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. Pumping Class

    07/06/2020 @ 06:30pm
    Broadlawns Medical Plaza 1761 Hickman RD, Des Moines, IA

    This class is for expectant or new mothers who anticipate wanting or needing to pump. In this class you will learn about when you should start using a breast pump, the types of breast pumps available, What the pump parts are called and how to use them, how to clean your breast pump, breast milk storage guidelines, techniques to help you pump more milk, and ways to increase your milk supply. Babies and children are welcome with the understanding that you may need to step out as needed to maintain a learning environment Facilitated by; Tera Hamann, BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Questions? Please call 515- 282-2260 or email thamann@broadlawns.org

  2. Wayne School Grab & Go

    07/11/2020 @ 11:00am
    Wayne School

    Grab & Go Meals will be provided Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 am to 11:30 am.

    (These meals will provide breakfast and lunch for two days.)

    Meals can be picked up at the following locations:

    *Corydon- High School

    *Allerton- Gazebo

    *Millerton- Cafe

  3. COVID-19 Testing for the Uninsured

    07/12/2020
    Various

    COVID-19 Testing for the Uninsured

    Individuals who are uninsured who may be positive for COVID-19 now have the option of getting tested at Broadlawns Medical Center and Primary Health Care. Through special funding through the CARES Act, both healthcare systems can test and treat uninsured individuals for free.

    Primary Health Care

    The Respiratory Clinic is open to all, being a PHC patient is not a requirement. The clinic is located immediately south of our Engebretsen Medical Clinic at 2401 SE 14th Street. Hours of operation are 8:00 - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday.

    Individuals will be tested if they meet criteria set in place by Iowa Department of Public Health and by the clinician.

    No appointments are necessary. Patients will be seen in the order they arrive. Questions or to schedule a Telehealth appointment to talk with a healthcare provider first, we encourage patients to call their home PHC location. All others may call (515) 248-1400. We encourage individuals with COVID-19 symptoms to call first before entering a PHC Clinic or go directly to the Respiratory Clinic.

    Broadlawns Medical Center

    1. Symptomatic patients can come to the Broadlawns Urgent Care at the hospital which is open Monday through Friday from 8 am-8 pm and Saturday 9-3.

    a. Symptoms per CDC recommendations include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, generalized muscle pain (not injury related), headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell

    2. Persons without symptoms who are concerned about whether or not they need testing due to exposure to a known COVID person may be tested by their PCP in any of the Broadlawns Primary Care or Family Medicine clinics.

  4. Covid-19 Impacts to Parks and Recreation Operation

    07/13/2020
    Various

    In accordance with Mayor Cownie’s proclamation, we are pleased to announce plans to reopen facilities and begin summer programs. Our “Return to Play” protocols were developed by our team with patron and staff safety in mind, abiding by federal, state and local guidelines.

    Splash pools, wading pools and spraygrounds do not allow for proper social distancing/gathering size and will remain closed for the season.

    All dates are estimated, and our team will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.

    Connect with us

  5. Iowa Readers Make Leaders - Save the Children Action Network

    07/15/2020
    Online

    Iowa Readers Make Leaders - Save the Children Action Network

    To celebrate the importance of reading and encourage candidates during this election year to address the need to rebuild our nation’s child care infrastructure, we are hosting Readers Make Leaders events online! Children and their caretakers are invited for fun and engaging activities – all from the comfort and safety of their homes. Our events will also provide parents with an opportunity to engage in the vital work of expanding early learning opportunities for all kids.

    www.savethechildrenactionnetwork.org

  6. Splash for Autism- Waterloo

    07/25/2020 @ 12:30pm
    Cedar Valley Sportsplex

    SPLASH for Autism- Waterloo

    The SPLASH for Autism event scheduled for June 12 has been rescheduled for July 25 due to COVID-19. For more information and to register for the July 25 event, click here.

  7. NAMI Greater Des Moines

    07/28/2020
    Online

    NAMI Greater Des Moines

    NAMI has new classes for 2020 scheduled and opportunities for presentations to your organizations and community groups. For a complete list click here.

    https://biai.memberclicks.net/upcoming-events

  8. Metro West Learning Center - Clive

    07/29/2020
    Metro West Learning Center - Clive

    Metro West Learning Center - Clive

    ABA Therapy, Social Skills Groups for preschool, grade school, grade school, teenagers, and young adults; OT, PT, Speech Therapy, Consulting, In-home therapy, Tele-therapy, Job Coaching, Phone Conferencing, IEP/504 Plan School Meetings.

