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post #41 of 79
Welcome, RetroSpecter! I'm in IC too.
I have to agree that MDC is the best natural parenting website - I didn't know about it while pregnant, though. I didn't know there are Mothering books!! I will have to look into those!
I do like Dr. Sears, too. He's very AP.

BTW - thanks to all for the doc suggestions up-thread.
post #42 of 79
Here's the books:
http://shop.mothering.com/product-p/bk-habn.htm

http://shop.mothering.com/product-p/bk-nfl.htm
post #43 of 79
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Originally Posted by blumooned View Post
For those of you in the IC area, what doctors do you use?
Jill Endres (UIHC Family Practice) is very relaxed about doing staggered vaccinations, which is what we do. Most importantly, she is willing to listen to parental concerns about vaccination and will talk about them with you and give you information, not just say, "Do it because I am the doc. and I say so." My guys get/got vaccinations pretty much on schedule, but not all at once. We take them for extra office visits so they get some at 2-4-6 months, others at 3-5-7. She is also didn't freak out about our homebirth, promotes babywearing, thinks it's cool that we EC, isn't incensed that we co-sleep, etc. I also really, really like Sandra Rosenfeld-O'Toole, who also practices at the main UIHC Family Care Center.
post #44 of 79
Yay! I'm glad I found this thread! My name is Heather and I live in Dallas Center (20 miles west of Des Moines). I am a SAHM to a 13 month old girl. I am also currently working on opening my photography business.
post #45 of 79

thanks!

So far, I'm liking what I've seen on this site! I am reading a couple books on natural birth/pregnancy right now, and I plan to get to the parenting books when I'm a bit farther along. Right now I'm reading "Spiritual Midwifery" by Ina May Gaskin. It's... interesting. The language is so hippy-esque, but what they did was amazing! Strong, empowered women! I hope to be strong on delivery day too.
post #46 of 79
Does anyone in CR have any good local restaurant recommendations? DH and I have an anniversary coming up and I really want to go somewhere nice since we won't have DD with us. We hardly ever eat out anymore and I can't think of anything beyond the normal chain restaurants.
post #47 of 79

My research on first-time moms and work

Hi Iowa Mamas!

My name is Carrie and I'm new to the Mothering online community, but have been a subscriber for some time now. I am the mama of an almost-3-year-old daughter, I have been living in Iowa City for 12 years, and I teach cultural anthropology at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.

I'm posting here because I am starting a new research project on new moms and the post-partum transition to paid work and I am looking for participants. My research asks: How do first-time mothers make decisions about childcare and employment, and to what extent are they able to implement these decisions once their babies are born? To begin to answer this question, I am conducting interviews with first-time moms in their second or third trimester of pregnancy. In the first interview, we will talk about work history, current employment (if applicable--participants don't need to be employed), household work, plans for the post-partum return to work (if applicable), and thoughts about childrearing, childcare arrangements, and becoming a mother. We will also have a post-partum interview to discuss the adjustment to motherhood at home and at work. Participants will be compensated for their time with a $20 gift card from either Target or Hy-Vee after each interview. This research has been approved by Augustana College’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

I hope that this research will have important policy/advocacy implications as well as scholarly ones. I anticipate that information I gather from interviews will highlight best practices in the workplace that empower women as mothers and workers to fulfill each role to a high level of satisfaction as well as areas where women could be better supported in these dual roles.

If you live in Eastern Iowa and are interested in participating in this research or have questions, please contact me at carolynhough@augustana.edu.
If you know any moms-to-be who might be interested in participating, please pass along this information!

Thanks very much!
post #48 of 79
Hi I am joining this thread!

I am a 32 who is newly pregnant for the first time!

I live just outside of Iowa City, work at the University, and I love to garden excessively, keep chickens, and I have three dogs.

My regular gyno/primary care doc is Jill Endres, who I am really glad to see recommended for being open minded! At this point I am totally up in the air as far as birth plans. (if anyone has any advice)

I have no family here, and very few friends who have had a baby, so I appreciate this thread and hope to make a connection locally!
post #49 of 79
Hi Greenmulberry,
Congratulations on your pregnancy! If you want to have a hospital birth, I highly recommend the UIHC midwives for prenatal and birth care. There are only 3 of them (they are in the process of hiring a 4th), so you can rotate through all three and get to know them pretty well so that no matter who is on call when your birth happens, it will be a familiar entity. If you are inclined to check into homebirth, there is one CNM and a number of direct-entry midwives in the area who attend homebirths. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the midwives who attended my homebirth, and if you PM me, I can give you names and contact info. for a selection of these wonderful women.

And, (disclaimer here -- I am one of them), I recommend meeting up with some of the area doulas about your birth options and postpartum support. I had no family here when my first son was born, few close friends, a high needs baby, and mistakenly thought moms were somehow superhuman (and that I was falling down on the job) , and it was a pretty yucky combination. All the doulas will meet people (for free) to talk about birth and postpartum care options and do informational interviews, and one of our cooperative's missions is to be an area resource for pregnant women and their families. It is not necessary to be looking to hire a doula to be able to talk with any of us. Here is a link to our website.

