Expectant Triangle families will soon have another option for where and how they give birth when Baby+Company opens its doors in Cary later this month. I caught up with founder and Certified Nurse Midwife Cara Osborne to learn more.
Baby+Company is a freestanding birth center that will offer a program of care designed in the wellness model. In other words, pregnancy and birth are considered normal physiology, not medical conditions or disease. Birth centers differ from hospitals in that they are typically run by nurse midwives and serve a smaller number of families, which allows for a more personalized experience. Osborne said hers will have a homey feel with big bathtubs in each birthing room for both laboring and water births. The focus is on natural birth without the use of regional anesthesia (epidurals).
Women looking for alternative prenatal care aside from the traditional OB/GYN practice already have several options in our community, including a freestanding birth center in Chapel Hill, midwife-run practices that utilize area hospitals, as well as OB offices with midwives on staff. Osborne hopes Baby+Company will provide another out-of-hospital birth option as well as be a resource to families with their ongoing classes, a retail center and activities for new families.
Osborne said the centralized location, population growth and availability of quality backup care made Cary an ideal location for the first of several birth centers her company plans to open in the state. Located behind WakeMed Cary, Baby+Company is partnering with Triangle Physicians For Women and the hospital. “We can refer patients to their hospital-based midwives or to the physicians if more appropriate for the situation,” Osborne said.
The birth center will begin enrolling prenatal patients at the end of September. They prefer initiating care as soon as possible but will accept some transfer patients. “Because the model of care at the birth center involves extensive education, we like to see families before 28 weeks of pregnancy,” Osborne explained.
An open house is slated for Saturday, Oct. 4, from 3-5 p.m. at the birth center, 226 Ashville Ave. in Cary. In addition, they are hosting an information session and breakfast at GreenPea Baby in Cary on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Pam Diamond is a parent coach, postpartum doula, baby sleep consultant and owner of First Daze & Nightzzz, LLC. Pam’s goal is to help parents and babies get off to the best possible start. She helps families fix what’s not working and enjoy what is. She lives in Cary with her husband and two teenage children. You can learn more about Pam on her website: First Daze & Nightzzz, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.