Many women discover that they can’t see an OBGYN until they’re 10-12 weeks along. However, this is an arbitrary designation. You can actually start your prenatal care earlier. In fact, we would encourage you to be seen by an OBGYN or Board Certified Nurse-Midwife as early as possible in your pregnancy. At Baby+Co., we believe in seeing you as soon as you know you’re pregnant. Today, we’ll talk about some of the common reasons for the delay in prenatal care with OBGYNs in the United States have, as well as what you can do at… Read More

When it comes to pregnancy and birth, we know parents are inundated with choices. One of those choices may be to give birth with a midwife and/or in a birth center. At the end of the day, you want to make the choice that is best for you and your baby, and at Baby+Co., we are committed to supporting you at every step. However, we know that not everyone in your life understands every choice you make. Getting everyone on the same page as you prepare for baby can be a challenge, especially if you… Read More

You’ve heard about midwives, and you’ve maybe even seen Call the Midwife – but what do midwives in the 21st century really do? What education background do they have? How is a midwife different from an OB/GYN? Today, we are answering all your questions. So, what is a midwife? Board Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are specifically trained to care for healthy women, with a special emphasis on low-risk pregnancy and birth. They are trained in collaborative care models that engage other healthcare providers. Baby+Co. Read More

Water birth. It’s one of the main reasons people are interested in out-of-hospital birth, but there are a lot of myths around it. We talked to some of the Board-Certified Nurse Midwifes here at Baby+Co. to debunk some of the most common myths around water birth and to uncover why hydrotherapy – laboring in a tub or shower – is really so popular among the mamas in our centers.   Myth: Giving birth in water is more beneficial than a “land” birth. The benefit of hydrotherapy isn’t so much about the actual birth – it’s about the labor. While the… Read More

The new year brings new resolutions for health and wellness – and, for many, changes to insurance and the stressful search for a new primary care provider. If you’re looking for a new provider, we can help you with that. Most of our clients don’t know that Baby + Co. provides Complete Care that extends beyond pre-pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum. Our board-certified nurse midwives also see women for primary care visits, which we call Well Woman Visits.  What is a Well Woman Visit? Well Woman Visits are another name for… 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

Baby+Company and WakeMed have been delivering maternity care together since the birth center opened in 2015. This spring, we began deepening our collaboration, exploring ways to better meet the needs of diverse families in a rapidly changing healthcare system. Dr. AJ Koehler from WakeMed Physician Practices (WPP) assumed the role of Medical Director, and WPP now collaborates to provide full-spectrum maternity care to Baby+Company families. Read More

Earlier this year Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), an independent organization that advises the National Health Service, presented new guidelines recommending that all women with low-risk pregnancies be presented with the options of midwifery care and out of hospital birth. We already know from the landmark Listening to Mothers surveys, expecting women prefer to have an array of alternatives when it comes to their care; however, the NICE recommendations go beyond the argument of “choice is good.” The evidence-based report states that midwifery-led care is best for healthy pregnancies due to the achievement of equal health outcomes with lower intervention rates, when compared to physician-led care. Read More

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