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

Like childbirth itself, every childbirth class is a little different. Because of this, there is a lot of uncertainty about the necessity of the class itself. After all, your body knows what to do in labor, right? How necessary is a childbirth class? The thing is, a childbirth class prepares you for more than just what your body will do in labor (which itself is something that is worth preparing for – more on that later). A comprehensive childbirth class will help you and your labor support partner create a birth plan and learn about the options you’ll have during… Read More

Complete Care isn’t just our philosophy – it’s our practice. Have you ever left the doctor feeling unheard? Frustrated by long waits and short appointments? Or that gnawing feeling that your pregnancy and birth plan isn’t a collaborative effort but is, rather, a series of decisions being made for you by your provider? We’ve been there – we’re moms, too. At Baby+Co., we believe that women and their families deserve better maternity care. Plain and simple. We designed our Complete Care model to be grounded in evidence, combining best-in-class medical services with wellness practices that considers physical and emotional needs –… Read More

Birth is one of the most rigorous natural processes a body can go through. Yes, some bodies are built to do this – but wow, who knew all the stuff that went with it? There are some things that, courtesy of your mom and the internet, you probably know, like that you will defecate at some point during the process, or that newborns can have trouble latching onto the nipple to breastfeed. But here are some lesser known facts about birth and the immediate aftermath – the challenging and… 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

Long gone are the days when a husband stood outside a birthing suite, wringing his hands and listening to the sounds of labor with terror and hope in his heart. (Also gone are the days when it was acceptable to carouse with his friends at a pub, enjoying preemptive cigars as the woman did ‘woman’s work.’) Today, we expect our partners to remain by our sides, actively providing support as we bring our children into this world. But how, exactly, can your partner help? Here are ten things your partner can do to make labor just a little bit more… 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

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… Read More

The thought of delivering a baby can be stressful, especially if you’re a first-time mom and don’t know what to expect. Nearly all women feel anxiety about labor, and as many as 10% of women have more intense fear. Counterproductively, fearful moms may actually find giving birth to be more painful than calm mothers do. Discomfort and labor pains are a part of the birthing process, but it doesn’t have to be daunting. At Baby+Company, our midwives are here to address and ease your birth anxiety. If thinking about labor pains and pain during… Read More

Realizing you are going into labor is inherently exciting. While you might be tempted to send an SOS to your midwife or rush to the birth center, in early labor you may be better off laboring at home. Early labor, when contractions are still irregular, short, and/or mild, often lasts between eight to 12 hours for first-time moms, and about five hours for those who have given birth before. During this time your body is working hard to progress to longer, stronger contractions. After you’ve called the birth center to let your midwife know you’re in early labor, use our… Read More

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