Sunday, January 25, 2015

Conscious Birth Summit 2015

Next weekend is the annual Conscious Birth Summit hosted at Iowa City Library. This year the Summit is a 2 day event with Saturday starting at 10am. The first day of the summit will focus on pregnancy and childbirth related information with Sunday's events focusing on postpartum. For the full schedule, please see Conscious Birth 2015 Schedule.

The IC Doulas will also be hosting Meet the Doulas at noon in Meeting Room A. Come and mingle with other expectant families and meet Iowa City and Cedar Rapids Doulas in a speed-dating style/ mini-interview setting. Learn more about doulas, ask questions, and find a match!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meet the Doulas Event

Come meet the Iowa City Doulas at our next public event!

What: Speed dating event 
When: Monday, September 22nd  
Where: Sycamore Mall, Panera Bread, we'll have tables set up.

Special guest speaker at 6 pm: Bradley Method instructor Rachelle Jenkins will host a mini childbirth class. Don't miss this great opportunity! Did I mention its FREE?!

7pm:  Stick around and Meet the Doulas speed dating style. Ask questions, find a match, come out and meet members of the Iowa City Doulas.

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!