RESULTS: "Share the Love" Diaper Drive

For the one in three families in the Cedar Valley struggling with diaper need, life is about to get a little easier. This is all thanks to the generosity of area businesses and individuals who made the “Share the Love” Diaper Drive hosted by our team at Northeast Iowa Doulas a monumental success.

The diaper drive, which was scheduled to run from February 6th through the 24th, was extended a week due to requests from several of the businesses who volunteered as drop-off sites for the diaper and wipe donations.

We are so excited to announce that due to the community efforts, this drive has collected over 10,000 DIAPERS and over 52 packages of wipes!!!! 

Since this was our first year facilitating this drive, and a grassroots effort, we weren’t sure what kind of response we would have. We set a goal of two-thousand diapers, and were absolutely astonished, and so happy to surpass that goal five times over.

Diaper need is a real, often unaddressed issue in the Cedar Valley, with the effects reaching much farther than the obvious health risks to the children and the financial strain on families. On Wednesday, March 8th, the NEID team made stops at several area women's shelters and other organizations that provide assistance to families in need, including:

House of Hope - Waterloo
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family - Waverly
Allen Women's Health - Waterloo

Each location took exactly what they needed and had storage room for. They expressed their gratitude multiple times and look forward to hearing from us again next year. They all assured us that each one of these diapers and wipes will be put to use. It was amazing to see the looks on their faces as we brought in box after box, bag after bag, box after bag, after box....
This is the exact reason why we decided to facilitate the "Share the Love" Diaper Drive.

THANK YOU, Cedar Valley community and other neighboring communities, for helping make this diaper drive a huge success. This wouldn’t have been as successful without the support of local businesses who joined us in this effort by being a donation drop-off site, and by helping us spread the word about the drive. Most importantly, we wouldn't have been able to deliver 10,000+ diapers without each one of YOU who took the time to bring in your donation!

Area businesses who volunteered to be donation drop-off locations included:

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

NEID Owner, Kaity Klotzbach with Dusky Steele, Development Coordinator at House of Hope in Waterloo

NEID Owner, Kaity Klotzbach with Dusky Steele, Development Coordinator at House of Hope in Waterloo

Affiliate NEID Doulas, Jessica Lake and Justine Liddle with NEID Owner, Kaity Klotzbach at Cedar Valley Friends of the Family in Waverly.

Affiliate NEID Doulas, Jessica Lake and Justine Liddle with NEID Owner, Kaity Klotzbach at Cedar Valley Friends of the Family in Waverly.

Seeing the amazing response, we plan to make the "Share the Love" Diaper Drive an annual event. Next year we plan to set an even higher goal!

Once again, thank you to all the area businesses who volunteered to be donation drop-off sites and to every single one of you who donated to this very important cause. We are so grateful for your support and generosity.

Are you a Cedar Valley area business and interested in being part of "Share the Love" Diaper Drive in 2018? Email Kaity Klotzbach at info@northeastiowadoulas.com

'Share the Love' Diaper Drive

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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.

Everything is Different After Having a Baby...Including *Ahem* Down There.

Many women worry after a vaginal birth that what they’re experiencing is not normal, or that things like sex won’t feel the same again. Oftentimes they feel uncomfortable asking about it or choose not to talk about it because they’re embarrassed - and let’s face it, talking about healing from a vaginal birth isn’t exactly typical dinnertime conversation.

“Normal” after having a baby is relative, and every new mom's experience is different. But rest assured that what you’re experiencing is most likely normal. If you have concerns, it is always a good idea to check in with your care provider.

The vagina is an amazing muscle, biologically designed to accommodate the physical demands of delivering a baby. However, there are many other factors to consider that may impact how quickly you heal physically after birth, such as:

  • How long your labor lasted
  • How fast baby came through the birth canal
  • If forceps or vacuum were needed to assist the delivery
  • Whether your *perineum remained intact or if lacerations occurred, either by naturally tearing or via episiotomy. 

*Perineum refers to the area located between your vaginal opening and your anus

Nearly all women will experience some degree of soreness after delivery, as it is very intense for the tissue down there. You’ve also just put your body through intense physical stress for hours or possibly even days.

You have probably heard the saying,
"Labor and delivery is like running a marathon." 

This is true! Except this is a marathon you didn’t get to spend days, weeks, or months practicing and conditioning your body for. It is expected that you will be sore after the birth of your baby!

It is very normal for your vulva, vagina, and possibly even your anus to experience some swelling and/or bruising as everything down there has been stretched to its max during a vaginal birth. This soreness can last for a few days to a few weeks. 

But no worries-- Your body will heal. You can help it by resting, using ice (those frozen pads or ice diapers may have seemed silly at first, but trust us, they can be your best friend!), and if your provider recommends it, taking an anti-inflammatory and pain relief medication can make all the difference. 

As for sex? There really is no rhyme or reason for determining the best time once you have been cleared by your OB or midwife. Most care providers recommend waiting at least six weeks simply because it's important to ensure you’re fully healed. Waiting this length of time will allow swelling and bruising to go down as will also allow your perineum to heal if tearing occurred during delivery. Waiting will also reduce the risk of any infections.

