we couldn’t think of a better time to celebrate the incredible women who help deliver happy, healthy babies in our centers each and every day! to our midwives: you are the heart and soul of baby+co. your knowledge, passion, skills, and selflessness have helped over 1,500 adorable little souls come into this world! you treat each of the women who come through our doors like sisters, and many times sacrifice your own comfort to ensure they get the care and attention they deserve. for that, we thank you — and… Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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