From the WBWC Blog:

The Birth of Weston Paul

By Dana Jarmon Weston feels like a miracle baby. In November of 2017 we lost a baby to a rare cervical ectopic pregnancy which resulted in a uterine artery embolization. Due to this embolization, I was told that it was quite possible I would lose my fertility and not be able to have any more children. Only time would tell, so we were surprised and over the moon when we got pregnant our first time trying in May of 2018. It was a beautiful pregnancy, free of complication, and we felt so grateful for the amazing care we received from all of the sweet midwives. I dealt with some anxiety after having a challenging birth with our first son, Beckham, and they helped me work through the ins and outs of a subsequent pregnancy after birth trauma and loss.  On Saturday, January 26th at 5:15 AM, I got up to use the restroom and had a contraction on the toilet. It was noticeably different than the Braxton Hicks contractions I had been having, and I was surprised when another one came just six minutes later! After a few more contractions, I decided to take a shower to see if they would continue before waking up my husband, Joseph. Sure enough, they continued to come every six minutes! By 10 AM, they were coming every 3 minutes, and my doula (and best friend) Morgan had come to join us. Although the contractions were close together, they weren’t intense enough to make me feel like it was time to head to the birth center yet. We ate together, I rested, bounced on our birth ball, stood and swayed while I held onto Joseph, and we laughed and chatted and wondered aloud what this baby’s birth would be like.  Then by 12:30 PM the contractions fizzled out. I found myself getting frustrated. Why were we going backwards?! If we are having a baby, let’s just have a baby! We went on a walk around our neighborhood, tried some Suki’s Labor and Delivery Blend, and had some time alone to make out with my man. None of these things helped labor to pick back up, so I called the birth center and talked with Emily to see what I should do. She told me to relax and enjoy our day and to stop trying to stimulate labor. She said that whatever happened throughout the day, … Read More

New Arrivals

*Kamden Paul Ryan– December 25 – 6 lbs., 1 oz. Amara Nylah Cadogan – January 2 – 5 lbs., 12 oz. Salah Muhammad Atabek – January 2 – 7 lbs., 10 oz. Magnolia Grace Henson – January 3 – 7 lbs., 4 oz. Eliana Joy Johnson – January 5 – 8 lbs, 12 oz. Mia Rose Goodman – January 3 – 7 lbs., 6.5 oz. Nora Lilly Josefina Cogswell – January 10 – 9 lbs., 14 oz. Clara Mae Harvey – January 11 – 8 lbs., 1 oz. Griffin Elijah Smalley – January 14 – 8 lbs., 14 oz. Katie Maria Malik – January 16 – 7 lbs., 6 oz. Leota Grace Strobino DeGree – January 17 – 7 lbs., 13 oz. *Orion Apolinar Castelo – January 19 – 8 lbs., 11.5 oz. Henry  Graham Davis – January 22 – 6 lbs., 2.5 oz. Cypress Grey Pacoe Hartley – January 24 – 7 lbs., 8 oz. Caroline Mackenzie Larimore – January 24 – 6 lb., 12 oz. *Weston Paul Jarmon – 8 lbs., 3 oz. – January 26 William Aslan Jurgensen – January 28 – 6 lbs., 10.5 oz. Martha Maeve Clendenin – January 30 – 6 lbs., 12 oz. January Stats Total babies born: 46 Biggest baby: 9 lbs., 15 oz. Smallest baby: 5 lbs., 2 oz. To be included in this celebratory list, please email Missy at missy@ncbirthcenter.org with your baby’s birth announcement information that includes their name, date of birth, and birth weight as well as a photo, if available.If you would like to send us your birth story, we are happy to include that in a future newsletter! Also, if you have a printed birth announcement to share, we’d love to have a copy to add to our bulletin board in the clinic!

