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HOME MAKEOVER Make Your Life Easier by Prepping Early for the Newest Resident By Holly Becker


t’s a whirlwind bringing a new baby home from the hospital. New parents are tired and often low on energy and time. The good news is a little planning and organizing

in the nursery, family room and kitchen can make things go more smoothly those first few busy weeks at home.

Prioritize Comfort in the Nursery Start by setting up your nursery early. Bed rest orders from your doctor or delivering early may not be in your plans, but be prepared just in case. Krista Cathey, owner of GreenPea Baby and Child in Cary, recommends moms-tobe place nursery furniture and bedding orders by week 20 of their pregnancy. “It can take eight to 10 weeks for these orders to come in, and you want to have everything in and set up before the nesting instinct kicks in and you really want things done,” she says. When setting up the nursery, put thought into where your furniture is located. From a design perspective,




Cathey says the crib should be the focal point of the room. “Ideally, you would want to see the crib front, not the side view. For comfort and safety, pay attention to where the vents and windows in the room are located. Do not place the crib directly under a vent or near a window. Also, think about noise. If one wall backs up to a play room or bonus room where a lot of noise would be common, you may want to move the crib to the other side of the room.” To keep the nursery dark for napping, Cathey suggests window treatments with blackout lining, or separate blinds or shades. Make sure the crib is not too close to window treatments a baby could grab.

Place a night-light near the crib so you can peek in on your sweet little dreamer. Other comfort items that can aid with sleep include a soothing sound machine and cool-mist humidifier. A glider with an ottoman is worth the investment, because you will spend many hours holding and rocking your child those first few years. “A glider will make late nights more manageable and will provide a comfortable place for you and your baby to read together,” Cathey says. Place your glider near the crib for easy transfer of a sleeping infant from your arms to the crib, particularly useful during middle-of-the-night wake-up calls. Instead of open changing tables, many parents opt for a dresser they can attach a contoured changing pad to that has a changing tray on it. Placing a changing table on the wall nearest the doorway facilitates easy access for quick changing trips.

“If you are using a separate changer and not a changer dresser, you will want to make sure that your dresser is located close by the changer to easily be able to grab a change of clothing,” Cathey says. For changer dressers, consider using one of the top drawers as the organizational station. Use small baskets and drawer organizers within the drawer to hold diapers, wipes, lotion, a thermometer, diaper rash cream, nail clippers, teething gel, a nasal aspirator and toys. If the dresser is larger, place baskets in which to organize diapers and wipes on top. Hang all of those adorable outfits in the closet and arrange by size or store in containers labeled by size, and don’t remove all of the tags. Cathey advises moms to pick about 10 outfits they really love and wash them so they are ready when baby arrives.

Create a Family Room Retreat Even though you’ve spent time and money creating a picturesque nursery, you won’t stay cooped up in the baby’s room all day. Create a comfortable place to retreat with the baby in the family room. Equip this area with necessary items to avoid repeat trips to the nursery to retrieve items. Breast-feeding moms are often more successful with nursing long-term when they are not confined to one room, says Laura Corsig, lactation consultant at Nursing Mother’s Place and Novant

Health, which has locations in Huntersville, Matthews, Charlotte and WinstonSalem. “A baby requires so much time nursing, and it can be isolating for moms to be away from the rest of the family. When moms are confined to nursing in one location in the house, they often rush through feedings,” she says, adding that sitting in a place a mom finds relaxing also aids in milk letdown. Nursing can be done anywhere and doesn’t require anything, but little luxuries like a nursing pillow or support pillows, a footstool and nursing pads are handy to keep close by. Before you start nursing, make sure burp clothes, bibs, pacifiers, blankets, pillows, a water bottle for mom and any other items you may need are within reach. Many nursing mothers find sitting in a reclined position most comfortable, Corsig says. A bassinette or play yard in the family room is helpful for short baby naps, and a swing and bouncer are useful, soothing items to set up in the main living area. Instead of going back and forth to the nursery with the baby for a diaper change, set up a second changing station with a portable changing pad in the family room. Before your baby arrives, clear out a drawer, cabinet or shelf to store baby items and eliminate clutter. A diaper caddy or basket is useful for organizing diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream. A second diaper pail in the living room can

also be helpful, especially if you live in a multi-story home.

Stock the Kitchen The first rule of kitchen organization is to toss the old and make room for the new. To eliminate clutter on your counters, make space in a cabinet drawer for storing baby items like bottles, formula containers, breast milk storage containers or bags, and breast pump accessories. Throw out old food in the pantry, refrigerator and freezer to make space. Place cooking essentials, such as pots and pans, in easy-to-reach locations in the kitchen — especially helpful if you’re recovering from a cesarean section. A bottle drying rack and bottle brush, whether you’re nursing or not, is helpful to keep by the sink so you can air dry bottles or breast pump accessories after washing them. Stock your refrigerator and pantry with healthy foods before you head to the hospital. Suzanne Smith, neonatal dietitian and lactation consultant at Carolinas HealthCare, which has locations in Greensboro and throughout the Charlotte area, recommends foods rich in calcium, protein, iron, vitamin C and fiber. “Adding one extra serving of protein a day helps rebuild tissues damaged in childbirth and maintain protein stores for breast-feeding. More iron, folate and vitamin C are needed to rebuild red blood continued on page 4



