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Des Moines Moms Blog’s Pregnancy and Postpartum Guide

Des Moines Moms Blog is thrilled to be releasing the 2016 Pregnancy & Postpartum Guide. The goal of the guide is to be a one-stop resource for moms trying to conceive, currently pregnant, or recently given birth. This is a guide that will offer the resources you need for a successful pregnancy and postpartum period in the Des Moines area.

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The miracle of a new life is a special experience. At UnityPoint Health – Des Moines we are committed to providing every family with a meaningful and unique childbirth experience that is as special as each new life. We believe in a family-centered approach to maternity care and our physicians, nurses and support staff will do everything they can to ensure that you and your family will have a positive experience. We are here for you during each stage of your pregnancy and beyond.

Iowa Clinic

The Iowa Clinic is the largest physician owned multi-specialty group in Central Iowa with more than 200 physicians and healthcare providers practicing in 40 specialties. The Iowa Clinic partners with local Medical Centers and Hospitals to provide leading edge healthcare for the patients of Central Iowa. The Iowa Clinic serves a population area of 1.1 million, averaging 400,000 patient visits each year.

Balance Chiropractic & Wellness

Dr. Jennifer Thompson, DC, CACCP is the owner and chiropractor at Balance Chiropractic & Wellness, located in Windsor Heights. Balance Chiropractic & Wellness strives to maintain a family friendly environment, and considers all practice members to be an extension of our family.  Dr. Jen is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, holds her postgraduate certification in Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractic care, is a member of Epic Pediatrics, an international pediatric chiropractic training program focusing on children with chronic illnesses and special needs as well as is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association.

Des Moines University Physical Therapy Clinic

You can have a pain-free pregnancy!
The friendly staff at the Des Moines University Physical Therapy Clinic can offer great relief for the aches and pains that pregnancy can bring. They can identify activities that may be contributing to your pain, provide manual treatments and craft individual exercise plans to benefit you during your pregnancy and help you prepare for a more comfortable delivery. Call 515-271-1717 to schedule an appointment.

Food 4 Thought

Melanie Schmidt is a Certified Health Coach and owner of Food 4 Thought. She is passionately driven to empower moms & children to live their truth through whole foods & mindfulness. Let Melanie guide and support you as either a mom preparing for pregnancy, expecting, or in the postpartum phase (or beyond) with eating well, navigating your health journey, and easy solutions such as Juice Plus+ Whole Food Nutrition! Individualized Coaching, Health Classes, Preconception Health Kick Start Program, Prenatal & Postpartum Health Consultations and more!

Blessed Births of Iowa

Shannon Lee is a certified birth doula and breastfeeding counselor. Shannon has been a doula for 3 years and attended over 75 births. She enjoys helping families come up with their birth plan and empowering them through the labor, birth and postpartum process.  Her specialties during labor are massage, reflexology, prayer, using a Rebozo, focused relaxation and using aromatherapy if desired.  

The Iowa Baby Lady

Are you welcoming a new baby? The Iowa Baby Lady is here to help! Katie Nyberg, CD(DONA), is an expert on welcoming new babies home. Whether she’s helping with breastfeeding, bottle feeding, or assisting with the care of the home during the postpartum period, she helps the new mother rest and recover after birth. Katie provides birth and postpartum doula services, as well as one-day childbirth classes to women in Central Iowa. Contact Katie today!

Dr. Heidi Warner Counseling and Consulting, P.C.

Dr. Heidi is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in postpartum depression and anxiety, eating disorders, and spiritually integrated therapy.  Her passion is working with individuals (children, adolescents and adults), couples and families who struggle with a wide variety of mental illnesses and unhealthy relationship dynamics to help them find hope and healing through spiritually integrated therapy. Working with mamas – pre or postpartum – is a special interest for Dr. Heidi. Dr. Heidi knows mental illness can rob motherhood of many joys and she works hard with her clients to help them overcome their struggles and reclaim the joy of being a mother.

Iowa Doula Agency

Iowa Doula Agency works with families to connect them with professional birth and postpartum doulas who provide emotional, physical, and informational support through pregnancy, birth, and beyond. No matter your birth needs or desires, we are here to meet you where you are and encourage you along your birth journey.

Iowa’s first agency… Supporting expectant families through pregnancy, birth, and beyond.

Knocked Up Fitness

Knocked Up Fitness®, created by Erica Ziel to educate and provide safe and effective workouts, {DVD’s, digital programs and her published book “The Knocked Up Fitness® Guide to Pregnancy”} for pregnancy and postpartum mamas. With the goal of helping moms create a stronger core to help you feel your best during pregnancy, by  decreasing aches and pains, improving posture, could contribute to an easier delivery, and speedier recovery after baby. Erica has been featured in and contributed to many publications such as The New York Times, Oxygen Magazine, Fit Pregnancy Magazine, Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine and many others. She also offers private Pilates reformer and equipment training in Ankeny.

Powerful Mamas

Providing Powerful Mamas Local and Online Natural Birth Course, Labor Doula Trainings and Services, Placenta Encapsulation Services and Postpartum Doula Services to central Iowa and beyond!

My Smart Hands - Des Moines

Imagine communicating with your baby before he or she can even speak. Imagine being able to communicate more effectively with your toddler to stop tantrums in their tracks. Imagine you as your preschooler’s first teacher, helping him or her learn to read. At My Smart Hands, we will give you the skills and knowledge you will need to communicate with your pre-verbal, hearing baby, create a more effective mode of communication between you and your toddler, and become your preschooler’s first and most important teacher.


Midwives, Doulas & Lactation Consultants

Pregnancy Resources

Postpartum Resources

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{Disclosure: This is our 2016 Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Guide. We’re proud to share these with you, including this year’s featured sponsors along with our team’s favorites from around Central Iowa. If you would like your business included in this listing email advertise{at}desmoinesmomsblog{dot}com for details.}

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