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Found 4 Pros in Ames, IA, USA | Birth doula support
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Sydney Moore

Des Moines, IA

4 reviews • 13 families supported • 2 years experience

4 reviews • 13 families supported • 2 years experience

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Care philosophy

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Areas served

  • Downtown Des Moines
  • Des Moines Proper
  • West Des Moines
  • Clive
  • Johnston
  • Urbandale
  • Ankeny
  • Altoona
  • Bondurant


  • Sarah
    February 4, 2023 at 2:59 pm | Peer review

    Sydney has been a doula for my program’s Doula Program for a while now and she is always someone we can depend on to go above and beyond for our clients and a lot of clients request to work with her! She not only supports clients through their pregnancy, birth and early postpartum period, she also does all that she can to connect them to services when need and make sure they have the resources they need to be successful parents.

    I even referred one of my best friends to Sydney when she became pregnant and Sydney was an amazing support as her doula! My friend was really going through a lot and needed a lot of flexibility which Sydney was 100% able to give and she went out of her way to make my friend feel comfortable in all stages.

    Sydney worked through her birth plan with her and really took the time to build rapport and grow a connection with my friend. She also was instrumental in combating some of the pregnancy, birth and parenting myths that my friend’s family was upholding and taught my friend a lot about infant care and breastfeeding. I would recommend her to anyone going through pregnancy and birth!

$ flexible
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Jazzmine Brooks

Des Moines, IA

3 reviews • 43 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 43 families supported • 3 years experience

Research shows that birthing people are less likely to need Pitocin, less likely to have a cesarean, less likely to use any pain medication, and more likely to rate the childbirth experience positively. Doulas provide physical, emotional, and information support to you, your partner, and your support network. Doulas are trained to connect with evidence-based resources and community referrals that support individual and family cultural needs. Jai Olive is inclusive. I use non-gender-specific language, connect you to culturally responsive providers, and encourage you to use your voice throughout your care. You lead with your intuition and comfort at all times. Feeling supported and easing the emotional experience of any journey promotes positive outcomes. To know someone is always there, rooting for you, helps you make the most informed decision about your body and family.

Care philosophy

Hi! I'm Jazzmine Brooks, the "Rural Black Doula", and I am a professional full-spectrum doula in Central Iowa. I provide in-person and virtual support. When invited to journey with someone through their reproductive health, fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, or lactation journey, I become an ally. I am someone to walk beside you and I serve as someone to lean on when needed.

Areas served

  • Ames, IA
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Iowa City, IA


  • Sydney
    August 26, 2022 at 11:16 am | Peer review

    Jazzmine is a thoughtful and attentive Birth professional. She is a true leader in the field, and a knowledgable, caring birth coach/sister. Working with Jazzmine is an incredible experience. I believe she embodies all the characteristics of a stellar doula and educator.

$ flexible

Katie Chiaramonte

Indianola, IA

0 reviews • 7 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 7 families supported • 1 years experience

As a doula certifying with Doula Trainings International, I am passionate about supporting diverse family structures. I offer prenatal/birth and postpartum services for birthing persons and/or families seeking to expand their families through adoption or surrogacy (support for gestational carriers available). I understand that the road to individual self-discovery, parenthood, and so many of life's transitions can be filled with the need for empathetic support. My goal is to help you find your deepest strength through emotional comfort and gentle centering, empowering you to have your optimal experience. As you move into a new chapter in your life, I am here to help you find your inner guide and learn to listen well. Your path is yours alone and you deserve to be present and cared for through it all. I can't wait to make that space with you. Bumble Tree offers gender-inclusive services to all birthing persons. I am passionate radically inclusive care for all families.

Care philosophy

I provide empathic and empowering inclusive support for every birthing person and new family. I am committed to equitable support, reproductive justice, and generous self-empowerment for all birthing persons, every family structure, and anyone with a need for extra support through life's transitions.

Areas served

  • Polk County
  • Warren County
  • Surrounding Areas
$ flexible

Arianna Christiansen

Norwalk, IA

0 reviews • 00 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 00 families supported • 1 years experience

I am Arianna Christiansen! Momma to two beautiful kiddos and had two very different birth experiences. I have personally experienced sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, secondary infertility, miscarriage, missed miscarriage, discrimination based on weight and age, and finally a beautiful rainbow baby. All of these personal experiences have led me here, to you! Being a doula is something I am very passionate about because I know every single person deserves non-wavering support. Someone to be there who will not judge a single choice you make.

Care philosophy

That all birthing persons deserve quality, respectful and consented care. I want to support all families no matter age, race, gender, size, socioeconomic status or situation. I’m here for YOU.