Blackout curtains Glider with ottoman Dresser with contoured changing pad or tray Diaper pail Night-light Soothing sounds machine Cool-mist humidifier Baskets and dividers to organize drawers Basket for diapers and wipes

Play yard or bassinette Portable changing pad Diaper pail Diaper caddy or basket for diapering necessities Nursing pillow and support pillows Bouncer and/or swing Burp clothes Blankets

FOR THE KITCHEN Homemade meals in the freezer Bottle drying rack and bottle brush Healthy snacks Time-saving appliances (blender, food processor and slow cooker) Kitchen scissors




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cells lost in childbirth,” Smith says. “High-fiber foods are particularly beneficial since many moms, postpartum, report difficulty going to the bathroom.” Moms who are breast-feeding need an additional 300-500 calories per day. Keep some no-prep, healthy snacks such as fresh fruits and vegetables on hand. Other good options include whole-wheat crackers with peanut butter, low fat granola with yogurt, cottage cheese and trail mix snacks. Use those nesting instincts to your advantage and spend some time in the kitchen preparing and freezing meals for later. “I recommend making meals ahead,” Smith says. “Prepackaged foods contain byproducts, additives, preservatives and sodium to enhance shelf life and improve taste, and there’s

literature out there that links to food allergies in children.” She also suggests that parents cook enough food to provide food for two meals. Save time by using appliances like a blender, food processor, slow cooker, rice cooker or pressure cooker. Kitchen scissors are handy for quickly snipping vegetables for meals. “A variety in the diet is going to behoove them because what you eat does get transferred into the breast milk, and variety will help [new moms] encompass protein, iron, vitamin C and calcium,” she says. When friends and family offer to bring food, let them. Freeze that extra lasagna to eat later. And if you get desperate or just want a slice, the occasional call for a pizza delivery is OK. Holly Becker, a freelance writer and mom of three, lives in Cornelius.

H E A LTH Y S N ACKS The first weeks with a baby are a whirlwind, so it’s important for new moms to stock healthy snacks. Try these easy and nutritious bites suggested by Carolinas HealthCare dietitian Suzanne Smith. 1 small banana

3 cups of air-popped popcorn

1 medium apple

½ whole-wheat English muffin (add peanut butter or almond butter for extra protein)

1 cup of whole strawberries 1 cup of cherry or grape tomatoes 2 cups of raw mixed veggies with 2 tablespoons of fat-free dressing



6-ounce cup of fat-free plain yogurt ½ cup of fat-free pudding

12 baby carrots

1 ounce of low-fat cheddar cheese

18 small celery sticks (add cream cheese or sunflower seed butter for extra protein)

1 large hardboiled egg

2 graham cracker squares (add peanut butter or almond butter for extra protein)


4 whole-wheat crackers, unsalted

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Vascular Birthmarks By Jennifer Lacey


ake a look at this,” my son’s pediatrician said, as he motioned to two nurses standing outside of the Winnie-the-Pooh themed exam room.

Roughly one week earlier, I had discovered a small, flat, bright-red line on the corner of my son’s lower left lip. He was a voracious nurser, so I believed that this line was some sort of nursing blister. I thought it would go away within a few days. But almost a week later, my husband and I noticed no change, so I immediately made an appointment with our pediatrician. The nurses came into the exam room on this unseasonably cool spring morning and the pediatrician put his gloved finger on my baby’s lip. The three of them looked intently at the red line, as my stomach continued to turn in violent knots. My precious four-week-old lay peacefully on the table, alternately staring with his huge brown eyes at me, the doctor and the Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet wallpaper, blissfully oblivious to not only what was happening around him, but to his mother’s increasing fears. “What is it?” I asked, struggling to get the words out. “It’s a hemangioma — a vascular birthmark,” our pediatrician replied. This diagnosis initiated a flood of research in the days, weeks and months that lay ahead of our family. But with the help of the Internet and organizations devoted to providing families like ours with the latest vascular birthmark information and treatment resources, the knowledge we gained alleviated our fears.

Vascular Birthmark Statistics According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 10 percent of the approximate 4 million children born in the U.S. each year will arrive with a




vascular birthmark. These birthmarks consist of blood vessels bunched together within the skin. They can appear flat or raised, and be either red or blue in color. There are several different kinds of vascular birthmarks, but the most common are port-wine stains and hemangiomas.

Port-Wine Stains Port-wine stains are classified as vascular malformations. The Nemours Foundation, based in Wilmington, Del., reports that they occur in about three of every 1,000 births and are diagnosed equally among males and females. Port-wine stains develop when an area of skin doesn’t receive an adequate supply of nerve fibers to assist in keeping the blood vessels contracted. When there is a lack of nerve fibers, capillaries (small blood vessels) continue to expand, allowing a large amount of blood to flow into the blood vessels, which causes a “stain” to appear under the skin. Port-wine stains commonly appear on the face, but can be anywhere on an infant’s body. They are commonly flat in shape and pinkish-red at birth, and darken to a reddish-purple as a child grows. Unlike hemangiomas, there is no involution phase, as port-wine stains do not fade or go away. Dr. Jane Bellet, assistant professor of pediatrics and dermatology and a member of the Duke Vascular Malformation Team at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center in Durham, says for many infants, “port-wine stains are not indicative of any further concern,” but in rare cases, they can indicate other medical conditions. For example, port-wine

