New Parent Resources

Parental Leave Policy


  • Replenish: Experience Radiant Calm and True Vitality in Your Everyday Life by Lisa Grace Byrnes
  • Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom's Postpartum Survival Guide by Ann L. Dunnewold

Child Care

Doula Services

Foster Care/Adoption

Grief and Loss

  •  UI Employee Assistance Program (UI EAP)
  • Empty Arms Support Group, St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids: For parents with infant or pregnancy loss, or infertility. Meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in St. Luke's Resource Center. Call 319-369-7347 for more information.
  • National Share
  • First Candle phone support: Grief Counselors are available 24/7 at 800-221-7437
  • A Silent Sorrow – Pregnancy Loss: Guidance & Support for You and Your Family by Ingrid Kohn and Perry-Lynn Moffi
  • Coping with Miscarriage: A Simple, Reassuring Guide to Emotional and Physical Healing by Mimi Luebbermann
  • A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby’s Life is Expected to Be Brief by Amy Kuebelbeck and Deborah Davis, PhD

Health Care


  • Family Services lactation resources ​​
  • La Leche League International ​
  • Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition
  • Breastfeeding and More Support Group, Mercy Hospital, Iowa City: Weekly group for breastfeeding families. Expecting parents are also welcome. No fee. Group meets Thursdays, noon to 2 p.m., McAuley Room, Mercy Medical Plaza. Call Mercy On Call at 319-358-2767 or 800-358-2767 for a listing of specific dates.
  • Breastfeeding Support Group, Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids: Meets every Wednesday in the Birthplace classroom from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Membership is free. For more information, call 319-398-6561.

Men’s Issues

  • PostpartumMen: Website for men with concerns about depression, anxiety, or other problems with mood after the birth of a child
  • The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman, M.S.W.

Perinatal Mental Health Issues

Single Parenthood

  • Single Mothers by Choice
  • What Matters Most: A Children’s Book About Families by Kristin Carter 
  • Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook For Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood by Jane Mattes

Social Activities/Events for Families

Special Needs Resources

Support Groups        

  • Postpartum Support Group, Birth, Baby & Beyond: 4330 Czech Lane NE, Cedar Rapids. Contact 319-364-1144. 
  • New Beginnings—Adjusting to Motherhood Support Group for Moms: Meets Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. at the St. Luke’s Center for Women and Children’s Health Lower Level Classroom, Cedar Rapids. Free. For more information call 319-369-7580
  • Moms Supporting Moms at UI Health  Care, A Support Group for Mothers of Infants and Young Toddlers: Meets twice monthly in the Pomerantz Pavilion. For more information call 319-356-1278 or email
  • National Postpartum Depression Hotline: 1-800-PPD-MOMS
  • Postpartum Support International PPD Helpline (not a 24-hour hotline): 1-800-944-4773

Workplace Flexibility/Leaves of Absence

Contact Information

Family Services

Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building, Suite 50
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States