Stay Connected Through Events with Iowa Family Support Network


The Iowa Family Support Network would like to keep you posted on upcoming events in your area. Whether you are a parent or a provider, we will do our best to post any workshops, conferences, classes, and kid friendly events that are close to you!

  1. Parent Cafe

    03/31/2017 @ 08:30am
    Crossroads Church 2810 1st Ave, Perry , Iowa

    Opportunities for parents to come together and share their experiences, their joys, their concerns with other parents. They are informal and parent led so everyone can talk and learn from each other.

    Parent Cafe's are not parent and child events. They are for parents only.

    This event is free and takes place on Fridays: March 10th and March 31st.

    For more information call:

    Jean 515-250-8807

  2. Corridor Autism Resource Expo

    04/01/2017 @ 10:00am
    Cedar Rapids Public Library at 450 5th Ave SE Cedar Rapids, IA

    The Corridor Autism Resource Expo (CARE) is an annual event at the Cedar Rapids Public Library packed full of resources, presentations, and information for those on the autism spectrum and their families and caregivers. You'll be amazed at what our community has to offer! CARE was started by a group of autism parents who were concerned about not knowing much of what was available for their families' needs in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor. You may visit https://www.facebook.com/corridorautismresourceexpo/ for more information.

  3. Family Fun Fair

    04/01/2017 @ 02:30pm
    815 N 16th street Council Bluffs, Iowa

    Family Fun Fair at the Charles Lakin Human Services Campus at 815 N 16th street Council Bluffs, IA. In the boys and girls club (Salvation Army) building. There will be food, crafts, games, music, face painting, balloon twisting, and community resources. Everything is FREE. For more information contact Tisha Moore at 712-256-9920 ext 1.

  4. Special Egg Event

    04/08/2017 @ 03:00pm
    Valley Stadium at 4440 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265

    The Special Egg Event is a free Easter egg hunt for children with special needs and their families. Join us at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. Enjoy food, carnival games, activity areas, and egg hunts that are designed for your child.

    •A Quiet Egg Hunt for children on the Autism Spectrum or children with Sensory Processing issues who need a quieter environment. Children who do not need a calm sensory environment should sign up for the general egg hunt.

    •A Beeping Egg Hunt For children who are blind or visually impaired.

    •A Magnetic Egg Hunt For children with wheelchairs or mobility restrictions. Magnetic eggs and poles Allow children to collect eggs

    •A General Egg Hunt for children with other disabilities and siblings of children involved in the other hunts.

    You may learn more information and register at

    https://specialeggevent.com/ or you may also call 1-866-344-7676.

  5. Labor & Birth Class

    04/10/2017 @ 06:00pm
    Allen Hospital: OB Classroom

    The Labor and Birth Class is designed to provide participants with up-to-date information about labor and delivery. Some comfort strategies during labor and relaxation techniques will be included in the class content. It should be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy.

    Participants need to attend only one day.

    Due to similarities of class topics, it isn't necessary to take the Childbirth or Lamaze Class and this class.

    Your support person is welcome to attend (no additional charge).

    For more information or if questions, please call 319-226-2229, ext. 1.

    You can also email Suzanne.starbeck@unitypoint.org with any questions.

  6. Prenatal Education Class for Expectant Parents

    04/19/2017 @ 10:30am
    Dallas County Hospital Community Room Room 610

    Classes are from 10:30am-12.

    March 8th- You and Your pregnancy: Prenatal care

    March 22nd- Healthy Eating during Pregnancy

    March 29th- What to Avoid during Pregnancy

    April 5th- The Big Day: Labor and Birth

    April 12th- Caring for your Baby/Postpartum Care

    April 19th- Celebrating your achievement

    For more information or to enroll, please contact Dallas County Public Health Nursing Services at 515-465-2483 or 515-993-3750

  7. New Baby, New Emotions: Postpartum Adjustment Group

    04/20/2017 @ 05:30pm
    Delhi Medical Center - Third Floor Conference Room

    While bringing home your new baby is an exciting time, it can also be a scary and stressful time. That is why UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital is offering the area's first support group for new mothers who want to explore ways they can better care for themselves physically and mentally as they go through this transition.

    All mothers are welcome from birth through the first year postpartum.

    The group is co-led by a nurse (RN) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).