The hemangioma birthmark on the lip of Jennifer Lacey’s son, Chris, has faded and is barely visible.

stains that appear on or near an infant’s eye may lead to glaucoma, a condition where increased pressure in the eye can affect vision and lead to blindness if left untreated. “For any child with a port-wine stain located on the upper eyelid, they should be referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist,” Bellet advises, adding that these children should have their eyes checked every year for possible signs of glaucoma. Also in rare cases, port-wine stains located on or near an infant’s forehead may be a sign of Sturge-Weber syndrome, a rare, congenital disorder associated with neurological, endocrine abnormalities and developmental disabilities. Dr. Craig Burkhart, associate professor of pediatric dermatology at UNC-Chapel Hill, says 15 percent of children who

have port-wine stains that fill the “V1 segment” of their face (the forehead and temple area starting from the corner of the eye and top of the ear up to the scalp) will have Sturge-Weber syndrome. “Sturge-Weber syndrome is diagnosed by obtaining radiologic imaging, usually an MRI, in children with malformations in the V1 distribution who have developmental delays or a history of seizures,” Burkhart says. Pediatricians and pediatric dermatologists agree that it is essential to start treatments as soon as possible. Laser therapy has made a tremendous impact on treatment, and is the only method available that successfully removes the tiny blood vessels in the skin, but also causes the least amount of damage to a child’s overlying skin. Laser treatments are relatively quick and pain-free, although a child can experience swelling and redness in the days following treatment.

Hemangiomas Hemangiomas are the most common, noncancerous tumors diagnosed in infants, occurring in approximately 10 percent of newborns. Approximately 30 percent of all hemangiomas are visible at birth and the remaining 70 percent become visible within one to four weeks after birth, according to information provided by The Vascular Birthmark Foundation in Latham, N.Y.

“All hemangiomas are present and mark out their territory — how much surface area they will take up — by the first month of life,” Burkhart says. “New hemangiomas do not form after the first month of life, but sometimes it takes several months for the volume of the hemangiomas to be large enough that it is noticed.” According to the American Academy of Dermatology, hemangiomas are more frequently found in female and premature infants, who have an estimated 26 percent chance of developing a hemangioma. When they appear flat and red, like my son’s, hemangiomas are called “superficial.” Those found beneath the skin and appear blue are referred to as “deep.” When a hemangioma has the characteristics of both, they are known as “compound.” Hemangiomas typically progress through a three-staged process. During stage one, the hemangioma presents itself and undergoes a period of rapid growth. A hemangioma can grow for as long as 18 months prior to entering the second stage, which occurs when the hemangioma begins to exhibit little to no change. During stage three, the hemangioma enters into the involution phase, during which it changes from bright red to light red, followed by a gray to white appearance, and then it finally regresses into the skin.

Most pediatricians and vascular lesion specialists believe treatment of hemangiomas should be given on a caseby-case basis. For many years, the most common treatment was to prescribe a corticosteroid, such as prednisone. Recently, the beta-blocker propranolol, commonly used to treat high blood pressure and anxiety, has revolutionized treatment of hemangiomas in infants. “Whereas corticosteroids halted the growth of most hemangiomas and helped shrink approximately 50 percent of hemangiomas, propranolol shrinks over 95 percent of hemangiomas,” Burkhart says. Treatment with propranolol is, according to Bellet, “usually tolerated well. An added benefit is that children are not experiencing the side effects, which include weight gain and immunosuppression.” New advances in medicine and technology are helping to diminish the appearance of certain types of birthmarks in children and adults. As for my son, he is now a healthy and happy 12-year-old. His hemangioma has faded considerably to the point that it blends in with his natural skin tone, and it has regressed on its own over time. Jennifer Lacey specializes in covering family health and lifestyle issues. She blogs at amodestmommasmusingsfor




10 Things


Three months in, and there’s only one thing I know for certain: I’m no expert. By Eleanor-Scott Davis


he day after our daughter was born, a lactation consultant visited our

hospital room at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. She watched Avery nurse to ensure she was latching properly and gave suggestions on nursing positions, how to handle sore nipples, and so on and so forth. I listened to her advice but felt confident that nothing she told me was anything I didn’t already know.

I had read all the books. I had taken the breast-feeding class. I had this breastfeeding thing in the bag. But, as the lactation consultant was walking out the door, she left us with a warning: “Go ahead and get some sleep now because most babies spend their second night cluster feeding.” Cluster feeding? Yeah, yeah, I got this. That evening, after our visitors left, my husband made up his sofa bed, the lights were dimmed, I nursed the baby and we all settled in for a nice long rest. Then, the baby woke up. And just as the lactation consultant had predicted, she wanted to eat. And eat, and eat, and eat, and eat. She sucked, only pausing long enough for me to switch her to the other breast. She nursed for the next four hours. Four hours. It was the single most exhausting experience of my life (and having given birth the previous day didn’t help the situation). I felt like I had run a marathon. When Avery finally finished and fell asleep in my arms, I felt that together we had accomplished something truly great.




And, I was proud of us. Very proud. What I know now is that she wasn’t really eating — she was sucking so that my milk would come in. And, two days later, it did — just like I had read in all the books. What the experience taught me that the books didn’t was that even though breast-feeding is a very intuitive process, it doesn’t come without putting in the work.

