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. Mommy & Me "Newborn - 4 Months" - Morning class ONLY from 10:30 -11:30 am. WEIGH-IN ONLY from11:45 am -12:15 pm

    02/27/2017 @ 10:30am
    Helen G. Nassif Women's & Children's Center - Lower Level Classroom B

    This special weekly program is for mothers and babies up to one year of age. This is a time to check baby's weight, learn focused baby massage and meet other moms. Mom will enjoy informational "FYI" topics and opportunities to have a nurse answer any questions you may have. NO topic or question is ever "off limits" in class. Your baby will enjoy the playtime with other babies and stimulating toys. You also meet other moms who have many of the same concerns and questions as you and can share these in a comfortable environment. Many lasting friendships are formed.

    The Newborn to 4 months group meets every Monday from 10:30-11:30 am in Classroom B in the lower level (basement) of the Helen G. Nassif Women's & Children's Center. There is a WEIGH-IN ONLY time from 11:45 am -12:15 pm in the same room.

    This class is offered free of charge. Preregistration is not necessary.

    During times of inclement weather throughout the year, we are always concerned for your safety. Therefore, if the weather is questionable on the date of your class, please check St. Luke's website at www.unitypoint.org to see if your class has been canceled before you head out. There will be a red banner across the top of the home page that says “Weather Related Closings”. Just click on this to see a list of cancellations. Cancellations can also be found under the "News" section in the middle column. We automatically cancel class if Cedar Rapids Public Schools are close.

  2. Beyond Birth: The First Year

    03/01/2017 @ 10:00am
    Iowa Lutheran Hospital

    This weekly education and support group is for parents and babies from birth to one year. This group meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to Noon at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Conference Room 1. You will have the opportunity to gain information, ask questions and share experiences with other parents. A variety of educational topics will be presented by guest speakers or by the nurse who leads the group. This informal setting is interactive and questions and discussion are encouraged. Discussion topics may include care of mother, common baby health care issues, cues to understanding infant communication, developmental milestones, feeding issues, play time, safety issues and sleeping habits. Registration is not required for this class.

    To access Conference Room 1, please enter through the main entrance at Iowa Lutheran and proceed down the main hallway. The Conference Room is located at the end of the hall.

    Registration is not required for this class. Call 515-241-6728 for more information about this class.

  3. Great Beginnings for Families

    03/02/2017 @ 06:00am
    Perry Elementary School (1600 8th St., Perry)

    Note: This is a five week program that begins February 2nd and ends March 2nd.

    Great Beginnings for Families – Offered in English and Spanish

    Join us for Great Beginnings for Families that is a five-week skills building program for parents and/or child care providers of infants through kindergarteners that will help them build on their strengths and assist them in effectively administering positive discipline and guidance. Encouraging learning through play, understanding the key principles of child development, and helping their child cope with anger and conflict are other core parts of this workshop series. “This class was enlightening and very beneficial to me, “ shared one father. “Being a good parent is what I have to do for the rest of my life. Quite frankly, no other job or task is more important. This class encouraged me to take a look at myself and evaluate the skills I have and also to learn new skills. ”

    Dates: Thursdays, February 2 – March 2

    Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

    Location: Perry Elementary School (1600 8th St., Perry)

    Cost: FREE! Registration is Required

    Child care also provided for free

    To Register and For Questions Contact: Lisa Mickelson at ISU Extension & Outreach, (515) 993-4281, lmickel@iastate.edu –or- Rosa Gonzalez (515) 490-2298, rdegonza@iastate.edu.

  4. Childbirth Prep Class

    03/02/2017 @ 06:30pm
    St. Luke's lower level

    This two-part class is held the first two Thursdays of each month, except December. Learn about the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy, labor, and birth; how to prepare for each stage of labor; medical procedures and pain relief options; and postpartum and baby care basics. Includes a tour of the Birth Center. Bring a pillow for comfort if you desire. Support persons are welcome!

    Meet in the first floor lobby of the hospital shortly before 6:30 pm. The lobby is located directly inside the main hospital visitor entrance on Pierce Street. The class instructor will meet you there and lead you to the class room.

    Class time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    FREE

    Questions, call (712) 279-3371.

    Class Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

  5. Mommy & Me "Newborn - 4 Months" - Morning class ONLY from 10:30 -11:30 am. WEIGH-IN ONLY from11:45 am -12:15 pm

    03/13/2017 @ 10:30am
    Helen G. Nassif Women's & Children's Center - Lower Level Classroom B

    This special weekly program is for mothers and babies up to one year of age. This is a time to check baby's weight, learn focused baby massage and meet other moms. Mom will enjoy informational "FYI" topics and opportunities to have a nurse answer any questions you may have. NO topic or question is ever "off limits" in class. Your baby will enjoy the playtime with other babies and stimulating toys. You also meet other moms who have many of the same concerns and questions as you and can share these in a comfortable environment. Many lasting friendships are formed.

    The Newborn to 4 months group meets every Monday from 10:30-11:30 am in Classroom B in the lower level (basement) of the Helen G. Nassif Women's & Children's Center. There is a WEIGH-IN ONLY time from 11:45 am -12:15 pm in the same room.

    This class is offered free of charge. Preregistration is not necessary.

    During times of inclement weather throughout the year, we are always concerned for your safety. Therefore, if the weather is questionable on the date of your class, please check St. Luke's website at www.unitypoint.org to see if your class has been canceled before you head out. There will be a red banner across the top of the home page that says “Weather Related Closings”. Just click on this to see a list of cancellations. Cancellations can also be found under the "News" section in the middle column. We automatically cancel class if Cedar Rapids Public Schools are close.

  6. Beyond Birth: The First Year

    03/15/2017 @ 10:00am
    Iowa Lutheran Hospital

    This weekly education and support group is for parents and babies from birth to one year. This group meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to Noon at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Conference Room 1. You will have the opportunity to gain information, ask questions and share experiences with other parents. A variety of educational topics will be presented by guest speakers or by the nurse who leads the group. This informal setting is interactive and questions and discussion are encouraged. Discussion topics may include care of mother, common baby health care issues, cues to understanding infant communication, developmental milestones, feeding issues, play time, safety issues and sleeping habits. Registration is not required for this class.

    To access Conference Room 1, please enter through the main entrance at Iowa Lutheran and proceed down the main hallway. The Conference Room is located at the end of the hall.

    Registration is not required for this class. Call 515-241-6728 for more information about this class.

  7. Family Birthing Suites

    03/16/2017 @ 07:30pm
    Family Birthing Suites

    Join us for a guided tour of the Family Birthing Suites. We will talk about how we will take care of you and your baby while you are a patient at Finley. Family Birthing Suites is located on the 3rd floor of Finley Hospital.

    There is no fee for this class.

  8. Boot Camp for New Dads

    03/21/2017 @ 06:30pm
    St. Luke's Lower Level

    Boot Camp for New Dads

    6:30 – 8:30

    UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s lower level

    Boot Camp for dads provides the real deal on diapers, feeding, crying and caring for newborns. The class is taught by veteran dads to prepare soon-to-be dads for the joys and challenges being a parent.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  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*

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  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/