To the Mom With the Potty Training Toddler in the Public Bathroom

When he screams he is NOT going on this potty, I can envision what I'm hearing as you're desperately trying to wrangle a half undressed, angry child in a dirty metal box the size of a sardine can.

When the automatic flush goes off before he's finished, I feel the tension and frustration as you try to calm him and tell him he will in fact not get flushed down.

When he peeks his head under the stall at me and you try to pull him back without him throwing himself onto the floor, I hear the embarrassment and desperation in your voice as you profusely apologize.

As you go to wash your hands and he insists he can do it himself, then gets soap on his sleeve and cries that he wants a new shirt, I see you forcing yourself to keep it together.

When you pull his hands back into the water because he hasn't gotten all the soap off himself and he gets angry, I feel the daggers as shouts "I don't like you anymore!" Even though we both know he doesn't mean it, I see you avoiding eye contact because you're struggling and on the verge of tears and don't want me to see it.

I know you think I'm judging you.

But what I see is a mom, who challenges her child to learn new things, and is teaching him to be independent and care for himself.

I see a three year old being a three year old. Not a naughty, or defiant, or awful three year old, just being a three year old! A three year old who is learning to navigate a confusing world of norms, emotions, rules, and strange exceptions to the rules that don't make sense to his three year old mind.

And you taught me something today.

You taught me that even though it felt like a million years struggling in that bathroom, that patience and calm got you through much faster than anger and frustration.

You reminded me that this too shall pass.

To the mom with the potty training toddler in the public bathroom: since I know you don't feel it, I wanted to tell you that you are doing a great job.

Authored by: Trish Morfitt

This One Simple Addition Can Change the Health of Your Family | PART ONE {Guest Blog}

PART ONE: CHIROPRACTIC CARE & PREGNANCY

He was becoming a dad for the first time and had no idea how much his life would change from that moment going forward. He and his wife had done everything that they could to prepare her body for this amazing, monumental life altering event. They had attended birthing classes, she actively engaged in prenatal yoga sessions and had even gotten massage throughout her pregnancy.

But a chiropractor? How can his pregnant wife benefit from chiropractic care? This was the conversation that occurred from a husband who started getting adjusted by me as he recovered from running his first marathon.

There are many different types of chiropractors. Some elect to focus on ailments such as headaches, low back or musculoskeletal issues. While myself and others choose to focus on the care of pregnant women, infants, children and the promotion of health and well-being. For the purpose of this article I will explain the incredible benefits pregnant women may receive while under chiropractic care.

The integrity of a woman’s nervous system and structural stability can greatly enhance the labor and birthing experience. As a Chiropractor, my central focus is ensuring that the nerve system is functioning as optimally as possible to allow the body to communicate with the brain properly. The delicate nerve system is what has been described as the master system of the body that controls and regulates every function of the body. This control also includes hormone release and regulation, which are inherently critical in the health of a pregnant woman.

If a misalignment is present anywhere along the spine, it can trigger a stress response which places the baby and mother in a tense, rigid state versus a calm and relaxed environment that is beneficial for natural process to occur.

Due to a certain hormone known as Relaxin, ligament structural stability of a woman’s pelvis becomes able to stretch allowing the baby to descend and grow. As the baby begins to descend into the birth canal, the ability of the pelvis to be balanced assists in a smooth transition. If the pelvis is unbalanced, there may be complications for the baby and mother such as a breech or transverse presentation as well as a possibility of stalling labor completely.

Research has shown that utilizing chiropractic care throughout pregnancy corrects movement and alignment of the spine and pelvis. This allows the baby to apply even pressure onto the cervix enabling it to dilate effectively thus reducing labor time. One comparative study showed a 24% decrease in labor time for first-time moms and a 39% decrease in experienced moms compared to those not under chiropractic care. (1)

Not only do moms and their partners experience benefits from care, but newborns as well. More on that in Part Two

Authored by: Dr. Dustin Behn - Inspired Living Chiropractic in Jesup, Iowa.