MILC Moment

In 2019, we will be sharing some stories of breastfeeding from our MILC mamas. Just like birth stories, every breastfeeding story is a little different, with its own challenges and triumphs. We believe sharing these stories helps normalize breastfeeding – all of breastfeeding, including the hard parts! Thank you so much to Melody for sharing her story this month – she navigated various obstacles on the way to reaching her breastfeeding goals. By Melody Walker I don’t often reflect on my journey with labor, delivery and breastfeeding, because it’s taken a long time to come to a place of peace with how things went. One of my good friends had both of her boys at home, and struggled to finally get to a good place with breastfeeding. She was one of my biggest influences. I didn’t think my husband would be OK with a home birth, so I decided on the birth center as a compromise. I didn’t have any other face-to-face friends to talk with about this, but I joined every Facebook group and reached out to those ladies I knew had similar values/goals, even if they were far away. I labored at home/running errands for about 6 hours before my water broke. I didn’t rush in, but headed that way to check where I was. The aforementioned friend served as my doula, and I also had a photographer – they were so amazing and exactly what I needed. I labored all over the place in and around WBWC! I was there 30ish hours before I transferred. There’s so much I would say about this point in labor but ultimately it was a dark place. My doula and photographer left. My husband refused to allow my mom in the room. I was given the epidural and was able to sleep for about 2 hours. I woke up and was ready to have this baby. She still wasn’t earthside for a few more hours (over 40 hours of labor). I had several nurses and lactation consultants visit me and try to help me nurse. The doctors talked me out of revising her tongue tie. I had a healthy baby, but it was a far cry from the dream I wanted! I become more determined that no one, and I do mean no one, was going to take breastfeeding from me! I didn’t realize at the time how hard I was struggling with … Read More

Mahri’s Birth

By Leeanna Brickhouse My early labor, active labor, and delivery were not easy. As this was my first pregnancy, I didn’t really know what to expect so I stayed as strong as I could for my son, my husband, and myself. My 37th week mark, I lost my plug. The few days after that, my Braxton Hicks contractions worsened, and the only way I could cope was to be in fetal position or pacing back and forth. My husband and I hadn’t slept in four days until finally, Wednesday night at 11:30 pm, my water broke. We packed our belongings and went to the center. My midwives were there ready to comfort me and prepare me for my son’s arrival. I was 4 centimeters dilated when I got there and in an immense amount of pain. My midwives then helped me out with some relief so I could sleep. By the time I woke up, I was 9 centimeters! He was definitely coming! My original plan was to have a natural water birth, but Baby Mahri had other plans. My son’s head wasn’t positioned correctly so my midwives did as much as they could until they couldn’t anymore. My son’s life meant more to me than the wishes I had, and my midwives reminded me of that because my mind was all over the place. After being at the center for 12 hours, we then went to UNC hospital where it took 3 hours for my son to come. An hour and a half of that was the pushing. Rebeca and my husband delivered my son at 2:18 pm on July 12th; he weighed 6 pounds and 4.5 ounces. After seeing my baby boy, nothing else mattered. Not the needles, the pain, the obnoxious nurses and doctors, none of that. My baby was born, and I was one happy mama. Thank you WBWC.❤

MILC Moment

In the new year, we wanted to share some stories of breastfeeding from our MILC mamas. Just like birth stories, every breastfeeding story is a little different, with its own challenges and triumphs. We believe sharing these stories helps normalize breastfeeding – all of breastfeeding, including the hard parts! A big thanks to Morgan for kicking off our series with her honesty and beautiful writing. By Morgan Taylor Callahan December 26, 2017: After 19 months of trying to conceive, 39 LONG weeks of pregnancy, extreme pregnancy anxiety resulting in full body rashes and itching, and 12 hours of labor, our sweet Saoirse Kate had finally arrived. Saoirse was born with her cord wrapped around her neck and meconium in her fluid. She spent her first 15 minutes (the longest 15 minutes of my life) across the hospital room with the respiratory/NICU team before she was deemed fit for me to hold. A nurse helped her latch onto my breast, and it was… the start of a painful, challenging, frustrating experience that would take months and months to feel normal, let alone natural. Saoirse immediately began sucking vigorously – you could hear her across the room. “Good, this is good,” I thought, as my toes curled in pain and I fought the urge to rip her from my body and back away from her in horror. “Is this supposed to hurt?” I asked, knowing from my breastfeeding class with Rebecca a few months earlier that it probably wasn’t supposed to hurt quite this badly. But I was a first time mom, and no one in my family had ever breastfed before, so my knowledge of breastfeeding was conceptual at best. After about one minute of this excruciating first session, I stuck my pinky in the corner of her mouth like I learned in class to adjust her latch. I was horrified to discover a quarter sized bruise on my nipple. The nurse noticed, too, and said we should try the other breast. Five minutes later, I was sporting matching bruises on both nipples with bleeding to top it off. Our first visit with the hospital lactation consultant made me feel somewhat better, but didn’t actually improve anything. I asked several times if Saoirse had a tongue tie. I knew that there was something wrong. “No, she’s got a strong suck, she’s doing great, here’s a nipple shield to protect your nipples … Read More