    •No fee

    •No registration is required

    •Lap babies are welcome

    •Every third Thursday of the month

    •Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    •Located in the Delhi Medical Office Building Conference Room (Third Floor)

    Call Becky Richardson at (563) 589-2661 with questions or for more information.

  8. Oh, Baby!

    04/29/2017 @ 09:00am
    1415 Woodland Avenue - Education and Research Center - Iowa Methodist Medical Center

    Whether you are thinking about starting a family or are currently pregnant, this event is for you!

    Oh, Baby! is a FREE expo offering a variety of educational sessions, knowledgeable vendors, interactive exhibits and great giveaways!

    Educational Sessions

    •Comfort Measures: Learn from an anesthesiologist and nurse the options you have for comfort during labor. Whether you are planning for a natural labor and delivery, or plan to use medications for comfort, this session will help explore all your options.

    •Feeding Your Baby: Once your baby is born, one of your most important jobs as a parent is providing nutrition and nourishment. Breastfeeding, supplementation and formula feedings will be addressed as well as our lactation support services.

    •Keeping Baby Safe on the Go: While car seats are very effective when used correctly, approximately 90% of car seats in Iowa are used wrong. Learn how to keep your child safe with a properly installed car seat.

    •Bonding With Baby: Learn how to connect and understand your baby's needs the days, weeks and months after their arrival. Ultimately, cultivating a happy, healthy childhood for your baby.

    Interactive Session

    This session will run concurrently from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Plan to stop in to learn more on the following:

    •Keeping Baby Safe at Home: Preparing for your baby can be an overwhelming time. Learn about products you need and products that just are not safe for your baby.

    Vendors

    Vendors will offer education on a variety of topics as well as fun giveaways and resources for your pregnancy and new baby:

    •Blank Children's Hospital

    •Maternity Services

    •Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

    •Childbirth & Parenting Education

    •Midwife Services

    •Perinatal Services

    •March of Dimes

    •Financial Counselors

    •DSM Moms Blog

    •Lactation Services

    •UnityPoint Clinic

    •And more!

    We will also have healthy snacks for you to enjoy while attending the event! Click the "Register Now" button above to pre-register. We hope to see you there!

  9. 2017 Iowa Breastfeeding Conference

    05/17/2017 @ 08:30am
    Airport Holiday Inn Conference Center

    Information

    Wednesday, May 17 & Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Airport Holiday Inn Conference Center

    6111 Fleur Drive

    Des Moines, Iowa 50321

    Intended Audience:

    Nurses, Dietitians, Lactation Consultants and other healthcare professionals.

    Purpose:

    To enable the healthcare team to provide evidence-based care, education and support to the breastfeeding mother and her family.

    Registration:

    Deadline to register is May 11, 2017. Registration is online only. When you click the "register now" button, you will have the opportunity to select and pay for the sessions you wish to attend.

    Refunds will not be available after May 11, 2017. A cancellation fee of $25 will be retained and should be emailed to Mindy Brightman at melinda.brightman@unitypoint.org.

    *Early registration discount when registering before April 5, 2017

    Cost:

    • Wednesday, May 17

    $25 – Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting (IBC)

    $50 – Early Afternoon Session and Late Afternoon Session

    • Thursday, May 18

    $115 – All Day Session (includes conference materials and lunch)

    • May 17th and May 18th - Attend all 3 sessions

    $175 – Early Registration Discount

    $190 – Price after April 5, 2017

    Agenda

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Objectives – Day 1

    1. Discuss infant gut health and the enteric nervous system.

    2. Determine what normal intake, output and growth are in the context of digestive health..

    3. Identify useful care strategies for gut health related issues.

    4. Describe the legislative history of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

    5. Define how the International Code aligns with designation under the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

    6. Identify three areas of commerce and marketing, not envisioned when the International Code was drafted in 1981, that affect today's commercial messages about breastfeeding.

    8:30-9:00 Registration

    9:00-12:00

    Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting

    12:00-1:00 Lunch (for IBC Meeting attendees only)

    12:00-1:00 Registration for afternoon sessions

    1:00-3:00

    Infant Gut Health: Common Concerns and Useful Support Strategies

    Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC

    3:00-3:15 Break

    3:15-5:00

    The WHO Code in Everyday Practice: Real Life Scenarios

    Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC

    5:00-5:15 Evaluations/Adjourn

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Objectives – Day 2

    1. Identify two mandatory practice-guiding documents the IBCLC must follow, and one voluntary practice- guiding document the IBCLC should follow.

