I am a proud member to Asheville area’s network of independent birth professionals, Asheville Doula Collective! We are a group of independent business owners that have joined together as professionals to empower each other, support our clients and businesses 24/7 and connect with our local community. We work as a collective by- providing back-up support, encouraging each others work, creating community in our profession and connecting with the local resources available to provide continuous support to the families we work with. If you are looking for reliable, quality care from pre-conception-parenting we are here to support your unique family. If you are a doula in Asheville, come join our village! All are welcome regardless of the collectives, cooperatives, agencies or other groups you are also a part of.
Are you curious what a flower essence is? Have you heard of rescue remedy? As a flower essence practitioner I am available to answer your questions and I am able to create personalized blends for your whole family. As a birth and postpartum doula in the Asheville area I support expecting people and their growing families. Flower essence remedies are a gentle and effective tool to add to your birth bag and go along well with postpartum support.
Give yourself (or someone you know) the gift of uninterrupted sleep this holiday season. I offer overnight baby care, postpartum doula and labor/birth doula services in Asheville, NC and the surrounding mountain areas. I am a independent doula and also work with the amazing team at Doulas of Asheville to ensure you the professional and reliable service you are looking for. Reserve your sleep today.
Treat your loved ones from my list of:
Holiday Gift Ideas For An Asheville Mom
Our amazing community in Asheville, NC has many options when it comes to giving gifts anytime of year. This year my list includes things that a mother of two young children would look forward to from my favorite Asheville businesses and outings.
♥At the top of my list is a monthly subscription to French Broad Chocolates. Chocolate in the mail, yes please.
♥My family loves our Elderberry syrup and tea. You can grab a bottle of fresh Elderberry Syrup or Fire Cider handmade by Anna Morgan of Pisgah Folk or a Elderberry Elixir Kit from Appalashen Apothecary to make-your-own at home or for gifts that will be traveling out of town.
♥A #pourovercoffee cup made by the amazing Beth Flanagan Bond. You can Visit Her Etsy Shop Here.
♥A gift of health could include a gift certificate towards Chiropractic care at One Love Chiropractic or register for a Restorative Yoga + Hot Stones Class with Kim Drye of HereNowYoga.
♥Enjoy giving a Gift Certificate to one of Asheville’s local food delivery businesses like Mother Earth Produce or Farm to Home Milk.
♥If you want to treat this mom try a day at the Grove Park Inn Spa, a craniosacral massage from Emily Rose Sullivan or a afternoon with girlfriends, wine and a hot tub rental in Hot Springs, NC.
♥You can shop for the garden lover at Sow True Seeds or get all of your alternative gardening supplies while enjoying a beverage at Fifth Season Gardening.
♥If there are little ones on your list, head to The Littlest Birds in West Asheville, they have a large selection of new and consignment items.
♥The gift of music is something to remember. Help one of our favorite local bands, Sirius B, by pre-ordering their next amazing CD that my whole family will enjoy or buy a CD or record to support a band like Rising Appalachia that gives back all year long.
♥Consider making tax-free donation to your nonprofit of choice before the end of the year. I choose to support the WNC Birth Center that is in its first year supporting families in Asheville.
♥Make your own gifts using Chestnut Herb School’s Free Herbal Holiday Guide. It is gorgeous and has recipes for herbal syrups, medicinal vinegars, and natural body care products to make for your loved ones right in your own kitchen.
As a professional doula I am honored to be a part of a family's support system throughout pregnancy, labor/birth and into their postpartum time at home. I enjoy the strength of the connections we form in a short period and am re-fueled to be there with woman during their moments of power and grace. I often wish I could be more places at once, especially when close friends and family are having babies in other cities, states or countries and I can’t hop in the car and offer my continuous in-person support. I found myself spending a lot of time over email, text, skype/facetime with friends and family all over the country and was able to offer similar support in many ways to my local clients. This birthed my “Distance Doula Package” that is available from anywhere you have a phone or internet service. This professional service is has been a nice addition to woman and their families that are looking to have a doula in their back pocket, but aren’t interested or in need of the hands-on support. You can Contact Me with any questions or Reserve Your Birth Month online today to have continuous, on-call doula support wherever you go.
