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Birth Options in Iowa City
August 20, 2012 2:06 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking into having a midwife assisted birth in the Iowa City area in March. Anybody have any suggestions? I am completely unfamiliar with the options available there.

My parents live in a small town close to Iowa City. I live in Juneau, AK. The options for birth here aren't as I'd like them. I am considering traveling down south to my parents' house for the birth of my child.

I'm looking for a midwife who can help my give birth in Iowa City. Probably in a birthing center or a hospital as I would not be close enough to medical facilities to give birth at home. I would like to have the option to labor and give birth in the tub. One reason I am considering leaving Juneau for the birth is the competent pre-natal care is coupled with a flat-on-your-back hospital birth as the only option.

I'm not sure where to start looking. I'm familiar with Iowa City and the excellent hospital there but not with birthing options.
posted by Foam Pants to Health & Fitness (5 answers total)
 
Is this place not an option for you?
posted by rabbitrabbit at 2:15 PM on August 20, 2012


I recommend heading over to mothering.com , the women there have a pretty good network of local references for states all over the country.
posted by blue_bicycle at 2:25 PM on August 20, 2012


rabbitrabbit, they do not give what I consider competent prenatal advice. Also, having met some of the people involved, I know I do NOT want them in charge of my birth. They were my first stop and I quickly ruled them out.
posted by Foam Pants at 2:51 PM on August 20, 2012


I recently delivered statsbaby using the midwife clinic at UIHC. I can't speak highly enough of them. Feel free to memail me if you'd like more details.
posted by statsgirl at 6:07 PM on August 20, 2012


My brother and his wife used http://www.motherandchildmidwifery.com/ in Iowa City for their (home) birth, and had nothing but good things to say about them.
posted by ariel_caliban at 6:23 PM on August 20, 2012


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