Most importantly; you should wait until you feel comfortable and ready to begin having sex again. Once that time comes you can hop on over to our blog post for 8 Tips for Having Great Sex After Baby

Authored by: Trish Morfitt
Edited by: Kaity Klotzbach

8 Tips For Having Great Sex After Baby

1.  Wait. Or don’t. It is up to you!
You should follow your care provider’s instructions and wait at least 6 weeks after delivery (both vaginal and cesarean) to ensure you don’t cause any additional trauma to your incision or repairs to your perineum. But other than that, there’s no specific time when you * should * have sex again – it should just be when you feel comfortable enough to try.


2.  Try not to let insecurity get in the way.
Feeling comfortable again means different things for different women. Your lady parts or cesarean incision might be healed; but you might feel self-conscious about your stomach, your breasts, or your spit-up-covered-haven’t-showered-in-days hair. Cut yourself a little slack and own your postpartum body for everything magical it is and has done! If you feel more comfortable dimming the lights, that's always an option as well.


3.  Set the mood.
If you’ve hired one of our overnight postpartum and infant care doulas, you’ve already been getting sleep. If not, you might feel a little frazzled from caring for your baby all day…and all night. Either way, take some time to get in the mood however you like best. Put on some music, light some candles, draw a bath, pour a glass of your favorite wine, or swap neck and shoulder massages with your partner.


4.  Protection.
You just had a baby, and while some couples want babies close together, the first time you have sex after your new baby is probably not the best time to get pregnant again – but it happens! Just because you might not have a regular period yet doesn’t mean you can’t ovulate. If you haven’t talked about birth control with your care provider, it's a good idea to make sure you have a barrier method on hand.


5.  Lube, Lube, Lube...and More Lube.
Hormone changes in your body can make your body’s natural response to arousal happen differently than it has in the past. Using lubrication can help things go smoothly.


6.  Take the advice of Prince – ♫ tonight is the night for making slow love ♫.
Take it slooooow when you have sex the first time post baby. This isn’t the time for a quickie. Give your body a chance to adjust, and try out different positions if you’re uncomfortable.


7.  Don’t set expectations.
Sex the first time after baby might be painless, magical and amazing! On the other hand, it's possible that it might be painful, making it stressful and frustrating. Taking things one step at a time and making sure you’re comfortable is important so you are able to stay relaxed and so sex continues to be fun. Don’t feel discouraged if things don’t go the way you anticipated because…{see number 8}…


8.  Sex isn’t always defined the same.
There are plenty of ways you can be intimate with your partner that do not involve traditional “sex.” If you’re not feeling it, find something you ARE feeling that you can both enjoy and can agree on!

Authored by: Trish Morfitt
Edited by: Kaity Klotzbach

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

 

World Breastfeeding Week 2016


What is World Breastfeeding Week?

World Breastfeeding Week 2016 kicked off August 1st, 2016! 
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) was started by the
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in 1991. The main goals of World Breastfeeding Week is to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding around the world.

Who participates in World Breastfeeding Week?

Anyone can participate in WBW! There are more than 170 countries that recognize and participate in World Breastfeeding Week.

How can I participate in World Breastfeeding Week?

Members of the Cedar Valley Breastfeeding Coalition have planned four different events this week in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. At each event there will be prizes, refreshments, and a time to socialize!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2nd
UnityPoint Allen Hospital
1825 Logan Ave
Waterloo, IA 50703
10:00AM-12:00PM

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3rd
Covenant Medical Center
3521 West 9th Street
Waterloo, IA 50702
1:00PM-3:00PM

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4th
Operation Threshold
1535 Lafayette Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
1:30PM-3:30PM

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5th
Northeast Iowa Doulas at Family Health Chiropractic
203 East Tower Park Drive
Waterloo, IA 50701
2:00PM-4:00PM

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1748204232119157/

Stay tuned throughout the week for more blogs about breastfeeding, pictures from the events, and a review of everything that happened during the week. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Authored by: Victoria Cartland
Edited by: Kaity Klotzbach

Top 5 Water Safety Tips for Summer

I have been a certified lifeguard for 8 years. Over the years I have guarded in a variety of locations, from waterparks to health clubs to lakes to swim teams. In each place I’ve worked I’ve been reminded of the unique challenges that each location poses to water safety. I’ve also performed rescues at each location I’ve worked at. As the weather gets warmer and more families flock to the pool to escape the heat I’ve decided to share my top 5 water safety tips.

1. Use approved life jackets or floaties for your children

Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) that are United States Coast Guard approved are designed to keep the person on their back. This means if your child loses their balance and falls over or floats out of the area where they cannot touch the bottom, the PFD is designed to keep their face out of the water."


2. Stay within arm’s reach

I recommend following the 25:10 rule. If a child cannot swim 25 yards continuously, an adult should be within 10 feet of them. If you will be leaving the pool area you should take your children with you or pass the duty of watching the children onto another adult.


3. Keep your eyes on the pool

Even though many swimming spots are staffed with lifeguards they are not able to give 1:1 attention to all the individuals at the pool. If your child is able to pass the swim test it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on them. Visit Abbey’s Hope to learn about taking the Water Watchdog pledge.


4. Use sunscreen and drink water    

Sunburn and dehydration are a sure way to ruin a nice day out. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you and drink it throughout the day. Also reapply sunscreen at least every two hours.


5. Follow posted signs and rules

Rules and signs are posted for a reason. Read all signs before you enter the area so you know if there are any extra precautions to take. It is important to not only know the rules for yourself, but to also make sure your children understand and follow the rules as well.

Happy Summer!


Authored by: Victoria Cartland
Edited by: Kaity Klotzbach

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