the National Sleep Foundation, up to 78% of women report sleep disturbances during pregnancy, compared to other times in their lives. While physical changes can certainly interfere with sleep, anxiety can also be… Read More

Congratulations! You’re pregnant! The first trimester is full of  big changes, and if you’ve never been pregnant before (and even if you have!), there can be symptoms that leave you wondering is this normal? Have no fear; today’s blog will look at some of the myths and realities of early pregnancy – what’s normal and what’s not. Remember: you know your body best, so if you have any questions or concerns, or feel something isn’t right, it’s always a good idea to call your midwife and check in with her. There’s no harm in being cautious! Morning Sickness… Read More

After you see that positive pregnancy test, the next question on your mind is probably “When am I going to start showing?” As you eagerly await that baby bump and browse for new clothes at the maternity store, you might not be sure when you’re actually going to get to debut them. Most women gain between 15 and 40 pounds during pregnancy, and your first few months will be filled with physical changes. In your eagerness to spot your burgeoning bump, though, you might begin to wonder if you’re starting to show or if you just ate too much chili. Read More

Lead Midwife Nona Smith has always dreamed of offering a more holistic approach to women’s health care, particularly for those critical months before, during, and after a pregnancy. A self-described “workaholic,” Nona is experienced in all areas of fetal and maternal medicine. In addition to providing incredible care, she loves spending time with her adult sons and her grandchildren. Get to know her better! B+C: Hi, Nona! We’re so excited to be opening this new center in Winston-Salem and look forward to having you on the team. Can you tell us a bit about your professional and educational background? NS:… Read More

Staying active during pregnancy can be challenging: you may be dealing with fatigue, nausea, balance issues, and discomfort. Staying active can be doubly challenging when you’re pregnant in the summer and already tend to run hot! Here are some ways to be active and keep fit while you’re pregnant in the summer. Remember, ask your midwife before starting any sort of exercise program, and make sure your activity is okay before starting it. If you’re not feeling well during the activity, stop and rest, and call your midwife if you are concerned. As always, stay hydrated and… Read More

Bring on the watermelon! Though beautiful pregnant bellies are reminiscient of watermelons, we love that watermelon has great qualities to promote fertility in men! Our newest health coach to the team, Kira Whitham, came in with an ah-mazing Watermelon Gazpacho recipe. (Ashley+new baby= maternity leave with all the snuggles) So, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit. Lycopene is an antioxidant which can help with both the quality and quantity of sperm. Tomatoes are also in this recipe and are rich in lycopene, so consider this recipe extra-healthy for men! Watermelon contains citruline which acts similarly to… Read More

Kira Whitham is our interim Health Coach while Ashely Couse is out on maternity leave. We are so happy to have Kira here to keep our clients focused on a healthy lifestyle. We sat down with her to ask her some questions so that our community can get to know her better. What is your educational background? I have a BS in English, an MA in Education, and an MS in Health and Nutrition Education. I am currently studying for my board certification through NANP. When were you inspired to become a health coach? My own health journey and medical… Read More

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