Cyber Monday Mommy Giveaway!

In celebration of Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday, we’ve put together a lovely mommy care package just for you!

One lovely mommy-to-be can win this amazing care package of goodies simply by adding one or more of our doula services to your online baby registry!

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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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Prepare Your Body and Mind with Prenatal Yoga

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.

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A Baby Registry Worth Sharing

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...

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What the heck is a postpartum doula?

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!"

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Reflections for Mother's Day

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.

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