The Best Sweet Potato Souffle

The Best Sweet Potato Souffle

When my paternal grandmother (or as I called her, “Granna”) died a few years ago, there were only two things I wanted from her belongings. One was her old totally retro vintage awesome pie tin, circa 1970-something. Every Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas it held her chocolate custard pie topped with a thick layer of meringue. Being a person born with a very large sweet tooth, I would gaze lovingly and longingly at that pie tin throughout dinner, unable to contain my excitement for dessert. The other thing I wanted was her cookbook. It’s old and tattered and splattered, and was printed sometime in the 60’s, full of recipes for those weird gelatin desserts that were popular during that time period. But it also has hand written old recipes as well. Nowadays, no one seems to keep hand written recipes. We prop our iPhone while we bake, smearing the screen with our floured fingers as we cook. Our family’s favorite side dish for Thanksgiving on Granna’s table was her sweet potato souffle. It was the best sweet potato sweet souffle!  (I really think it’s more of a sweet potato casserole, but she called it a souffle, so that’s what I will call it).  I continue to make it every Thanksgiving, and it’s the most popular side dish on the table.  I’ll be eating it again this year, (as long as I’m not at a birth with a client, which is what every doula says to family for every gathering!) and I thought I would share the recipe here for our readers.  We’d love to hear about your family’s Thanksgiving feast! ...
7 Reasons Your Partner Will Love Having A Doula

7 Reasons Your Partner Will Love Having A Doula

You are pregnant.  You’ve peed on the pregnancy test, scheduled your first appointment with your ob/gyn or midwife,  started shopping for the nursery, and are ordering those adorable aden + anais swaddle blankets.  Next up on the list-hiring a doula.  But you wonder-what will my partner think about having a doula?  And your partner wonders-do we really need a doula?  Will they replace me?  Do we really want another person with us during this time? These are really common questions that we commonly hear or come across.  We can say with emphatic delight, partners LOVE having a doula!  If they were doubtful before, they are full blown believers by the time your baby comes.  Here are seven reasons why partners love having a doula!   Your partner knows you, doulas know birth Your partner knows nearly everything about you, right down to how you got that scar above your eyebrow when you were in second grade.  Your doula knows how to support you both during birth.  We are familiar with labor, birth, pushing, that crazy placenta, and the hospital in which you are birthing.  When we combine your partner’s knowledge of you, with your doula’s knowing of birth support, BAM!  Awesome good things happen! We catch the throw up This always makes every parent to be nod and look relieved.  Your doula is a expert vomit catcher.  For real.  We know where to grab that bucket in your labor and delivery room, or grab a bowl or trash can at home so fast, it’s like we are magic.  Relax and let us handle the nausea and vomiting that often...
Nine great things about being pregnant in autumn

Nine great things about being pregnant in autumn

Put away the shorts and capri pants, turn off the air conditioner, throw open the windows and say a mighty hello to autumn!  Here are 9 ways that make being pregnant in fall fantastic! 1.  Awesome pregnancy Halloween costumes The ideas are endless when it comes to costume ideas for you and your baby bump! From the old standby, the pumpkin belly, to something much more complex, you’ve got the added benefit of being doubly admired during the Halloween season.  Check out this post for some interesting pregnancy Halloween costume ideas. 2. Cooler weather The days of 90 degree heat are done!  In North Carolina, it’s not too hot and not too cold in fall. Just perfect. Autumn breezes, mid 70’s, cool and crisp in the evenings, the weather is totally on your pregnant side. 3. Festivals Festivals, fairs and fun, oh my! There are so many great activities to enjoy in autumn. In Winston-Salem, there’s the Dixie Classic Fair, in Lexington, NC, the Barbecue Festival, and in Greensboro, NC,  you’ve got Art In The Arboretum 4. Pumpkin Spice Lattes Even if they are decaf, they still brighten your autumn day, right?  Add some extra whip cream, you deserve it. 5. Gorgeous maternity photo sessions What could make a more beautiful backdrop for your maternity photos than that golden afternoon light and the reds, yellows and oranges of the leaves on the trees? (Or in playful piles on the ground!) Some of our local maternity photographer favs are Heather McGinnis Photography, Sandra Henderson Photography, or Mossy Ledge Photography, all of who serve the Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point areas...
Are You Still Pregnant?