Oh yeah, and the June babywearers meeting is this Sat., 1-3 p.m. at Fair Grounds Coffee House in Iowa City.
post #50 of 79
Welcome Carrie & greenmulberry!! I'm also in IC.

I second the recommendation for the CNMs @UIHC. We moved to IC when I was 34weeks pregnant, so I barely had the chance to meet them, but still found them to be wonderful. I actually met the midwife who delivered DS the day I went into labor!
post #51 of 79
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We should have a little meetup for all the newbies in the IC area!

For a family doc, I really like Clete Younger at UIHC family care. He's been great about vax and is generally really nice. My 2 year old really likes him and she generally hates doc stuff.

For prenatal, IMO you can't get much better than Kathy Deol and her assistants. They attended both of my births, which were great experiences.
post #52 of 79
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For prenatal, IMO you can't get much better than Kathy Deol and her assistants. They attended both of my births, which were great experiences.
I second this. We're planning our second birth, first home birth and using Kathy and I love it. My fp with my first birth was fine and we still see her for normal care, but things are so much more relaxed and unrushed with Kathy.
post #53 of 79
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I second this. We're planning our second birth, first home birth and using Kathy and I love it. My fp with my first birth was fine and we still see her for normal care, but things are so much more relaxed and unrushed with Kathy.
ITA, Kathy was back up for the midwife for my 2nd birth & she has attended births for many many of my friends!
post #54 of 79
Everybody seems to love love love Kathy, but the midwife who attended my homebirth last November is really spectacular too, and I can't understand why more people in this area don't use her. I hesitate to write her name down because she is a DEM (but I am happy to give it to you if you PM me). She has 12+ years of excellent birthwork under her belt, training in classical midwifery with Molly Rybak that includes attending breech and twin births, and a wonderful, unhurried manner. She does sliding scale and barter payments, and a lot of her work is with the Amish and Mennonite communities, so I know she accepts things like "a side of beef" as payment. She has all the same equipment as any good HB MW would have, an excellent working relationship with the UIHC care providers, and I cannot say enough good things about her.
post #55 of 79
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We should have a little meetup for all the newbies in the IC area!
I'm in - anyone else? I'd love to meet some other mamas in the Iowa City area.
We just went to lower City Park today & I think it is my new favorite park. We went to the upper part awhile ago, but I like the lower part better. I lived in this city for 9 years before I'd ever been there - I can't believe it! (Of course, Hickory Hill is awesome too - I just thought City Park was pretty cool for LOs!) Anyway, that's my way of saying we could get together at a park!
post #56 of 79
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Everybody seems to love love love Kathy, but the midwife who attended my homebirth last November is really spectacular too, and I can't understand why more people in this area don't use her. I hesitate to write her name down because she is a DEM (but I am happy to give it to you if you PM me). She has all the same equipment as any good HB MW would have, an excellent working relationship with the UIHC care providers, and I cannot say enough good things about her.
I agree that there are many incredible DEMs in this area who I wouldn't have hesitated to hire, either! We are so lucky in Iowa City. I encourage anyone interested in homebirth to interview more than one midwife and find the person who is the right fit for your family. I love our midwives!
post #57 of 79
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I'm in - anyone else? ... we could get together at a park!
Yes, I'd love a get-together! Late afternoon is a good time for us, any day of the week. I like just about all the parks, all we require is a baby swing to make Robin happy.
post #58 of 79
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Originally Posted by blumooned View Post
I'm in - anyone else? I'd love to meet some other mamas in the Iowa City area.
We just went to lower City Park today & I think it is my new favorite park. We went to the upper part awhile ago, but I like the lower part better. I lived in this city for 9 years before I'd ever been there - I can't believe it! (Of course, Hickory Hill is awesome too - I just thought City Park was pretty cool for LOs!) Anyway, that's my way of saying we could get together at a park!
I'd be in, as long as it's either on the weekend or after 5:30 p.m. as I work during the day.

My personal favorite park around here is Kent Park, a few miles outside of Tiffin. It's got great little hiking trails through prairie and wooded areas, a little lake with a beach and a mile-long walking trail around it, and it's gorgeous. I am not suggesting this for the meet-up, but just for families looking for a nearby destination that is friendly for small legs.
post #59 of 79
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I'd be in, as long as it's either on the weekend or after 5:30 p.m. as I work during the day.

My personal favorite park around here is Kent Park, a few miles outside of Tiffin.
I will definitely be checking out Kent State soon -- I've had a bunch of people recommend it!

A weekend is fine by me, probably better than evening since we have earlyish bedtimes around here. Morning would be nice since it's kinda hot right now!
post #60 of 79
I don't know why, but I always forget to post on this thread when I'm on MDC! (I'm even subscribed to it. )

About the IC meetup:
I'm free after 5 M, T, Th; all day W, F, Sa, Su. I don't always have a car on some of those days, but I'm sure I could work out something.
If we want to do a weekend - I'm free next weekend (10/11). Anyone else? After that our weekends start to get a little busy, Sundays look better than Saturdays.
Going to Jazz Fest tomorrow - yay!
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