2016 Schedule of Events
Events took place on Saturday, January 16 & Sunday, January 17 at the Iowa City Public Library and across the pedestrian mall at Heartland Yoga.
All events are free and open to the public.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Film Screening: The Mama Sherpas 12:30 Meeting Room A
Film Screening: The Milky Way 12noon Meeting Room A
Sunday, January 17, 2016
ICPL Meeting Room A
12:00- "The Milky Way" film screening sponsored by The Polk County Breastfeeding Coalition, The Iowa Department of Public Health and Mother's Milk Bank Of Iowa
12:45-Breastfeeding Support Panel
Kimberly Hendricks, CLC of Beloved Bonds and Dr. Jean Drulis, MD of UIHC
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 Beloved Bonds Breastfeeding Group meets on Mondays in the Seva Center for Healing Arts. An event schedule can be located at www.belovedbonds.com
2:00 - 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.
3:00- 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.
4:00- Functional Medicine and Autism
Dr. Jason Bradley, ND, DC, DSc, PScD, CN, AFMCP, DABAAHP, DAARM, MA
Director, EPIC Functional Medicine Center
Autism is just a label. Like every condition or illness, we must uncover what is really happening. Rather than just "one thing", usually it is a collection of insults, toxins, and deficiencies piled on susceptible genetics leads to biochemical train wreaks we see in these children.
From a Functional Medicine perspective, autism is a disorder of the body and physiology that affects the brain (as opposed to a genetic or brain disorder as it is currently classified). The role of the Functional Medicine doctor is to determine the underlying causes that are creating the dysfunction in the system, as opposed to treating the symptoms most commonly associated with those on the autistic spectrum.
While uncovering underlying causes isn’t always easy, treating autism as a body disorder that affects the brain gives us so many other treatment choices. Children treated in this way often have dramatic and remarkable—if not miraculous—recoveries.
Biochemical individuality underlies functional medicine. If you take 100 kids with autism, each one may have unique genetics, causes, and triggers that require very different treatments to become better.
This presentation will give you a model to follow to start uncovering the causes of autism and what you can do next.
ICPL Meeting Room B
12:30- Pathways Connect Community
Dr. Michelle Schwenn, DC
At Pathways Connect gatherings you will find information and alternatives shared between like-hearted parents. These parents share their insights and experiences on holistic, conscious living and parenting choices they make for their families. Come be respected and supported for the choices you make. Join us and find your Tribe.
Dr. Schwenn is a family wellness chiropractor specializing in pediatrics and pregnancy who is certified in the Webster technique. She is also a pre-certified Pro-Doula.
1:30 - 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.
2:30 - 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. Kendra Godfrey is the API of Iowa City support group leader. Prior to staying at home with her daughter, she worked as a marriage and family therapist in California and contributed original research to the field. She is passionate about attachment theory and evidence-based strategies which help people create and maintain strong connections with those they care about, as well as understanding what life experiences may affect those connections.
4:00- Hike it Baby
Hike it Baby is a new parents group focused on getting families outside and active and is a great way to meet new friends for both you and your child!
ICPL Meeting Room D
12:00- 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. Followed by a Book Signing and opportunity to meet Dr. Wahls.
1:30- Bicycle Happiness presents “Bike & Be Happy with Child”
A multi-media slide show presentation to empower Mothers to ride bicycles safely and happily while pregnant, with baby and with children.
Learn how riding cultivates a healthier you and a healthier planet from presenter and bicycle adventurer Irene Schroeder.
Irene will cover topics of bike modification, riding techniques, gear options, bike and trailer set-ups, and inspiring stories of being active in Mother Nature.
Irene Schroeder has owned Bicycle Happiness for 20 years in the Iowa City area, helping and inspiring folks to "get happy with their ride". She is a bike mechanic, former USCF State Champion and former University of Iowa Professor of Bicycle Touring and Wilderness Appreciation.
Photo used under Creative Commons from Florian_S.