Benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care

Guest Post by Neve Spicer of We The Parents. May 15th is a day devoted to celebrating Kangaroo Mother Care, a bonding-focused method of infant care which prioritizes skin-to-skin contact, exclusive breastfeeding, and early hospital release. Using KMC provides numerous benefits to all infants, but is especially adept at speeding the stabilization of premature babies, and has become a commonly used, inexpensive method of aiding their care in hospitals and homes around the world. One clinical study performed in 2004 …

You Are Not Alone: Statistics, Resources, & Support for Victims of Domestic Violence

“Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.” National Coalition Against Domestic Violence The victims of domestic violence and its …

5 Tips in 5 Minutes with Kerry Reynolds! Part 1: Preparing for Birth

Kerry Reynolds is a Balanced Birth Support Senior Doula working full-time supporting families throughout the DC Metro Area and Greater Maryland. She has been a practicing doula since January of 2009 has supported over 500 births including home birth, medicated and non–medicated hospital, cesarean birth, twin deliveries, LGBTQ families, and VBAC deliveries. Learn more about Kerry on the BBS website and contact her here. In Part 1 of Kerry’s new video blog series she explores how to communicate your birth preferences …

Birthing at Anne Arundel Medical Center

The Frank Family Birth Center at Anne Arundel Medical Center welcomes approximately 5,500 babies a year! They believe in the family centered model of care, and it shows in their amenities, practitioners, resources, class offerings, and even their extensive website is full of information! In addition to board certified and highly experienced obstetricians and excellent, experienced nurses, both Special Beginnings and Bay Area Midwifery attend births at Anne Arundel Medical Center.  Should the need arise, both practices have a great …

COVID-19 Letter from CEO, Elizabeth Oldham

covid 19 and pregnancy

Updated as of March 27th 2020 Important Update For Our Families Dear Doula Families, The evidence shows that doulas improve outcomes. We do so by helping you look at risks/benefits, weighing options and supporting you through the best decisions at any given moment. Doulas also support you through unknown circumstances and challenges along your birthing path (prenatally, during birth and postpartum). As you are aware, we are facing unprecedented times as COVID-19 sweeps through our nation. The biggest priority of …

Hey Maryland! Balanced Birth Support wants YOU to work with us supporting families in Greater Maryland!

Balanced Birth Support is a group of well respected birth and postpartum doulas, lactation consultants, sleep specialists, and childbirth educators. We have been serving families in the DC metro area for over a decade and have expanded to include Boston, North Carolina, New York, and New Hampshire. Most recently we  have begun serving families in Greater Maryland including Montgomery & Frederick Counties, Baltimore, Annapolis, and surrounding areas, and the Eastern Shore! We are looking for birth and postpartum doulas of …

Emergency Preparedness for Families with Babies & Toddlers

September is National Preparedness Month and during that month the United States Breastfeeding Committee  provides information and resources related to feeding your infant and young child during an emergency. While it is obviously not September, the recent international disasters and emergencies have gotten me thinking about preparing my family in the event we are affected by an emergency or natural disaster. In US and most of the developed world we often take things like electricity, clean water, and access to …

In The NICU: Caring for Yourself and Your Premature Baby

Its never easy when your baby has an extended stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Even if you have advanced notice that its a possibility, you can never fully prepare yourself for the wide range of emotions, bone- aching exhaustion, fear, and the eventual excitement when you bring your baby home.  However, there are ways that you can empower yourself and your family for a NICU stay, whether you know it might happen, or if it comes as a …

The Ins & Outs of Birthing at Frederick Memorial Hospital

Frederick Memorial Hospital is a busy hospital, serving approximately 2400 birthing families each year. The hospital has earned many accolades, accreditations, and recognitions for the care and research taking place at the hospital.  The Birth Place is staffed with highly trained doctors, nurses, and certified nurse midwives. The hospital is very welcoming to doulas. Should you need it, a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is located in the hospital. The Billy Miller NICU is staffed with Johns Hopkins Neonatologists, Nurses, …

Now Supporting Families in Greater Maryland!

Balanced Birth Support is proud to announce that we have expanded our services to include Greater Maryland! We are now supporting families with birth, postpartum doulas, and breastfeeding support, in Montgomery & Frederick Counties, Cities of Baltimore, Annapolis, and their surrounding areas, and the Eastern Shore! We support births in all locations and situations including hospitals, birth centers, and at home! We support all types of birth including medicated and unmedicated, planned and unplanned c-sections, inductions, and high-risk. Our postpartum doulas …