Monthly Archives: February 2012

New Arrivals

Leah Vanderpuy and Ellis Good

Rowan Juedi Kirkley – 9 lbs., 12 oz. – January 1
Leah Beachy Vanderpuy – 7 lbs., 6 oz. – January 3
Baby Boy Corduner – 7 lbs. – January 5
Ellis James Good – 8 lbs., 5 oz.  –January 5
Monroe Louis Smith – 7 lbs., 5 oz. – January 5
Owen Richard Todd – 7 lbs., 12 oz. – January 6
Eden Grace Alldredge – 7 lbs., 10 oz. – January 8
Johanna Claire Geddings – 7 lbs., 8 oz. – January 9
Dashiell Curtis Peterson – 8 lbs., 2 oz. – January 9
Coltrane Matthew Cox – 7 lbs., 2 oz. – January 11
John Bernerd Hausel – 8 lbs., 3 oz. – January 10
Lauren Elizabeth Ort – 9 lbs. – January 12
Keilynn Kay Allison – 7 lbs., 12 oz. – January 15
Colin Elliot Gardner – 8 lbs., 8 oz. – January 16 *Colin’s mama is now the 2nd member of the “six babies or more born at WBWC” club*
Keruso Jude Hamby – 8 lbs. – January 16
Soren Mathison Perrachon – 9 lbs., 2 oz. – January 18
Drake Riley Miller – 7 lbs. – January 19
Eleanor Kathleen Gavin – 8 lbs., 6 oz. – January 19
Lucy Quinn Doherty – 9 lbs., 2 oz. – January 20
Grace Elizatbeth Ambrico – 8 lbs., 5 oz. – January 20
Ruby Miller – 8 lbs., 3 oz. – January 21
Caleb Philip Dennis – 7 lbs., 14 oz. – January 22
Asher Stone Barnard – 7 lbs., 5 oz. – January 25
Corrine Hining – 6 lbs., 14 oz. – January 23

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Leigh Ann Joel Leaving Birth Center

After more than four years of dedicated service, midwife Leigh Ann Joel is leaving WBWC. In March, Leigh Ann will be joining the new midwifery service at Durham Regional Hospital. Although she remains very committed to the mission of the birth center, her new job will be much closer to her home and will allow her to spend more time with her family. Her last day with us is March 13.
During her time at the birth center, Leigh Ann has supported hundreds of women through labor and has attended around 300 births. She’s been a wonderful mentor to many student midwives and staff members.”I feel so privileged and grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many brave and dedicated families who have chosen the birth center option,” says Leigh Ann. We will all miss her, and we wish her the best of luck in her new position!

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Whole Foods-Inspired Superfoods Salad

Kate Layman, CNM, loves to make this hearty salad for an energy-boosting meal.  Inspired by the Superfoods salad at Whole Foods, this delicious salad will give you a healthy dose of iron, calcium, potassium, antioxidants, and vitamins.  This recipe makes about 2 servings.

4 cups raw kale
1/2 red onion
10 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup edamame
1/4 cup almond slivers
handful of sunflower seeds or your favorite nuts
olive oil
apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper

Steam kale until bright green and lightly wilted, about 3 minutes.  Toss in remaining ingredients.  Add oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

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News from the Board

by Kaaren Haldeman
The Board has some exciting news! After reviewing an exceptional pool of candidates, we are pleased to announce the addition of seven new directors to the Board of the Women’s Birth and Wellness Center.

Please welcome:
Jane Brown, Kia Caldwell, Lisa Fedele, Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Bruce Nelson, Yesenia Polanco-Galdamez and Rebecca Swartz
to the Board. We are thrilled to have such a remarkable group of directors who are passionate about what we do at WBWC and believe strongly in our mission.

Connie, Meredith, and I would like to thank all who applied for directorship and hope that we can harness your interest in WBWC in other important ways as we work together toward our new birth and wellness center.

The full Board will have its first meeting March 21, and we will attend a board training as a group the weekend of March 31/April 1. We look forward to introducing our new directors to staff, and we’re eager to get started on raising funds, bringing ideas to the table, and helping WBWC realize our dream of a new facility.

Finally, Connie, Meredith, and I were so pleased to have such a strong candidate pool for board directorship. People in our communities are excited about us and passionate about what we do. It is a real testament to the hard work, leadership, and profound importance of providing women and their families with this option for maternity and wellness care. Congratulations to all of you who make WBWC who we are!

