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Our Why 2017-12-30T19:10:13+00:00

MEET IOWA DOULA AGENCY

Started in 2014, Iowa Doula Agency exists to connect pregnant and postpartum families with doulas who serve with abundant knowledge, servant hearts, and unwavering compassion. We believe in the transformational power of a safe and exquisite birth and postpartum journey.

We believe in your right to expect this and prepare for it.

Abundant Knowledge

To be an agency doula, minimum requirements must be met or exceeded as a way to set the standard for care. All Iowa Doula Agency doulas must be trained by either of the three leading organizations in the world: DONA, CAPPA, or ICEA. Many of our doulas also hold secondary certifications in supplementary areas like childbirth education, yoga, bereavement, and Montessori toddler learning. Also, an ongoing process of doula certification is gaining continuing education credits and many of us have also been trained in Rebozo usage, VBAC, safe essential oil use, and breastfeeding.

  • Certified (or certifying) Birth / Postpartum doulas

  • Extensive training in multiple areas

  • Continuing education to ensure up-to-date practices

Servant Values

Iowa Doula Agency works with families to connect professional birth and postpartum doulas who provide emotional, physical, and informational support through pregnancy, birth, and beyond.

The Iowa Doula Agency will provide doulas who:

  • are free of judgment and provide judgment-free birth information
  • provide exceptional customer service
  • are a source of evidence-based information
  • encourage relationships with client’s care providers, based on mutual trust and respect
  • encourage informed consent throughout their client’s medical care
  • will not practice outside of IDA’s Scope of Practice
  • will foster positive relationships with all care providers
  • will maintain privacy boundaries

Doulas from the Iowa Doula Agency will:

  • Provide unbiased information about the birth process, comfort measures, and the general birth environment. This includes providing guidance for birth plans.
  • Refer client to reliable and reputable sources for information that falls outside the knowledge and scope of the doula.
  • Emotionally and physically comfort and support clients (both mom and partner) continuously through labor and provide back up care should she not be able to attend.
  • Offer options for comfort during labor including but not limited to: multiple massage techniques, different labor and pushing positions, heating and cooling relief, and guided breathing or thinking for optimal relaxation. Other means to relaxation and comfort that a doula may provide include suggesting dimmed lighting, quiet music, and limited visitors.
  • During the immediate postpartum period, the doula may provide basic breastfeeding and newborn care support, along with encouragement to make the postpartum period as gentle and supported as possible.
  • It is within the Scope of IDA to empower and uplift our clients so they can feel comfortable enough to ask questions regarding their care. It is the hope of IDA that all women are respected and listened to during their medical care.

Doulas from the Iowa Doula Agency will not:

  • At any time, provide medical advice, opinion, or statements that could be construed as medical advice or opinion.
  • Give information contradictory to the opinion of her medical care provider. Instead, the doula may provide evidence-based information to the client so that she may make an informed decision about her care.
  • Birth: Perform medical tasks, including but not limited to: vaginal or cervical assessments, blood pressure checks, listening to heart tones, or analyzing tocodynamometer readings. Other medical equipment such as IVs, blood pressure cuffs, tocodynamometers, or other monitoring devices should not be touched, unless specific instruction is given by the care provider.
  • Postpartum: Perform medical tasks, including but not limited to: such as fundal or blood pressure checks, bleeding assessments, lip/tongue tie diagnoses, etc
  • Offer breastfeeding support beyond her certification. Proper referrals to lactation consultants will be made.
  • Engage in conduct that would compromise the reputation of herself, Iowa Doula Agency, her certifying body, or the doula community at large.
  • Divulge client information unless necessary for adequately preparing a back up doula.

Unwavering Compassion

You will never have to worry about making the right decisions for your family; Iowa Doula Agency doulas serve as unbiased sources of information and support. We will never shame, coerce, or make you doubt your decisions. We will instead ask qualifying questions to make sure you understand your options and are confident in your decisions, empowering you to boldly move forward as the center of your care.

  • We will guide you through your options and help you ask questions.

  • We will always validate what you’re feeling.

  • We will strive to empower you through autonomous decision making.

  • We will help create an environment that brings you peace and joy.

  • You’ll never be alone. We’ll walk with you.

Hear Our Why In Person

Meet us at our monthly Meet the Doulas! night held at our studios in Valley Junction.

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

Word of mouth referrals not only give validity to the work we do, but also help guide other expectant and postpartum families through the same preparation and planning.

We have loved having Erin as our postpartum Doula. She is attentive, caring and has taken great care to make sure that I had everything I needed to have a relaxing environment during the weeks after the birth of my 4th child. I would highly recommend a postpartum Doula to any new or veteran mom. It was an amazing experience!

SHAUNA SHAEFFER, Des Moines, Iowa

To be honest, we were on the fence about hiring a doula. We are SO glad we did! The care we received from Iowa Doula Agency was so wonderful. We were able to ask questions, our concerns were heard and most importantly, our doula was a support and encouragement to BOTH my husband and me during labor. BEST DECISION we made for our labor and delivery!

RANDY & LAURA, Ankeny, Iowa

I love the heart behind the agency. Each doula on board has been trained to help prepare mama (and daddy’s) for their births, and to see that the mama has a voice during her entire pregnancy and delivery. To top it off, it’s all evidence-based! Highly recommend.

DR. AMANDA CARVER, Lifestream Clinic - Chiropractic, Nutrition, Massage