For a limited time! Watauga, Wilkes, Avery, Ashe, and Alleghany county residents may be eligible to receive 100% Grant Funded Doula Care for their upcoming birth!Read More
In the early 20th century, nearly all births in the US happened at home. But with advances in medical technologies and support services, by the late 1960s, just 1 percent of births occurred in homes. Today, women now have many options when it comes to where and how they plan to deliver such as at home, water births, birthing centers, and hospitals.Read More
Foul weather is bad news for parents and kids. Moms and dads are hard-pressed to find ways their kids can burn off all that pent-up energy while they’re stuck indoors -- especially when they’ve also got an infant in tow. When kids are just plain bored, they could probably turn to a video game, their default activity when nothing else is going on, but that means sitting for hours with a glazed look in their eyes as they blast alien zombies.Read More
Childcare, Nannies, and Babysitters in the High Country! Whether you're here for Ski Seasons, watching the leaves change, or enjoying the beautiful Summers here in the mountains, you want to be able to enjoy your vacation to it's fullest, especially with your little one(s) in tow.
Essential oils are becoming more and more popular for use in pregnancy, birth, and early babyhood. But are they safe? Do they work? And which oils do you use for what?
We address all of these frequently asked questions and more in today's blog article. Are essential oils safe during pregnancy?
First, let's address the elephant in the room. Are oils safe?Read More
For new parents the idea of introducing solid foods can be a nervous one.
There are always so many questions involved. Such as, “When should I start introducing solid foods? Is my child ready to start eating solid foods? What are the best foods to start with? How much solid food should I offer?” The list of questions go on and on.Read More
Unlike most other animals, human babies are born with very little mobile ability.
For instance, horses begin to run on their very first day of life, while in comparison, our adorable human babies must first learn to first, hold up their neck, then turn over, then sit up, then crawl, then walk (and eventually run, twirl, bounce, and dance!). As parents, it can be marvelous to watch these processes unfold in front of our eyes, but it can also be confusing to wonder if your baby is "on track."Read More
Although there is a lot of discussion about the prevalence of postpartum depression among mothers, there isn’t as much talk about fathers during the postpartum period. What many people, including new parents, don’t realize is that fathers can experience postpartum depression, too.Read More
Each family has their own reasons for committing to cloth diapers. Some families go "all the way," starting from day 1 and using cloth 24/7. Others may choose to ease into it after a few weeks and stick with disposables while traveling, or during nighttime (which can usually help baby sleep through the night a little bit easier).
Here are some reasons families will choose to use cloth diapers...Read More
Most soon-to-be parents are familiar with newborn photography, but the term “lifestyle newborn session” is less known. Lifestyle newborn photos focus on a natural look when photographing the baby. These sessions break away from the posed, structured shots and instead capture little ones just as they are.Read More
As Doulas, we have the amazing job of showering families with love, support, and praise for the incredible job they are doing. We get to remind women that they are strong, that they are smart, and that they can do this!Read More
n the 1980s, the average hospital stay for a new mom after childbirth was 5 days. That's five times more than the average mom receives in hospitals today. That's 5 times more one-on-one, professional help than moms are receiving now during those early days of new mommy-hood. That's 5 times more care than moms are receiving today while they recover and rest from the epic body-stressor that is childbirth.Read More
Maybe you've dreamed of being pregnant for so long, and now you are feeling miserable with nausea, constipation, etc. You wonder how you can make it through the next couple of months til you get to hold your baby? You think there is no remedy that will work. No solution to the discomfort and challenge of this pregnancy!Read More
People ask me all the time, “Does yoga really make birth easier?”
My answer is always yes, Yes, YES! The practice of yoga makes many aspects of life easier, and the more we practice, the more we can rely on the tools of yoga to back us up in challenging situations. When you look at Yoga as a way of engaging with life, as a lifestyle, then the gifts are much greater than the physical benefits. However, when it comes to the extreme changes a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy and childbirth, that aspect, ‘the physical’ cannot be understated.Read More
While most baby registries are made of of the usual, onesies, diapers, and fancy butt-creams, we at high country Doula’s recommend a more direct approach to creating a registry. Instead of asking for common items that last minute shoppers will buy you anyway, or that can easily be passed down from friends, why not fill your registry with items that will pay off for you for time immemorial...Read More
I know what you're thinking...."Sure, it would be great having a professional baby-whisper in my home! One who also cooks me amazing food, helps me with my laundry/dishes/etc, and is basically a postpartum Mary-Poppins ninja! But I'm the mom...this is suppose to be hard...this is supposed to be MY job!"Read More
Being a mother is both challenging and rewarding at the same time. It's full of excitement, struggle, joy, exhaustion, and everything in between. This Mother's Day the owners of High Country Doulas and a team member reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly of their own parenting experiences.Read More
Many parents worry about what life will be like as they transition from one baby to two. Will there be rivalry? Jealously? Pure exhaustion? These essential tips from parents who know what it's like will help ease your mind and give you practical ideas for what's to come.Read More
Giving birth takes energy! Here's five great foods to think about packing for your big day. Be sure to check with your provider first before eating anything during labor.Read More