    For more information, call 515-987-8835 or www.metrowestkids.com or email info@metrowestkids.com.

  9. 4th Annual Iowa Concussion Consortium Virtual Conference

    07/29/2020
    Online

    This conference seeks to provide evidence-based, best and promising practice information to respond to concussion in Iowa. Attendees will attend this virtual conference to support the development of concussion plans and programming.

    Keynote Speaker is Dr. Leddy out of Buffalo

    Break outs available for concussion clinics, athletic staff, teachers/nurses and students/families.

    Teachers and nurses will learn information about TACT

    Contact icc@biaia.org for any questions regarding the conference

    https://biai.memberclicks.net/2020-icc-conference-page

  10. ChildServe- Johnston, Ames, & Coralville

    07/30/2020
    ChildServe- Johnston, Ames, & Coralville

    ChildServe- Johnston, Ames, & Coralville

    Parents of young children affected by Autism often struggle to find services and support. ChildServe's Autism Day Health is available to help.

    ChildServe's Autism Day Health supports children through a program that combines therapy, nursing, early intervention, skill development, and more. The program uses the STAR curriculum (Strategies for Teaching Based on Autism Research) to focus on language, functional routines, pre-academic skills, play and social concepts.

    This unique program offers services during the day Monday-Friday which gives parents the flexibility to work or attend school or take care of other responsibilities knowing their child's special healthcare needs will be met.

    Providers and interested parents are encouraged to call or write ChildServe's Autism Program Manager Shawn Kolb at (515) 251-5551 or shawnko@childserve.org to learn more and to schedule a personalized tour.

  11. ¡Salpícate con la lectura!

    07/30/2020 @ 10:00am
    Virtual

    Serie Virtual de Alfabetización para Padres de Preescolares

    Reciba un libro gratis cada semana y conéctese con nosotros vía Zoom para aprender interesantes técnicas y actividades de alfabetización que puede practicar con su niño este verano.

    Inscripción es requerida; los espacios están limitados. Contacta a Rosa Gonzalez o llena la forma en línea para inscribirte a mas tardar el 30 de junio.

    Llamada/mensaje de texto: 515-490-2298

    E-mail: rdegonza@iastate.edu

    Inscripción en línea: https://tinyurl.com/programa-de-lectura-2020

    10:00-10:30am

    O

    8:00-8:30pm

    Los martes en julio (7, 14, 21, 28)

    O

    Los jueves en julio (9, 16, 23, 30)

    10:00-10:30am

    O

    8:00-8:30pm

    Ofreceremos la misma clase dos días a la semana en dos dife-rentes horarios. ¡Usted puede escoger el día/hora que sea mejor para usted! El curso es de 4 semanas. Los libros y acti-vidades son para padres/tutores con hijos de 3 a 6 años

  12. Splash into Reading

    07/30/2020 @ 10:00am
    Online

    Virtual Literacy Series for Parents of Preschoolers

    Receive a free book each week and then join us by Zoom to learn engaging literacy techniques and activities that you can use with your child all summer long!

    We are offering this class on two different days of the week at two different times. You can pick which date/time works best for you! Books and activities are intended for parents/caregivers with children ages 3-6 years old.

    Call/text: 515-829-5147

    E-mail: demij@iastate.edu

    Online Form—https://tinyurl.com/splash-2020

    Registration is required; space is limited. Contact Demi Johnson or complete the online form to reg

  13. Axis ABA Therapy and Support Services- Ankeny & Ames

    08/01/2020
    Axis ABA Therapy & Support Services-Ankeny & Ames

    Axis ABA Therapy and Support Services- Ankeny & Ames

    Visit Axis ABA Therapy & Support Services for more information on the Social Skills Groups and Parent Support Group they offer. Social Skills Groups and Peer Playgroups are available for ages 4-18 at Ankeny and Ames locations. The Parent Support group provides an opportunity for parents to meet to share ideas, experiences, resources, discuss a variety of topics related to raising a child with special needs, as well as benefit from the support of other families going through similar situations. Groups are held the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30-8:00 pm and are open to the public and free of cost.

