Saturday, January 28, 2012

Postpartum Depression: treatment opportunities

Postpartum Depression: treatment opportunities at the UIHC Women's Wellness and Counseling Service

The new study is looking at a web-based treatment program for postpartum depression (up to 1 year postpartum).  The program includes 6 lesson modules (1 per week) based on the principles of cognitive-behavior therapy (decreasing negative thoughts and increasing pleasant activities).  It also includes information on topics such as increasing social support, communicating with others, and utilizing relaxation techniques.  In addition, there is a phone coach component, in which each participant receives a weekly support call from one of us.  This study may be appealing to women as it doesn’t require any travel (can be done over the phone/on-line) and it offers $140 for completing all of the portions.

Then just as a reminder, we are continuing to recruit for the Omega-3 study.  Women can participate if they are currently experiencing symptoms of depression or if they have a past history of depression.  We would follow both groups through the end of their pregnancy with regular mood checks.  If women are currently depressed, then they would also receive Omega-3 fish oil supplements.

Women’s Wellness and Counseling Service
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Conscious Birth Summit 2012: Schedule of Events

Conscious Birth Summit
February 3-4, 2012
Iowa City Public Library, Free to the public

Friday, February 3, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Willowwind School
"Childbirth to Childhood Cafe” Come for an evening of
thought-provoking conversation with a diverse group of parents
and family support providers about care choices after childbirth -
in home care and daycare options, nannies, preschool education,
and other care options. We will use the World Cafe model to
facilitate discussion in order to hear a diverse range of thoughts
and ideas.

This event takes place at Willowwind School, 950 Dover Street Iowa City, IA 52245-5228
(319) 338-6061

Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Iowa City Public Library

Meeting Room A
10:00 a.m.
"Exercise and Babywearing for a Healthy and Pain-
free Birth and Beyond” with Progressive Rehabilitation
Associates, Kim Blackwell-Esch, PT

Kim graduated from UI Physical Therapy program in 2004 and
have been practicing at Progressive Rehabilitation Associates,
LLC since that time. She treats orthopedic injuries and also
specialize in Women's Health, including pelvic pain, urinary
incontinence, pregnancy and post-partum issues.

10:45 a.m.
"The VBAC Dilemma"
from the film More Business Of Being Born.

11:30 Janelle Railey, MA, LMHC of Eastwind Healing Center will
give a talk on “Childbirth as a Rite of Passage Into
Conscious Adulthood.”
Janelle Railey MA, LMHC, RYT is a
licensed psychotherapist, meditation instructor, experienced yoga
teacher and childbirth educator. Her work is concerned with
developing a self-sensing awareness of the present moment and
to the body-mind connection.

12:30 p.m.
“Special Deliveries” from More Business of Being Born

1:00 p.m
"Acupuncture for the Childbearing Years” with Alice
Spitzner Claussen L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.
Twig & Needle Chinese Medicine LLC

Alice Spitzner Claussen is a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) though
to be more precise a Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) practi-
tioner. There is much more to TCM than just acupuncture. TCM
is about treating the whole person not just the disease. TCM
practitioners strive to help their patients target areas of imbalance
in their body and/or life that may be creating illness. Then,
together, patient and practitioner formulate a treatment plan,
incorporating the Five Pillars of TCM.

1:45 p.m.
“Special Deliveries” Part 2 from More Business of Being Born

2:30 p.m.
Dr. Ron Robinson, DC, CACCP of Robinson Family Wellness
2:30 The Wellness Pregnancy--Dr. Ron Robinson, DC, CACCP of
Robinson Family Wellness will offer complimentary care information,
discussing his specific, gentle techniques for proper alignment and
preparation for natural birth as well as nutrition and postpartum care
of the family.
Dr. Ron Robinson maintains a certification from the ICPA as a
Pediatric and Family Wellness Chiropractor (CACCP). He is the only
Chiropractor in the Iowa City/Coralville area with this certification. He
also holds an additional certification for the Webster Technique.

