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We know birth is important- many do. What sets us apart is our belief and inclusion of transformational  and restful postpartum, lactation, and mental health support.

Lactation Support
Mental Health


A birth doula is a trained professional who comes along side and guides you with emotional, physical, and informational support through your prenatal and birthing experiences. During the birth experience, doulas encourage the use of comfort measures such as position changes, breathing, visualization, and massage. They promote relaxation through mental preparedness, awareness of what is happening during labor, and encouragement to ask questions. Doulas also help support the partner so that they can best support you. Birth doulas are a continuous presence during the birth.

Birth doulas are not medical professionals; they work along side the medical team to help provide and encourage a safe and transformational birth experience.

Now offering: Included lactation or postpartum support with your signed birth doula contract. Enjoy two precious hours of sleep and food prep or intentionally-designed breastfeeding support, all in the privacy of your home! Are two hours not enough? As a birth doula client, you’ll receive 5% off a separately-signed postpartum contract.

Our Birth Doulas

Postpartum Doulas

Postpartum doulas provide emotional, physical, and informational support in your home after the baby is born. They help to bring comfort and healing in whichever way you need, such as with healthy meals, preparing cold packs for the perineum, or light housework. Postpartum doulas can provide basic newborn care and feeding information (breast or otherwise) and help support your whole family by caring for the baby so that you or your partner can rest.

Postpartum doulas are not medical professionals; however, they can offer insight as to when to call your medical professional after you are home.

Now offering: Included lactation or postpartum support with your signed birth doula contract. You know the importance of postpartum support; utilize a birth doula’s knowledge and experience for your birth!

Our Postpartum Doulas

Lactation Support

New to IDA is the inclusion of lactation support, provided in your home, when it’s needed the most. Angela Swieter, IBCLC, RN (owner of Basking Babies) is an internationally board-certified lactation consultant who helps not only prepare for the breastfeeding experience but also meets with you in your home as soon as possible to assess the baby’s nutritional needs. Angela is a medical professional who can assess lip/tongue ties, milk transfer, latch, sore nipples, etc. She also specializes in feeding multiples, pumping for working moms, and when to introduce solids.

Angela will help you step-by-step prepare for your breastfeeding journey by learning about your goals and helping you meet them. Together with you, her in-home consultation will address your baby’s latch and positioning, how much baby is transferring at the breast, and any issues or questions you have. Angela concludes her service to you by following up via phone, text, or email a few days after her visit and again after a few weeks.

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Mental Healing

One of the most critical needs of pregnant or postpartum families is mental health support. Because we want clients to experience not only exquisite birth but also postpartum journeys too, we partner with Dr. Mandi Hardy to provide emergent or scheduled mental health support. What makes her practice special is that she comes to you, where you need it most. Dr. Hardy visits clients within a 60 mile radius around Ames and also is prepared for virtual appointments.

Dr. Hardy specializes in the pregnancy and postpartum experience. She combines her experiences as a doula, childbirth educator, academic, and therapist to help meet the unique needs of families during their birth year.  As a doula, she’s personally attended over 100 births in various settings, outcomes, and twists and turns. She has provided a few frequently asked questions and answers below.

To schedule an appointment as quickly as possible, email Dr Hardy at: DrAmandaHardy@gmail.com or call her at: (515)-218-9182

Yes, I am in-network with Wellmark and Iowa Medicaid providers.  My application is in process with United Healthcare.  Some clients chose to be cash only patients as well.

A therapy session is approximately 45-50 minutes.  When I come to your home for a home visit these can sometimes last a bit longer as they are often utilized as “crisis” situations.  However, even as such those appointments average to be around an hour.

Yes; however, my specialization is working with woman (and their partners) during the perinatal period or what is commonly called the “birth year” (the year surrounding pregnancy and birth). This does not mean that we couldn’t or wouldn’t continue a therapeutic relationship outside of this birth year or that I don’t see clients in other demographics, just to note that this is my specialization and expertise.

I completed my graduate work in psychological counseling in December 2005 and have worked in the mental health profession in various capacities since then.  I opened my private practice (Amanda Hardy PhD LLC) in 2017, but also practiced privately for years in New Jersey.

I am licensed in the state of Iowa as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).  I do not hold a formal certification in PMADs (perinatal mood and anxiety disorders) as there is no such certification; however, I have completed training through Postpartum Support International (PSI) in PMADs.  PSI is considered the leader in the field and is the only program that offers specific training in this area, at present.

As both a doula and childbirth educator, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know families as they prepare for their individual journeys in parenthood.  As an academic, I’ve studied childbirth (from any perspectives), parenting, child development, and the intersection of these three.  And, finally, as a therapist, I’ve learned to listen to people when they aren’t having the best days.  All of these experiences helped me realize that postpartum families need a different kind of help. This is why I offer house call services for families who are in need of mental health support, but aren’t going to be able to come in for a traditional office appointment for some time while they adjust to their new normal.  I am the only licensed mental health provider offering this service in central Iowa.  I also keep my practice small and ensure that everyone who desires an immediate appointment will be seen within 2 weeks of contacting me (wait times at other practices are often 6 weeks or more).

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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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