Ballantyne Magazine

SPRING 2013

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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BALLANTYNE | feature An App For That ���This is one of the happiest times of my life, besides the day I was married,��� explains expecting ���I remember when I started tracking her growth online and she was the size of a pea. Now she���s the size of a cantaloupe!��� ��� Mom-to-be Christina Kindel mom Christina Kindel. Kindel has been tracking the growth of her baby girl since she learned she was pregnant. But face begins taking shape and when they begin to practice it���s not just taking a look in her doctor���s office; it���s the image on survival techniques needed during birth, such as sucking and her computer and in the palm of her hand on her iPhone. Yes, swallowing. Moms also share tips and advice on everything there���s an app for this. from maternity fashion must-haves to finding the best deals The ���What to Expect��� pregnancy application allows moms to see the baby���s growth and to communicate with other moms online. Tracking growth weekly, the app details the physical on baby furniture and where to look for trusted babysitters and nannies. Parents are well researched these days, explains Deborah changes occurring to both mom and baby, even equating the Johnson, director of maternity services with Carolinas size of your unborn child to a piece of fruit in your kitchen. Medical Center-Pineville. She says parents usually know their ���I remember when I started tracking her growth online and options. They want to be involved in determining details she was the size of a pea. Now she���s the size of a cantaloupe!��� of preconception planning, as well as everything up to and quips Kindel. Expectant parents learn the week their baby���s including the birth experience. Upward Trend in Births Johnson says that while nationally the number of births has gone down in recent years, the Ballantyne area is experiencing a baby boom of sorts. ���CMC-Pineville has seen an upward trend in births, with an 8 percent increase in 2010-2011 and a 7 percent increase in 2011-2012.��� A common request in recent years is water births. ���While we don���t offer water births for safety reasons, we do offer other tools including hydrotherapy in the form of whirlpool tubs in our maternity rooms to help moms relax during contractions,��� Johnson explains. ���So we try to accommodate parents requests as closely as we can while keeping safety in mind. Administrator Deborah Johnson says parents served by Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville often are involved in everything from preconception planning to the birth experience. She is pictured here in a private maternity room. 52 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE SPRING 20 1 3

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