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Found 3 Pros in Ankeny, IA, USA | Postpartum 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!

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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.

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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

Postpartum Doula Services: FAQs

For most parents, the transition into early parenthood is hard. Postpartum doulas in Ankeny, IA offer all sorts of practical, physical, informational and emotional support to new parents. Postpartum doulas in Ankeny, IA offer a wide range of after-birth support services, including:

  1. Caring for and assisting in the recovery of the birthing parent
  2. Providing breastfeeding and lactation support
  3. Offering advice for baby soothing, diapering and bathing
  4. Parent-baby bonding
  5. Caring for older siblings
  6. Light housework
  7. Night nannying or sleep relief services

Some parents require additional physical and emotional support due to their specific situation, lack of family support, or their particular lifestyle. A postpartum doula positively affects the entire family, as many postpartum doulas are involved in sibling care, housework chores, and educating clients on childcare information/techniques.

To find a postpartum doula in Ankeny, IA, most parents recommend creating a job post on Meela and having uniquely qualified postpartum doulas near you (in your budget) reach out to you through the Meela app.

You can interview and chat with as many postpartum doulas as you wish and hire a postpartum doula in Ankeny, IA with confidence. It is completely free to create a job post on Meela and find a postpartum doula. There are no commitments to hire any of the qualified and expert vetted postpartum doulas Meela brings you.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

To find a postpartum doula, you can also browse the available postpartum doulas near you in Ankeny, IA and read reviews, compare pricing, experience and fit. Send the postpartum doulas you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend reaching out to and interviewing at least three postpartum doulas before hiring a postpartum doula near you. After interviewing, hire the most qualified postpartum doula near you and start getting the care you deserve.

While the cost of a postpartum doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, you can expect the average cost of a postpartum doula in Ankeny, IA to be $32 per hour, which is the average cost of a postpartum doula in the state of Iowa. The cost of a postpartum doula in Ankeny, IA can range from $27 to $38 per hour. These costs are based on a representative group of 25 postpartum doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Iowa. The average cost of a postpartum doula in Iowa is lower than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $37 per hour.

When hiring a postpartum doula in Ankeny, IA, you and your postpartum 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.

A postpartum doula in Ankeny, IA is meant to help the entire family and their role is not just limited to the birthing parent and newborn. A doula provides physical and emotional support to parents and siblings, but they also offer information and advice regarding how to feed, bathe, swaddle, and soothe the baby.

They also often help with postpartum depression issues, and are considered child care “consultants” rather than medical professionals. Many postpartum doulas in Ankeny, IA offer a range of services that can help with parents trying to adjust to a newborn child. These services often include:

  • Sibling care
  • Assist with household chores
  • Parent-baby bonding
  • Physical and emotional recovery
  • Support to parents and extended family

A postpartum doula in Ankeny, IA can have a lasting positive impact on a family and help them feel more confident about their parenting role and the way that they feed and nurture their baby. They might offer advice regarding feeding, bathing, and parent-baby bonding.

It is important to note that a postpartum doula might offer advice but is not expected to provide medical care of any kind or serve as a replacement to an accredited physician. Postpartum doulas are also not qualified to prescribe medication.

Many new parents want to know about certified postpartum doulas and how exactly they are certified. Since the demand for postpartum doulas has greatly expanded in the last several years, the number of reputable postpartum doula training and certification programs has grown in Ankeny, IA. Training criteria can differ from program to program, but most follow a similar curriculum which includes core academic curriculum and practical hours and real-life care experience.

One of the most common national postpartum doula training certifications comes from DONA International. A postpartum doula usually receives about 27 hours of practical training before they are a certified postpartum doula.

There are also CAPPA-certified postpartum doulas in Ankeny, IA, as well. These doulas were certified by the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, an international organization that certifies doulas and other childbirth educators/professionals.

As a reminder, because postpartum doulas are not trained to be a medical professional and diagnose and treat medical conditions, a certification is not required for them to practice.

As their names suggest, a birth doula’s main priority is to provide support services before, during and in the moments immediately after childbirth. A postpartum doula’s obligations usually begin after the birth, for several weeks or months. In many cases, your birth doula will also be a trained and certified postpartum doula, which can provide a continuity of care that many parents find extremely valuable.

Many parents want to know whether a postpartum doula or a baby nurse would meet their needs and expectations. A baby nurse might be focused on making sure that a baby sleeps or feeds properly, but that might be the extent of their role. A postpartum doula generally offers more holistic services for their clients.

A postpartum doula in Ankeny, IA is expected to be more involved with the family as a whole. They might remain involved in sibling care or also provide emotional support to the partner as both parents adjust to becoming new parents. This may even include support for older siblings, light housework, and even meal prep. A postpartum doula provides more physical, emotional, and informational support than a baby nurse.

You can hire two types of doulas in Ankeny, 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.

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