Monthly Archives: July 2013

Former WBWC Board Member Publishes Book on Birth

We are delighted to share the news that one of our former board members and a current advisor to the WBWC, Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly, is publishing a new book on birth, available this week. A Good Birth: Finding the Positive and Profound in Your Childbirth Experience (published by the Penguin Group), will be out and available on August 1st.

Drawing on her landmark study involving more than 100 childbearing women as well as maternity care providers, Dr. Lyerly describes what women say constitutes “a good birth.”  She has tapped the wisdom of women who have delivered in a variety of circumstances and locations, including the WBWC.  Publishers Weekly called her book “insightful” and her message “important.”  We agree!!

You can meet the author this week — to celebrate the launch, she will be at two events local bookstores, for a short reading and signing:

Thursday, August 1st, 7pm
Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill

Sunday, August 4th, 2pm
McIntyre’s Books
220 Market Street, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro

You don’t need to be pregnant to read this book — it’s about birth, something we’ve all interfaced with in one way or another.  Of course, it is a great book for expectant moms, but it has broad lessons for anyone who has been through it (as a mom, partner, loved one, friend), has helped someone give birth, or who is interested in this very special bookend of life.

More about the author and the book can be found at:

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New Arrivals

Luke Harrison Setser – 9 lbs., 6 oz. – May 1
Clark Alexander Driggers – 8 lbs., 9 oz. – May 1
Aylin Rayna Chiba – 8 lbs. – May 1
Ansley Nicet Parrish – 6 lbs., 4 oz. – May 3
Grady Royal Monk – 8 lbs., 11 oz. – May 6
Avi Myer Zellmer – 7 lbs., 2 oz. – May 7
McKenzie Camarena – 9 lbs., 4 oz. – May 8
Kree Everet Wells – 8 lbs., 8 oz. – May 10
Olyian Djzeelah Vann Huff – 7 lbs., 7 oz. – May 14
Holt Pace Simmons – 6 lbs., 10 oz. – May 14
*Lilah Hope Stevens – 6 lbs., 4 oz. – May 16
Eden Lynette Johnson – 7 lbs., 1 oz. – May 17
Dalia Isabel Fernandez-Rhodes – 8 lbs., 8 oz. – May 17
Madison Ann McShane – 7 lbs., 8 oz. – May 20
Calder Michael Petruney Pederson – 7 lbs., 7 oz. – May 21
Jack Thomas Reilly O’Dell – 6 lbs., 14 oz. – May 22
*Ruby Marlette Solow – 6 lbs., 11 oz. – May 22
Truett Charles Glover – 9 lbs. – May 22
Leena Gray Bhakta – 6 lbs., 4 oz. – May 23
Vivian Rose Lindsay – 9 lbs., 9 oz. – May 25
Rachel Lindley Brownell – 7 lbs., 15 oz. – May 25
Jonah William Poe – 9 lbs., 11 oz. –May 26
Elenora Landreth Raines – 8 lbs., 10 oz. – May 27
Lillian Isabelle Bolesh – 7 lbs., 7 oz. – May 27
Avery Christine Edgerton – 6 lbs., 15 oz. – May 29
Avery Joye Ricks – 6 lbs., 4 oz. – May 29
Gabriel Oak Hanley – 9 lbs., 15 oz. – May 29
Baby Boy Lambe – 7 lbs., 11 oz. – May 30
Milo Alexander White – 8 lbs., 4 oz. – June 1, 2013
Marlon Dean Baber – 7 lbs., 4 oz. – June 1, 2013
Cecil Gabriel Curtis – 6 lbs., 12 oz. – June 2
Anna Butler Dentel – 7 lbs., 14 oz. – June 4
Jeremiah Singh Davis – 6 lbs., 6 oz. – June 4
Regan Leigh Wilkes – 7 lbs., 2 oz. – June 4
Inez Ramona Toney – 7 lbs., 1 oz. – June 7
Reece Jacqueline Macomber Weaver – 7 lbs., 4 oz. – June 8
Alex Michael Mahala – 9 lbs., 8 oz. – June 8
Rebecca Lily Burge – 7 lbs., 9 oz. – June 9
Granton Ryan Williams – 10 lbs. – June 10
Sage Ryan Dickey – 7 lbs., 9 oz. – June 14
Cecilia Ruth Maunz – 7 lbs., 11 oz. – June 14
Charles York Honeycutt – 7 lbs., 3 oz.- June 14
Adelaide Elizabeth Joy Farmer – 8 lbs., 4 oz. – June 15
Rowan De Brown – 8 lbs., 9 oz. – June 17
Alexi Stephen Melvin – 8 lbs. – June 17
Zandyr Blayze Jernigan – 6 lbs., 9 oz. – June 17
Elisha K. Knoblauch – 9 lbs., 4 oz. – June 20
Tarajee Ihsan Muhammad – 5 lbs., 12 oz. – June 23
Mary Louise Fisher – 7 lbs., 6 oz. – June 24
Greta Beckmann Sears – 9 lbs., 7 oz. – June 25
Melody Jo McCrimmon – 6 lbs., 9 oz. – June 29

 *pictured above

Welcome to the World, Little Ones!
If you’d like your baby’s birth announced in the newsletter, send an email to Be sure to include baby’s name, weight, and birth date, and feel free to attach a picture. We’d like to hear from all WBWC moms, whether you delivered at the birth center or UNC!