As it turns out, there were a lot of things I didn’t know about breastfeeding. I’ll offer this list of 10 — with a disclaimer: My daughter is only 12 weeks old. We’ve come a long way on our personal breast-feeding journey, but there’s still a lot to come — such as teething. (Yikes!) As with all baby advice, take this as one person’s experience, which — like every baby — is unique.


Newborn babies don’t eat on a schedule. Sometimes

they go three hours between feedings. Sometimes they go an hour-and-a-half. Sometimes they want to eat right after they just ate. There is no way of predicting it. If I had stopped looking at the clock sooner, I would have prevented a lot of frustration on both of our parts.


On some days, breast-feeding will be all you do. I’ll

admit that there have been days when my husband comes home from work and I am still in my pajamas, sitting in the exact same place I was when he left. When he asks what I did all day, sometimes I can’t say for sure — maybe I unloaded the dishwasher? Or, maybe I didn’t. The truth is that some days, it will feel like all you do is feed your baby.

and have someone else give her the bottle. That didn’t work. We’ve tried every tip I can find in every book and on every website. They aren’t working, either. But, we’re going to keep trying. (Suggestions? I’ll take them:


Your body still isn’t yours. A lot is made of the things you are supposed to avoid when you are pregnant, such as caffeine and alcohol. Little did I know that, although these are not completely off limits when breast-feeding, you still have to watch your intake. Theoretically, you can indulge in that extra glass of wine (or two) guilt-free if you have a bottle of expressed milk in the refrigerator. But, wait a second — that only works if your baby will take a bottle.


a struggle, but I managed to stay on top of my appetite throughout my pregnancy. As soon as my daughter was born, however, I couldn’t control it. I was ravenous all the time. It turns out that while you need 300 extra calories a day to make a baby, you need 500 extra calories a day to make milk. Go figure.

You are not in charge. Not even a little bit. Never has the phrase, “You can take a horse to water but you can’t make him drink,” been more appropriate. The bottom line is that the baby will eat when the baby wants to eat, and the baby won’t eat when she doesn’t want to eat. My husband and I joke that Avery could want nothing to do with nursing, but if I make a sandwich or get into the bathtub, all of a sudden, she is hungry.




Breast-feeding makes you extremely hungry. It was

Stretch marks don’t end with pregnancy. Think you

can put away the cocoa butter now that your belly has stopped expanding? Not so fast. Unless, of course, you want stretch marks on your boobs. Your breasts undergo rapid changes when your milk comes in and as your body adjusts to how much milk it should make. My best advice to avoid stretch marks is to treat your boobs like you treated your belly.


Breast-fed babies spit up just as much as bottle-fed babies. My mother laughed when I told her that I didn’t

need to buy bibs because breast-fed babies don’t spit up. Who told me that? She knew the truth. I didn’t. Some breast-fed babies do spit up. A lot. Mine happens to be quite the pro.


Breast-feeding protects your baby from illness. Over the holidays, I was hit with a terrible, highly contagious stomach bug. It was the sickest I have been in the past 10 years. I was terrified of how this sickness would affect my newborn baby if (and when) she got it. I had no other choice but to keep nursing and hope for the best. Despite being in constant, close contact, she never got sick. The antibodies my immune system produced were passed on to her through my breast milk. There are 101 reasons why breast-feeding is beneficial. This one is on the very top of my list.


Some babies don’t like bottles. Mine doesn’t. Hate is a strong word, but I’ll use it here — she hates bottles. We were told to introduce one bottle a day starting when Avery was 3 weeks old. It didn’t work. We were told to try different nipples and bottles. They didn’t work. We were told I needed to leave the house

Breast-feeding is empowering. Sometimes I think

about what would happen if Avery and I got stuck in an elevator or stranded on the side of the road. Guess what? We would be just fine because all she needs to survive is my two bosoms. That’s pretty cool. It is really one of the most amazing things women can do. We can literally make all the food our children need with our own bodies. I love this, and I love knowing that one day Avery will be empowered with this same special gift. Eleanor-Scott Davis is the associate editor of Piedmont Parent.

BREAST-FEEDING ESSENTIALS You were born with all you need to breast-feed. But these things are nice to have, too: Boppy or other, similar brand of nursing pillow Cocoa butter (see No. 4 above) Lanolin • Breast pads • Breast shields Burp cloths (Think of the number you need, then triple it.) Double electric breast pump (Check with your insurance provider; mine covered 100 percent of the cost.) Extra set of pump parts (One can be in the dishwasher while the other is being used.) Hands-free pumping bra






By Mikala Young


he path from sitting up to crawling to walking is an exciting time for new parents. But if baby isn’t reaching big motor-skill milestones according to

what parenting books advise, many parents begin to wonder, “Is my baby all right?”

Refer to this quick-reference guide as your baby starts down the path toward

sitting up, crawling and walking, but don’t be alarmed if you aren’t checking off all the milestones on an exact schedule. All babies develop at different paces, so discuss your baby’s development with her pediatrician and enjoy her progress every step of the way. Before you know it, she will be a toddler running around the house.

3 months “Start to look at the overall big picture … focus on your baby’s brain development, which is the gateway to each stage in his life,” says Dr. Sameena Evers, a pediatrician at Dilworth Pediatrics in Charlotte.




3 months

18 months

24 months

Milestones: Baby raises his head and chest when lying on his stomach, stretches his legs and kicks. At this stage, baby can open and close his hands. You may even notice that he brings his hand to his mouth and rattles any toy placed in his hands.