    2. Describe three ways social media use for lactation support can compromise patient/client care.

    3. Identify strategies to overcome potential barriers for successful breastfeeding.

    4. Explore the impact of ethical dilemmas when providing breastfeeding services.

    5. Discuss resources to assist healthcare providers when caring for the breastfeeding mother.

    6. Identify one difference in the scope of practice for an IBCLC, and another licensed healthcare provider offering care for a breastfeeding dyad.

    7. Describe the difference between a professional “scope of practice” and a work place “conflict of interest”.

    7:30-8:20 Registration

    8:20-8:30 Welcome & Announcements

    8:30-9:45

    HIPAA for Hipsters: Law and Ethics of Texting and Cloud-Based Sharing

    Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

    9:45-10:15

    Break/Exhibits

    10:15-11:15

    Breakout Sessions:

    A. Human Milk Sharing, Selling and Donation: Legal and Ethics Angles

    Liz Brookes, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

    B. An Individualized Approach to Relactation or Induced Lactation

    Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC

    11:15-12:15

    Lunch/Exhibits

    12:15-1:15

    Breakout Sessions:

    A. Dietary and Herbal Galactogogues

    Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC

    B. The Proficient Pumper

    Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC

    1:15-2:25

    Breakout Sessions:

    A. Tongue and Lip Tie: Related Issues, Assessment and Treatment

    Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC

    B. The Breastfeeding Partner: How Dads and Other Special People Make A Difference

    Alyssa Schneel, MS, IBCLC

    2:25-2:50 Break/Exhibits/Snacks

    2:50-4:05

    When Worlds Collide: How Ethics Differ For IBCLCs, Peer Counselors, Nurses, Dietitians and Volunteers

    Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

    4:05-4:15 Evaluations/Adjourn

    Speakers:

    •Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC is a board-certified lactation consultant, neonatal oral motor assessment professional and wellness clinician in private practice. Melissa is passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation support as well as speaking and writing on these topics. She is dedicated to improving the level of clinical lactation skills for aspiring lactation consultants. Melissa provides lactation intensive workshops to healthcare professionals. She is also an adjunct professor at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR where she teaches advanced clinical lactation skills.

    •Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA is a lawyer (since 1983) and lactation consultant in private practice (since 1997). She has worked as a criminal prosecutor, child advocate, congressional lobbyist, and federal litigator. Liz knows the ethical, moral and legal challenges faced by lactation consultants and healthcare providers every day. Her visual language PowerPoints transforms the dry, dusty bullet-point world of law and ethics into image-packed, active sessions. Today, Liz offers in-home and hospital-based IBCLC care and performs lectures around the world.

    •Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC is a lactation consultant in private practice. Alyssa enjoys working with all mothers and babies, but she has an extra special place in her heart for helping mothers through adoption and surrogacy to breastfeed their babies. Alyssa’s own amazing experience breastfeeding her baby via adoption prompted her to become a lactation consultant. She believes that every mother who wishes to breastfeed, no matter how her baby arrives, should have the support and helpful information to do so. Alyssa is the proud mother of three breastfed children, two by birth and one by adoption. Lactation professionals provide an essential link to the breastfeeding success of these special mamas.

    Continuing Education:

    •May 17th approved for 0.45 CEUs by Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #31 , UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

    •May 17th approved for the following CERPs: 2-L and 1.75-E

    •May 18th approved for 0.66 CEUs by Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #31 , UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

    •May 18th approved for the following CERPs: 5-L and 3.50-E

    •May 17th and May 18th CEUs for registered and licensed dietitians have been applied for.

    Accommodations:

    Rooms have been reserved at the Airport Holiday Inn at special rates. A room with a king or two queen beds is $99. Reservations must be made by April 25th to receive the conference rate. Contact the hotel at (515) 287-2400 and mention the code BRE.

    More Information:

    Contact Mindy Brightman at (515) 241-8205 or melinda.brightman@unitypoint.org

  10. New Baby, New Emotions: Postpartum Adjustment Group

    05/18/2017 @ 05:30pm
    Delhi Medical Center - Third Floor Conference Room

    While bringing home your new baby is an exciting time, it can also be a scary and stressful time. That is why UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital is offering the area's first support group for new mothers who want to explore ways they can better care for themselves physically and mentally as they go through this transition.

    All mothers are welcome from birth through the first year postpartum.

    The group is co-led by a nurse (RN) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).