New Arrivals

*Lachlan John Reynolds – November 7 – 10 lbs., 4 oz. *Anna Kathleen Elton – November 18 – 8 lbs., 10 oz. Brynna Marie Helm – December 7 – 7 lbs., 5 oz. *Eliora Ruth Vernon – December 9 – 6 lbs., 7.5 oz. *Angelo Winston Warren – December 10 – 9 lbs., 2 oz. Joseph Sebastian Dunn – December 14 – 9 lbs., 6 oz. Julianne Tirtza Leiss – December 14 – 6 lbs,. 11.5 oz. *Cassian Roberts Riley – December 18 – 7 lbs., 1 oz. William Gabriel Campo-Savage – December 23 – 9 lbs., 6 oz. Elijah James Tuck –December 26 – 8 lbs., 5.5 oz. Tilden Zephyr Chernicoff – December 29 – 8 lbs., 6 oz. *pictured above December Stats Total babies born: 31 Biggest baby: 10 lbs., 5 oz. Smallest baby: 6 lbs., 1 oz. To be included in this celebratory list, please email Missy at missy@ncbirthcenter.org with your baby’s birth announcement information that includes their name, date of birth, and birth weight as well as a photo, if available.If you would like to send us your birth story, we are happy to include that in a future newsletter! Also, if you have a printed birth announcement to share, we’d love to have a copy to add to our bulletin board in the clinic!

The Day Aminah Came

When we came to the center my mom technically was going through labor or was just having contractions. I would say I was a little nervous but positive that everything would be okay. My sister and I were playing with fortune tellers and playing games on our electronics. My mom was going through labor for a few hours then hopped in the tub because she thought she was having the baby. There was no baby yet. A couple of minutes later my dad ordered Jimmy John’s so that my mother could gather some energy to push. She took a few bites and then it was time. My mom got in the tub and started pushing.   I was nervous. She started moaning and roaring like a lion. After the third roar, I had to get out. My stomach was killing me so I stepped out for a minute. My younger sister stayed and cried a little as my mom was pushing our new baby sister out. I think she was nervous, excited, and scared all at the same time. While Mrs. Amanda, my mom’s friend, was making coffee, I came out of the room to take a break from all the action. I went back in then after the next two or three lion roars Aminah came. My mom held her and Aminah looked straight into her eyes. My younger sister Brooklyn was now crying happy tears. My mom got out of the tub and laid on the bed, while my dad took the baby. She finally got to eat and get some rest.   The End LOVE, Nona  

Birth Announcements

Savanna Moon St. Clair-Thiriot – October 1 – 8 lbs., 6.5 oz. *Josefina Rhone Parry – October – 5 lbs., 5 oz. *Luke Braxton Bennett – October 5 – 7 lbs., 10 oz. Warren Ajax Carraher – October 6 – 7 lbs., 7 oz. Elliott “Ellie” Ranae Frederick – October 6 – 7 lbs., 11 oz. *Amara Joi Dantzler – October 7 – 6 lbs., 13 oz. Sonia Judith Noriega Unruhe – October 7 – 6 lbs., 11 oz. Ewan Dyer McGregor Burns – October 8 – 7 lbs., 14 oz. *Gladden Francis Fink – October 10 – 9 lbs., 7.5 oz. Willow Brooke Foust – October 10 – 8 lbs., 14.5 oz. Sarai Eunice Willoughby – October 11 – 7 lbs., 13 oz. Colton Andrew Segobiano – October 11 – 9 lbs., 2.5 oz. *Graham Christopher Rugg – October 12 – 7 lbs., 15 oz. John Gilbert Wells – October 15 – 6 lbs., 8 oz. Quetzalcoatl Ramses Acosta – October 16 – 6 lbs., 12 oz. Shiloh Irene Etheridge – October 17 – 9 lbs., 3 oz. Grace Lane Ketchum – October 17 – 7 lbs., 12 oz. Scarlett Marie Stockall – October 18 – 8 lbs., 3 oz. Nyx Magnolia Horton-Campbell – October 14 – 7 lbs., 6 oz. Clara Annabelle Comartos – October 19 – 7 lbs., 15 oz. Avery Owen Riegel-Thoyre – October 20 – 7 lbs., 0.5 oz. Joseph Jackson Steele Scott – October 21 – 8 lbs., 1 oz. Indie Eileen Gentilozzi – October 23 – 9 lbs., 6 oz. Zoe Amira Boone – October 24 – 7 lbs., 3.5 oz. Lilah Christine Mutz – October 25 – 7 lbs., 8 oz. Ollie Thomas Burzminski – October 26 – 6 lbs., 14 oz. *Kennedy Cruz Peterson – October 28 – 6 lbs., 15.5 oz. *Otilia Rose Federal – November 7 – 8 lbs., 4.5 oz. *Charis Maya Polanco – November 8 – 8 lbs., 13 oz. Charley Thompson – November 12 – 7 lbs., 8.5 oz. *Rafael José Ramos – November 12 – 8 lbs., 1.5 oz. Shepherd McCaskill Binkley – November 14 – 8 lbs., 11 oz. *Azalea Soleil Maness – November 15 – 6 lbs., 15 oz. Nora Rose Backus – November 17 – 6 lbs., 10 oz. Cameron Blake Stanton – November 18 – 7 lbs., 15 oz. Esther Mae Quinn Hilchey – November 19 – 8 lbs., 14 oz. … Read More