Fallon, J. The Effects of Chiropractic Treatment on Pregnancy and Labor: A Comprehensive Study. Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic. 1991; 24-31

For more information about Dr. Dustin Behn and Inspired Living Chiropractic visit him online at www.inspiredlivingchiro.com and be sure to "Like" Inspired Living Chiropractic and Inspired Nation Online on Facebook.

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Northeast Iowa Doulas | Celebrating National Nurses Week | Meet a L&D Nurse/Patient Educator

It's National Nurses Week!

In celebration of National Nurses week we are featuring some of the best nurses Eastern Iowa has to offer. As this special week comes to a close, we are so excited to introduce this wonderful nurse to you.

Tracey Huinker is a registered nurse (RN) and works at Allen Women's Health in Waterloo. She works in the clinical setting as a patient educator and also works as a labor and delivery nurse at Unity Point-Allen Hospital on an as-needed basis. 
I have known Tracey for several years now and she is one of the most kind and nurturing women I have ever met. She is such a joy to be around, and her smile lights up the room. 

If you haven't had the opportunity to meet Tracey yet, you're missing out!

NEID-Kaity: How long have you been a nurse? Where did you attend school?

Tracey: I started my college education with a Bachelor's Degree in Women's Health Promotion at UNI. After being a sexual health educator for a year, I decided I wanted more direct care with patients and went back to school at Hawkeye Community College for my RN degree. I still can't believe it, but in July, I will have been a nurse for 11 years.

NEID-Kaity: What inspired you to become a nurse?

Tracey: I would say "technically" my internship through UNI really sparked my interest in a career in nursing. Although, I think subconsciously, my mother played a huge role! She was a labor and delivery nurse for years and continues to practice as a women's health ARNP.

NEID-Kaity: How did you become interested in this line of nurse work?

Tracey: Besides my mother, I really think my internship in college drove me to birth work. Part of my internship was attending a variety of childbirth classes, because many childbirth educators at that time had Health Promotion degrees. I remember being so fascinated by everything! I probably attended 10-15 classes, and they all covered the same basic material, but I remember learning something new at each class. I just LOVED it! 
Now I really appreciate how birth can transform women and hopefully give them strength to conquer other challenges in life.

NEID-Kaity: What do you enjoy most about being a L&D nurse and working in the Women's Health Clinic?

Tracey: My roles in the clinic and L&D are very different, but I love them both! I feel like working as a L&D nurse really "fills my bucket", I guess. Welcoming new babies (and parents) into this world is such a pleasure and honor. In the clinic setting, I have the privilege of sitting down with women one-on-one during their pregnancy for educational sessions. I really enjoy getting to know clinic patients throughout their pregnancy and helping them develop a plan for their birth and for when they bring baby home from the hospital. Of course, the best is when I have the opportunity to care for my clinic patient during their labor!

NEID-Kaity: What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?

Tracey: Although pregnancy, birth, and parenthood are all amazing and can bring so much joy, not everyone is so fortunate. We encounter a lot of tough situations as nurses and sometimes there's not a lot we can do about it. I think sometimes the most challenging part of nursing is just not having the answers for families when they ask, "Why me?"

NEID-Kaity: More expecting parents in the area are hiring out the professional support services of a birth doula and/or postpartum & infant care doula. How do you feel about that?

Tracey: Doulas are amazing! We know that women and families who choose doulas, often have healthier outcomes at their birth and a more positive perspective of their experience. Having worked briefly as a birth doula myself, I definitely appreciate how hard it is to be in that role! It is a demanding profession which requires a vast knowledge of the birth process, a strong work ethic, and a deep dedication to their clients. As a L&D nurse, I love working and learning alongside doulas!

NEID-Kaity: What is one thing you always say to your patients?

