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

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

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

Baby+Company is so pleased to announce that our newest birth center is now open in Knoxville, Tennessee! Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett was on hand for the January 26 ribbon cutting and unveiling of our new birthing center, located at 1512 Coleman Road. During the ceremony, several media outlets learned about our unique, customer-focused model of care as they toured the new birthing center and top-of-the-line birthing rooms. Later that week, we hosted over 200 East Tennesseans as they asked questions, toured the birthing center, ogled the amazing door prizes offered by our partners, and enjoyed hours of… Read More

This past week, I had my second (individual) visit and the first appointment of my second trimester with Baby+Company. I met with both Angela and Aundrea to discuss how I am feeling, go over my wellness planning, food & activity tracker, and chat about goals and milestones for the coming weeks. Appointment in the Birth Suite Both my husband and my mom were able to attend the appointment with me, so I asked if we could have the appointment in one of the birth suites. Not only did we have more room, but we also had the opportunity… Read More

It’s hard to believe that I’m already over a third of the way through my pregnancy! In celebration of entering my second trimester, I’ve detailed the highs, lows, and everything in between of my first trimester. Most Exciting Moments… Getting a positive pregnancy test! (3 weeks 4 days) Seeing our baby’s heartbeat on ultrasound for the first time (7 weeks) Seeing our baby moving around on ultrasound (11 weeks) Sharing the news with our friends and family Finding out the sex of our baby (12 weeks 2 days) Feeling the baby’s first movements (12 weeks 4 days) Most Challenging Moment…… Read More

Baby+Company in Nashville is so excited to announce the development of a new program specifically designed for women who are not yet pregnant. Well+Prepared is an individualized pre-pregnancy wellness counseling program designed by Amy Romano, our Senior Vice President of Clinical Programs, and Assistant Center Manager Ashley Couse. We spoke with Ashley about her background and the new program she’ll be bringing to the Nashville community. B+C: Hi, Ashley! Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you become interested in the midwifery model of care? AC:I’ve always known I wanted to be in the helping profession,… Read More

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