Local Resources & Referrals for Central Iowa:
Central Iowa Midwives, Family Practitioners & OBGYNs (both in and out of hospital):
Unity Point Midwives (Delivering at Methodist Hospital):
http://www.iowahealth.org/midwife-services.aspx , 515-309-6011
Mary Greeley Midwives (Delivering in Ames at Mary Greeley Hospital): I LOVE THESE LADIES!
(This website is a new interactive resource and includes their incredibly low statistics for interventions and C-sections!)
Midwife and Doula Services, Dana Ericson (Out of hospital deliveries): HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
http://www.midwifeanddoula.com/ , (515) 229-1990
Willowsong Midwifery Care, (Out of hospital deliveries, Birth Center Births & Broadlawns Hospital): HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Cosette Boone & Kari Ward & Rebecca Caju: 515-266-6712
Lori Steinman: (515) 243-2888. (Delivers at Mercy Downtown Hospital) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Lacy Lundgren: Attends births at Newton's Skiff Medical Center - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Family Practitioner, Dr. McKernan of the Vitae Clinic - Delivers at Mercy West
The Perinatal Center of Iowa Mercy Hospital - (Specializing in high risk patients, but may take low risk clients) Dr. Mandsanger, Dr. Cardwell, & Dr. Conklin HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Food 4 Thought, Melanie Schmidt, Certified Health Coach
Would you benefit from a personal health consultation with a certified health coach? Click Here to Learn More about Food 4 Thought Prenatal Health Consultations!
For recipes and daily health info, join Melanie on Facebook!
Providing Individualized Health Coaching, Group Health/Nutrition Classes, Juice Plus+ Whole Food Nutrition, and Group Coaching
Homebirth Baby Book! (Made by a friend of mine, Amanda Fust!)
Maggie McCecil (Working out of Harmony Yoga on 23rd & University)
515-661-4166 or 515-314-1403
Melodie Proffit Polansky LMT, Specializing in Prenatal/Postnatal & Infant Massage, Acupressure, Reflexology, Deep Tissue and Therapeutic Massage. Located at the Family Tree Yoga and Massage Studio (*Former Student!) - 515-707-1848, Melodie@thefamilytreedm.com, www.thefamilytreedm.com
Meditation & Life Coach:
Jules Green, Ankeny IA - 917-623-9286, The Meditation House Center for Well Being www.themeditationhouse.com
Prenatal/Postnatal Exercise and Fitness:
Melissa Schnurr, Held in Ankeny. Inquire for location:
For less than $17/class ($100 for the series due at the first class), moms are empowered, supported, and guided through yoga poses to maintain strength and flexibility throughout pregnancy and prepare for birth. E-mail Roots Prenatal Yoga Certified Teacher and Doula, Melissa Schnurr, at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire or register.
Des Moines: The Family Tree: http://www.thefamilytreedm.com/
Ames Yoga Center: http://www.amesyoga.com/
Contact Information Ruthann at email@example.com, or (515) 291-YOGA
Erica Ziel, Knocked Up Fitness: Erica@CoreAthletica.com
Cesarean Support & Recovery:
ICAN of Central Iowa (International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc- Promoting normal birth, VBACs, and offering support to women that had ceasrean births):
Physical Therapy for Prenatal, Postpartum & Beyond:
Des Moines Metro:
Libby Trausch of Breathe. Physical Therapy & Wellness (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!)
2014 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50310
Katie Albrecht, PT, MPT, Outpatient Rehab & Wellness
Chiropractors & Acupuncturists:
Dr. Jennifer Knobbe of Natural Health and Wellness, 2525 N Ankeny Blvd. ste 111 515-964-5404 (Jennifer is a former student! She specializes in pregnancy, birth, and newborn/babies. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER!!!)
Drs. Alexandria & Lucas Ballenger of Ballenger Chiropractic & Acupuncture (Alex & Lucas are former students! Alex specializes in pregnancy, birth, and newborn/babies. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER!!!)
http://www.ballengerchiro.com/ Phone: 515.271.5000
Dr. Peter Strauss of RESET in Ames. Peter is a former student! He specializes in whole body wellness. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM!!!)
The WHOLE Network - "We provide accurate information about circumcision and the foreskin to both medical professionals and laypersons."
Dr. Edward A. Steinmann, DO - Steinmann Family Health Clinic, PC, Des Moines, 515-243-2888
Dr. Jaya R. Bilgi, MD - Bilgi Clinci, Ankeny, 515-964-7117
Dr. Eric A. Anderson, MD & Dr. Schute - Mercy North Pediatric Clinic, Ankeny, 515-643-9000
Babywearing Support Group & Lending Library:
Join the Babywearing International of Central Iowa Facebook Page!
La Leche League in Iowa: (Breastfeeding Support)
http://www.lllusa.org/web/Iowa.html (Iowa Site)
http://www.llli.org/ (International Site)
http://www.lllusa.org/web/DesMoinesIA.html (Des Moines Site)
http://www.facebook.com/search.php?q=la+leche+league+of+des+moines&init=quick&tas=0.2838572424845285#!/groups/118446341525125/ (Local Facebook Page)
Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa (Milk Donation):
*Basking Babies for In-Home or Phone Lactation Consultations*:
(I have worked with Angela on multiple occasions and can attest to her extensive knowledge and abilities!)