Tracey: I think the one thing I always tell patients is to trust their intuition. Each pregnancy and birth is so unique that it really can boggle your mind if you constantly compare pregnancies or birth stories looking for the "right answer" or what is "normal." 

NEID-Kaity: What advice would you give an expecting parent as they are approaching their due date?

Tracey: Oh those last weeks! (I remember them all too well!) I try to encourage patience, but I know that is really easier said than done. I guess I also encourage moms to enjoy those last weeks, if at all possible. Enjoy every last little twist and turn of baby, every last hiccup they do. Soon this pregnancy will just be another memory tucked away.

NEID-Kaity: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Tracey: Well, I'm a wife and mother of three, so my free time is usually spent in the sand box or playing dinosaurs! I guess I would also say I'm a political junkie and I also enjoy running....you know...during all my down-time away from the kiddos! :-)

NEID-Kaity: What is your favorite food?

Tracey: Just one?? Hmm....let's just say sweets. Any form. :-)

NEID-Kaity: Please share a favorite memory with us about a time at work.

Tracey: Oh wow, I have definitely been blessed with many great memories from my patients and great co-workers! I think the best, though, is being able to care for a family with their subsequent births. 
Having formed that relationship during their first birth and being able to jump back into it with a second delivery is just so great. Having that connection with a family really helps create a peaceful, beautiful experience for everyone.


Thank you so much for taking the time to be interviewed, Tracey. We appreciate the knowledge, experience and expertise you offer new and expecting families in the Cedar Valley and are so grateful to have the honor of working alongside you. 
Happy National Nurses Week!

'Share the Love' Diaper Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NORTHEAST IOWA DOULAS “SHARE THE LOVE” WITH DIAPER DRIVE

Imagine having to cut back on basic necessities like food in order to provide diapers for your baby. For one in three families in the Cedar Valley, diaper need is a regular struggle.

But Northeast Iowa Doulas (NEID) is looking to ease that burden on area families with a diaper drive. 

“The average baby uses 6-10 diapers per day in their first year of life, which adds up fast and can be a huge financial burden on many families,” said Kaity Klotzbach, owner and doula at NEID. “Our goal is to help as many local families as we can so they don’t have to deal with the stress of choosing food or diapers.”  

The “Share the Love Diaper Drive” will take place on February 6 through 24. Donations of unopened disposable diapers and/or wipes in any size and brand can be taken to one of the event’s partner business drop off locations. All donations will be collected by Northeast Iowa Doulas and delivered to area women’s shelters for distribution to families in need. 

“A lack of resources for diapers not only causes emotional stress, but studies show that the health and development of children left in wet and soiled diapers is negatively affected and the impact extends far beyond that,” stated Klotzbach citing a study from the Journal of Pediatrics. “Without enough clean diapers babies cannot attend child care or early childhood education programs, and if they can’t attend those programs at least one of their parents cannot go to work - compounding financial need,“ she added. “Even providing a month’s worth of diapers to a family can have a profound impact on them.”

Donation drop off locations include:

  •     Partners in OBGYN - Waterloo
  •     Family Health Chiropractic - Waterloo
  •     Key West Fitness on University - Cedar Falls
  •     Vanderloo Chiropractic - Waterloo
  •     Rejuvenate Salon & Spa - Waterloo
  •      Inspired Living Chiropractic - Jesup

 

Northeast Iowa Doulas is a full-service agency offering professional birth and postpartum support services, and childbirth classes to families across Eastern Iowa. For more information, contact Kaity Klotzbach at 319-361-6984 or send an email to info@northeastiowadoulas.com.

How I Slept Through the Night, Even With a Newborn!
(Guest Blog)

"Sleep when the baby sleeps!” Yeah right. Every new and seasoned mom has heard this tidbit of knowledge when bringing home a new baby; I’m no exception. Even on baby number three well-meaning friends and family told me this. Sure it’s a great idea, but hardly practical. My husband didn’t get paternity leave, and all our family lives out of town. So I was right back to the same household duties that I had pre-newborn baby: 

-laundry to do
-suppers to make
-lunches to pack
-dishes to wash
-homework to help with
-a dog to walk

You get the picture.