    For more information, please visit www.axisaba.com or call 515-261-2402.

  14. On Going ASD/Special Needs Programs

    08/02/2020
    Various

    On Going ASD/Special Needs Programs

    Year Round Programs & Services Throughout The State

    Many programs and activities are happening around Iowa for those on the Autism Spectrum. Art Spectrums at the Des Moines Art Center, Hand In Hand of the Quad Cities, Reel Movies For Reel Needs - Marcus Theatres in Cedar Falls and Iowa City, Center, Courage League Sports, Metro West Learning Center, Childserve, sports leagues, dance, music, and many more activities have year round programs and services

    For more details on these programs, click here.

    If you have a program you would like us to share or update, please email Kris at autism50ia@aol.com

  15. Autism Source

    08/02/2020
    Various

    Autism Source

    Support, Guidance And A Compassionate Ear

    The Autism Society is now able to provide guidance and support to individuals and families 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday and on the weekends from 8am to 4pm!

    The Autism Source Information and Referral services provides one-to-one, expert guidance and support to tens of thousands of people each year who call, email and write with their questions and concerns-or who just need someone to listen. The Autism Source, is the nation's longest serving, largest and most effective provider of information and support to individuals and families impacted by autism. Spanish speaking support is also available.

    If you, or someone you know needs support, guidance, or a compassionate ear, please contact them today:

    Call: 1-800-3AUTISM

    Online: www.autismsource.org

  16. IEP Resources

    08/03/2020
    Online

    IEP Resources

    Good Websites To Check Out!

    It seems like every day can be an IEP day so below are a few links to websites that you may find helpful.

    Iowa Department of Education - Guidance template for high school students who are on an IEP

    ASK Resource Center - Access for Special Kids - Through various projects and partnerships, we provide a broad range of information, training, advocacy, support, referral and resources related to the needs of persons with all types of disabilities. A single contact to ASK will provide individuals and families with a direct link to the most appropriate services and supports to meet their needs regarding legal matters, special education, health care, mentoring opportunities, and more.

    The Family and Educator Partnership (FEP) works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote success for all children and youth with disabilities.

    Wrightslaw - Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to

    Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

  17. Breastfeeding Class

    08/03/2020 @ 06:30pm
    Broadlawns Medical Plaza 1761 Hickman RD, Des Moines, IA

    In this class you will review the benefits and risk of the available options for feeding your baby. It is intended for parents to make an informed decision on how to feed their baby. We will cover the basic obstacles, support, and answer any questions. Support persons are welcomed and encouraged to come to this class. Facilitated by; Tera Hamann, BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Questions? Please call 515- 282-2260 or email thamann@broadlawns.org

  18. Childhood Vaccinations

    08/04/2020 @ 06:00pm
    UnityPoint Health - Des Moines 1200 Pleasant Street Thompson Auditorium

    The Childhood Vaccinations class is a one-hour class taught by Dr. Nathan Boonstra, Blank Children’s Hospital pediatrician. In this class, you will discuss the importance of infant vaccinations, address myths and answer questions about immunizations.

    Childhood Vaccinations class is held at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

    Classes at Iowa Methodist Medical Center are held in the Education & Research Center (ERC). View Maps & Directions to Iowa Methodist Medical Center and the Education & Research Center. Please note: the Woodland Avenue doors will be locked. View this video for parking and finding the ERC.

    Click on the Register Now button above to register for an upcoming class. Registration must be completed online. When registering for a class, there's no need to register both parents; the expectant mom's registration will hold a spot for her support person as well. If you've already registered and need to cancel your registration, please call 515-241-6763.

    Class may be cancelled due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstance. If this should happen, you will be notified by e-mail and/or a phone call and given the opportunity to register for the next available class.

    For news, updates and tips, follow Blank Children's Hospital on our Facebook page.

  19. Online Support Group

    08/05/2020
    Online

    BIAIA has decided to cancel all in-person events, including support groups, temporarily, due to the spread of COVID-19. We would like to invite all Iowans impacted by this "social distancing" effort, to our Online Support Groups!

    Weekly on Thursdays

    Let's have some online social interaction!

