This week, my “bumpdate” looks a little bit different than weeks past. While I did take the traditional photo that I’ve been taking all along, I want to share several photos from our maternity session with you. My very talented friend, Cassie, owner of FireRose Photography, graciously offered to take maternity photos as her gift to us. I was delighted at the prospect of capturing this special moment in time and convinced my husband to come along so we could have some photos together. We originally had plans to go to the Arboretum, but with graduation and Mother’s… Read More

Baby+Company recently hosted a “Meet the Photographer” event at the birth center to highlight a few of our favorite Triangle photographers. We had some incredible artists from various fields exhibiting their work: from birth photographers to folks specializing in newborn, lifestyle, family, and portrait photography. We are very lucky to have such creative community partners in the Triangle area! Below are the folks that participated in the event. We thought it would be beneficial to outline their specialties and include some of their work for those that might be searching for photography options. So without further ado… Dana Ashley… Read More

You’re home with the baby – the hard part is over…right? Well, yes and no. Welcome now to the world of feeding schedules, night waking, and finding your way through this jungle called parenthood. But the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. If you have a partner, they are there alongside you, and if you’re lucky, you have friends or family who are part of your parenting team. As with so many other daunting tasks, it helps if, right from the start, you have a plan and work together with your “teammate,” i.e., your partner. Communication… Read More

It’s no secret that Denver has some fantastic places to eat. (It ranks 23rd on WalletHub’s list of Best Foodie Cities!)  When you’re pregnant in Denver, you can find the cure for any craving if you know where to look. If you find that you suddenly can’t live without an ice cream float or a soft pretzel covered in ooey-gooey goodness, Denver’s got you covered. The ladies at Baby+Company in Wheat Ridge share their favorite spots to grab a delicious bite. (Warning: Baby+Company is not responsible for any keyboards that need to be replaced due to excessive amounts… Read More

Watching your baby grow and develop new skills is one of the joys of being a parent. Your baby’s first 6 months are especially jam-packed with milestones and exciting transitions. If you’re a first-time parent, you might not know what to expect during this busy season of babyhood. Seasoned moms tend to compare new babies with older siblings, and we’re all guilty of looking at other babies and wondering, “Why isn’t my baby doing that yet?” We’ve researched a few stats and facts on the average baby for an unbiased look at what to anticipate in those first few months. Size… 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

It came out of nowhere, 11 months into my nursing journey. I picked my son up from his morning nap, and when he snuggled against my chest, the side of my breast was sore, like a bruise. I felt it and it was tender and hard; when he nursed, I could feel that the side of my breast was like it had a rock inside it. Sure enough: it was a clogged milk duct. Clogged or blocked ducts can occur when the breast isn’t being emptied of milk regularly. This could be from sudden weaning, a breast pump that is too… 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 women who… Read More

Like all mothers, I wear a lot of additional hats–sister, daughter, wife, friend, midwife, academic, public health professional, advocate, and entrepreneur to name a few. But mother is my most treasured, and the one that is most often undervalued by the world around me. I spent yesterday day wearing my mom hat–specifically my soccer mom hat–watching my 10 and 12-year-old boys, Max and Tate, play in a tournament. They love the game and I love the joy in their eyes as they run for the ball. They have games again today and I’d love to be cheering them on from… Read More

  It’s early on in your pregnancy, but already your pants are tight and your belly feels big – no, it’s not your imagination! Bloating is a common symptom of pregnancy, usually showing up in the first trimester, around week 10 or 11. Like so many other bodily changes during pregnancy, hormones are to blame – namely, progesterone. Progesterone is the hormone that is responsible for maintaining a healthy pregnancy (“pro-gestation”). When progesterone levels rise, it can also cause things like bloating and gas, because it relaxes smooth muscle (like the uterus). The intestines are also smooth muscle, and an… Read More

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