Doula. Unless you have used one or worked as or with one, it may be a word you recognize, but can’t necessarily define. Broadly speaking, doulas are people who provide non-medical emotional + physical support to pregnant folks before + during childbirth. Commonly confused for and associated withmidwifery, doulas can help anywhere babies are born, including hospitals, birthing centers, and homes.
With concerns over the spread of COVID-19, doula’s services have become even more crucial. While many hospitals across the country are limiting visitors to just the person expecting and their partner, doulas are currently allowed to attend births at Mission. Other doulas have have moved to supporting births virtually.
Civic ○ Wanna know how area snowfall will affect your streets? Check out the City of Asheville’s Snow Mapper, which shows which local streets are prioritized for clearing. Crews began pretreating roads Wed. afternoon in advance of possible snowfall expected to begin Thurs. night. ❄️ ○ Buncombe County Government commissioners have accepted $900,000in federal aid to help folks in need of financial assistance due to the pandemic. Funds can be used by residents outside of the City of Asheville for mortgage payments, rent, utility payments + more, with priority given to people facing eviction or foreclosure. More details will be posted when they’re available on the county’s website. 💸
Coronavirus ○ Check out the latest COVID-19 statsfor NC from the Department of Health and Human Services here. As of Wednesday afternoon, 10,102 cases and 169 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. ○ Starting today, people who are 75+ and fall into the state’s Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccination plan can call Buncombe County Health and Human Services at (828) 250-5000 to schedule an appointment for their first immunization. Supply is very limited and an appointment is required to get a shot. Get more details about the vaccine schedule here. ○ With the number of COVID-19 cases surging in NC, schools have introduced a pilot program for COVID-19 testing to help slow the spread of the virus. The NC Department of Health + Human Services is offering over 50,000 rapid antigen tests to state schools. Seventeen public schools + 11 charter schools, operating with some form of in-person learning, received the first tests in the first phase of the program. 🏫 (Carolina Public Press) ○ Gov. Roy Cooper extended the state’s modified Stay At Home Order for three weeks yesterday, noting the dramatic increase in positive cases + the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19.
Community ○ The MountainTrue Annual Holiday Recycling Event has been rescheduled for Sat., Jan. 16 from 9 a.m-2 p.m. Holiday recycling will take place at Jackson Park + area residents are encouraged to bring their Christmas trees, wreaths, broken string lights + used greeting cards to be mulched + recycled. Trees should be stripped of all decor prior to the event. 🎄
Drink ○ Whether you abstain from alcohol all the time or only during Dry January, alcohol-free options are always nice. Local kombucha purveyors Buchi have created kombucha + kefir soda-inspired mocktails that are tasty, and they also have health benefits. Check out the recipes outhere. 🥂
State ○ Exercise equipment company Peloton has acquired a manufacturing plant in Guilford County near Greensboro (about two and half hours east of Asheville), for $420 million. The 230,000-square-foot facility will provide ample manufacturing space for their cult favorite exercise bikes and treadmills. 🏢 (WRAL Tech Wire)
Read ○ While the pandemic has had countless negative effects on our lives, Asheville author Elaine Bleakney discusses how it’s aided her own self-discovery. Elaine explores how her emotional connections to art have helped her navigate the changes brought about by divorce, the coronavirus + more. 📖 (Lit Hub)
Do you love bluegrass? Then let’s raise a toast — yesterday, Jan. 6, marked the birth of legendary bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs, who was born near Shelby, NC (about an hour and a half southwest of Asheville) on that date in 1924. Scruggs not only created a library of music for folks to enjoy, he revolutionized bluegrass and especially the banjo, which he popularized across numerous genres. He also employed a three-finger picking style that is named in his honor. 🪕
DYK the inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festivalwas slated to take place Labor Day weekend 2020 in Tryon? The pandemic caused it to be rescheduled for Sept. 3-4, 2021.
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Network ○Asheville Women In Business| Thurs., Jan. 7 | 6 p.m. | Engaged Asheville, 41 North Merrimon Ave., Suite 107 | Free, Register | Create connections while sipping on champagne + snacking on a charcuterie board. 💼
Show ○Izzi Hughes| Thurs., Jan. 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Oklawaha Brewing Company, 147 1st Ave., Hendersonville | Free | Listen to an eclectic mix of tunes + sip on a craft brew. 🎶
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Doulas are an especially hot topic for us right now at AVLtoday, since Editor Ali is expecting her first baby in February (!). 🐣 She wants to shout out her own doulaDanielle Eavenson, as well as the incredible team at Homegrown Families – she just wrapped up a three-week bootcamp with Jessica Greene that was fabulous. Her mental + physical health have also been saved numerous times over the past few months by Roxy Robbins’ prenatal yoga classes at West Asheville Yoga. Have advice for her first-time parenting adventure? Reply to this email to share it.
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