Charleston Pregnancy and Postpartum Guide


Finding out that you are pregnant can bring a rush of a million different feelings, thoughts, and plans. Once the initial shock and excitement start to wear off, you may feel overwhelmed with questions and what comes next in this journey. It is our hope that with this resource guide, we are able to answer some of those questions for Charleston moms. We hope that this will provide you with some guidance both during your pregnancy and after you give birth.

We want to thank our featured sponsors and businesses listed here. If you would like your business included in this guide, let’s chat!

Rome PT

Rome Physical Therapy specializes in pelvic floor and women’s health physical therapy for those with issues involving the breast and pelvis. Specific areas of treatment include pelvic pain, urinary leakage, pelvic floor weakness, pelvic floor tightness, pregnancy, and postpartum.

Rome Physical Therapy also treats those undergoing breast cancer treatments such as a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or radiation therapy as well as those struggling with signs of lymphedema. Rome Physical Therapy is striving for the most optimal care for each individual. We do this by listening to YOUR story so we can provide a whole-body approach based on YOUR body! This approach is designed to incorporate hands-on physical therapy by applying movement with your goals so you can find lasting relief and learn how to move without compensating! 

Rome Physical Therapy was founded to provide the quality of care we would want for our own friends and family dealing with women’s health issues.  We listen to your goals and tailor treatment specifically for your case.  Many of our patients have been to multiple doctors, physical therapists, or other practitioners without relief.

You’re not alone; let us help you take back control of your health for real, sustained results with lasting relief.

Roper St Francis Healthcare

From the earliest weeks of pregnancy through delivery, recovery and those precious, but sometimes anxious postpartum days, Roper St. Francis Healthcare is your trusted partner throughout the childbirth experience. We consider it a privilege to care for families during these tender, memorable moments, and we look forward to welcoming your child with care and compassion, in a birthing experience customized to your family’s wishes.

Take a virtual tour of our private, comfortably furnished maternity patient rooms.

We offer free e-books, a mobile app, and over 14 childbirth classes. To learn more and to register for a class, visit our class calendar. You can download the “My RSFH Baby” app by visiting your phone’s App Store.

The Roper St. Francis Perinatal Center, located at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, cares for women who may experience pregnancy-related complications, such as preterm labor or delivery of multiples. Our board certified maternal fetal medicine specialists work closely with you and your OB to ensure you and your baby receive the best care possible.

Our lactation consultants are certified through the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and offer additional help in the hospital.  Additionally, the La Leche League breastfeeding support groups meet at our Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital locations.

Our providers deliver compassionate, personalized attention to every woman and offer all the preventive care and treatment you need in every stage of life – from annual wellness exams and mammograms to gynecological surgery and all things in between.

For more information and to find a doctor who delivers at our hospitals, visit our website.

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Alisha Cory Photography specializes in capturing the bump-to-baby years and is especially honored to capture a mother’s journey bringing her baby earthside.

Every woman deserves to have her birth story documented. All mothers should be able to look back and witness the raw strength and beauty it takes to bring a new life into the world. No one regrets having their birth story told in motion, they only regret not having the opportunity to watch the magic unfold again and again for years to come.

A birth experience with Alisha includes:

  • Pre-consultation to discuss your birth plan and expectations
  • On-call service 24/7 from 38-42 weeks in the greater Charleston, SC area
  • 6 hours of shoot time with additional time available if needed
  • 3-5 min. video of motherhood journey and birth
  • 40-50 hi-resolution digital files via online download

Witness the miraculous journey of Bringing a Baby Earthside with Alisha Cory and never regret not capturing one of the most important events of your life.

Alisha Cory Photography is conveniently located in Mount Pleasant, SC and serves the greater Charleston area.

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At East Cooper Medical Center, we understand that every woman and every pregnancy is unique. During these most precious moments, we want you to feel comfortable in the knowledge that our comprehensive team of obstetricians, pediatricians, neonatologists and medical staff has the training, expertise, and experience to guide you through the labor and delivery process.

