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post #41 of 86
hi my fellow iowa moms.

im due in oct. i had a good hosp birth with DD at st lukes in cedar rapids. for many reasons i will be going back for the next one.

my question is: i am intersted in hiring a doula to see if i can avoid the epi this time. my DH and my mom werent much help with labor support and i felt like i was there by myself. the nurses and hospital were great but i want more. i could go to iowa city and have a midwife but it is not really practical for what i need. any reccomendations?
post #42 of 86
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hi my fellow iowa moms.

im due in oct. i had a good hosp birth with DD at st lukes in cedar rapids. for many reasons i will be going back for the next one.

my question is: i am intersted in hiring a doula to see if i can avoid the epi this time. my DH and my mom werent much help with labor support and i felt like i was there by myself. the nurses and hospital were great but i want more. i could go to iowa city and have a midwife but it is not really practical for what i need. any reccomendations?
I know there are more in the area but here are 3 listed:
http://www.birthbabyandbeyond.org/in...laRegistry.htm

If you call BBB they will give you more info I'm sure.
Good luck!
post #43 of 86
Check out www.icdoulas.com or bamboobirth.com -- most IC doulas will head up to CR for births.
post #44 of 86

New

Hey all..just thought I'd say hello. I am living up in the northwestern bit of Iowa. Moved here almost a year ago from near Boston and its certainly been an experience. Anyone else from my area?

I am terrible with the geography still...I'm not sure what is where. But I am happy to have been informed of this site and look forward to getting to know you all.
post #45 of 86

Anyone from northwest iowa?

I am from Emmetsburg just seeing how many mama's are up this way.
post #46 of 86

Birth Options Workshop: May 16, 2-5

Birth: Do you know your options?

VBAC? Epidural? Unmedicated? Planned c-section? No matter what kind of birth you are hoping to have, this workshop will help you clarify your options and give you tools to work with your healthcare provider to make your birth the most satisfying that it can be.

Find out what choices you have regarding your labor, delivery, and post-partum experiences. Learn about the benefits, risks, and alternatives to various procedures and how to work with your doctor or midwife to ensure that you receive the care that is right for you. Empower yourself to make informed decisions. This is your birth - let your voice be heard!

The birth options workshop will be held Sat., May 16th from 2-5 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library. It's free and open to the public. It is structured so that people could attend just the first part or just the second part and still get good information out of it.

This event is sponsored by the Iowa City Doulas as part of International Doula Month. Please visit the Iowa City Public Library calender at www.icpl.org for more information on this event.
post #47 of 86
the doula thing never panned out. cant afford it now. DH is laid off and unemployment doesnt want to pay him, some paper screw up.

do midwives around here take medicaid? like cedar rapids/ iowa city? i know al ot of LLL moms are on here. i missed the meetings where they were talking about it. i am seriously considering a HB right now. i am already 22 weeks though. the yellow pages are no help....
post #48 of 86
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do midwives around here take medicaid? like cedar rapids/ iowa city? i know al ot of LLL moms are on here. i missed the meetings where they were talking about it. i am seriously considering a HB right now. i am already 22 weeks though. the yellow pages are no help....
I would think that the midwives at UIHC are covered by Medicaid. I have had two unmedicated (in terms of pain relief) births with them, the first (my second baby) without a doula, and the next with the fantastic Jun-Nicole of http://www.bamboobirth.com/. I would recommend them even if you don't have a doula - my first birth was a very managed birth with an OB, and I found the midwives to be a refreshing change of pace. They really were supportive and helpful in my desire to go unmedicated.
post #49 of 86
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the doula thing never panned out. cant afford it now. DH is laid off and unemployment doesnt want to pay him, some paper screw up.

do midwives around here take medicaid? like cedar rapids/ iowa city? i know al ot of LLL moms are on here. i missed the meetings where they were talking about it. i am seriously considering a HB right now. i am already 22 weeks though. the yellow pages are no help....
There's only one licensed midwife that does homebirths and I'm not sure if she takes medicaid-I doubt it since she usually doesn't deal with insurance at all but it's worth a call. Her name is Kathy Deol and she's in IC. Maybe you can work out a payment plan or something otherwise.