“I love my community, my village near and far. I am thankful that my home-base is Asheville, for my family, the healers, the gardens of food & herbs & beer & mead, the music, the mountains, my backyard crick, the community, the honesty, the love. They say it takes a village, yes it does. I am proud to be a part of my village here. I am fortunate to be surrounded by people daily that are working towards helping others, creating connections, supporting families and life and love. My heart is open, my ears are listening and I am ready to continue stirring the pot.”
My latest personal Facebook post came the day after I supported the new WNC Birth Center through their fall fundraiser, a “Baby Shower” for the community to show their support for a new option in Western North Carolina. Neighbors, businesses and friends showed up to mingle over lemonade and cookies and tour the beautiful birth center facility. I left feeling honored to be able to support the birth center during their “postpartum period” and proud of everything their team has done to get to this point of having open doors and catching their first babies. Every time I walk out of a hospital or a home (or soon the WNC Birth Center) after I have supported a family through the pregnancy, labor and birth of their child I have a similar feeling. A thankfulness, an acknowledgment that I am blessed to be a part of that moment in a family’s lives, a memory that I can hold for them forever.
This next week I prepare to take in every moment at the SE Women’s Herbal Conference at Lake Eden this weekend. My heart is open, my ears are listening and I am ready to continue stirring the pot.
Pamper yourself and rejuvenate your skin with a sugar scrub. They are made by combining sugar, carrier oils and sometimes scented lightly with essential oils. They are simple to make at home and are great to use instead of soap and lotion in your daily routine. I keep a jar by my kitchen sink to scrub my hands after working in the garden or on a project with the kids. We keep another jar in the shower to exfoliate our face, neck and shoulders, belly and butt, and of course the legs and feet. My feet are always in need of a little extra attention and a foot massage with a sugar scrub is a great way to give yourself some self-care. If you are pregnant and can’t rub your own feet ;-), an exfoliating foot rub is a great way for your partner or friends to pamper you and remind you to put your feet up for a minute or two.
Moms want that soft baby feel to their skin too, but there isn’t always the time for a strict routine to take care of our ever-changing skin. With changing hormones, varying hydration and stretching skin it’s almost like being a teenager all over again for some women during their pregnancy. Even if you are “glowing” everyone can use a little moisturizing scrub. I found it helpful in relieving itchiness on my growing belly, especially in the last few months when I wondered how my skin could stretch any farther and when I was newly postpartum and feeling like I could use a little extra love.
Sugar Scrubs Are Easy To Make:
*1. Measure out the amount of sugar you want to use. (1 lb sugar-10-12 oz oil mix)
*2. Mix oil blend (I enjoy adding 25% solid or semi-solid oils like mango butter or coconut oil- warm oil before mixing)
*3. Add oil blend to the sugar
*4. Let sit awhile to make sure sugar soaks up all the oil (There should be some oil on top, don’t want a dry sugar scrub later)
*5. Add essential oils for smell if you want to. I recommend adding the drops one at a time. I don’t like it smelling very strong, especially if I am going to use it on my face or the thin skin of your pregnant belly. Essential oils are very concentrated and you should research them or consult an aromatherapist before using them, especially when you are pregnant or breastfeeding or using them with infants and children. Ask your doula for a recommendation for local resources.
You can make sugar scrubs easily at home and you can make a large batch with very little expenses. They are a fun to make for gifts or for your whole family to use. I like to store large batches in a mason jar until I am ready to use it. For a fun project at a Blessingway Ceremony or Baby Shower have fun with the recipe and add dried flower petals, special carrier oils and scents or get special jars to store it in. I make sugar scrubs as a easy way to pamper all of my birth and postpartum doula clients.
