2015 Schedule of Events
Events took place on both Saturday, January 31at the Iowa City Public Library and Heartland Yoga. Sadly, our Sunday events were cancelled by the library's snow closing.
All events are always free and open to the public.
All events are always free and open to the public.
Saturday, January 31,2015
ICPL Meeting Room A
10:00 - Informed Consent in Maternity Care: What it Looks Like and Why You Should Want It
Dr. Kari Ward DNP/ARNP/CNM, Clinical Coordinator/Willowsong Midwifery, Healing Passages Birth and Wellness Center.
11:00 - VBAC- A Safe and Reasonable Option
Erin Flage, ICAN of Northeast Iowa
According to ACOG and the NIH, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) is a safe and appropriate option for most women with a prior cesarean and yet only 10% of women have a VBAC. Topics covered will include: factors that limit access to VBAC, origins of VBAC bans, impact of hospital readiness, understanding OB risk, the myth of "immediately available" and more.
12:00 - Meet the Doulas - Speed Dating, hosted by Iowa City Doulas
Pregnant? Planning for a pregnancy? Come meet the Iowa City Doulas! Please join us for our quarterly Meet the Doulas event. Come and mingle with other expectant families and meet Iowa City and Cedar Rapids Doulas in a speed-dating style mini-interview setting. Learn more about doulas, ask questions, and find a match!
1:30 - Acupuncture for the Childbearing Years
Alice Spitzner Claussen, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M. of Twig & Needle Chinese Medicine LLC.
There is more to Chinese Medicine (CM) than acupuncture, such as wellness counseling and herbal medicine. CM is about treating the whole person not just the disease. CM practitioners strive to help their patients target areas of imbalance in their body and/or life that may be creating disharmony. Together, patient and practitioner formulate a treatment plan that may include nutritional changes, lifestyle changes, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and/or bodywork. This makes CM very helpful in navigating the many transitions of a woman's life: menses, conception, pregnancy, labor and delivery, post-partum, peri-menopause.
2:30 - “Delivered”
Dr. Ron Robinson, DC, CACCP of Robinson Family Wellness
Chiropractic care benefits all aspects of your body’s ability to be healthy. When it comes to a wellness approach, there is no better time to start than pregnancy. Recent studies have shown the choices that mothers-to-be make will affect the overall health of their babies in the long term. Not only are Chiropractic adjustments important for the infants, but mothers also report shorter and less painful labors following a pregnancy in which they received regular chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Ron also holds a certification in Webster Technique and sees many women with babies in a breech position and has seen much success in helping them.
3:30 - Normal Physiologic Birth in the Hospital
Lynne Himmelreich, ARNP, CNM, MPH, FACNM
Lynne has spent her 40 year career in maternity care listening to women and making hospitals family friendly. For the last 19 years as a midwife at the University of Iowa, she has promoted normal physiologic birth for women in a hospital setting and taught our future physicians to listen to women and have faith in normal birth.
4:30 - Food’s Impact on Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and More
Dr. Terry Wahls
Learn how parental food choices impact the ability to conceive, the success of carrying pregnancy to term, the quality of breast milk, and the long term outcome of the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even the great-great grandchildren. The impact of food choices is transmitted via changes in which genes are on and off and are carried forward four generations.
5:30 - Childbirth: The Cliffs Notes Version - Making a long story short
Mandi Hardy Hillman, PhD, LPC, CD (DONA), ICCE
Hosted by Mandi Hardy Hillman, President of Iowa Birth Organization, Board Member with Improving Birth, Owner of Gentle Beginnings Birth Services in Ames. This brief lecture will be a concise and simple summary of a very big topic. Mandi will share her top tips from years of diverse professional experiences. Mandi is passionate about human rights in childbirth and improving the state of maternity care by promoting access to evidence-based care. This lecture will also discuss some of the ways in which change in this area is being promoted.
(Located across the pedestrian mall, 2nd floor of the Vetro Building)
11:00 - Preparing for Birth with Art
Monica Basile, PhD, CPM, CD(DONA), CCE(BWI), LMT, Mindful Birthing Instructor
Because giving birth is a creative act, birth art is a powerful tool for preparation and discovery. Experience a birth art exercise designed to help you connect more deeply to your own innate strengths, insights, and wisdom for birthing. Birth partners are welcome. This is a 60-minute workshop focused on process, rather than product.