I had all of this work to do while caring for and breastfeeding a new daughter while recovering from her birth. I was fortunate to not have anything major to recover from, but even an ‘easy’ labor and delivery are no joke! Add to that returning to work on the horizon, and the sleep deprivation and stress adds up fast.  

I attended an event looking for a chiropractor for my baby, and met Kaity Klotzbach, owner of Northeast Iowa Doulas. She told me all about postpartum care, and I’ll be the first to tell you I was hesitant. I was concerned what people would think, or even what the doulas would think of my parenting choices, but I’ll also be the first to tell you I was SO wrong and it was SO worth it! Not only did Kaity match me up with Kelly, a postpartum doula who was perfect for our family, but they all supported every decision I made without making me feel bad or wrong about it. I’m terribly sad I didn’t know these magical people existed 10 years ago when I had my first baby! 

I was breastfeeding and using a co-sleeping crib, which was going well - but I usually went to bed much later than my kids, and got up much earlier. This was because I was trying to get all the other household tasks done while I had longer uninterrupted breaks. Having an overnight doula allowed me to go to bed and wake up at reasonable times, because she took care of many of the light household chores for me - folding laundry, washing dishes, and meal prepping. On a couple occasions when my daughter was fussy and just wanted to be held, Kelly stepped in and kept her happy until she needed to nurse again, allowing me to sleep. After one particularly rough night, I woke up that morning surprised {and admittedly a bit panicked} to have slept in quite late - only to find my doula had gotten my other two kids up and fed and ready for school! 

Getting a full night of sleep, even a few nights a week, made me feel so much happier and healthier - physically and emotionally. Our overnight postpartum doula took immense stress off me, allowing me to actually enjoy bonding with my new baby and having extra quality time with my other kids and husband! This was going to be our last baby - but knowing what I know now about postpartum doula support, another baby would be a breeze!

Are you ready to get more sleep during the night so you can be well-rested and ready to take on the day ahead? Take the next step by contacting Northeast Iowa Doulas at (319) 361-6984 or info@northeastiowadoulas.com to learn more. You and your entire family will be so happy you did!

Authored by: Trish Morfitt, Waterloo, Iowa
 

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2016-Recap

World Breastfeeding Week was a blast! The week kicked off with an event at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital on Tuesday and ended with an event hosted by Northeast Iowa Doulas on Friday afternoon. Each event had fantastic turnout and offered moms in the Cedar Valley the opportunity to get out of the house and socialize with each other as well as connect with area professionals who were present to offer breastfeeding and postpartum support.

Tuesday – Unitypoint Allen Hospital

Our team was so excited to attend the kick-off event at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital. We loved seeing all the new moms at the event who were able to talk with nurses, WIC peer counselors, CLCs, and other educators. Those in attendance were able to enter their name in a drawing for a variety prizes, including: Medela Breast Pumps, gift cards, and gift baskets filled with goodies for parents and baby.

Attendees were also able to pick up a “passport” to use for the rest of the week. If the attendee made it to all four events during the week they were eligible for a special prize!

 

The amazing staff at UnityPoint Allen Hospital were so excited to celebrate WBW 2016.

The amazing staff at UnityPoint Allen Hospital were so excited to celebrate WBW 2016.

Wednesday - Covenant Medical Center

Our team enjoyed this event immensely! The room was so full it looked as if they will have to open up the other side of the room and order another cake next year! We had a wonderful time visiting with several moms and their precious little ones. Door prizes included a Medela Pump in Style and an Ergo Baby Carrier! One thing attendees really loved seeing was the activity table for older siblings. IBCLCs, Rhonda, Debbie and Phyllis and the rest of the lactation staff at Covenant did a wonderful job pulling this event off! We are looking forward to seeing what they have in store for the community next year!