    •No fee

    •No registration is required

    •Lap babies are welcome

    •Every third Thursday of the month

    •Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    •Located in the Delhi Medical Office Building Conference Room (Third Floor)

    Call Becky Richardson at (563) 589-2661 with questions or for more information.

  11. 2017 POEP: Module 8 Newborn Complications

    05/23/2017 @ 12:30pm
    UnityPoint Health - Des Moines ERC (Education Resource Center) Simulation Lab classroom A/B

    Purpose & Intended Audience

    To enable maternity services nursing staff to apply knowledge of evidence-based practice to provide family-centered care during the newborn period.

    Course Objectives

    At the completion of this program, the participant should be able to:

    1.Describe characteristics and associated risks for infants in various size classifications and gestational age categories.

    2.Describe the unique care requirements for the late preterm infant.

    3.Identify signs and symptoms of respiratory distress syndrome, transient tachypnea of the newborn, meconium aspiration syndrome, and pneumothorax.

    4.Describe the different modes of oxygen therapy used in the newborn period.

    5.Identify infants at risk for the development of neonatal sepsis.

    Continuing Education Credits

    This program has been approved for 0.42 CEUs by the Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #31 , UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. No partial credit will be awarded.

    Location

    UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, Blank Children's Hospital/IMMC Campus

    ERC Classroom 4, G Level ERC

    or

    Simulation Lab Classroom A/B- 2nd floor ERC

    1200 Pleasant Street

    Des Moines, IA 50309

    Refund Policy

    Blank Children's Hospital reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrollment or inclement weather. In this event, you will be notified and your entire registration fee refunded.

    Cancellation Policy

    A processing fee of $30 will be retained for cancellations less than 5 business days prior to the course.

    More Information

    Sarah Copple, BSN, RNC-MNN at sarah.copple@unitypoint.org or 515-343-1552

  12. Friday Friends

    06/01/2017 @ 10:00am
    Burlington Public Library, Burlington Iowa

    Come join us every other Friday morning from 10:00 until 11:00 for Friday Friends, an open play group for children aged 0-5. Musical instruments, make-believe toys/dress up clothes, puzzles, toys and games will be available for an unstructured socializing time for kids and parents alike. No registration required.

  13. Baby Finance 2017

    06/13/2017 @ 07:00pm
    Iowa Methodist Medical Center - Education & Research Center - Thompson Auditorium

    This two hour class will walk you through a sample budget, explore the costs of parenting from infancy through college and discusses insurance and legal issues to consider for your new family. This class is offered at Iowa Methodist Medical Center – Education & Research Center. Please park in the parking ramp and take the South Elevators to level G. View maps and directions to Iowa Methodist Medical Center and the Education & Research Center.

    •Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment, if this should happen you will be notified by email or phone one week in advance and given the opportunity to register for the next available class.

    •Click the Register Now button above to register for an upcoming class. Registration must be completed online. If you have already registered and need to cancel your registration, please call 515.241.6763.

    •*Please Note: Woodland doors to the Education & Research Center will be locked*

    •Be sure to get all the updates on UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Pregnancy and Maternity, by liking our Facebook Page!

  14. New Baby, New Emotions: Postpartum Adjustment Group

    06/15/2017 @ 05:30pm
    Delhi Medical Center - Third Floor Conference Room

    While bringing home your new baby is an exciting time, it can also be a scary and stressful time. That is why UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital is offering the area's first support group for new mothers who want to explore ways they can better care for themselves physically and mentally as they go through this transition.

    All mothers are welcome from birth through the first year postpartum.

    The group is co-led by a nurse (RN) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).

    •No fee

    •No registration is required

    •Lap babies are welcome

    •Every third Thursday of the month

    •Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    •Located in the Delhi Medical Office Building Conference Room (Third Floor)

    Call Becky Richardson at (563) 589-2661 with questions or for more information.

  15. Play and Learn

    12/06/2017
    Ladd Public Library Cedar Rapids

    Date/Time: 2/6/2017 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Description: The early years of life are crucial in setting the stage for later success in school and life. Grandparents, parents and caregivers of young children are invited to this free organized play group to learn more about child development, how children learn and what they can do at home to help the children in their care to grow and learn.

    Contact: Morgan Boniface

    319 377-9839

    boniface@iastate.edu

    Location: Ladd Public Library

    Address:

    Cedar Rapids IA

    County: Linn

    URL: http://www.parenteducationconsortium.com/play-learn/