Milestone: It may seem as though your child is more independent and more of an explorer at this age. That’s because he is! At 18 months, your toddler is more interested in using his legs to walk around the house, discovering all that he can. He can now push and pull large objects, and even throw a ball while standing.

Milestone: Now your toddler can jump in place and typically begins to run. He can climb up and down from furniture and stand on his tiptoes. At this stage, you may notice he is carrying around his toys while walking and maybe kicking around a ball.

7 months Milestones: Baby rolls front to back and back to front. She can sit with her hands at 5 months and without her hands at 6 months. She can tug at anything close by, like a cup you are drinking out of or keys on a table. She can also reach for different objects. Thanks to her new fascination with what the world has to offer, she will even begin to move objects from hand to hand.

Source: You Raising Your Child: The Owner’s Manual From First Breath to First Grade, by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. (Simon & Schuster Inc., 2010)

12 months Milestone: Parents may notice the most significant growth at this stage. Baby crawls forward on all fours and sits up on her own. She can pull herself up to stand and walks holding on to nearby furniture. Baby stands without support for a moment and may even walk a few steps without support.

7 months

12 months

“If your child isn’t rolling on his back, bring that up at the next wellness check,” says Dr. Kimberly Ramsdell, a pediatrician at Ramsdell Pediatrics in Apex.

“Interestingly, some children never crawl at all but proceed straight to pulling up, cruising and walking,” says Dr. Caroline Brown, a pediatrician at Twin City Pediatrics in Winston-Salem.



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RESOURCE LISTINGS ADOPTION AGAPE of N.C. Inc. 302 College Road, GSO 855-7107 A Christian, licensed childplacing agency serving the abused/neglected children of N.C. through foster care and adoption. Carolina Adoption Services 301 N. Elm St., Suite 201, GSO 275-9660, 800-632-9312 A children’s charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for orphans and vulnerable children in Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa. Works with families adopting through their agency as well as families working toward placement with international and domestic agencies around the country. Catholic Social Services ● 2311 W. Cone Blvd., Suite 145, GSO 288-1984 ● 627 W. Second St., W-S 727-0705 Provides domestic and international adoption services. Children’s Home Society of N.C. 1002 Yanceyville St., GSO 274-1538 Provides programs in parenting education, family preservation, teen pregnancy prevention, foster care and adoption. Family Services Inc. 1200 S. Broad St., W-S 722-8173 International and domestic adoption program, infant adoptions, and foster adoption assistance. Hopscotch Adoptions Inc. 1208 Eastchester Drive, Suite

120, HP 899-0068 A Hague accredited adoption agency with active programs in Armenia, Bulgaria, Republic of Georgia, Ghana and Morocco. Assists in the placement of children from these countries into stable and nurturing homes. Love Links Foster Placement and Adoption Agency Inc. 313-C Trindale Road, Archdale 431-6678 Christian foster placement and adoption agency.


Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem 390 S. Liberty St., W-S 723-9111 Weekly and monthly programs for parents and young children. Greensboro Children’s Museum 220 N. Church St., GSO 574-2898 Weekly and monthly programs for parents and young children. High Point Gymnastics Academy 3530 N. Main St., HP 869-3589 Mom & Me movement classes for ages 18 months to 3 years.

gymnastics classes for girls and boys from birth to 5 years old.

classes for infants through 7 years. The Little Gym of Burlington 1071 Piper Lane, Burlington 585-1233 Creative movement classes for children ages 4 months through 12 years.

BIRTHING CENTERS Alamance Regional Medical Center — The Birthplace at Alamance Regional 1240 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington 538-7000

The Little Gym of Greensboro 3369 Battleground Ave., GSO 545-1117 Creative movement classes for children ages 4 months through 12 years.

Forsyth Medical Center 3333 Silas Creek Parkway, W-S 718-3780

Salem Gymnastics Sports Center 4870 Country Club Road, W-S 765-4668 Movement classes and summer programs for ages 6 months and up.

High Point Regional Health System — The Women’s Center 601 N. Elm St., HP 878-6000 Lexington Memorial Hospital 250 Hospital Drive, Lexington 248-5161

Swim Fanatics Swim Club Several Greensboro locations 287-6109 Swim lessons for infants and toddlers ages 4 months to 2 years. Tumblebees 6904 Downwind Road, GSO 665-0662 Gymnastics activities and kids’

Kindermusik 800-628-5687 Music and movement classes and summer programs for infants through 7 years. Musikgarten 507 Arlington St., GSO 800-216-6864 Developmentally based music




Randolph Hospital 364 White Oak St., Asheboro 629-8817

equipment and support for nursing mothers. Retail shop open to public and sells supplies, nursing clothing, accessories and equipment.

The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro 801 Green Valley Road, GSO 832-6500

La Leche League of Greensboro A support group for pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers offering breast-feeding information and support. Babies and toddlers welcome. Meets the first Friday of each month at 10 a.m. at Leonard Center, 6324 Ballinger Road, GSO.


SUPPORT & SUPPLIES Alamance Regional Medical Center 1240 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington 538-7387 Inpatient and outpatient certified lactation consultants.

La Leche League of Kernersville A support group for pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers offering breast-feeding information and support. Babies and toddlers welcome. Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 323 Hopkins Road, Kernersville.

