2017 Des Moines Pregnancy and Postpartum Guide

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Des Moines Moms Blog is thrilled to be releasing the 2017 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 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

Wanting to get your pre-baby body back (of course, only after a reasonable length of time)? We have that info for you too! Make sure you check out our Des Moines Fitness, Health and Wellness 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: Mercy Women & Infants' Center

Mercy women and infants' center

Mercy Women & Infants’ Center welcomes nearly 5,000 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 of Iowa and Mercy Clinics Midwifery. 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.



Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

1111 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

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

The Iowa Clinic

The Iowa Clinic is the largest physician owned multi-specialty group in Central Iowa with more than 250 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.

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Balance Chiropractic & Wellness

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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 their 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.

Blessed Births of Iowa

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Shannon Lee is the owner of Blessed Births of Iowa. Shannon is a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor and Hypno-doula as well as a certified birth doula and breastfeeding counselor supporting families in West Des Moines, Des Moines, Ames, and the surrounding areas. Enjoy your baby’s birth. Birth your baby gently and peacefully while feeling relaxed and empowered! Hypnobabies Childbirth Class is a comprehensive and practical 6-week childbirth education class.

Dr. Heidi Warner Counseling & 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.

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.

Additional Resources

The fabulous featured image is provided by Katie Evans Photography. Undoubtedly you can trust Katie to capture the special treasured memories of your babies and family.

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 kara {at} desmoinesmomsblog {dot} com to get started!


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