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#1 of 86 Old 01-09-2009, 02:49 AM - Thread Starter
 
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It's a new year so we needed a new thread

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2009!

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I hope everyone is enjoying the New Year!

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Good morning all and welcome to 2009. (where did 2008 go???)

How are things shaping up for everyone?

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Tout va s'arranger à la fin. Si elle ne fonctionne pas; ce n'est pas la fin.

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How long did it take everyone here to get a birth certificate for their kid? Ella is 13 weeks old and we have her soc card, but no birth certificate. I don't know if that's a normal wait time or if I need to call and complain to someone.

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Cross your fingers for decent weather...we're trying again!

This Friday, January 16
10 am at the Marion Public Library

Please join La Leche League of Cedar Rapids and Monica Brasile from
The Friends of Iowa Midwives to discuss homebirth.

This is part of our new series of special topics meetings on mothering and natural living held the third Friday of the month at 10 am at the Marion Public Library.
Future topics include:

· postpartum depression/birth trauma
· cloth diapering
· natural family planning/fertility awareness
· baby wearing


Don't forget-our regular La Leche League mtg is tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 13 at 7pm at Birth, Baby and Beyond (formerly Babymatters) in CR.
We are celebrating our 2 yr anniversary with some treats too!

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Hi there - I'm new to this, working on getting pregnant so no little ones yet. My question is does anyone out there have any good resources for me that are in western iowa...such as midwives? Thanks!
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Is anyone else hating this cold weather as much as I am? I can't believe the high tomorrow won't even reach zero!

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I'm just praying that Kirkwood is closed today - I can't do these temps... if they aren't closed, I may call in.

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I really hate that school (UI) is starting next week so I'll be schlepping Robin around with me to visit babysitters in the morning. I have a meeting at 10 am today, too, so out we go into the -20 world. :

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I agree, we're going nuts! The kids have wanted to play out in the snow the last 2 days but I keep telling them it's too cold. They don't get it of course.
So instead I get racing around like wild men and wrestling until someone gets hurt

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This cold weather is awful. My husband and I are home again for the second day w/the kids. We work at the same place and we can both work at home so we split our day; I work from home in the morning and then he works in the afternoon. I love being home with the kids, but they are going a little stir-crazy. I'm actually looking forward to my son's doctor appointment today because it will get all of us out of the house for a while.

And Jen, I noticed the signature. Congratulations!

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Thanks.

We should get together again sometime. I'm back teaching (M-F) over lunch hours. I think I'm calling in today - I am not going out in the cold if I can avoid it. :::

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I think we're jinxed!
But due to the weather and laboring mother that may have a baby before our meeting time we are postponing again:
This Friday, January 16 NOW MOVED TO JANUARY 23
10 am at the Marion Public Library

Please join La Leche League of Cedar Rapids and Monica Brasile from
The Friends of Iowa Midwives to discuss homebirth.

I hope some of you will hang in there and still try to attend....

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BRRRRR::: Can you believe this cold??? I'm going crazy with cabin fever but I'm also glad we don't have to go anywhere. I havn't posted much here, I'm in the DSM area and have a 3 year old DD and am due in Aprilwith another little girl! Here's to hoping for warmer weather this weekend so we can get out of this house!!!
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dont go anywhere today. they said on the news that it only takes 10 min to get frostbite today. hoping all you mommas in the frozen state of Iowa keep warm and snug at home today!

Me,DH,DS1'95, '98,DSD'03,DD1'07,DD2'09,DS2'12 Living with Fructose Malabsorption Syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type 3-Hypermobility.)o( and sometimes I get toif I am lucky.
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I am so sick of staying in the house. I haven't even gone out to get the mail, much less anywhere else since Tuesday! I'm actually jealous that DH has to go to work. I would kill to have to get out of the house. If it warms up like they say it should tomorrow I'm going somewhere, I don't even care where lol.

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Cabin fever is making us a little bit too.


I tried to pump gas yesterday and it took 5 minutes to pump 2 gal. My feet were cold for an hour afterwards. Not fun.

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Hi there,
My family and I are looking at a possible move to Sioux City in the spring. I see here that most of you are from the central and eastern part of the state, right? Any thoughts on Sioux City?