 

What Does Breastfeeding Mean to you? Covenant Medical Center WBW 2016 Event.

What Does Breastfeeding Mean to you? Covenant Medical Center WBW 2016 Event.

Northeast Iowa Doulas owner, Kaity Klotzbach, with Whitney and Nora.

Northeast Iowa Doulas owner, Kaity Klotzbach, with Whitney and Nora.

Affiliate Doula, Kelly Fischer and Kaity Klotzbacah, NEID owner, at Covenant for WBW 2016.

Affiliate Doula, Kelly Fischer and Kaity Klotzbacah, NEID owner, at Covenant for WBW 2016.

Thursday – Operation Threshold

Operation Threshold had a successful event as well! So many moms and their little ones were able to be there to celebrate their breastfeeding journeys. Door prizes included a gift basket that contained a boobie beanie hat, hand crafted by Carrie Evans. Operation Threshold staff announced they will soon be starting a breastfeeding support group. During the event attendees were given sticky notes and encouraged to suggest names for the new support group. This will be yet another excellent resource for moms in the Cedar Valley.

 

Operation Threshold staff were so happy with the turnout at their WBW 2016 celebration.

Operation Threshold staff were so happy with the turnout at their WBW 2016 celebration.

WIC Peer Counselor, Amanda Perkins, connects with area moms and their babies at Operation Threshold.

WIC Peer Counselor, Amanda Perkins, connects with area moms and their babies at Operation Threshold.

Friday – Northeast Iowa Doulas at Family Health Chiropractic

Our World Breastfeeding Week event at Family Health Chiropractic was a great success! Moms were able to connect with each other in a supportive environment while kids were able to play with toys and color in the coloring books provided by NEID. Everyone loved the treats provided and the special decorated cookies with the national breastfeeding icons were definitely the crowd favorite. Attendees were able to enter a drawing for some fabulous door prizes.

Congratulations to our winners!

Laura Greiner: Breastmilk Freezing & Storage Bottles Bulk Pack
Courtesy of Family Health Chiropractic, PC

Jonni Meier: Family Photography Session
Courtesy of Mama Meraki Photography

Audrey Edwards: Family Photography Session
Courtesy of Mama Meraki Photography

Carly Buls: GRAND PRIZE – Breastfeeding Support Gift Basket (value $200+)
**Includes 4 hours of specialized postpartum doula care**
Courtesy of Northeast Iowa Doulas

We were so pleased to offer breastfeeding mini sessions. During the event, photographer Stephanie Bertoli, owner of Mama Meraki Photography, was able to capture beautiful images in during each session. Many attendees took advantage of this special offer so this will definitely be something we offer every year. We look forward to having Stephanie back next year.
 

Beautiful images from a breastfeeding mini session taken during the Northeast Iowa Doulas WBW event. This is Audrey and her precious daughter, Neleaha..  Photo credit: Stephanie Bertoli, owner of  Mama Meraki Photography  in Cedar Falls.

Beautiful images from a breastfeeding mini session taken during the Northeast Iowa Doulas WBW event. This is Audrey and her precious daughter, Neleaha.. 
Photo credit: Stephanie Bertoli, owner of Mama Meraki Photography in Cedar Falls.

Affiliate Doula, Alaina McElmeel, talking with attendees.

Affiliate Doula, Alaina McElmeel, talking with attendees.

Nora is the perfect model for this "Eat Local" T-shirt. Isn't she beautiful?

Nora is the perfect model for this "Eat Local" T-shirt. Isn't she beautiful?

Door prizes at Northeast Iowa Doulas/Family Health Chiropractic Event.

Door prizes at Northeast Iowa Doulas/Family Health Chiropractic Event.

Moms connecting and enjoying each other's company while children play.