The maternity care team at East Cooper Medical Center is dedicated to providing you and your baby with a calm, safe, and comfortable environment while making your childbirth experience everything you planned and hoped for—and more. Our highly-skilled team of medical experts will be with you every step of the way, offering a full-range of resources including the following: infertility, prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum support, breastfeeding support, infant safety classes, high risk pregnancy, and preterm infant care.

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MUSC Women’s Health provides comprehensive health care to meet the changing needs of women. Our multidisciplinary care model ensures the safest care and best patient experience for mother and baby whether a low-risk pregnancy or a high-risk obstetrical case requiring our nationally-recognized maternal-fetal medicine specialists.

MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion opened in February 2020. This innovative facility houses 36 mother/baby rooms and 82 NICU beds, making it one of the largest NICUs in the region and one of only a few facilities in the country to feature couplet-care rooms where newborns and mothers can recover together. When needed, our specialists include counselors through seamless collaboration with psychiatrists who specialize in women’s health.

Find a convenient Lowcountry location near you.

Call us at 843-792-5300 or book an appointment online.

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We’re Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group (PREG), the largest network of fertility centers in the Carolinas. Helping you expand your family isn’t just what we love to do, it’s part of who we are.  We’re a family of doctors, nurses, scientists, technicians, and administrators, all dedicated to helping you realize your dream of a family.

Through our thoughtful, individualized approach to care, we’ll educate, encourage, and empower you in your fertility journey and will celebrate your success and support you through the obstacles and opportunities.

Individualism demands options, and we believe that your informed preferences and goals should guide treatment.  We pride ourselves on delivering comprehensive fertility care in an environment where individualism is appreciated, the family is valued, and exceptional care is standard.

  • IUI and IVF-based treatment options
  • Preimplantation genetic testing
  • Egg, embryo, and sperm donation
  • Oncofertility and fertility preservation
  • LGBTQ fertility treatment
  • IVF refund programs
  • HSG and semen analysis
  • Reproductive surgery / tubal reversal
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At Schwartz Legacy Planning, LLC. we don’t just create form documents, we create plans that actually work when your family needs it. Planning for your family’s future is an act of love. Schwartz Legacy Planning’s estate planning practice focuses on empowering families with improved lives today and a legacy for tomorrow

As a mother of three, Casey Schwartz understands how scary it is to think about the possibility of not being there for your babies. Let Schwartz Legacy Planning help give you peace of mind of knowing that your family will always be protected, no matter what.

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Our purpose at Your Baby Consultant (YBC) is to help parents and babies achieve their best sleep, ease anxiety by providing education on the birthing process and newborn care, and assist with nanny referrals.

We take the time to listen. Your family is unique and we want to understand what has or hasn’t worked for you and your family. We provide gentle solutions founded in experience and education.

Mandy Owens, Owner of Your Baby Consultant, is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience. Mandy’s extensive background in nursing, maternity care, pregnancy, and postpartum care give her unique insights and expertise.

Reach out to YBC if you are looking for: childbirth classes, infant care classes, breastfeeding classes, birth doula referrals, 24-hour newborn care, daytime newborn care, overnight newborn care, sleep training, breastfeeding consultations, nanny referrals, nanny/au pair training, and/or babysitting for beginners workshops. Our team of Registered Nurses and Newborn Care Specialists are ready to help make your transition into parenthood a smooth one.

Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®)

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Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®) is the world’s largest and most experienced newborn stem cell company. Since 1992, families have entrusted CBR to store more than 900,000 cord blood and cord tissue samples. As part of their commitment to advancing the clinical applications of newborn stem cells, CBR has helped over 600 families use their cord blood samples for current and investigational treatments.

Holy City Speech

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Is your baby almost ready to start eating solid foods?  Not sure when or how to start?  Are you nervous about gagging, choking or picky eating?  Through our proactive program, new moms will learn how to:
  • introduce solid foods to their babies
  • safely introduce new food textures
  • reduce picky eating and food aversions
  • promote oral sensory and motor skills
  • encourage positive and nurturing mealtimes
This one-on-one support will give you the confidence and knowledge to raise healthy, happy and adventurous eaters!

