Saturday, August 9, 2014

2014 Rally to Improve Birth

Please join us Labor Day weekend and other community members, friends and family at the 2014 Rally to Improve Birth! This year's rally will be Monday, September 1st from 10 am to noon at Mercer Park, Iowa City.

Improving Birth started in 2013 as an organization to educate with evidence based care and bring humanity back to childbirth.

This year the rally includes the exciting addition of a Family Fun Day, where they will also feature local vendors, information tables, as well as free games and crafts for the kids. They're offering free fun for the whole family! Come learn more about evidence-based maternity care, meet local resources and businesses, and have a great time!

For more information about this year's rally, please check out the Facebook page 2014 Rally to Improve Birth.

Unable to attend but want to learn more about the Improving Birth organization? Please check out their website and how you can help at Improving Birth.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

World Doula Week and Meet the Doulas

This week is International World Doula Week! 
Doulas have been shown to:
Reduce c-section rates
Lessen the need for epidurals
Increases the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding
Increase the parents' satisfaction in their birth experience

Come and find out more about the Iowa City Doulas and how we can help you have a better birth.  Free and open to the public.

Meet the Doulas

Monday March 31, '14 at 7 pm 

at Panera in Sycamore Mall

Bring your questions, and sit and down 
and meet with the Iowa City Doulas, speed dating style.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Doulas are a "need" not a "want"

Looks like it's Suze Orman official - doulas are a need, not a want, and it's worth dipping into your savings for the expense of doula support for your birth!

Suze Orman - Can I afford it segment

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Meet the doulas at the Conscious Birth Summit Jan. 25th

Coming up in ten days is the annual Conscious Birth Summit hosted at Iowa City Library from 10am-6pm on January 25th, 2014.  Come learn about acupuncture and Chinese medicine for the childbearing years, Cesarean prevention, natural birth in the hospital, placenta encapsulation, and much more throughout the day.  For the full schedule, please see

This year at the Conscious Birth Summit there will be a Meet the Doulas speed-dating style event at 12 noon in Meeting Room A.  Come and meet the Iowa City Doulas and find the right doula for you.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Creative ways to find the funds to pay for a doula

There's no way around it, having a baby can be expensive!  When you decide you'd like to have a doula to help give you a positive birth experience, you may be initially overwhelmed at the cost of doula services.  However with some creative thinking and prioritizing you can find ways to make it a bit easier on your pocketbook.

Thirty years from now you probably won't remember what kind of crib or stroller you had, and the decor of the nursery will be long outgrown, but you will still remember your birth experience.  It's a better long-term investment to have a positive beginning than expensive, and likely unneeded things.  A little prioritization can help you find the funds you didn't think you had for birth services. 

And don't forget, medical flex-spending accounts often cover doulas as well. 

This website gives a few more ideas:

Some of us here at Iowa City Doulas do offer barter or partial-barter for our services, payment plans, and gift certificates toward doula services.  So ask us how we can help you!

Meet the ICDOulas: Monday, Sept. 23

Pregnant? Meet the Doulas.
Monday, September 23, 2013, 7PM
Panera Bread, back lounge area, in the Sycamore Mall
1646 Sycamore Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Parent or professional who worked with a Doula and pleased? Share the Doula love

Meet the Doulas speed dating style. Ask questions, find a match, come out and meet members of the Iowa City Doulas.

Iowa City Doulas serve pregnant women in the Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and surrounding area. We are a group of doulas committed to providing women in our community with prenatal, postpartum, labor and birth support.
Please share the news and invite your friends who are parents to be!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother the Mother: Pregnancy, birth, and baby support

Mother the Mother: Pregnancy, birth, and baby support

Discover how a doula can help you experience a positive birth  

IOWA CITY, Iowa – May 15, 2013– May is the time to celebrate Mother’s as well as the professionals who provide support during a woman’s pregnancy and birth journey, the doulas. To celebrate the International Month of the Doula, the Iowa City Doulas are hosting a Meet the Doulas event 7PM, Wednesday, May 15th,  at Panera Bread in the Sycamore Mall in Iowa City. The public is invited to learn about what a doula can do and to connect with each doula, speed dating style.


Birth doulas help families prepare for their birth with information and prenatal meetings. During the birthing time, the doula accompanies the laboring woman and her birth partner. The doula provides emotional support, information and physical comfort. They facilitate communication with caregivers to help clients feel fully informed, and provide reassurance. The doula helps with labor coping skills, positioning and support techniques. Postpartum doulas help new mothers in the early weeks with their new baby. Parents find the additional help with breastfeeding, education related to newborn care, errand running, nighttime support and assistance with each families particular needs as invaluable.


The word doula comes from the Greek word meaning ‘a woman who serves.’ Studies have shown that a doula’s presence at births results in shorter labors with fewer complications, fewer requests for pain medications and/or epidurals, a reduction in the labor-enhancing drug, pitocin, and a reduction in assisted deliveries with forceps, vacuum extraction and cesareans. In addition, women who have worked with doulas are more satisfied with their birth experience, feel more confident in their ability to mother, bond faster with their newborn, are less likely to have Postpartum Depression, and are more likely to breastfeed. Postpartum doulas reduce the stress involved in being a new mom. ~ Klaus, Kennel, and Klaus 2001

Summed up, Doulas like to say that they "mother the mother."