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.