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Jamison’s Birth Story

by Lindsay Osterhoudt

So it was Chandler’s 6th birthday.  I did not sleep very well the night before because my arms kept falling asleep, and I just couldn’t get comfortable.  I got up before 6 a.m. and decided to go get doughnuts for breakfast as a special treat.  I also went into Harris Teeter and bought 10 juices because they were on sale B2G3.  I also picked up some fruit.  Chandler didn’t have school that day, so after breakfast I packed lunches for everybody and we headed to the Durham L&S Museum.

Luckily we are members, and since we got there at 9 a.m., we were able to stay one step ahead of the crowds.  A few of my friends checked in with me throughout the day, and I kept telling them no signs of baby and that I didn’t think it would be today.  
Fast forward to just after 4 p.m.
All of the boys (and I) were out playing in the yard.  I had been having contractions on and off this day, but had been for the last month, so this was not much different.  Some of them were stronger than previously, so I called Derek and asked if we could meet a little before 5 p.m. at Red Robin.  Chandler wanted to eat there for his birthday.  I loaded up the boys in the car, and we headed to Red Robin.  Derek met us there at 4:50, and we were about to be seated when I decided that I should use the bathroom first.  After using the bathroom and noting that these contractions were maintaining their intensity, I informed Derek that staying for dinner was probably not a good idea.  I really was looking forward to my burger though!  I said I thought we should head to the midwives.  Derek asked if I was going to drive (remember, both of our cars are at Red Robin).  I think I said, “Hell no,” and I guess that’s when Derek thought I was serious.  
We all loaded into the van and proceeded to Chapel Hill.  Derek called the midwives, but it was after 5 p.m. by this point, so they had to page the on-call midwife.  By the time she was able to call us back (we think they transposed a digit of Derek’s phone number, tried our home phone, found my file, and then called my cell), we were only 20-25 minutes away.  The midwife (Sarah) said we were going to beat her there!  Sarah made some calls and made sure there was somebody there to let us in when we arrived.  Luckily there is a student midwife (Carey), who actually attended the birth and caught Jamison, who lives nearby and was there when we arrived.  I did have Derek stop and buy some PowerAde, since I didn’t have any cold ones with me.  When we left for Red Robin earlier that afternoon, I had no idea that we’d be driving straight to the birth center!
We got to the birth center and luckily, Diane was not far behind us.  She was able to take the boys off our hands while my labor intensified.  They took all my vital signs, and I had them check me to see how far along I was.  I was a good “6”.  This is the least that I’ve ever been upon arrival, and honestly, I felt a little silly on the car-ride to the birth center because it felt like my labor could stop at any time, and this could be a false alarm.  Good thing I trusted my gut.  I had Carey fill up the tub, and I was a little hesitant to get in because I’ve never “labored” in the tub…I’ve just gotten in and pushed the baby out.  I finally got in and didn’t really like “laboring” since my legs were getting cramps.  I asked Carey to break my water (a first for me) and she did and said I was about a “7”.  After what seemed like an hour (really only 11 minutes later) I was holding a baby in my arms!

Everybody was amazed at how big the baby was and of course were dying to know, boy or girl!?!?  Derek announced that we had another boy.  He sure had me fooled.  With the severe morning sickness this time, I would have bet it was a girl.  Obviously, I’m meant to have boys, and that’s okay.  He fits just perfectly into our family 🙂

Carey had guessed the baby would be about 7.5 lbs.  Boy was everybody amazed when Jamison weighed in at 8 lbs., 14 oz.  Almost NINE POUNDS!  

Chandler was very excited to meet his new baby brother.  What a special bond these two boys will have, sharing a birthday.  

So, I’ve had four boys, born in the same room, in the same tub.  Definitely a birth center record.  Carey is holding Jamison in this picture.  She is a student midwife and will be fully licensed after she completes her testing in May.  Sarah is behind her in the black shirt. 
Jamison was born at 7:02 p.m. and you have to stay for four hours after the birth.  We were ready to leave shortly after 11 p.m., but Jamison spit up all over the car seat as soon as Derek put him in there.  We had to start over!  Then Jamison decided he needed to poop.  Needless to say, we left shortly after midnight and came home with our newest, precious, baby boy!


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Spotlight: Carey Jefferson, CNM

WBWC is excited to announce that Carey Jefferson, CNM, has completed midwifery school and is making the transition from nurse to midwife!  Carey has been with WBWC since 2010 as a labor and delivery nurse and, for the past few months, a midwifery student.  She is now our newest full-time midwife. Currently, she is orienting with the other midwives on staff.  In the next few months, she will be seeing patients in the clinic and attending births independently and receiving hospital privileges.