    Click here for more information!

    https://biai.memberclicks.net/upcoming-events

  20. 2020 Car Seat Fit Station Schedule

    08/06/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Bob Brown Chevrolet-3600 111th St Urbandale, IA

    In Iowa 9 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Make sure your precious cargo is riding safely! Bring your vehicle and child safety seat to Bob Brown Chevrolet in Urbandale on any date listed and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will provide you with education and assistance regarding proper child safety seat use and installation. We Look forward to assisting your family!

    Staffing at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Fit Station is provided by Safe Kids Greater Des Moines volunteers, not by Bob Brown Chevrolet employees.

    If you have questions, please call Safe Kids Greater DES Moines at 800-258-6419.

    If the above listed dates and times do not work for your family, please feel free to log onto www.blankchildrens.org/cps and click on the “For Parents” link to find a certified child passenger safety technician near you.

  21. NEW Play and Learn Facebook group

    08/15/2020
    Facebook

    Play and Learn is a parent-child interaction group that focuses on the power of free play and school readiness for kids of all ages

    Find us on Facebook under Play and Learn - Central Iowa

  22. Des Moines Public Library

    08/20/2020
    DMPL.ORG/SUMMERREADING

    Book your summer! Watch.Read.Do

    Track your progress online and win a prize book!

    DMPL.ORG/SUMMERREADING

  23. Devora Libros!

    08/20/2020
    DMPL.ORG/SUMMERREADING

    Viendo.leyendo.haciendo Des Moines Public Library

    Manten Tu Progreso en linea y gana un libro como premio!

  24. Des Moines Public Library

    08/20/2020
    DMPL.ORG/SUMMERREADING

    Book your summer! Watch.Read.Do

    Track your progress online and win a prize book!

    DMPL.ORG/SUMMERREADING

  25. PPTL Summer Programming

    09/01/2020
    Online

    We are thrilled to be able to offer our most comprehensive summer programming schedule yet for youth, college students, and adults. Mental health is complex on a good day so with Covid-19 we know that youth and those leading them need this information now more than ever. Everything is online making it easily accessible and available for anyone around the world. There are more programs on the way, too, so keep checking back!

    https://www.pleasepassthelove.org/summer-2020-programming?blm_aid=140306

  26. 2020 Car Seat Fit Station Schedule

    09/03/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Bob Brown Chevrolet-3600 111th St Urbandale, IA

    In Iowa 9 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Make sure your precious cargo is riding safely! Bring your vehicle and child safety seat to Bob Brown Chevrolet in Urbandale on any date listed and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will provide you with education and assistance regarding proper child safety seat use and installation. We Look forward to assisting your family!

    Staffing at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Fit Station is provided by Safe Kids Greater Des Moines volunteers, not by Bob Brown Chevrolet employees.

    If you have questions, please call Safe Kids Greater DES Moines at 800-258-6419.

    If the above listed dates and times do not work for your family, please feel free to log onto www.blankchildrens.org/cps and click on the “For Parents” link to find a certified child passenger safety technician near you.

  27. Pumping Class

    09/07/2020 @ 06:30pm
    Broadlawns Medical Plaza 1761 Hickman RD, Des Moines, IA

    This class is for expectant or new mothers who anticipate wanting or needing to pump. In this class you will learn about when you should start using a breast pump, the types of breast pumps available, What the pump parts are called and how to use them, how to clean your breast pump, breastmilk storage guidelines, techniques to help you pump more milk, and ways to increase your milk supply. Babies and children are welcome with the understanding that you may need to step out as needed to maintain a learning environment Facilitated by; Tera Hamann, BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Questions? Please call 515- 282-2260 or email thamann@broadlawns.org

  28. 2020 Car Seat Fit Station Schedule

    10/01/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Bob Brown Chevrolet-3600 111th St Urbandale, IA

    In Iowa 9 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Make sure your precious cargo is riding safely! Bring your vehicle and child safety seat to Bob Brown Chevrolet in Urbandale on any date listed and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will provide you with education and assistance regarding proper child safety seat use and installation. We Look forward to assisting your family!

    Staffing at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Fit Station is provided by Safe Kids Greater Des Moines volunteers, not by Bob Brown Chevrolet employees.

    If you have questions, please call Safe Kids Greater DES Moines at 800-258-6419.

    If the above listed dates and times do not work for your family, please feel free to log onto www.blankchildrens.org/cps and click on the “For Parents” link to find a certified child passenger safety technician near you.

