The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, a rate which is readily acknowledged to be influenced by systemic issues facing women of color within healthcare. Of American women who die in childbirth, black women are 4x more likely to die than any other population group, and black infants are more than twice as likely to die as white infants. Prominent black female celebrities like Serena Williams and Beyoncé have recently spoken out about their experiences with maternity care and birth. Both women had severe complications during and after birth, and… Read More

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

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

If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, or if you’re already trying, you may have read about lifestyle adjustments you can make in order to boost your fertility and odds of getting pregnant. But here’s the thing: pre-pregnancy health isn’t just about helping you get pregnant faster. Pre-pregnancy health is also about having a healthier baby and making sure you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Increasing research shows that key complications in pregnancy are tied to pre-existing health issues. Many of the health issues that can affect baby are set in motion before the pregnancy begins, or in… Read More

As the holidays wrap up and a new year begins, just about everyone feels the need to get back on track after a season overflowing with sweets. But when you’re pregnant, the go-to cleanses and diets aren’t necessarily safe. Pregnancy is also a good reminder that health and wellbeing are not just about food, but about a balanced lifestyle. That’s why baby+co. has partnered with Whole Life Challenge to offer a way to focus on health in the new year that is great for everyone and safe for pregnancy. The Whole Life Challenge is a six-week game… Read More

You might be feeling the tug to have another baby, or maybe your plan was to be pregnant by now. But you still haven’t lost the weight from your last baby. Is there a benefit to losing those last few (or not so few) pounds before trying? The kinds of foods you’re eating and the quality of your overall diet is more important than your weight for a healthy pregnancy. If your diet is high in sugar, if you’re not eating many fruits or vegetables, or your eating habits are just out of whack, you could be at risk for… Read More

If you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, you’re thinking about money and also about your baby’s health. Eating healthier doesn’t have to mean shelling out big bucks for organic groceries. Luckily when it comes to food and nutrition, a few basic changes will help you get healthier while saving you money at the same time. Buy fruits and veggies in season. At peak harvest season, the basic laws of supply and demand kick in — the price goes down because there’s so much of it to sell. It’s also packed with more nutrients — and more flavor — because… Read More

Staying active during pregnancy can be challenging: you may be dealing with fatigue, nausea, balance issues, and discomfort. Staying active can be doubly challenging when you’re pregnant in the summer and already tend to run hot! Here are some ways to be active and keep fit while you’re pregnant in the summer. Remember, ask your midwife before starting any sort of exercise program, and make sure your activity is okay before starting it. If you’re not feeling well during the activity, stop and rest, and call your midwife if you are concerned. As always, stay hydrated and… Read More

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