My first trip away from my family

                My husband is one of those involved dads: the kind that cooks dinners, washes laundry, drives to lessons and plans fun outings. I knew this yet never was able to let go and travel without my children. Sure, my older kids had gone on a few vacations without me before but I had never been ...

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Surviving a Summer Pregnancy

Although fall is quickly approaching (I can almost smell the flannel and Pumpkin Spice Lattes), it is still quite hot and muggy in Iowa. As my second summer pregnancy draws to a close, I thought I would throw together a quick guide to surviving the summer while pregnant.  You may not know that when you are pregnant, your ...

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An Exciting Announcement!

We have an announcement!

The Iowa City Birth Services family is growing! We are pleased to share that ICBS doula and co-owner Grace Swartzendruber is expecting her second child in September.

Thankfully, because of our teamwork model, Grace’s pregnancy, birth, and maternity leave will not impact our ability to support clients. Both ...

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Childbirth Education Classes Starting Soon!

I love teaching. I have always loved teaching. When I was little I would line up my stuffed animals and play school. In college I majored in special education and minored in education. One of my favorite experiences about working as a doula is spending time during a prenatal appointment with a client sharing my ...

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Cesarean Birth Recovery Tips

April is Cesarean Awareness Month. One third of all U.S. births happen by cesarean section. Whether a cesarean birth is planned or unplanned, recovering from major abdominal surgery while also caring for a newborn is no easy feat. Below are some recovery tips from Iowa City Birth Services co-owner and doula Grace Swartzendruber, who gave birth to her son by ...

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A Busy Mom Meal Hack

I took a walk around my yard earlier this week and to my delight I could see my daffodils bravely emerging from their winter slumber. This small sign of spring has given me mental permission to start preparing for my annual garden. I can’t wait to be out in the sunshine and the dirt!

One of my favorite things about ...

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3 Tips for Cool Weather Camping

I know! I know! It is the middle of the summer and here in Iowa, there is definitely nothing remotely chilly about camping these days.

Imagine my surprise when our scheduled vacation to Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming had weather forcasted to be between 30-70 degrees.

I needed to quickly change my preconceived, Midwest summer expectations and prepare for some cool weather camping ...

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A Personal Look At Preeclampsia

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month. Preeclampsia is a condition which can develop during pregnancy, usually after 20 weeks gestation. It is characterized by high blood pressure (which can come on gradually or suddenly), excess protein in urine, severe headaches, changes in vision, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, upper abdominal pain (especially on the right side), decreased urine output, shortness of breath, and swelling/edema, ...

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Infertility Awareness Week: Local Resources

April 22nd through 28th is Infertility Awareness Week.

According to the CDC, 1 in 8 couples will experience difficulty getting or sustaining a pregnancy. For those with primary infertility, they are unable to get pregnant after trying to conceive for a year and secondary occurs in those who have been able to get pregnant at least once. Both can ...

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