  29. Get Help with mortgage payment during COVID pandemic

    10/10/2020
    Iowa Mortgage Help Line

    Get help with mortgage payments during COVID pandemic

    Federal mortgage agency offers new payment option at Attorneys General’s urging

    The U.S. economy has begun to reopen, but don’t expect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to lessen, economists warn. The uncertainty could mean more Americans have trouble paying their mortgages.

    Fortunately, homeowners have several options during this time.

    “If you are able, continue to pay your mortgage to avoid falling behind once the pandemic passes,” Attorney General Tom Miller advises. “But if you are struggling financially, I encourage you to act quickly to seek help. This is the time to act, not to sit back and wait, if you can’t pay your bills.”

    Here are some of the options for homeowners:

    Forbearance

    If you have a federally backed mortgage, you have the right to request a forbearance ― or a temporary pause on payments -- for up to 180 days if you have a financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. You also have the right to request one extension for up to another 180 days. Keep in mind that forbearance doesn’t erase what you owe. You still must repay any missed payments in the future.

    How do I find out if I have an eligible federally backed mortgage?

    1. To find out if you have a federally backed mortgage, you can call your mortgage servicer (the company to which you send your monthly payment) and simply ask them.

    2. You can also see tips from the CFPB or go to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac’s look up tool.

    What if I do not have a federally backed mortgage? Can I still be helped?

    Even if you do not have a federally backed mortgage, many mortgage servicers and financial institutions are also offering relief to borrowers. Call your servicer and let them know your situation immediately. Ask them what “forbearance,” “hardship” or “loss mitigation” options may be available.

    New Payment Deferral Option is Now Available

    Fortunately, homeowners with federally backed mortgages have a new payment option if they temporarily suspend payments. Starting July 1, 2020, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have a new payment deferral option to help certain homeowners who are in a COVID-19 related forbearance.

    Under the new option, the missed payments are put on the back of the loan without interest. That enables eligible borrowers to simply resume making their regular monthly payment when they are able. The borrowers’ monthly mortgage payment will not change. Because the missed payments are placed on the back of the loan, they are repaid when the home is sold or refinanced, or when the loan terms ends, instead of having to repay suspended payments when the forbearance plan ends.

    On April 23, 2020, Miller and a bipartisan coalition of 34 attorneys general recommended actions to help homeowners in letters sent to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Among other suggestions, the letters recommended moving the forborne payments to the back of the loan.

    Miller and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox followed up with a phone call to FHFA Director Mark Calabria, urging his agency to implement new policies to provide relief to homeowners affected by the pandemic. FHFA announced the new payment deferral option the following week.

    "I thank the Federal Housing Finance Agency for offering this new option,” Miller said. “It could make a big difference for homeowners who need relief, but fear facing a big payment once they can resume making payments. It makes all the sense in the world.”

    Foreclosure Moratorium for Certain Loans

    If you have a federally backed loan (such as those through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or HUD), a foreclosure and eviction moratorium is in place through Aug. 31, 2020, for certain loans. The separate foreclosure and eviction moratorium that had been put in place by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds expired on May 27, 2020.

    Payment assistance

    To get short-term help paying your mortgage or rent, check out the COVID-19 Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program, which Gov. Kim Reynolds established in late May.

    The program provides funding to help income-eligible renters and homeowners pay for up to four months of payments. It can be used to pay missed payments starting from April 1, 2020. A cumulative total of $3,000 per applicant can be provided for mortgage assistance and $3,200 for rental assistance.

    Renters and homeowners who are at risk of eviction or foreclosure due to a COVID-19 related loss of income are eligible for this assistance. The documented loss of income must be COVID-19 related and have occurred on or after March 17, 2020. Assistance is only available to those who have not received the federal CARES Act unemployment benefits. Other eligibility criteria apply.

    For more information, go to iowahousingrecovery.com or call the Housing Recovery Help Line: 855-300-5885 or 515-348-8813.

    Other resources

    Iowa Mortgage Help Line: Whether you are currently behind on your monthly mortgage payment, or if you may soon experience financial trouble, call for help now. With this free program, trained counselors will help you identify the course of action that is most appropriate for your individual situation.

    Call the Iowa Mortgage Help hotline at 1-877-622-4866 or click here.

    Iowa Legal Aid: See tips to help restructure debt, deal with mortgage companies, and other assistance here.

