Des Moines Area Pregnancy and Postpartum Guide


We are thrilled to be releasing the 2019 Pregnancy & Postpartum Guide. The goal of the guide is to be a one-stop resource for moms who are trying to conceive, currently pregnant, or recently given birth. This guide offers ALL of the resources needed for a successful pregnancy and postpartum period in the Des Moines area.

The pregnancy and postpartum period can be filled with lots of joy, but it can also be overwhelming when researching all of your options. For many parents, there seem to be way more questions than there are answers: What kind of birth would suit our family best? Where should I give birth? Who will help me after the birth of my baby? Once my baby is born, will I ever sleep again???

It is our hope that this guide helps answer some of those questions for moms in Des Moines. To our readers, we sincerely hope you will find this guide to be a helpful part of your journey into and through motherhood.

Looking for a pediatrician for your new baby? We have all the information to help you make that choice too! Here’s our Des Moines Pediatrician & Family Medicine Guide.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored guide, presented by our valued local partners. While we love sharing these resources with our readers, we have not personally vetted each individual business represented here and encourage our readers to do their own research to find the best fit for their family. 

Presenting Sponsor: MercyOne Maternity & Infants’ Care

mercy one

MercyOne Maternity & Infants’ Care welcomes more than 4,000 babies into the world each year, and offers all of the extras that will help make your first memories with your baby unforgettable. Their world-class care includes an Obstetric Emergency Department and Antepartum Unit, Birthing Unit, Post-partum Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Perinatal Center, and midwives. Their center cares for low and high-risk pregnancies, deliveries, and newborns – including deliveries before 37 weeks of pregnancy. They also provide parents with a large offering of complimentary birthing and infant CPR classes, volunteer birth doulas, and lactation consultants.

MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center

1111 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

UnityPoint Health

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is committed to providing every family with a meaningful childbirth experience that is as special as each new life. Choose your provider from a highly skilled team that includes obstetricians, family practice physicians and certified nurse-midwives. The nurses at each of our specially designed maternity centers are trained to offer you the care that you and your newborn will need before and during the first few days after birth. At UnityPoint Health, they care about you and making sure you have the support you need, whether that is through birth and baby care classes or lactation support. 

The Iowa Clinic

The Iowa Clinic Women’s Center offers one of Central Iowa’s largest and most experienced teams of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Our team takes pride in delivering the most comprehensive and professional care possible for you and your baby. When you are a patient at The Iowa Clinic, you have the advantage of several physicians reviewing your care and ensuring that everything is progressing ideally. In addition, The Iowa Clinic provides complete obstetric care under one roof that includes a full-service laboratory, as well as Medical Imaging and Pathology Departments. Ultimately, this means less wasted time for you and easier coordination of appointments. Our physicians deliver at Methodist West, Iowa Methodist Medical Center, and Mercy Medical Center. After childbirth, you have access to some of the best pediatric physicians as well as Iowa’s first Women’s Center – where staff can help coordinate annual exams, mammograms, and other testing all in one day at one location. As a mom, you will be a role model and lead by example for your children. Taking care of your health should be a top priority after your baby arrives. The Iowa Clinic will be here to help you and your family every step of the way.

Broadlawns Women’s Health Center

Broadlawns Women’s Health Center is dedicated to ensuring that women have access to the health services and care that they need through every stage of their lives. Broadlawns Women’s Health Center provides a full spectrum of women’s healthcare services including well woman visits, annual exams, pap smears, STI checks, family planning, birth control, pregnancy and postpartum care. Broadlawns is proud to offer midwifery services, which are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicaid. Women’s health services are available at Broadlawns Women’s Health Center on the hospital campus at (515) 282-2340, Broadlawns East University Clinic at (515) 282-3278 and Broadlawns Cityville Clinic at (515) 282-2489.

Additional Resources

Ready to be part of our Pregnancy & Postpartum Guide?

We want to connect our readers to your business as they seek to bring their baby into the world and choose partners to help them. Partnering with us allows your business greater visibility with a large targeted market of local moms. Join us and help enrich the lives of the residents of Des Moines.  Email sales {at} desmoinesmomsblog {dot} com to get started!

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Kimberly Isburg
Kimberly is a Northwest Iowa native, a Drake University graduate, and a fan of all things Des Moines. She is a girly girl who grew up and became a boy mom, and is now an expert on all types of construction equipment and big machines. She shares her Des Moines home with hubby Sam (2006) and sons Jack (March 2014) and Henry (December 2016). Kimberly studied magazine journalism in college, spent 10 years working for a newspaper, and recently became a postpartum doula. In her abundant (and almost nonexistent) free time she enjoys writing about mom life, drinking coffee, documenting time with family and friends, starting Shutterfly projects she rarely finishes, doing Crossfit, and daydreaming about future decorating and crafting projects.


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