Mabel Mae's Bakery

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Proven-results, natural lactation treats for breastfeeding & pumping mamas without refined junk, dairy, soy or gluten! All the milk-boosting & body-fueling ingredients you need for one of the world’s toughest jobs. Made by a mom for moms.

We create delightfully wholesome treats for everyone; from those with food sensitivities to new mums trying to increase their milk production healthily.

Dairy free, gluten free & vegan options all available. Made to order. Organic whenever possible.

Mount Pleasant Neck and Back Center

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Dr. Craig has been working with expecting mothers for over 13 years and has two children of his own that regularly get adjusted. The true purpose of chiropractic is to remove the interference of the nervous system so that your body can create health from within. There is no time more important than pregnancy to have a properly functioning nervous system.

New Miracles Ultra Sounds Studio

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Located in Mount Pleasant New Miracles Ultrasound Studio proudly offers Elective Ultrasounds for expecting families to bond with their New Miracles in the making.

At New Miracles Ultrasound Studio we strive for an intimate family experience full of memories and photos of your New Miracle during your pregnancy to cherish for a lifetime.

  • Partnered with Sneak Peek DNA gender testing find out your baby’s gender as early as 8 weeks
  • Gender ultrasounds starting at 14 weeks
  • Capture beautiful color 3D photos or color 4D live videos anytime throughout your pregnancy
  • Heartbeat stuffed animal keepsakes available

Under the Almond Trees & Little Almond Blossoms

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Under the Almond Trees & Little Almond Blossoms -Our two stores, located right in the heart of Charleston’s best shopping on King St., offers everything your little ones need, up to age five.

We offer a wide array of products from strollers and car seats, bibs and bath toys, to the latest fashions and all the basics in-between. We provide registry services for expecting families and classes throughout the year.

If you’re coming in for a gift, our team will help you choose something thoughtful, wrap it for you, and even ship it if needed. We’re here to make your busy lives a little bit easier!

Bloom Wellness for Women

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At Bloom, our mission is to create a space for women to feel comfortable discussing sensitive topics related to their bodies and health, while offering advanced therapies that promote strength and overall well-being. Our primary focus is on:
  • Prenatal & Postpartum Chiropractic
  • Perinatal Rehab
  • Nutrition/Functional Medicine
  • Soft Tissue Therapies

By offering a variety of services, our goal is to improve the way women approach their overall wellness, provide strategies for preserving their health, and promote physical and mental strength.

Dr. Bugher holds dual degrees as a Doctor of Chiropractic and Registered Nurse. She is the only licensed practitioner in the state of South Carolina in The Bloom Method and is Webster Technique certified. Her passion lies in treating women as they move through the perinatal period. With extensive training in prenatal and postpartum treatment & rehab, she is able to help moms stay comfortable and strong from pre-conception onward.

CCBunnell Yoga

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Prenatal yoga has been shown to provide a wealth of benefits including improved sleep, circulation, balance, and reduction in stress and anxiety.

I am passionate about sharing information with pregnant students and am here to support you on your prenatal yoga journey. Whether you’re new to prenatal yoga, new to yoga in general, or somewhere in between – let’s practice together!

Have questions or need more information about participating in our Pregnancy and Postpartum Guide?

Send us an email at the link below!

New and expecting moms are always looking for recommendations from a trusted friend and we would love to hear why your business should be part of this Pregnancy and Postpartum Guide! Get the word out about why moms of the Charleston area need to know about you! Contact us below to get started.

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Julia Shaw was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. Collegiate athletics brought Julia to the Midwest where she competed in DII lacrosse. She completed her undergraduate degrees in marketing & sport management, and went on to receive her MBA while working in Division I college Athletic Development (fundraising, donor relations and event management). Julia and her husband Jimmie made the move to Charleston to be closer to family, and to take advantage of all that the Lowcountry has to offer. From amazing people, to a vibrant city scene, great food, rich history, and the outdoors, Julia is thrilled to be back on the East Coast and to raise her children Perry (2 years) and Paxton (10 months) near their cousins. She is excited to connect parents with local businesses who share her same passion for raising a family in such a fantastic community. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, watching and playing sports, trying new food, reading, traveling, and spending time with family.