We currently live in western Colorado. We visited S.C. last week during the record-breaking cold! : I grew up in northeast Kansas (Topeka) so I'm familiar with wind chills, but man that cold you all had last week took my breath away! I get that Sioux City may not have as many natural options as we're used to here, but we are in an awfully small town, so our choices here are also somewhat limited. I was more impressed with the town than I thought I'd be, though.

Any thoughts are welcome! TIA.
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I've been looking for a new kitchen table. Does anyone have any store recommendations in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area?

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Friends of Iowa Midwives has a new Quad Cities chapter. Check us out here!

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Friends of Iowa Midwives has a new Quad Cities chapter. Check us out here!
Here in the DSM area we are now down to only 4 practicing midwives. Only two homebirth midiwves, one hospital group at Methodist and one individual started at Mercy hospital. So sad that is all we have for choices and that the birth center is still sitting empty...I hope these types of groups can do something for not only home birth midwives but midwives as a whole ...every women deserves a choice to birth her way.
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Here in the DSM area we are now down to only 4 practicing midwives. Only two homebirth midiwves, one hospital group at Methodist and one individual started at Mercy hospital. So sad that is all we have for choices and that the birth center is still sitting empty...I hope these types of groups can do something for not only home birth midwives but midwives as a whole ...every women deserves a choice to birth her way.
CPM licensure will make Iowa a happy places for midwives to be in general, and more importantly will make it so that homebirth midwives can't be arrested or jailed! Licensure legitimizes the profession and removes serious obstacles from its practice. Licensure DOES do something for "midwives as a whole." IMO.

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Red Envelope Party supporting Friends of Iowa Midwives
Friday, February 13th, 3-5pm
Harrison Hilltop Theatre
1601 Harrison Street
Davenport, IA

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CPM licensure will make Iowa a happy places for midwives to be in general, and more importantly will make it so that homebirth midwives can't be arrested or jailed! Licensure legitimizes the profession and removes serious obstacles from its practice. Licensure DOES do something for "midwives as a whole." IMO.
I have a friend who moved here from WIS and she said when CPM's became legal there, it did create a whole new awarness for all midwives in the field and the hospitals started being more accomodating to natural ways with midwives due to the fact they were loosing alot of business to home births/birth center births. I'm praying this for Iowa! I can't wait for the Red Letter Event in Altoona at Being There Coffee House this Thursday from 10-2!
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On Wed Feb 25th FOIM is coordinating a lobby day for families to advocate for the licensure of midwives. Rep. Mary Mascher will be introducing a bill to do so this month!! We hope this will be a great opportunity for the legislature to see how important this is to Iowa families. Children welcome, SabbathD has offered her home as a refuge if anyone needs a nap or break.

If you are not yet a member of the FOIM facebook or yahoo groups, please consider joining now. Even if all you do is "count" as a member you help increase our numbers so we can say "hey, 10,000 families want this!"

PM me for more info about the lobby day!

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On Wed Feb 25th FOIM is coordinating a lobby day for families to advocate for the licensure of midwives. Rep. Mary Mascher will be introducing a bill to do so this month!! We hope this will be a great opportunity for the legislature to see how important this is to Iowa families. Children welcome, SabbathD has offered her home as a refuge if anyone needs a nap or break.

If you are not yet a member of the FOIM facebook or yahoo groups, please consider joining now. Even if all you do is "count" as a member you help increase our numbers so we can say "hey, 10,000 families want this!"

PM me for more info about the lobby day!
I don't do face book but can join the yahoo group...how do I go about this? Also what is all involved in going on Feb 25th?
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La Leche League Cedar Rapids
Couples Meeting Tues, Feb 10
(of course you can come alone-I am!)
7pm
Because of the larger group we are meeting at the church next to Birth Baby and Beyond (there will be signs).

Come check out the great lending library, snacks, and mom to mom support.
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Speaking of the Friends of Iowa Midwives....

After our LLL Friday mtg on Feb 20 (10am-12pm) we are having a Red Envelope party from 12-1pm
This will be held at the Marion Library as a brown bag lunch type event. Come support Iowa midwives!

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Lovin this warm Iowa weather in FEb!!!!!! what about you???
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It's fantastic! I love being able to get out for walks with the dog and baby. I'm so sad it's going to get chilly again though.

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