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

I love helping moms change their eating habits! When we start making changes to grocery shopping routines, it can seem daunting to shop within a budget AND buy real food, especially when we’re not used to shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. I am frequently asked for my shopping tips, and about how to shop for a family without spending an exorbitant amount  in groceries each year. As a result, I’ve combined my real life experience with grocery shopping all around town to develop my handy guide to the Best Real Food Deals in Nashville Grocery Stores. Read through… Read More

This past week, I had my first (individual) birthing center visit of my third trimester with Baby+Company. I met with Beth Tyson, CNM for my glucose screening test, fundal height measurement, we listened to baby’s heartbeat on the Doppler, I received my Rhogram injection (for those who are RH negative), we went over my list of questions, scheduled our birth classes (Birth at a Birth Center, Newborn Care, and Breastfeeding), and talked about goals and milestones for the coming weeks. Vitals Check As is standard with all visits, my weight was recorded and my blood pressure was taken. 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

And just like that, we are 2/3 of the way there! In celebration of entering the double-digit countdown until we meet our baby girl, I’ve detailed the highs, lows, and everything in between of my second trimester. Most Exciting Moments… Having a great anatomy ultrasound Seeing our baby’s movements from the outside Our Babymoon to Kauai Having a noticeable baby bump Deciding on a name for our baby girl Feeling the baby’s first movements Finding lots of great items at Kid’s Exchange consignment sale (I love a good deal!) Seeing the nursery start to come together Most Challenging… Read More

It seems like yesterday I was sitting in a college classroom dreaming about the day I would be able to put all of that medical input overload to use. Never in my wildest dreams would I have seen myself here. Many people are curious about what I do. As a breastfeeding consultant, I help prepare families for their journey, before baby comes. Once baby arrives, my real “job” happens. Breastfeeding journeys are beautiful, and hard, and wonderful, and emotional… and every journey is different. Some babies need a little more help figuring things out than others. That’s where I step… Read More

I was at high risk for postpartum depression, so when my son was about six weeks old, I expressed my relief that I hadn’t felt anything beyond your basic baby blues. My older sister, who is a medical doctor, pulled me aside and told me I shouldn’t celebrate just yet. Despite the moniker, she informed me, new moms may not see symptoms of postpartum depression until up to six months after they give birth. Six months! Like many mothers, I assumed that I was in the clear after those first several weeks. But postpartum depression may not surface until months… Read More

I’m not sure if it’s body “preparing” me for sleep deprivation or just my Type-A personality that’s been causing restless nights lately, but I have not been sleeping well these past few weeks. I have been practicing mindfulness and meditation and doing my prenatal yoga, but I still can’t seem to turn my mind off or keep my thoughts at bay when I wake up for one of the (frequent) trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I feel like there is a never-ending list of things to do before baby arrives and I… Read More

Quick, what’s the #1 cause of injury-related death in the US? You might be surprised to learn that the answer is poisoning. The third week in March is designated as National Poison Prevention Week, and has been, ever since President John F. Kennedy proclaimed it so in 1962. Nine out of 10 poisonings happen at home, which is why it’s super important to child-proof your house, make sure anything that could be poisonous or hazardous (including things like vitamins and makeup) is put safely away and out of reach, and have emergency numbers ready (the… 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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