Are You Still Pregnant?

YES Welcome!  You may have been redirected here because you asked the question, “Are you still pregnant?” to a family member, friend or co-worker.  Though you meant well, it can be tiresome and difficult for the pregnant person to hear this question repeatedly during the last few weeks or days of pregnancy.  So what can you do instead?  Here are five things you might try. Remind Her She’s Awesome Instead of texting or saying “Have you had the baby?” or “Are you STILL pregnant”?  Or, “Dang, are you not in labor yet, what the heck?”, tell her she’s the most awesome gestating person around!  Congratulate her on nine months of pregnancy, text her to say “Way to gestate and bake that baby!”.  Send encouragement and supportive words.  The last few weeks and days of pregnancy  seem like years, and your gentle encouragement and cheering will go a long ways. Treat Her To A Pedicure Or massage, manicure, or something of that nature.  A text message of “Hey!  Wanna get pedicures and a decaf latte?” will be much more appreciated that questioning her current state of “Still Pregnant”. Bring Food Food is ever appreciated and welcome after a baby comes.  Help stock your friend or family member’s freezer now. Instead of calling to find out if contractions have started or if she’s seeing any bloody show (which is a whole other conversation) call her and see if you can stop by with a frozen casserole.  Let her know you are thinking about her, and want to help stock her fridge so she can focus on Baby instead of the kitchen...

Fertility and Prenatal Massage in Winston-Salem NC

Today’s post is a guest blog post from Pregnant In The Piedmont sponsor, Heart In Hands Massage and Wellness, LLC! Thank you, for being a part of Winston-Salem’s pregnancy, baby and parenting event! Pregnancy, while exciting and beautiful can be tough to navigate. Which is why Heart In Hands Massage and Wellness, LLC proudly supports Pregnant In The Piedmont. Pregnancy is stressful and it can take a whole team of people to welcome your child into the world. From family members, to obstetricians there is no shortage of people helping to smooth the emotional and mental stress of pregnancy. But oftentimes the physical stress of pregnancy is overlooked. Here at Heart in Hands, we believe in holistic care. Pregnancy isn’t just an educational journey; it’s also a physical one. Our Founder Allison Morris is a Nurturing the Mother ® Certified Fertility Massage Specialist and a certified Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy Massage & Postpartum Massage Therapist as well as, most recently, an accredited Infant Massage Instructor with Baby’s First Massage®. As a Fertility Massage Specialist Alli provides a customized and comprehensive care plan based on your stress level and stage of pregnancy. Whether you have been trying to conceive for years or simply want to be in prime shape for conception, Alli’s techniques can assist both you and your partner on your journey to reproductive health and parenthood. Our massage can even enhance the success rate of becoming pregnant. During pregnancy we offer techniques that can be useful in recovering from nausea, aches, and pains. After birth, we have a variety of treatments for those postpartum aches and pains as...
My Mother’s Birth Story

My Mother’s Birth Story

A few years ago, when I first became a birth doula, I asked my mother about her birth story. The birth story that was me. I’d never really thought about it before. But when you delve into the world of birth work, you become curious about things you’d never really think about on a normal basis, like placentas, vernix, and lochia. Oh, I’d heard a little bit. I was born on Good Friday. It was hot as blazes, according to my mother, too hot for mid-April, even in North Carolina. My dad paced the waiting room, as fathers were not allowed back into the delivery rooms of the tiny twee country hospital I was born in. I’d smiled when she told me about the parade of family and friends who marched into the hospital, bearing flowers, who stared through the glass of the hospital nursery window. How I was one of only three babies in the nursery that weekend. How I was easily identifiable because of the messy shock of thick dark hair atop my head. But that was really the extent of what I knew. So I asked her. What was labor like for her. Come to find out, I was a real pain. She told me, (all cheerfully, of course) that she’d labored with me for about 15 hours, 13 of which were flat on her back, in the hospital, alone. A nurse occasionally coming in the room. She had terrible back labor, and eventually it was discovered that I was occiput posterior, also known as sunny side up , a position that can often cause intense...