'Share the Love' 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

World Doula Week - #postpartumdoulasdothat


Your baby is just a week old and sleep deprivation has taken over. Your partner is getting ready to return to work and your family and friends are getting ready to go back to their regular lives. You have received wonderfully prepared meals, gifts and well-meaning advice. Now for the first time since baby was born it’s just you and the baby. This can be a very exciting time but can also be a tough transition and sometimes new mothers are left feeling lonely and isolated. Nobody is around to hold baby while you go to the bathroom... A million questions run through your head.

“How are we going to do this?”
“How am
I going to do this?”
“Is baby getting enough to eat?”

“Are we ever going to sleep again?”
“Will I ever eat a hot meal again?”
“What is the best way to soothe my baby?”
“Why does my baby have her days and nights mixed up?”

And the list goes on…

Just about the time self-doubt starts to sink in, your postpartum doula walks through the door for her scheduled shift and greets you with a smile. She is ready to help out where needed and make this an amazing day. She asks how everyone is doing and if she can get anything for you. You express to her that you’d love to take a hot shower and maybe take a nice long nap, since those are few and far between these days. You gently place your baby in your doula's arms and she lets you know everything will be taken care of. “Take your time” she says as you disappear into the bathroom for some much needed time to yourself.

When you wake up from your nap you walk out of your bedroom feeling like a human again and return to find baby asleep next to your doula. The dishes are done, baby’s laundry is folded, and what is that wonderful aroma coming from the kitchen? Yes, your postpartum doula already has dinner cooking in the oven.

The above scenario is what you can expect when you hire a postpartum doula from Northeast Iowa Doulas. While many well-meaning family and friends offer to help take care of baby, your postpartum doula will take care of your whole family. Our primary focus is mom’s physical and emotional recovery from birth, followed by any newborn care that is needed or desired, followed by any household tasks that we can help out with. Whether that means taking some time for yourself, catching up on some much needed sleep, preparing meals and snacks, running errands, helping keep the house tidy, or even just having one person who validates all your parenting decisions that you can feel safe talking to; your postpartum doula can do it all.

In addition to helping around the house your postpartum doula from Northeast Iowa Doulas is also trained to help you adjust during this time. This means knowing what can be expected physically and emotionally during your postpartum transition, teaching you how to recognize baby’s feeding and sleeping cues, and recognizing when some additional attention is needed. Each of our postpartum doulas are trained in recognizing the signs of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders such as the postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, and postpartum psychosis. Should our doulas feel that additional help is needed we have a fantastic list of local resources to refer our clients to when something falls outside the scope of postpartum doula care.

By hiring a doula from Northeast Iowa Doulas you can be sure that you will receive only the best professional doula support that Iowa has to offer. For more information about our postpartum services click  here or contact us today for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you!

For more great #WorldDoulaWeek blogs from doulas across the country, visit http://louisvilleareadoulas.com/blog/2016-world-doula-week

Authored by: Victoria Cartland
Edited by: Kaity Klotzbach




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