Forsyth Medical Center 3333 Silas Creek Parkway, W-S 718-5000 Nursing Mother’s Center provides services, supplies,

La Leche League of Winston-Salem

A support group for pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers offering breast-feeding information and support. Babies and toddlers welcome. Meets the first Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1046 Miller St., W-S. 601 N. Elm St., HP 878-6888 Expectant parenting classes in labor, birth and pain control, infant feeding and breast-feeding, newborn care, infant massage, infant CPR, and Mommy and Me weekly classes.

Peaceful Beginnings 410 Blandwood St., GSO 255-8311 Private and group breast-feeding support sessions and classes. Also sells breast-feeding supplies.

Imprints 502 N. Broad St., W-S. 722-6296 Offers a variety of programs with services ranging from educating women and their partners about prenatal care, to classes in infant massage and baby sign language, to facilitating parentteacher collaboration during the first year of school.

The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro 801 Green Valley Road, GSO 832-6682 Inpatient and outpatient certified lactation consultants. Breastfeeding Support Group meets every Tuesday at 11 a.m.


PARENTING CLASSES Alamance Regional Medical Center 1240 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington 586-4000 Classes in childbirth preparation and breast-feeding, baby sign language, Boot Camp for new dads, infant massage, infant CPR, pre- and post-natal yoga, and sibling classes. Also offering Motheread B.A.B.Y. (Birth and Beginning Years) eight-week series for preparing to become a new mother. Children’s Parents 500 W. Northwest Blvd., W-S 748-9028 Exchange/SCAN 12-week parenting program offered three times per year. Referrals by court order, professionals or families. High Point Regional Health System




Lexington Memorial Hospital 250 Hospital Drive, Lexington 248-5161 Seven-week course includes topics in childbirth preparation, breast-feeding, post-partum education, newborn care and hospital tour. Sibling classes also available. MedCenter Kernersville 1635 NC 66 South, Kernersville 832-6682 Five-week Birth and Baby class covers infant care and safety, birthing options, cesarean birth, pain management skills and the role of the labor partner. Natural Baby Happy Family 338 N. Elm St. #334, GSO 267-5879 Natural childbirth education classes and doula services. Peaceful Beginnings 410 Blandwood St., GSO 255-8311 Classes in childbirth preparation, HypnoBirthing®, breast-feeding, newborn massage and baby wearing.

Randolph Hospital Education Center 200-A Foust St., Asheboro 633-7788 Classes in childbirth preparation, breast-feeding, infant/child CPR and infant care. Forsyth Medical Center 3333 Silas Creek Parkway, W-S 718-5000 Childbirth preparation and breast-feeding classes, infant massage, infant safety and CPR, yoga for childbirth, Baby Boot Camp fitness classes, and sibling classes. The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro 801 Green Valley Road, GSO 832-6682 Classes in prepared childbirth and breast-feeding, Baby and Me for new moms, Boot Camp for new dads, infant/child CPR, and infant massage as well as classes for siblings, parents of multiples and grandparents. Annie Penn Hospital 618 S. Main St., Reidsville 951-4000 Weekend Birth and Baby class covers infant care and safety, birthing options, cesarean birth, pain management skills, and the role of the labor partner.


AuPair Care 800-428-7247 Provides in-home caretakers for infants and children.

Cultural Care AuPair 800-333-6056 Provides in-home nannies nationwide. Family Friend Nanny 813-2398 Specializing in nanny placement services that include interviewing and securing nannies and au pairs for families throughout the Triad. Preferred ChildCare Inc. 118 South Cherry St., Suite C, Kernersville 392-7827 Provides pre-screened sitters and nannies to families in the Triad. Regional Childcare Resources and Referral 1200 Arlington St., GSO 369-5097 Childcare resource and referral agency for Guilford, Rockingham and Randolph counties.


CONSIGNMENT STORES Encore Kids Consignment 305 W. Mountain St., Kernersville 993-3444 Children’s and maternity consignment store.

Kid Tested 2310 Battleground Ave., Suite 102, GSO 285-7101 Children’s clothing consignment store with sizes newborn through 6 as well as toys, shoes, furniture, strollers, high chairs and accessories. Kidzone 4623-D High Point Road, GSO 297-9663 Children’s clothing consignment store as well as toys, shoes, furniture, equipment and more.

Dream 2403-3 Battleground Ave., GSO 286-3700 Children’s and maternity consignment store.

Mommy and Me Consignments mommyandmeconsignments. com 10935-D N. Main St., Archdale 431-4628 Children’s and maternity consignment store. Also selling new, hand-crafted items.

Greenway Kids 3925 Sedgebrook St., Suite 109, HP 298-1495 Children’s and maternity consignment store. Jack and Jill Children’s Resale 2322 S. Church St., Burlington 792-1494 Children’s consignment store for sizes preemie through 14.

Salem Sitters 5449 Kingsbridge Road, W-S 659-7806 Babysitting service providing prescreened sitters to families in the Triad.

Once Upon a Child ● 435 G Dolley Madison Road, GSO 855-9914 ● 608 Hanes Mall Blvd., W-S 768-9100 Children’s and maternity consignment store.


Ardmore Family Practice 2805 Lyndhurst Ave., W-S 659-0076 Certified nurse midwife on staff.

Work Family Resource Center 530 N. Spring St., W-S 761-5100 Nonprofit child care resource and referral agency for Forsyth and surrounding counties.