Carey earned a BS in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, and then went on to receive a BSN from Western Carolina. She has a wide range of experience as a labor and delivery nurse: in addition to the birth center, she’s worked in a small hospital in western North Carolina, and large hospitals in Northern Virginia and Raleigh.


 Pregnancy and birth have long fascinated Carey . “I was amazed by the changes, both physical and emotional, I observed in my friends as they started having babies, and I felt drawn to be a part of that process with women.   I love that midwifery allows me to help women find their own path on the journey to motherhood.”


This interest led her to pursue a midwifery degree at Eastern Carolina University, where she was awarded the Betty Berryhill Nurse Midwifery Scholarship.  She continued working as a labor and delivery nurse throughout most of her schooling. 

Carey and her husband, Stephen, have an 11-year-old daughter, Madeline, and a dog, Jix. When she’s not catching babies, Carey enjoys cooking, birdwatching, following the Tarheels, and having family game nights.

She sees the birth center as an inspiring place to begin her midwifery career.  “I see a true midwifery model of care in action at WBWC.  The midwives here are amazing women who deeply invested in providing excellent care to women and families.  I am honored to be able to work with and learn from them.”


By |July 14th, 2013|Staff Spotlights|1 Comment

Show Off Your Baby Pictures!

Don’t forget to bring a photo of your new baby and family for our bulletin board when you come in for your postpartum check-up!  We love displaying pictures of all our beautiful birth center families.

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Spaces Available for November and December Group Prenatal Care

There are still a few openings left in our Group for moms with November and December due dates!  If you’d like to be an active participant in your prenatal care and meet other birth center mamas, sign up today! Group size is limited to eight couples.  Call the front desk at 919-933-3301 to sign up or for more information.

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Quinoa, Lentil, and Tomato Salad

by Brianna Honea

I recently served this yummy quinoa dish at a family reunion and a baby shower and everyone seemed to enjoy it so I wanted to pass it along.   You can easily double the recipe. Feel free to change it up and add other garden favorites like squash or cucumbers.  It is also good with pine nuts or chopped walnuts.  Enjoy!   


·         1/2 cup red quinoa

·         1 ¼ cups water, plus 1 ¾ cups water

·         1/2 cup lentils

·         1 teaspoon Dijon mustard.  (Dill mustard is a tasty substitute)

·         2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

·         1/4 cup olive oil

·         1/2 teaspoon of dill

·         1 teaspoon garlic powder

·         1/2 teaspoon of cumin

·         Juice of 1 lime and ½ Tbsp of lime zest

·         Juice of 1 lemon and ½ Tbsp of lemon zest

·         Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.  (fine Himalayan Sea Salt is great.  I use 2 tsp)

·         1 cup of sliced fresh tomatoes          

·         2 Tbsp fresh chopped herbs.  Use cilantro, parsley or basil leaves, whichever is your favorite. 


Put the quinoa in a sieve and rinse in cold water. Bring quinoa  and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil for a couple minutes then reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes.  Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
Put the lentils in a sieve and rinse in cold water. In a saucepan, bring lentils to a boil with the 1 ¾ cups of water then simmer the lentils (low/med) until the lentils are tender, but not mushy, about 30 minutes. Drain and cool.

In a small bowl, whisk the mustard, and vinegar together, and drizzle in the olive oil to make an emulsion. Then add and whisk in the garlic powder, cumin, dill, lemon/lime zest, and salt, and pepper, to taste.
Assembly: In a medium bowl, mix the quinoa, lentils, tomatoes, and chopped herbs. Top the salad with the dressing, toss and serve.

Serve cold or warm. 

Optional:  If you have time, let in chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.   


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Birth Centers: A Great Option for Families

Read about why birth centers like WBWC are terrific for moms and babies!

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News from the Board

by Kaaren Haldeman

Happy Summer, WBWC! We hope you’re enjoying the unusually cool June and July. Last month, members of the Board met with Maureen and Brianna and an outside consultant who spent time at WBWC to help us understand more fully our mission and identity as an organization. Her insights have been helpful in Board discussions and have guided our current work with Maureen as Executive Director. The full Board met June 27th to recap the experience with our consultant and to begin work on some of the objectives she laid out for our organization.

Finally, we are looking forward to discussing the qualitative research that has been ongoing at WBWC with Dr. Palmquist and team. It has been great to have some extra insights into our organization and how to maintain its health and sustainability well into the future. Thank you for all you do to make the WBWC who we are!

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Restoring Balance Placenta Encapsulation


Offering placenta encapsulation, tinctures and salves

Serving Chapel Hill and the Triangle area


Placenta Encapsulation Benefits


♀    Decrease in baby blues and postpartum depression

♀    Increase and enrich breastmilk

♀    Increase in energy

♀    Decrease in postpartum bleeding

♀    Decrease iron deficiency

♀    Decrease insomnia or sleep disorders

♀    Decreases postpartum “night sweats”



Please contact Nicole (919) 699-0980


Services performed by qualified professionals:

Nicole Splenda, RN, LMBT

Mariah Velazquez, CNM 

Kathy Parry, MPH, LMBT, IBCLC

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