Angela Swieter, RN, BSN, IBCLE, ICD, ICPE, ICPD: http://www.baskingbabies.weebly.com; firstname.lastname@example.org, (515.210.1868). Angela hosts a free pregnancy and postpartum support group every month at the Altoona library. Different subjects are discussed/presented, and a scale is available for weighing your baby. Follow Basking Babies on Facebook to hear about the latest offerings!!!
LeeAnn Albright RN, IBCLC, RLC - 515-865-5361, http://www.naturesbestlactation.com:
LeeAnn's Bio: http://healingpassages.org/leeann-albright-rn-ibclc/ - This website has a calendar that lets the community know about free events at Willowsong's village learning centre. LeeAnn facilitates a weekly Motherbaby café- every Wednesday (9-11) at the Willowsong birth center/village learning centre, and Char Wade of Willowsong continues to do the Thursday Motherbaby café (1-4p). Motherbaby café is open and free to the all moms in the community! LeeAnn also has a monthly free support group at the Livewell Clinic in Beaverdale, the second Tuesday of every month (6-7p). Livewell is Dr. Tammy Watkin's chiropractic office (she specializes in prenatal and newborns).
Christine Hinshaw, R.N. IBCLC, Skiff Medical Center, Newton, IA:
Katie Nyberg of The Iowa Baby Lady - Check Facebook!
Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Loss:
Excellent Read: "When Hello Means Goodbye"
Mommies with Hope Support Group: http://www.mommieswithhope.blogspot.com/
Video About Mommies with Hope:
*If you would like to process with a former client of mine with experience in miscarriage, please contact me privately for her email address. She is a volunteer that has a passion for helping women ask the right questions and advocate for themselves in the middle of this difficult time.
Family Legacy Counseling- Johnston
Firm Foundations Counseling Center - Ames (515)233-8441
Genesis Counseling- West Des Moines
Dr. Darlene M. Turner
801 1st St, Suite 10
West Des Moines, Is 50265
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services - Urbandale - FREE PPD SUPPORT GROUPS AVAILABLE!
Jill Thomas, LISW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
6200 Aurora Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50322
American Association of Christian Counselors
National Association for Nouthetic Counselors
AMANDA HARDY, PHD, MA, LMHC, Doula, ICCE - In-Person, In-Home, or Web-Based Counseling Services from a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor and an experienced childbirth professional.
"Did you have a difficult pregnancy or birth journey? Are you having a difficult time adjusting to life with your newborn? Do you think you might need to talk to somebody about these feelings, but don’t know when you’ll be able to make that happen? I’ll come to you!
As a doula, childbirth educator, and mother I understand how difficult it can be in those early weeks and months to get out of the house to get to an appointment. Despite this, sometimes seeing someone to process what you’re experiencing is still necessary. Having been a doula for several years now, I’ve seen it all. I’m not uncomfortable with your messy home or the fact that you’ll be in your yoga pants, likely covered by baby spit-up and dried breast milk. I get it – in fact, I expect it.
I have a Master's degree from Monmouth University in Psychological Counseling and am licensed as a mental health counselor (LMHC). I started working in the mental health field in 2005, but took some leave to re-enter graduate school in 2009. I earned my doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies in 2011. My work focuses on child development, parent-child relationships, and childbirth topics. I was certified as a birth doula(DONA, Intl.) in 2008 and a childbirth educator in 2010 (ICEA). I have worked with several national and international birth and human rights advocacy organizations over the years promoting improvement to our maternity care systems.
I am in the process of applying to be in-network as a provider with several Iowa insurances; however, at present I am not able to directly bill insurance nor can I guarantee payment from insurance. This means that clients will have to pay out-of-pocket and submit to insurance themselves. I charge $75 per hour.
Making an appointment:
You can find out more about me or make an appointment by visiting hardy.breakthrough.com. I can also be reached at 515-218-9182 or DrAmandaHardy@gmail.com."
A website for comparison purposes:
Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Labor, & Mothering:
DoTERRA Consultant - Laura Barlow
Laura hosts many free classes on how to use essential oils for wellness. Contact her for more details!
A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils
Baby Sign Language:
Certified Instructor with My Smart Hands - Des Moines
Certified Infant & Toddler Sleep Consultant:
Tiny Onezzz Consulting, LLC
Childcare Referral Resources:
Child Care Resource & Referral
offers two convenient options:
1. Call a Parent Referral Counselor:
or (800) 722-7619 Ext. 3563
A trained, knowledgeable parent referral
counselor will ask you questions about your
child care needs and conduct a customized
search of our child care database to identify
child care options for your family.
2. Start your own search online.
You can begin your own search for child care
at any time by going to the website and
clicking on “Finding for Quality Child Care.”
Please Note: A number of child care options will be
presented to you at no cost. These child care options are
referrals, not recommendations or suggestions.
Natural Living Resources:
Natural Living Des Moines - www.naturallivingdesmoines.com
Holistic Families of Des Moines Facebook Group
Kind and Crunchy Facebook Group