Educated Childbirth Becoming Popular Practice With Iowa Couples ^— ^^ *^*" __ ... , __ ___ «»_-:_- i . • T f>wn-*-vt t vt IT By JUDY FRANKLIN (Drake University Journalism Student) DES MOINES — Educated childbirth, a program of instruction and physical conditioning for safer, more comfortable childbirth, has become an important and popular practice for many Iowa couoles._ In 1973, educated childbirth groups in Iowa expanded from three to seven. Experts project that the number of Iowa childbirth programs will 4-11 News double again in 1974. At least 50 per cent of all Iowa couples who had children during the past year were educated in childbirth, according to Mrs. Richard Kisner, state coordinator here for the Iowa division of the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA). Although it was introduced to the United States in 1960, educated childbirth did not appear in Iowa until 1967. In FUNNY BUS/NESS MOUNT CARMEL - The Mount Merry Makers 4-H Club meeting was held on April 6, with Chris and Debbie Wiederin as hostesses. Roll call was answered by 17 members. Each girl brought a pattern of what she is taking to the fair and a label from a garment. The members discussed a workshop for the girls and their mothers to be held at the Stretch and Sew Shop. Camp delegates, Linda Wieland and Sue Nees, were selected. Mrs. Wieland reminded members that the health clinic will be held on April 23. Mrs. Norman Schettler discussed types of materials and zippers. The ...AND WHAT is THE FONCTION OF THE ROW OF USHTS ACROSS THE TOP ? 1969. only lour Ues Moines doctors and one hospital promoted the program which allows husbands to be in the delivery room. "Iowa childbirth groups have grown tremendously," Mrs. Kisner said. The Childbirth Education Association of Southeastern Iowa offers childbirth classes that alternate weekly between Keokuk and Ft. Madison. In the eastern part of the state, classes are held in Clinton and Dubuque. By Roger jBp//en_ Muscatine, Davenport ana Bettendorf offer courses for the Quad-Cities area. Community programs also are provided in Boone, Madrid, Perry and Sioux City. At least four separate programs are conducted in Iowa City as well as in the Des Moines area. According to Mrs. Kisner, most Iowa couples can find an educated childbirth course within 50 miles of their home. However, in Ames. Times Herald, Carroll, la. Wednesday, April 10, 1974 15 OP LESS FOR LOOK'S • Senior and Intermediate girls demonstrated marking a pattern. All the girls 'worked on a smock top. Junior girls sewed blocks of the quilt the club is making. One guest, Marilyn Bueltel, was present. Lunch was served by Mrs. Wiederin and her daughters. The next meeting will be May 11, with Jackie Pudenz as hostess. ARCADIA — The Arcadia Engergetic 4-H Club met for their monthly meeting April 1. Roll call was answered by naming a plant disease. Talks were given by Kevin Ricke on "Plant Disease Control" and by Russell Wolterman on "How T^ees Grow." The Mini Corn Contest was explained by Bob Millender, extension director and the TOURIST SCHEMES GREENPORT,N.Y. (AP) — This old whaling town, a center now for summer vacationers, potato farmers and oyster harvesters, is looking seaward once more. The village fathers hope to build a combination aquarium and museum that will attract half a million visitors a year and give the local economy a shot in the arm. Burlington and Iowa Falls, educated childbirth has not been encouraged and husbands are not allowed in hospital delivery rooms. Mrs. Kisner said that while some doctors are still opposed to it for personal reasons, most Iowa obstetricians promote educated childbirth as a safer, easier and more meaningful method. The Iowa Medical Society encourages doctors and hospitals to establish individual childbirth policies, but has not considered the matter formally, said Donald L. Neumann of the Society's Maternal and Child Health Committee in Des Moines. According to Mrs. Dennis Applegate, Des Moines childbirth instructor, most Iowa groups are affiliated with the ICEA and teach a modified Lamaze method (named after a French obstetrician). To reduce discomfort, Lamaze childbirth emphasizes rapid breathing and relaxation techniques based on a theory that the human brain can be trained to analyze and control pain. "The Lamaze method is not completely painless, but alleviates the need for anesthetics," Mrs. Applegate said. She cited three additional advantages of educated .childbirth injjeneral: the mother is active and club leader. Announcements were made of the 4-H Camp at Madrid June 23-26 and the health clinic for girls at St. Anthony's Hospital in Carroll on April 23. Lisa Vonnahme and Keith Ricke served lunch. The next meeting will be on May 6. 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