2:00 - Positioning and Movement During Labor and Birth
Jenn Bowen, Monarch Birth Services, Labor and Postpartum Doula
Birthing couples or individuals can join us for this 60-minute class to learn optimal positioning and movement techniques for the various phases of labor. We will focus on positions for early labor, active labor and the various options for the 2nd stage of labor. Please dress comfortably.
ICPL Children's Room
10:00 - Story time for Siblings
The library invites the public to the regular morning story time with a theme focusing on becoming a big sister or brother.
11:30 - Baby & Me Yoga
Dana Robinson and Stacey Wagner
Come try out Sweet Feet Yoga’s BABY & ME class with your little one newborn-almost crawling. The class includes poses for your baby which promote better sleep and good digestion, builds body awareness and strength as your baby works towards eventually crawling, standing, and walking. Yoga poses for new moms are also included to relieve tension and stress, as well as infant massage and time to relax with your little one. A great way to bond with your baby!
1:00 - Iowa City Babywearers Group Meeting
Bring yourself, your loved ones, your friends, your kids, your questions, and your baby carriers!
4:00 - Prenatal Yoga
Angie Madlock, RYT, CPYT
Angie Madlock is the certified Prenatal Yoga instructor at Sweet Feet Yoga on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Join her for this free sample class -- a yoga practice for the body, mind, and baby. She will lead the mother-to-be through gentle asanas that help support a healthy birth and labor. Pregnancy is a sacred passage in your life. Honor this time by building body and breath awareness while bonding with your baby.
ICPL Meeting Room B
10:30 The Circumcision Decision
Intact Quad Cities will be presenting information about circumcision and the foreskin. What is circumcision and why is it done? What is the foreskin and why is it there? When and why did circumcision become common in the USA? Are there any valid reasons to have a baby circumcised? Is circumcision still as common in the USA as it once was? Why don’t any other developed countries routinely circumcise newborns? Come with questions and leave with answers!
12:30 - Homeopathic Remedies for Prenatal, Labor & Postnatal Care
Amber Fraser, CHom, CCH, RSHom, Master Herbalist, LMT
Homeopathy was founded in the early 1800s by a German doctor seeking non-invasive ways to treat his patients on all levels of health. Homeopathy treats physical, mental and emotional issues surrounding one’s health. Amber Fraser will present homeopathic remedies that cover a range of common ailments that can occur during pregnancy, labor, recovery, and for breastfeeding mothers. Although just seeing resurgence of use in the United States, homeopathy has long been used in conjunction with modern medicine in Europe and India. Homeopathic remedies have been proven safe for all stages of pregnancy, for newborns and while breastfeeding, offering alternatives to antibiotics and prescription medicine for the whole family.
2:00 - Hands On Workshop
Chris Grier, DC
In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Grier will assist participants with movement and nervous system screenings to detect underlying issues that could impact their health in pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
3:00 - Homebirth Families Meet Up hosted by Autumn Hoffman, LMT
5:30 - Book signing with Dr. Terry Wahls
ICPL Meeting Room D
11:00 - The Recovery and Motherhood Journey: Embracing pregnancy while healing from an eating disorder
Kellie Osler, Birth and Postpartum Doula of Motherly TLC
For those who struggle with poor body image or eating disorders, pregnancy and parenthood can be difficult. The transition can stir up emotions and bring back or intensify eating disorder behaviors that pose additional risks to a growing baby and new mom. It can be an ideal, and very necessary, time for treatment. Kellie Osler will share her journey of recovery from a 12-year battle with bulimia while expecting her son. As a mother and birth doula, her goal is to shift our opinion of ourselves. We are not defined by a number on a scale or size of pants. We need to embrace our changing, life giving bodies that are capable of birth and anything else we choose to do.
12:00 - Babywearing 101
Exploring the historical (evolutionary), cross-cultural, and contemporary skill of babywearing and the uses of the baby carrier beyond baby carrying (pregnancy and birth support, physical and emotion benefits to infant and wearer, handsfree breastfeeding, sustainability etc.) My goal is to give a solid foundation on babywearing theory, without appeal to specific brands.
1:00 - Improving Birth - Update on the coming year’s goals.
Rachel Plews, 2014 Improving Birth Rally Coordinator for Iowa City.
