Nine Things To Do When You’re Nine Months Pregnant

Nine Things To Do When You’re Nine Months Pregnant

The ninth month of pregnancy can feel like it lasts a year, and in the middle of summer, can feel even longer! Looking for ways to pass the time?  We’ve compiled a list of nine things you could do in summer here in Winston-Salem.   1. Visit Old Salem– Old Salem Museum and Gardens is a restored Moravian community, and while an admission ticket is needed to venture inside many of the houses and museums, you can wander around the beautiful old brick roads anytime. Visit the bakery, enjoy a picnic on the grassy knoll outside Salem College, and maybe even stop to take a pregnancy picture with the giant coffee pot at the north end of this historic district! 900 Old Salem Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101   2. Get a haircut– We recently had a postpartum client tell us how much she wished she gotten a haircut before she had her baby! Time is often at a premium after baby comes. Sit in the air conditioning and let your stylist give you the perfect pregnancy do! 3.  See a baseball game–Take you and your belly baby out to the ballgame!  Cheer on our local minor league baseball team, the Winston-Salem Dash!  We are fortunate to have a lovely ballpark in downtown Winston-Salem.  Satisfy your pregnancy cravings with a ballpark dinner, and sit back and enjoy the game.  Check the calendar to see which dates have after game fireworks for an extra special treat!  A source at the Dash says seats near the third base line tend to be shadiest.  951 Ballpark Way, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 4. Indulge at...
6 Things NOT to Say or Do to Someone in Labor

6 Things NOT to Say or Do to Someone in Labor

Are you a partner, grandma to be, sister or best friend supporting someone in labor?  Congratulations!  Not only is it wonderful to be there to provide birth support to your spouse, friend or family member, it can also be a tough job.  Here are six things to avoid doing during labor, from a birth support perspective.   DON’T talk to her during a contraction– While talking and laughing during early labor can be a great distraction for her, once active labor and especially transition begins, asking her questions or joking around during contractions can lead to her giving you the serious side eye. Once contractions become longer, stronger and closer together, they take more of her concentration. She may need to breathe deeply, moan, chant or sway, close her eyes and block out other distractions as she makes her way through these stronger contractions. Asking questions and general chit chat should be reserved for in between contractions.   DON’T brag about how short your labor was– We have all heard the story of the mom, sister, mother-in- law or best friend who had the easiest, quickest labor ever, and how awesome that was. For the mom in labor, that’s not the story she wants to hear. If you are a support person who has given birth before, one thing not to do is tell the laboring mom and every nurse, midwife or doctor that comes in the room how short and easy your labor was!  Continue to reassure her she’s doing great, and that sometimes, labor just takes time.   DON’T eat really smelly foods in her labor space–...
Birth and Parenting Classes Winston-Salem NC

Birth and Parenting Classes Winston-Salem NC

  Piedmont Doulas is happy to join with Lauren Rathbone at Births and Beginnings to offer several upcoming childbirth education classes and parenting workshops at the office of Novant Health Triad OB/GYN, in Winston-Salem, NC! Comfort Measures For Labor-Come learn and practice a variety of comfort measures that will help you better manage your labor experience. Relaxation methods, several effective and useful labor positions that help reduce discomfort and promote labor progress. Breathing techniques, advanced calming strategies, and other physical and emotional tips and suggestions will be presented. Learn how to make your birth environment calm and comfortable. Cost is $25 for two people. If you have more than one support person you’d like to bring, an extra charge of $5 applies. This class fills up quick every month, register now!  Thursday February 19th, Thursday, April 16th, Thursday June 18th, 6-8 pm Newborn Know-How–You’ve got infant care questions, and we’ve got answers! Learn basics such as diapering, swaddling, bathing, safe sleep, infant cues and much more!  As an added bonus, we will be sharing information from H.U.G. (Help, Understanding, and Guidance for Young Families) – an evidence-based, innovative and family friendly program to help expectant and new parents understand the body language of their newborn, learn how to soothe your baby and how to use the information to prevent and solve common problems with a newborn’s sleeping, eating, crying, and with parent-child bonding and attachment.  A must for first time parents! Feel more confident about your new role! Class is $25 for two people. Thursday, March 12th, Thursday May 14th, 6-8 pm  Hospital How-To   This class covers writing...