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A Nanny on the Net greensboro.html 397-4990 Professional nanny placement service.




337-8630 Certified doula and postpartum services in the Triad and surrounding areas. Central Carolina Obstetrics and Gynecology 3200 Northline Ave., GSO 286-6565 Four certified nurse midwives on staff.

Journeys Counseling Center 612 Pasteur Drive, # 300, GSO 294-1349 Certified doula on staff. Natural Baby Happy Family 338 N. Elm St. #334, GSO 267-5879 Certified doula offering services in the Triad area.

Dr. Henry Dorn 405 Lindsay St., GSO 889-2000 Pregnancy care, including midwifery care. Mary Gillett 707-4052 Certified doula offering services in the Greensboro and High Point areas. Greensboro Birth Partners GSO Provides birth doula services in Greensboro and the surrounding areas. Also holds classes, seminars, and groups about birth, prenatal fitness and parenting topics. Greensboro Women’s Healthcare 719 Green Valley Road, Suite 101, GSO 370-0277 Certified nurse midwife on staff.



Jacqueline Messick 339-7714 Certified doula offering services in Greensboro.


Piedmont Area Doula Association 397-1008 Triad Birth Doula 312-4678 Certified doula serving the Triad area. Also certified to attend water births. Wendover OB/GYN 1908 Lendew St., GSO 273-2835 Certified nurse midwife on staff. WomanCare Obstetrics and Gynecology 114 Charlois Blvd., W-S 765-5470 Certified nurse midwife on staff.

HEALTH AND SAFETY Alamance County Health Department 319 N. Graham-Hopedale Road, Burlington 227-0101 American Red Cross ● Northwest North Carolina Chapter 724-0511 ● Greensboro Chapter 333-2111 ● Greater High Point-Davidson Chapter 885-9121 Davie County Health Department 210 Hospital St., Mocksville 753-6750 Davidson County Health Department 913 Greensboro St., Lexington 242-2000 Forsyth County Department of Public Health 799 N. Highland Ave., W-S 703-3100 Guilford County Department of Public Health 1203 Maple St., GSO 1100 E. Wendover Ave., GSO

400 W. Market St., GSO 501 E. Green Drive, HP 641-7777 Poison Control 800-222-1222 Randolph County Public Health Department 2222-B S. Fayetteville St., Asheboro 318-6200 Safe Guilford 271-2104 A local injury prevention coalition. Safe Kids N.C. An organization whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. Thirty-six coalitions covering 58 counties in N.C. Stokes Family Health Center ● 1009 Main St., Danbury 593-2400 ● 102 Hartgrove Road, King 985-2727

INFERTILITY/FERTILITY Green Valley OB/Gyn and Infertility 719 Green Valley Road, Suite 201, GSO 378-1110

Premier Fertility Center 2783 N.C. Highway 68, Suite 104, HP 841-7070

10935-D N. Main St., Archdale 431-4628 Children’s and maternity consignment store. Also selling new, hand-crafted items.

Wake Forest Baptist Health Center for Reproductive Medicine 131 Miller St., 2nd Floor, W-S 716-6476

Motherhood Maternity ● 605 Friendly Center Road, GSO 854-2805 ● Four Seasons Town Centre 294-0234 ● Hanes Mall 659-1266

Wendover OB/Gyn & Infertility 1908 Lendew St., GSO 273-2835


Dream 2403-3 Battleground Ave., GSO 286-3700 Children’s and maternity consignment store. Encore Kids Consignment 305 W. Mountain St., Kernersville 993-3444 Children’s and maternity consignment store. Greenway Kids 3925 Sedgebrook St., Suite 109, HP 298-1495 Children’s and maternity consignment store. Mommy and Me Consignments mommyandmeconsignments. com

Once Upon a Child ● 435 G Dolley Madison Road, GSO 855-9914 ● 608 Hanes Mall Blvd., W-S 768-9100 Children’s and maternity consignment store.

MOMS’ GROUPS Mocha Moms For mothers of color who have chosen not to work full time outside of the home. MOMS Club of Greensboro East index.html A support group for stay-athome moms in Greensboro. Moms Meetup Online communities for moms around the Triad to meet other

moms. Various groups based on location or interest and many hold regular meetups around the Triad.

1635 N.C. 66 South, Kernersville 992-5120 Dr. Henry Dorn 405 Lindsay St., GSO 889-2000

MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers International Christian organization for mothers of babies to preschoolers with more than 25 MOPS groups in the Triad and surrounding areas.

Eagle OB/Gyn 301 E. Wendover Ave. Suite 300, GSO 268-3380

Triadmommies A free, online community for moms in Guilford and Forsyth counties. Holds regular events, play dates and other activities throughout the year.

