Group B Streptococcus also know as Group B Strep or GBS is a common bacteria that can cause infection. 1 in 4 women carry GBS during their pregnancy, and will be treated by your healthcare provider during birth as GBS can be passed to a newborn during labor and birth.Read More
Like any huge transition in life, the postpartum time is not all rainbows. Any mom or dad can benefit from having extra help in the weeks and months following the birth of a baby but some parents find they need a special kind of support as they struggle to get their feet on the ground.Read More
Doulas are often mistakenly thought as just an ultimate crunchy home birth accessory, but I do not know how I would have navigated the medical system without you. Even from the early days of pregnancy, in a whirlwind of rotating nurses, doctors, and midwives, you were a constant.Read More
You’re having a baby! And there are about a million questions swarming through your head…what will the nursery have in it? Should I use a family name? Where should I deliver? Will I go early or late?
But there’s one question that many parents ask themselves in pregnancy which comes detached from all that decision-making and worries, and that’s: “what will my baby look like!?" It’s so much fun imaging what your baby will look like. Will they take after mom or dad? What color will their eyes be?Read More
When I was pregnant, I had it all planned out. We would have the baby, come home, and my husband and I would nest around our house for 2 weeks, snuggling our baby, until he returned to work. Then, it would be just me and my baby, hunkered down in heaven, bonding, breastfeeding, and snuggling 24/7. Minimal guests. Minimal family. I wanted it to be just us.
My visions quickly shattered upon returning home.Read More
The experience a family goes through during pregnancy, childbirth and into the postpartum phase of parenthood can be a stressful time.
To help alleviate some of the pressures of this process, High Country Doulas aims to provide support, comfort, and education to its clients in Northwestern North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. HCD co-owner Samantha Wright explained that a doula is a person who supports families during this time by focusing on a person’s emotional health and helping families feel empowered and cared for.Read More
It is with great love and excitement that we say 2018 was an unbelievable year for High Country Doulas! We supported hundreds of new parents as they transitioned into parenthood. We launched a sleep consulting service, a scholarship program, and a free parenthood meetup group. We partnered with local health departments in over 10 counties, and presented to hundreds of local providers…Read More
A doula is there to support you regardless of how your birth unfolds. Whether the cesarean section is planned or unexpected, it can be a positive birthing experience for both mom and family and doulas can help.Read More
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