Baby Proofing Your Home: Protect Your Baby and Your Home at the Same Time

Julia Weaver is a writer on the content marketing team at Redfin. She was inspired to write this article because of her sister, a mother of two trying to keep her home as safe and as clean as possible! Baby proofing your home is hardly a one-time event. As your child grows, so do potential hazards they’ll face and opportunities for your child to dirty and destroy your home that you just spent what felt like hours making spotless. Because …

Budget-Wise Building Blocks of Health to Keep You and Your Baby Healthy

Based in Grandville MI, Jennifer McGregor is a pre-med student who enjoys writing about health and medical topics and providing health and medical resources. She co-created PublicHealthLibrary as a way to push reputable information on health topics to the forefront, making them easier and quicker to find Budget-Wise Building Blocks of Health to Keep You and Your Baby Healthy Health and wellness are the foundations for a long and happy life. This is why taking care of yourself is so …

Important Questions to Ask Your OB-GYN at Every Stage of Life (Free Printables too!)

Christine Huegel is a health and wellness blogger who specializes in women’s health topics. She believes knowledge is power when it comes to the female body and hopes to not only educate women, but empower them to make every aspect of their health a priority. The female body is an extraordinary thing. It’s also complicated, and it can be difficult to understand what’s normal or what your body needs on your own. Like many women, you may be wondering what’s …

Alleviating Common Pregnancy Aches and Pains by Rebekah Mustaleski, CPM-TN

Rebekah Mustaleski is Compression Director with MotifMedical.com and a Certified Professional Midwife with Roots & Wings Midwifery in Knoxville, TN, where she promotes evidence-based maternity care for families seeking an out of hospital delivery. She is working to improve maternal outcomes during the childbearing year and to promote a sustainable business model for midwifery practices across the country. Rebekah is co-owner of Roots & Wings Midwifery, LLC as well as Treasurer for the Tennessee Midwives Association. If you look up …

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

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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 …