Birthing at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital Maryland

SummaryApproximately 160 obstetricians are credentialed to deliver your baby at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. They deliver approximately 10,000 babies each year at our hospitals and are focused entirely on helping mothers have a healthy pregnancy and birth. Holy Cross Hospital delivers more babies and cares for more newborns with complex medical issues than any other hospital in Maryland or the District of Columbia. Their website is full of helpful information. They boast about their care for high risk pregnancies, births and …

Birthing at Wakemed Cary Birthing Pavillion

SummaryWakeMed Hospital takes pride in its commitment to providing comprehensive care throughout the birthing journey. From prenatal care to postnatal support, their team of highly skilled healthcare professionals is dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of both the parent and the baby. The hospital offers a range of specialized services, including high-risk pregnancy care, neonatal intensive care, and lactation support, catering to diverse needs with expertise and compassion. LocationWakemed Cary Hospital is located is located at 1900 Kildaire Farm …

How to Alleviate Nausea During Pregnancy

**If you are experiencing severe unstoppable nausea, be sure to reach out to your healthcare provider. There may be a possibility that you are experiencing Hyperemesis Gravidarum and would benefit from medical support.** Pregnancy is a journey filled with joy and anticipation, but for many people it can also bring along a less pleasant companion: nausea. Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, commonly known as morning sickness, affect a significant number of expectant people. In this blog, we explore the causes …

Explaining the Bishop Score For Labor Preparation

Bishop Score for induction decisions

As expectant parents approach their due dates, healthcare providers often assess their readiness for labor. One tool commonly used for this assessment is the Bishop Score. Developed by Dr. Edward Bishop in the 1960s, the Bishop Score helps determine the likelihood of a successful induction of labor or the progress of spontaneous labor. What is the Bishop Score? The Bishop Score is a numerical system used to evaluate the cervix in terms of its readiness for labor. It takes into …

Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Understanding and Managing Severe Pregnancy Nausea

*Information in the post is not meant to be medical advice. Please reach out to your provider for support managing HG* For some people, pregnancy can bring an extreme form of nausea and vomiting called hyperemesis gravidarum. Unlike typical morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe condition that can significantly impact physical and emotional well-being during pregnancy. What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum? Hyperemesis gravidarum is a condition characterized by excessive nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. It goes beyond typical morning sickness, …

10 Questions to Ask Your Provider about Pregnancy, Birth, & Postpartum from BBS Senior Doula Kerry Reynolds

Kerry Reynolds is a Balanced Birth Support Senior Doula serving Metro DC & Greater Maryland. She has been a birth doula for over a decade with tons of experience supporting all kinds of births including home birth, medicated and non–medicated hospital, cesarean birth, twin deliveries, LGBTQ families and VBAC deliveries. Learn more about Kerry by visiting her Balanced Birth Support profile. Getting to know your doctor or midwife is an important part of preparing for birth & postpartum. It’s essential …

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 …

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 …