Sugar Scrubs Are Easy To Use:
*Wet your skin in the shower or sink.
*Spoon a generous glob of sugar scrub onto your hand, scrub intended area.
*Wash sugar scrub off with warm water. (Note: skin will feel almost too oily, this is good)
*Towel dry and enjoy your amazing new skin.
I completed my training to join the ICAN leadership team as a Co-Leader of the ICAN of Western North Carolina Chapter. Thank you to our Chapter Leader Stefany Mills for your guidance and support and the rest of the ICAN team for the time you put into creating an amazing training program. I look forward to supporting women in our community through the chapters monthly support circle and hosting VBAC education events in out area. Follow the link to my interview: http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/06/introducing-elizabeth-bloomquist-our-newest-chapter-leader/
Welcome to Our Village Asheville. As a doula I support families in Asheville and the surrounding mountain area during an amazing time in life. Growing a child from inside and out is an amazing process to be a part of. We all do it a little differently, and enter our life transitions at different times, but we are in this together. We are raising the next generation of awesomeness. Part of building a village is connecting to all of our local resources. Finding the people that we want to connect with and the support we need to be healthy families. In Asheville we are fortunate to have a wide array of options to choose from when we are supporting ourselves from conception-postpartum. We are all coming from different places, with different support systems. There is likely a business or resource out there for you right now. Let’s build these connections between families and businesses and take the next step to building Our Village Asheville.
In our busy world it can be challenging to take the time to care for ourselves. The first few days after your labor and birth are full of emotion and awe and it is easy to forget that our bodies need time to heal. Taking a postpartum herbal sitz bath can be a great way to pamper yourself while supporting healing, soothing soreness, aiding in the shrinking of hemorrhoids, reducing inflammation, and preventing infection. A sitz bath is a small plastic tub you put over your toilet that allows you to sit in warm water up to your hips. It is generally regarded as safe to use with tearing and stitches, but limit to once a day. As usual, always check-in with your healthcare provider.
This is a fun and easy recipe to make for yourself or to give as a gift:
*Mix 1 cup sea salt with 8-10 oz. dried herbs.
*Store in a glass jar out of direct sunlight.
Sea Salt- is a natural detoxifier, providing the minerals the body needs to speed up healing and recovery
A few herbal allies I like to choose from:
Lavender Flowers- this memorable flower is known to be relaxing and soothing to the mind and body, it promotes restfulness, has antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties and helps sooth tired and sore muscles,
Plantain Leaf- this simple garden “weed” is astringent, promotes wound healing and reduces skin inflammation
Yarrow Leaves and Flowers- an effective anti-inflammatory herb that promotes wound healing, relieves smooth muscle spasms, toning herb with antimicrobial actions
Calendula Flowers- this beautiful flower opposes fungi, bacteria, viruses and inflammation, it is used to support healing skin conditions of all kinds
Lemon Balm Leaves- this fragrant herb has antispasmodic and nervine properties, it is antiseptic
Witch Hazel Bark- this tree is known for it’s anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, you can also choose to use add ⅓ cup of a liquid commercial preparation to your herbal tea blend
To make bath tea: Add 1 cup dried herbal bath blend to 2 quarts boiling water. Let cool to a comfortable temperature before using.
A few ways to use your postpartum herbal sitz bath tea:
*Sitz Bath- fill sitz bath with warm herbal tea 1-2 times a day
*Frozen Pads- soak overnight pads with herbal tea and place in freezer
*Peri Bottle- fill the bottle with warm tea and use to rinse while using the bathroom
*Herbal compress- soak a washcloth in herbal tea and apply warm or cold to the perineum as needed
Enjoy this time to pamper yourself and heal your body. You can add to the mood by turning on some relaxing music and giving yourself a few moments to breathe and reflect. Being a new mom can be a lot to take in, find the support you need to meet your needs.