    Call for COVID-related legal assistance: 1-800-532-1275

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: See a guide to coronavirus mortgage relief options on the federal agency's website.

    The Iowa Attorney General’s Office: You can file a mortgage-related consumer complaint with the Consumer Protection Division through an online mortgage complaint form.

    Email: consumer@ag.iowa.gov

    Phone:

    515-281-5926

    888-777-4590 (outside of the Des Moines metro area)

  30. Pumping Class

    11/02/2020 @ 06:30pm
    Broadlawns Medical Plaza 1761 Hickman RD, Des Moines, IA

    This class is for expectant or new mothers who anticipate wanting or needing to pump. In this class you will learn about when you should start using a breast pump, the types of breast pumps available, What the pump parts are called and how to use them, how to clean your breast pump, breast milk storage guidelines, techniques to help you pump more milk, and ways to increase your milk supply. Babies and children are welcome with the understanding that you may need to step out as needed to maintain a learning environment Facilitated by; Tera Hamann, BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Questions? Please call 515- 282-2260 or email thamann@broadlawns.org

  31. 2020 Car Seat Fit Station Schedule

    11/05/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Bob Brown Chevrolet-3600 111th St Urbandale, IA

    In Iowa 9 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Make sure your precious cargo is riding safely! Bring your vehicle and child safety seat to Bob Brown Chevrolet in Urbandale on any date listed and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will provide you with education and assistance regarding proper child safety seat use and installation. We Look forward to assisting your family!

    Staffing at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Fit Station is provided by Safe Kids Greater Des Moines volunteers, not by Bob Brown Chevrolet employees.

    If you have questions, please call Safe Kids Greater DES Moines at 800-258-6419.

    If the above listed dates and times do not work for your family, please feel free to log onto www.blankchildrens.org/cps and click on the “For Parents” link to find a certified child passenger safety technician near you.

  32. Childhood Vaccinations

    11/10/2020 @ 06:00pm
    UnityPoint Health - Des Moines 1200 Pleasant Street 50309 Thompson Auditorium

    The Childhood Vaccinations class is a one-hour class taught by Dr. Nathan Boonstra, Blank Children’s Hospital pediatrician. In this class, you will discuss the importance of infant vaccinations, address myths and answer questions about immunizations.

    Childhood Vaccinations class is held at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

    Classes at Iowa Methodist Medical Center are held in the Education & Research Center (ERC). View Maps & Directions to Iowa Methodist Medical Center and the Education & Research Center. Please note: the Woodland Avenue doors will be locked. View this video for parking and finding the ERC.

    Click on the Register Now button above to register for an upcoming class. Registration must be completed online. When registering for a class, there's no need to register both parents; the expectant mom's registration will hold a spot for her support person as well. If you've already registered and need to cancel your registration, please call 515-241-6763.

    Class may be cancelled due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstance. If this should happen, you will be notified by e-mail and/or a phone call and given the opportunity to register for the next available class.

    For news, updates and tips, follow Blank Children's Hospital on our Facebook page.

  33. 2020 Car Seat Fit Station Schedule

    12/03/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Bob Brown Chevrolet-3600 111th St Urbandale, IA

    In Iowa 9 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Make sure your precious cargo is riding safely! Bring your vehicle and child safety seat to Bob Brown Chevrolet in Urbandale on any date listed and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will provide you with education and assistance regarding proper child safety seat use and installation. We Look forward to assisting your family!

    Staffing at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Fit Station is provided by Safe Kids Greater Des Moines volunteers, not by Bob Brown Chevrolet employees.

    If you have questions, please call Safe Kids Greater DES Moines at 800-258-6419.

    If the above listed dates and times do not work for your family, please feel free to log onto www.blankchildrens.org/cps and click on the “For Parents” link to find a certified child passenger safety technician near you.

  34. Breastfeeding Class

    12/07/2020 @ 06:30pm
    Broadlawns Medical Plaza 1761 Hickman RD, Des Moines, IA

    In this class you will review the benefits and risk of the available options for feeding your baby. It is intended for parents to make an informed decision on how to feed their baby. We will cover the basic obstacles, support, and answer any questions. Support persons are welcomed and encouraged to come to this class. Facilitated by; Tera Hamann, BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Questions? Please call 515- 282-2260 or email thamann@broadlawns.org