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Breastfeeding

by Claire C. McKiernan
I was sitting on a futon in a back room of the WBWC boutique on a particularly busy afternoon. Nancy Albrecht, the lactation nurse, had squeezed us (my husband, baby, and me) into her busy schedule for a nursing consultation. I was holding back tears as I tried unsuccessfully to get my newborn daughter to nurse.  She latched on eagerly, but after 20 minutes of “nursing”, she wasn’t gaining an ounce and my breast had not softened. This simply couldn’t be happening. I knew how to nurse; after all, Rosemary was not my first baby: she was my fourth! 
Nancy looked at me reassuringly and stated matter-of-factly: “Every baby has something new to teach you.”
I suppose it was a magical combination of her tone, my mental/emotional state, having my concerned and loving husband by my side, and the innocent sweetness of my newborn nuzzled against me, but Nancy’s words had an immediate relaxing effect. Those words wafted past me like a warm, gentle breeze.
 It was exactly what I needed to hear at that moment and helped me to look past my emotional state and tune into the methods we would need to correct Rosie’s tongue-thrusting habit.  This included tongue exercises, and lacing a tube through a nipple guard to squirt expressed breast milk or formula into the baby’s mouth while she was latched on. The latter would ensure she received enough milk while she was still learning to nurse properly.  I can’t say I wasn’t in tears over this awkward and unnatural set up, but the problem was corrected within two weeks. Rosie and I soon became the relaxed nursing duo that I hoped, and ultimately knew, we would be.
Nancy’s words, however, stayed curiously and contemplatively in my mind. It was true: each of my nursing experiences had been different, yet with time, effort, and faith in my baby and myself, they had all been successful and enjoyable.
My first baby, Christina, had been a natural, nursing before her umbilical cord was even cut. Her latch-on was perfect and she nursed fully and contentedly. I was not prepared, however, for the colic that would soon keep her screaming in seeming distress for hours every evening. The only time she stopped was when she was nursing. I recruited my husband and parents whenever possible to walk her around and give me a 10-20 minute break before her cries pierced my heart so that I would nurse her again. This, somewhat predictably, led to dry, cracked, sore, and bleeding nipples. I dubbed her the vampire baby and sheer determination drove me on. When the colic subsided within a couple of months, the two of us were left with breastfeeding times that were blissfully quiet and precious. She nursed for a total of 14 months, giving us far more happy times than stressful ones.
Christina taught me that the true beauty of a rainbow can only be appreciated after a storm.
Nearly three years later, Thomas was born, and he, too, took to the breast easily and well. The nurse who came for the home visit after his birth weighed him before and after he nursed and was shocked to find that at two days old, he took in a full 7 oz of milk in a single feeding! His eagerness to nurse came at a price. Tom had the delightful habit of reliably spitting up some milk after nursing.  It didn’t cause him any distress but led to lots and lots of wet cloth diapers, bibs, clothes, and sheets. Additionally, he nursed in bed with me from 10pm until 5am every hour on the hour for 20 minutes at a clip for the entire first month of his life! In his second month he gave me a break by nursing every two hours. This time I was more prepared for sore nipples, though I was sleep-deprived beyond expectation. Fortunately, during the day he was a content little boy and he began sleeping through the night by four months. I had nothing to complain about.
Tommy nursed for 11 months, which was half-way through my third pregnancy.  I especially cherished those quiet evenings of nursing and singing to him before bedtime, feeling the closeness of the three of us, the youngest of whom we had yet to meet.
Thomas taught me that there may be hiccups (or spit-ups and wake-ups, as the case may be) along the way, but time is precious and you should soak up every relaxing moment you have.  
When my third child, Peter, arrived, he didn’t have colic or spit-up issues, and “only” nursed three times per night, on average. Life with three kids all born within four years was…exciting. The relaxing moments were far and few between, and I didn’t take the time to air out my nipples after feedings as I had in the past. The outcome of a rushed and hectic life was an excruciating infection, for which the midwives prescribed a nipple cream. Nursing that week had me wincing and literally brought me to tears at times. But again, we survived it. I had no fears that I would need to stop nursing entirely, I just desperately needed to get past this.
 I remember remarking to my husband that I couldn’t wait for Pete to be three-months-old. I knew that, right around three months nursing, would be less around-the-clock, have a more predictable, settled-in sort of feel to it, and that’s when it would become a truly enjoyable and relaxing series of breaks in the day. I had read that more American women were opting to breastfeed, but I wondered how many give up just when they were about to turn that crucial corner? Pete also nursed for 11 months.
Peter taught me to slow down, prioritize, and look forward to the future.  
          Rosemary came along three years later. Within a week of her birth I was visiting Nancy with nursing issues that I never thought I’d have.
          “Every baby has something new to teach you,” Nancy said.
Weeks and then months passed and I found those words continuing to settle comfortably and deeply in my heart.  I doubt she realized at the time the meaning I would attribute to those words. It is true of every baby, every child, at every stage. It is a very freeing reminder to any responsible and dedicated parent to occasionally sit back and instead of being the teacher, be the student.
So, what did Rosemary teach me through breastfeeding? Well, she just turned two-years-old this month and she’s still nursing before bedtime. She taught me that the more kids you have, the more you realize you don’t know as much as you thought. 
Breastfeeding, as with life, can be unpredictable, uncontrollable, and ever-changing, but if you hang in there it can also be vastly rewarding, edifying, and very, very sweet.

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What’s New at the Boutique

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Like Your Lactation Consultants!

 by Ellen Chetwynd, RN, BSN, MPH, IBCLC

Breastfeeding usually works beautifully, but when there are difficulties, it’s nice to know that you have lactation consultants available who can help. WBWC has three IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) on staff, available five days a week. They see women who gave birth at the WBWC and women from the surrounding community.
 North Carolina has a very active Breastfeeding Coalition. “Like” ‘North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition’ on Facebook to stay informed about breastfeeding and IBCLCs in North Carolina!

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