The CNMs at UIHC don't do homebirths.

There are other lay midwives around the area but they obviously don't take medicaid or or any other insurance. They might be able to work out a deal with you though. Maybe a lower fee or bartering for something.
post #50 of 86
is it legal in Iowa to have an unassisted home birth?
post #51 of 86
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is it legal in Iowa to have an unassisted home birth?
Interesting question....I'd say yes since there is not an "unlicensed" caregiver that could be charged with "practicing medicine without a license" as is the risk with lay mws right now.

I'd think that unassisted was safe from any legal problems but I'm not positive.
post #52 of 86
Lionness Mom:

First, I am sure you could find a doula in the area who would attend your birth for free or a very low fee. Try emailing Jun-Nicole through Bamboo Birth (or you can email me at laurendoula@yahoo.com) and we can forward it to the area doula list. There are lots of doulas-in-training who are seeking births like this.

I am pretty sure the midwives at the U accept medicaid.

For a homebirth, call Kathy and ask. She should be pretty aware of her ability to be compensated. The prob is that she may need you to pay for the birth up front and then, after the baby is born, you would be reimbursed after she bills medicaid. That's how it typically works.

There are other midwives in the area. Email me at the address above and I can send you their info. They won't be covered by insurance but they are very flexible and can help you think of ways to cover the birth.

AFAIK it is never illegal to have a homebirth, assisted or not. The only people potentially in legal trouble are direct-entry midwives who are attending births. You could ask other Iowa UCers about whether they come under any suspicion from child services or something, but I don't think it's illegal at all.
post #53 of 86
[QUOTE=smokeylo;13931688]Lionness Mom:

First, I am sure you could find a doula in the area who would attend your birth for free or a very low fee. Try emailing Jun-Nicole through Bamboo Birth (or you can email me at laurendoula@yahoo.com) and we can forward it to the area doula list. There are lots of doulas-in-training who are seeking births like this.


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Lioness Mom

Have you found a care provider? Are you still interested in a doula? Please contact me if you are still looking for a doula. There are local doulas who provide service at low or no cost- kind of our community service part of doula work and also doulas in training looking to match up with clients such as yourself.

Feel free to pm me or contact me junnicole88@gmail.com

P.S. sorry, late to respond, just got back from Seattle.
post #54 of 86
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Cedar Rapids La Leche League Mtg this Friday June 19 at 10am
Marion Public Library
Topic: Car seat Safety

Feel free to bring any age children!
Bring any breastfeeding questions!

See you there!
post #55 of 86
thank you all. through some MDC sources i have found a way to get a Doula to help for free. i feel so much better. i appreciate everyones feedback!!


for my Iowa moms.
post #56 of 86

Sustainable Living Community Group in Iowa City

I thought I would share this new blog with everyone. A few MDC mamas are already involved.

Iowa City Urban Homesteaders
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Iowa City Homesteaders was created to fill the niche in this community for a family-friendly support network for individuals, or families, committed to living a sustainable lifestyle. While we certainly intend on learning and growing together, the primary focus of this group will be to band together to share resources, to build friendships and to create community.
post #57 of 86
bumping for someone to find
post #58 of 86

iowa city cooperatives

Some great Iowa City resources::

Kids Care Cooperative. A parent run state licensed playgroup: http://www.kidscarecoop.org/index.htm

Iowa City Doulas- birth and postpartum doula cooperative: www.ICDoulas.com
post #59 of 86
What happened to the Marion LLL meeting? The librarians said there was no meeting today and I didn't see anyone, but it's on the schedule.
post #60 of 86
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What happened to the Marion LLL meeting? The librarians said there was no meeting today and I didn't see anyone, but it's on the schedule.
There was an e-mail sent out to previous attendees that it was cancelled for today. Two of the leaders had babies this week (me included ) and vacations were a factor.

Hope to see you next month!
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