The Femina Women’s Center 802 Green Valley Road Suite 200, GSO 389-9898 Grace Women’s Clinic 2280 S. Church St., Suite 201, Burlington 538-2014

OB/GYNS Ardmore Family Practice 2805 Lyndhurst Ave., W-S 659-0076

Green Valley OB/Gyn and Infertility 719 Green Valley Road, Suite 201, GSO 378-1110

Central Carolina Obstetrics and Gynecology 301 E. Wendover Ave., GSO 286-6565

Greensboro Women’s Healthcare 719 Green Valley Road, Suite 101, GSO 370-0277

Central Carolina Women’s Center 237-A N. Fayetteville St., Asheboro 626-6371 Center for Women’s Healthcare at MedCenter Kernersville


Hawthorne OB/Gyn Associates 1806 S. Hawthorne Road, W-S 768-3632



High Point OB/Gyn Associates 400 N. Elm St., HP 802-2120 Kernodle Clinic OB/Gyn 1234 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington 506-1266

Pinewest OB/Gyn 306 Westwood Ave., Suite 501, HP 885-0149 Valaoras and Lewis Obstetrics and Gynecology 245 Charlois Blvd., W-S 659-4777

Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates 2927 Lyndhurst Ave., W-S 765-9350

Wendover OB/Gyn 1908 Lendew St., GSO 273-2835 Westside OB/Gyn Center 1091 Kirkpatrick Road, Burlington 538-1880

Physicians for Women of Greensboro 802 Green Valley Road, Suite 300, GSO 273-3661

WomanCare Obstetrics and Gynecology 114 Charlois Blvd., W-S 765-5470

Piedmont Health Care for Women/Greensboro OB/Gyn Associates Division PEDIATRICIAN 510 N. Elam Ave., Suite 101, GSO 854-8800 REFERRAL

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PRENATAL/POSTNATAL FITNESS Family Yoga 706-8618 Offering prenatal and postnatal classes. Sunrise Yoga Studio 6000 Meadowbrook Mall Court, Suite 1, Clemmons 778-1233 Offering prenatal yoga classes. Yoga Gallery 633 N. Trade St., W-S 725-4119 Offering prenatal yoga classes.

PRENATAL/POSTNATAL MASSAGE About Face Cosmetics and Day Spa 1107 N. Main St., HP 862-1661 Balance Day Spa Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Burlington locations 574-2556 Light Touch 8043 Thorndike Road, GSO 420-2398 Providing Reiki treatments to pregnant women and to children of all ages to treat a variety of ailments. Massage Envy Locations in Burlington, Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem.




SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT AND SERVICES Autism Society of North Carolina — Triad Region Services 9 Oak Branch Drive, GSO 333-0197 Community-based services include home and community support, day support, long-term vocational support, supported employment, respite, individualized caregiver training and education, personal care and skills instruction. Chapters in Alamance, Forsyth and Guilford counties. Care Coordination for Children (CC4C) ● 1203 Maple St., Greensboro ● 501 E. Green Drive, High Point 641-7641 Serves children born at risk for developmental delays, children who have difficulty learning to speak or other delays from birth to 5 years. Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) ● Amos Cottage 3325 Silas Creek Parkway, W-S 713-7412 ● 123 W. Center St. Extension, Lexington 224-6990 A regional early intervention center for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities or delays. Offers evaluation, treatment, service coordination and consultation services to families of children birth to 3 years in Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties. Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) — Greensboro 122 N. Elm St., Suite 400, GSO 334-5601 Early intervention services for

birth to age 3. Serving Guilford, Alamance, Rockingham, Randolph and Caswell counties. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — Carolina Chapter Raleigh Support, advocacy, resources and education for people affected by cystic fibrosis. Pediatric care center located at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro A group of parents who are committed to supporting one another, sharing important information and advocating for the very best in school and community services for children with Down syndrome. Family Support Network of Forsyth County 4505 Shattalon Drive, W-S 703-4289 Provides free services to those people who care for children with special needs. Family Support Network of Central Carolina 801 Green Valley Road, GSO 832-6507 Provides support and resources for families of children with prematurity, developmental disabilities, chronic illness, and other special needs. Serving Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham counties. Greensboro Cerebral Palsy Association Inc./Gateway Education Center 3205 E. Wendover Ave., GSO 375-2575 An early intervention program focused upon the needs of children ages birth to 3 with severe developmental delays and medical disabilities.

March of Dimes North Greater Triad Division northcarolina Greater Triad Division 410 Brookstown Ave., W-S 723-4386 Funds research and provides community services, education and advocacy to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Muscular Dystrophy Association 2306 W. Meadowview Road, #125, GSO 856-1591 Information on clinics, support groups, summer camps and equipment for children with muscular dystrophy. Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network 4715 Yadkinville Road, #144, Pfafftown 480-8871 Provides support and information to parents of children with Down syndrome in the Piedmont area. Spina Bifida Association 800-621-3141 Resources, information and advocacy on the treatment for and prevention of spina bifida.

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Journeys Counseling Center 612 Pasteur Drive, Suite 300, GSO 294-1349 Out-patient counseling for postpartum depression and other disorders. La Leche League Support for breast-feeding mothers. See local chapter information under “Breast-feeding.”

Adoption Support Group 703-3500 Fatherhood Connection 722-6296 Feelings After Birth Support Group The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro 832-6682 For women struggling with postpartum depression. Held every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Greensboro Mothers of Multiples

Mocha Moms For mothers of color who have chosen not to work full time outside of the home. Mommy and Me High Point Regional Health System, 601 N. Elm St., HP 878-6888 Weekly class and support group for new moms and their babies (up to 6 months old).

Heartstrings 335-9931 Pregnancy and infant loss support.

MOMS (Mothers of Multiples) Alamance Regional Medical Center, 1240 Huffman Mill, Burlington 449-7416. For mothers or mothers-to-be of twins, triplets or multiples.

Infertility Support Group 832-8000

Motherhood Connection 713-9732 TriadMommies parents and introduce your child to music and movement.

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