Pregnant In The Piedmont-Pregnancy and Parenting Expo

Pregnant In The Piedmont-Pregnancy and Parenting Expo

Get ready for Pregnant In The Piedmont 2016! Last year we brought this fantastic new pregnancy, baby and parenting expo to Winston-Salem, and Piedmont Doulas can’t wait to present it again! Pregnant In The Piedmont presents businesses and resources that focus on pregnancy through early childhood, and puts them all under one roof. There will be newborn photographers, midwives, obstetricians, lactation consultants, nanny agencies, massage therapists, financial planners, lactation consultants, doulas, childbirth educators and SO much more. There will also be shopping, henna with Poonam Henna Art face painting and balloon animals for the kids with Twisted Dog Productions, a visit from Princess Parties Of North Carolina in addition to lots of prizes and giveaways. We will also have Pregnant In The Piedmont “Tiny Talks”, that will include yoga demonstrations, a music class for kids, discussions on pregnancy and other relevant topics. This year’s event takes place Saturday, April 30th from 10 am to 2 pm, at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, in their beautiful Conference Center. Parking is available in the covered parking garage, so you will stay dry whether rain or shine. The Conference Center is literally steps away from the parking area, so it is super easy to locate. Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center is located at 3333 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. This event is free and open to all! You don’t need to be pregnant to attend, as there is information that ranges from pre-conception to childhood–there is something for the whole family here! This event is only held once a year, so don’t miss out! Want to see who’s going to be...
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...