Areas served

  • DSM area
  • DSM and surrounding areas

Doula Services: FAQs

A doula is a professional that provides emotional, physical and educational support to new parents before, during, and after childbirth and into the early postpartum period. Doulas are companions who strive to give families a safe, positive, and healthy labor experience. They provide parents with evidence-based information and education on childbirth and are someone who the parent can turn to with questions and concerns about having a baby. Doulas also take an active role in collaborating with the parent to create a birth plan.

A certified birth doula offers advice and techniques to help reduce the stress that the parent often experiences during childbirth and provides you with education about different aspects of delivery and labor and what comes after.

There are two ways you can hire a doula through Meela in Ames, IA.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Ames, IA and send the doulas you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend interviewing at least three before hiring your top doula.

You can also hire a doula in Ames, IA in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Ames, IA. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  1. Get your list of Ames, IA doulas: in a few hours, you will have a collection of doulas near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience and read reviews. You can chat with each doula to learn more about them.
  1. Hire a doula with confidence: schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top doula choices. Hire your top doula and start getting the care you deserve.

While the cost of a doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, you can expect the average cost of a doula in Ames, IA to be $825, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of Iowa. The cost of a doula in Ames, IA can range from $712 to $939. These costs are based on a representative group of 25 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Iowa. The average cost of a doula in Iowa is lower than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

When hiring a birth doula in Ames, IA, you and your doula will discuss and agree upon a fee structure, and your doula will send you itemized invoices through Meela, which you can pay securely through the app.

Some insurance companies will cover all or part of the cost of hiring a doula. Contact your insurance company to find out if they offer any coverage for hiring a doula; not all insurance companies do.

You can hire two types of doulas in Ames, IA: a birth doula and a postpartum doula. The birth doula is during your pregnancy and through the birth of your child. They provide you with emotional, physical and educational support during your pregnancy, your labor and delivery and for the first few hours after your child is born.

A postpartum doula will support you for the first few weeks after the baby is born. They provide in-home assistance, including teaching you how to take care of your newborn, acting as lactation consultant, and can provide some night nanny services.

Yes, a birth doula can provide support during a Cesarean birth and delivery. Doulas are non-medical professionals and do not replace obstetricians, physicians, midwives or nurses. They are an additive member to the team and provide emotional, physical and informational support to the birthing parent, partner and family. It is up to you whether the certified doula can remain in the operating room during the procedure.

When you hire a doula in Ames, IA, your services typically include several in-person prenatal sessions, 24/7 phone and text support, full attendance throughout your labor, and several hours of support immediately following your birth.

A doula in Ames, IA can help you in any kind of birth. Certified doulas are able to assist parents in creating the ideal “birth environment” and help parents deliver their baby safely. A doula can provide support during the birth whether it occurs in a hospital, a home, or another birth center of some kind. Doulas are there to support you in your desired birth preferences, whether that is a preference for natural, non-medicated, assisted, C-section or anything else.

Certified doulas can also act as a liaison between you and hospital staff regarding your childbirth expectations and preferences. For example, if your preference is to have a non-medicated birth, a doula can help guide you through that process and create a personalized birth plan. A certified doula in Ames, IA does not replace medical staff (such as your obstetrician and nurses).

When a surgical procedure is required, there are some situations in which a birth doula can also remain in the operating room, although this is not an expected obligation. A certified birth doula can also assist hospital staff to improve the overall birthing experience. A doula in Ames, IA will typically stay with the parents for several hours after birth to help them with birth recovery.

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Ames, IA can help improve parent satisfaction with their baby’s birth and delivery. The involvement of a doula can also lead to shorter deliveries with less complications.

Recent studies show that parents who have a support person like a doula by their side throughout labor and childbirth are more likely to:

  1. Give birth without the need for pain medicine
  2. Describe their birth experience in a positive way
  3. Give birth without the need for medical intervention, such as C-sections or vacuum delivery
  4. Experience a shorter labor

You can hire a doula early in your pregnancy to allow you time to get to know each other and to begin planning for your later trimesters, labor, birth, and aftercare. It is ideal to hire a doula when you are around 20 weeks along, but you can start looking for one before that.

It is never too late to hire a doula in Ames, IA; you have right up to your due date to find a doula near you and receive all the benefits of doula support.

While many people think that a doula and a midwife are the same thing, their educational background and job duties are different. Doulas are non-medical professionals who provide emotional, physical and educational support, while also offering actionable advice and guidance to new parents about how to nurture their baby.

A midwife is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) or a certified midwife (CM). CNMs are medical professionals that are certified and licensed by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. CMs are also certified, but they do not have nursing backgrounds.

Doulas are not medical professionals; they focus on the emotional support for the parents and the family before, during, and after the birth of the baby. Their job is to provide information, advice, and support to the family not diagnose any medical conditions or provide medical advice.

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