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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Understanding Cesarean Birth

April is Cesarean Awareness Month. At Iowa City Birth Services, we celebrate our cesarean families. At our local hospitals, one in three babies is born by cesarean birth. It is likely that you or someone you know has given birth by cesarean. This blog addresses some of the common questions and misconceptions about cesareans and also ...

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I Won’t Get You Sick

Keeping my germs at my house

I caught the plague and survived.

At least, that is how I am feeling today. Yesterday, I would have put higher odds on me not surviving.

In the past few weeks I had been hearing about cases of a sudden onset stomach virus that was hitting hard at local schools. We upped hand-washing at our house and tried ...

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Behind the Business – What’s in a Name?

Combining our former businesses and creating Iowa City Birth Services has been a large part of our lives lately. So many new experiences and thought-processes are occurring almost daily. These “Behind the Business posts” will be a chance for us to share with you all of the exciting developments we have been up to at Iowa City Birth Services.

Creating a Business Name (otherwise known as “Second Guessing Every Word that Comes Out of Your Mouth”)

The ...

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Finding the beginning


The blank page is staring at me and my deepest desire right now is to fill it with words.

Good words. Words that I can be proud of and that you would like.

If the words could gather themselves into sentences, that would be even better. Sentences that are clear and express ...

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