More than Baby Blues...

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.

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What will my baby look like?

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?

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What's it like after birth?

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.

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What is a doula?

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.

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Does My Insurance Cover a Doula?

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.

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Bad Weather, Good times: Fun Online Games and Activities for Kids

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.

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Are Essential Oils Safe During Pregnancy?

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?

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Introducing Solids to Your Baby

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.

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Is My Baby Hitting Their Milestones?

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."

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Top Tips for Dads During Early Postpartum

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.

Despite the skeptics and the stigma of paternal postpartum depression, researchers have found that roughly 10 percent of fathers actually do suffer from it.

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The Pros and Cons of Cloth Diapers

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...

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6 Tips to Make Your First Days Home with Baby Better

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.

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