3:15 p.m.
"Exploring Your Options" from the film More Business Of Being

4:30 p.m.
Doulas and Hospital Practitioners, Q&A panel sponsored by Jenn
Bowen, Birth and Postpartum Doula
5:30 p.m.
Meet the Homebirth Midwives hosted by Katie Sullenbrand of
Eastern Iowa Midwifery
6:30 p.m.
Friends of Iowa Midwives update. Visit:

6:45 p.m.
“Ina May’s Kitchen” film clip from More Business of Being Born
sharing an interview that Ricki and Abby had with America’s leading
midwife, Ina May Gaskin at home on the The Farm.

In the Children’s Room

12 p.m.
Prenatal Yoga with Jennifer Deslippe, RYT of Sweet Feet
Jennifer Deslippe is the Prenatal Yoga instructor at Sweet Feet Yoga
on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Join her for this
free sample class -- a yoga practice for the body, mind, and baby.
She will lead the mother-to-be through gentle asanas that help
support a healthy birth and labor. Pregnancy is a sacred passage in
your life. Honor this time by building body and breath awareness
while bonding with your baby.

1 p.m.
Baby & Me Yoga with Dana Robinson RYT, RCYT
Come try out Sweet Feet Yoga’s BABY & ME class with your little
one newborn-crawling. The class includes poses for your baby which
promote better sleep and good digestion, builds body awareness
and strength as your baby works towards eventually crawling,
standing, and walking. Yoga poses for new moms are also included
to relieve tension and stress, as well as infant massage and time to
relax with your little one. A great way to bond with your baby!

At Heartland Yoga (across the pedestrian mall from ICPL)

11 a.m.
"Key Yoga Poses and Meditation Techniques for Pregnancy” with
Abby Burns. Abby Burns (currently due in May with her 2nd child) is
a hatha trained yoga instructor, with a special interest in anatomy
and yoga's therapeutic application to a variety of physical needs.

Heartland Yoga will again offer a 6 week course beginning on March
25 and running through April 29,2012 called Mindful Birthing. This
course is designed to empower couples to communicate their
desires about labor and birth, learn to trust their instinctive voice,
and allow their fears to be resolved prior to birthing. This class is not
specific to one way of birthing or method of childbirth as we believe
births unfold in organic and unique ways. We integrate holistic
childbirth education, hypnosis for labor and delivery, mindfulness
meditation, and prenatal yoga in a safe and nurturing environment.
Facilitators include Betsy Rippentrop, PhD, Monica Brasile and
Janelle Railey, MA, LMHC. Registration is required. For more
information visit\MindfulBirthing, email, or call 354-4062.

12:30 p.m.
“Bellydance for Birth” hosted by Melanie Moore, Certified
Professional Midwife and Certified FCBD bellydance instructor.
Learn more at and
“The bellydance represents the power of women to produce life”-
Sheila Kitzinger.

Bellydance is the original and best exercise for pregnancy and birth
preparation. It encourages optimal fetal positioning, strengthening
and increased control of the pelvic muscles, visualization of birthing
movements as natural and sexy, and healthy body image.

2 p.m.
Birth Movement: How to Use the Birth Sling, Squat Bar,
Birth Ball and Positions
The workshop is intended as a preparation for pregnant women and
their birth partners, for doulas, nurses, midwives, obstetricians and
others who are interested in learning how to use movement and
low-tech methods.
Taught by author and birth doula, Jun-Nicole Matsushita,
Meeting Room B at Iowa City Public Library

10:30 a.m.
Cesarean Voices: "A healthy baby is all that matters,"
and other myths with ICAN of Northeast Iowa chapter leader, Kelly
The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a
nonprofit organization founded by Esther Booth Zorn in 1982.
ICAN’s mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing
unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for
cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
Visit for more information.

1:30 p.m.
Healing the Divide with Linda Crownover-Inch
This session is for childbirth professional that wants to explore
options in healing the divide between birth professionals, their place
of practice and how to hold the space for moms during the child-
bearing year.
Visit .

Monday, January 16, 2012

Conscious Birth Summit 2012

Conscious Birth Summit 2012Saturday, February 4, 9AM-8PM
Iowa City Public Library, Free to the public

Workshops, panels, lectures, movies and more

Details to come!