ImprovingBirth.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing evidence-based care and humanity to childbirth. We believe that women can make safer, more informed decisions about their care and that of their babies when they are given full and accurate information about their care options, including the potential harms, benefits, and alternatives. We believe that childbearing women, like all human beings, should be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion. In 2015 we will expand these core ideas and begin work on a Community Advocacy Program (CAP), focused on providing extensive training and technical assistance to local organizers to affect transformational change in the maternity care landscape at the community level with a focus on hospital administration engagement. This presentation will discuss the goals of this new program including advocacy training and education at the community level, enhanced rally assistance, fostering open dialogue between health care providers, and establishing a network of local representatives to ensure rapid and effective assistance to the community.
2:00 - Owning Our Pregnancies, Owning Our Grief: A Discussion about Miscarriage and Stillbirth
Dr. Lisa Heineman
Death is part of life – and sometimes it’s part of a life that hasn’t even quite begun. But women whose pregnancies end in miscarriage or stillbirth often face silence or discover that those around them minimize their loss. One in five pregnancies end in miscarriage, and every hour there are three stillbirths in the United States. We can all help to create a better community for women who face the unexpected by bringing pregnancy and infant loss out of the shadows.
Film Screening: Microbirth - 3:00 in Meeting Room D
Sunday, February 1
ICPL Meeting Room A
12:00 - Mom to Mom: An Honest Discussion About Postpartum Mental Health
Shannon Wilson, LMHC, CRC, CADC and Kellie Osler, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Join us for an informational session and open discussion about postpartum depression and anxiety. Shannon Wilson, a licensed mental health counselor, will present information on risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options for these conditions that impact approximately 10-15% of postpartum women. The presentation will be immediately followed by survivors of postpartum depression and/or anxiety sharing their stories of overcoming this condition. Guest speaker to include local doula Kellie Osler of Motherly TLC. Format will be informal; questions and open discussion will be facilitated and encouraged.
1:00 - The THRIVE! Formula: Optimizing Your Health Experience
Chris Grier, DC
The premise is simple: Give the body everything it needs, eliminate everything it doesn't, give it ample time, and the result is thriving, robust health. This presentation will be clean, clear, and powerful in describing what factors play into the various aspects of the formula, what pitfalls are common in our culture, and strategies that participants can employ in their lives immediately to start moving themselves towards Wellness.
2:00 - Beloved Bonds Breastfeeding Support
Kimberly Hendricks, CLC
Join a network of new and experienced breastfeeding moms in the Iowa City area. The group is open to all breastfeeding moms, pumping moms and expecting moms. It is a warm and welcoming group, a place to find support, guidance and other like-minded mommas. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays at Mother and Child Midwifery Clinic.
3:00 - Craniosacral Therapy for Mothers and Babies
Monica Basile, PhD, CPM, CD(DONA), CCE(BWI), LMT
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle and effective form of bodywork that releases restrictions in the body to allow for greater mobility and function. In this presentation you will learn about the special benefits of CST for mothers in the childbearing year, and for infants.
4:00 - Placenta Encapsulation and other Preparations
Hannah Sandler, Birth and Postpartum Doula
Discover the many ways your placenta can help you heal and recover after birth. We will discuss both the traditional Chinese and raw methods of encapsulation, tinctures, uses for raw placenta and placenta art. Learn the benefits of consuming your placenta in many different forms. No actual placentas will be used during this talk although photos may be a part of the presentation.
ICPL Meeting Room B
12:30 - Cloth Diapering
Elizabeth is the host for the Kalona area's cloth diaper bank through “Cotton Babies” who distribute cloth diapers to low income families. To learn more about the cloth diaper bank information visit: www.cottonbabieslove.com. She will bring a sample of different types of cloth diapers and information about her program, how to apply and how to donate to the cause. She will also bring information on the benefits of cloth diapering.
2:00 - Three Tools You Can Use Now to De-Stress Your Life
Dr. Tanya English
You will learn at least 3 simple ways to de-stress your life right now! At the end of this class you will be able to deal with old stress that's been hanging around and start your new life as a mom with ease. You can heal old wounds and hurts when going through the metamorphosis of pregnancy and birth. You'll also be able to share this with your family. So everyone can relax and feel refreshed.
3:30 - Attachment Parenting Community Discussion
Attachment Parenting promotes parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents. Come learn what that means and how to implement aspects such as cosleeping, breastfeeding, babywearing, positive discipline etc. Through panelists you'll hear how some parents practice many AP techniques while others pick and choose only certain ones that work for their families. It's not all or nothing, it's about learning new ways to raise our children with love.