Moms connecting and enjoying each other's company while children play.

Affiliate Doula, Kelly Fischer, was able to reconnect with a previous client and her handsome little man.

Affiliate Doula, Kelly Fischer, was able to reconnect with a previous client and her handsome little man.

Laura Greiner, excited to be attending the Northeast Iowa Doulas WBW 2016 event!

Laura Greiner, excited to be attending the Northeast Iowa Doulas WBW 2016 event!

It was so great to see moms connecting!

It was so great to see moms connecting!

The snacks were a hit with moms and kids alike.

The snacks were a hit with moms and kids alike.

Beautifully decorated cookies sporting variations of the national breastfeeding icon were a crowd favorite. Check out  6th Street Tasty Treats  for all your cookie needs!

Beautifully decorated cookies sporting variations of the national breastfeeding icon were a crowd favorite. Check out 6th Street Tasty Treats for all your cookie needs!

Northeast Iowa Doulas team and Dr. Stacy Carlin From left to right: Kelly Fischer, Alaina McElmeel, Victoria Cartland, Kaity Klotzbach, Dr. Stacy Carlin (Missing NEID affiliates: Bethany Anderson and Trish Morfitt)

Northeast Iowa Doulas team and Dr. Stacy Carlin
From left to right: Kelly Fischer, Alaina McElmeel, Victoria Cartland, Kaity Klotzbach, Dr. Stacy Carlin
(Missing NEID affiliates: Bethany Anderson and Trish Morfitt)


We’d like to offer a special thank you to Dr. Stacy Carlin of Family Health Chiropractic. Thank you, Dr. Stacy and staff, for partnering with Northeast Iowa Doulas again this year to bring this fantastic event to our community.

We had an amazing time celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2016 in the Cedar Valley and look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Authored by: Victoria Cartland and Kaity Klotzbach

 

St. Patrick's Day Traditions

For as long as I can remember, my family has always done something for St. Patrick’s Day. My mom is one of those people who loves to celebrate every holiday. This means decorating for each holiday, having themed music, color coordinated outfits, and themed food.

Before every holiday we would make decorations to put all around the house. For St. Patrick’s Day that meant cutting paper shamrocks, which really just looked like green blobs; drawing rainbows; making leprechaun masks.

When I was little, my mom would dye our food green for St. Patrick's Day. As I got older we started having traditional Irish dinners such as corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes and pork, and soda bread. I can remember always wearing green to school on St. Patrick ’s Day because I didn’t want to get pinched. However, I also made sure to wear orange. At some point in my youth my grandpa drilled it in my head that we came from the Orange Irish and that was something we needed to be proud of.

Once I got to college and was on my own I made sure to still participate in the traditions my mother had instilled in me. I got window clings to put on my mirror and windows. I wore something green and something orange. I ate something green. I remembered my youth.

I talked to my mom on the phone at least once a day throughout all four of my college years. On St. Patrick’s Day the conversation usually went as follows:

“Did you have corned beef and cabbage for dinner?”
“No mom, they don’t serve that in the dining halls.”
“Well you ate something that was green, RIGHT?”
“Of course I did.” (This may or may not have been true)


Even though my brother and I are now grown and out of the house my mother still makes sure to keep up with her traditions. She posts pictures of the crafts she’s done with her grandchildren. She writes about how she made a traditional Irish dinner for everyone to enjoy, and she posts pictures of her green outfit.

While every holiday garners the same attention from my mother, St. Patrick’s Day will always be my favorite and have the most memories attached to it. Maybe it’s because my family has a strong Irish background. Maybe it’s because I “look” Irish with my ginger hair. Maybe it’s because the color green looks great on me. For whatever reason, I still participate in all of the traditions my mother instilled in me for the last 23 years...and I’m darn proud of it!

Do you have any exciting St. Patrick's Day family traditions? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

Authored by: Victoria Cartland
Edited by: Kaity Klotzbach

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