Hormone Madness

Future workshops will feature a deeper dive into herbal allies, traditional therapies for women’s healing, coping strategies for the mental and mood challenges of changing hormones, the power of women’s circles and healing, spiritual practices  that support women’s health and healing, modern shamanism as a healing tool, sexuality/libido and hormones… and other topics by popular request. Look for some great guest speakers as well!  Womyn, this is for YOU, whatever age you are! We at WBWC recognize that childbearing is a “season” of a woman’s life. Women’s Birth & Wellness Center offers you the same kind, caring supportive midwifery to guide you through the life and health challenges a woman may face. Midwives are trained to be “With Women, for a Lifetime”! This is how HEALTHcare should be.  Come join us!

MILC Moment – Holiday Mastitis

Calls about mastitis tend to increase over the holidays. Changes in routine, travel, sleep disruptions, stress, and missed feedings can all contribute to getting engorged, getting a plugged duct, and/or getting mastitis. When you get a plugged duct, it may start as a little lump in the breast. It may feel a little tender, and the skin over it might look more pink or red. If it doesn’t get better, it may get bigger and the congestion may start to spread to other areas of your breast. More of the skin might look red. You might feel body aches or chills, or get a low grade fever. If the congestion still doesn’t go away, you might start feeling worse – like you have the flu, with a high fever. At that point, you should definitely be calling WBWC (or your OB care provider) – “Help! I think I have mastitis!” A round of antibiotics will usually clear up mastitis pretty quickly. But we like to avoid antibiotics if we can, and of course we like to avoid you getting sick! Could we prevent a bad case of mastitis? Sometimes, we can! The first step in prevention is to take care of yourself over the holidays. Mastitis loves stress! Keep nursing your baby frequently, don’t skimp on sleep, and do whatever you can to minimize the stress that can come along with the holiday season. If you do start to have issues, it’s good to know that very frequent nursing or pumping often does the trick. If you have a really stubborn spot that won’t clear, all you need may be just your hands – massaging to clear out those congested areas before they get worse. Check out this video for techniques on how to massage and hand express: https://vimeo.com/65196007 . The Boutique also sells a “Happy Ducts” herbal tincture to help in clearing breast congestion. If you’re not able to clear the plug yourself, all the WBWC LCs, and many of the midwives and nurses, have been trained on how to do breast massage to help clear plugged ducts and breast congestion. If you feel like a plugged duct is getting worse, and you’re not able to clear it yourself, you can call for an appointment to get some hands-on help. If you believe you are getting mastitis, or have mastitis, you should always call WBWC (or your OB care provider) for care. If … Read More

New & Returning Front Desk Staff

  Join us in welcoming our front desk staff, Kiah Sell-Goodhand and Sarah Sule! Kiah will be a familiar face to many of you. She is back with WBWC during her gap year before nursing school. Sarah Sule comes to us from the western United States. She grew up in Colorado and earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at Colorado State University, and went on to seek a graduate degree and career in Alaska doing Archaeology. A world traveler, Sarah spent several years living in Scotland, where she earned her certificates and licensure in massage and bodywork therapies. Sarah has more recently pursued interests in holistic health and wellness and is passionate about the outdoors, balanced lifestyles, and community.

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