- Welcome to Blessed Births of Iowa! My name is Shannon Lee and I am a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor and Hypno-doula, certified birth doula and breastfeeding counselor supporting families in West Des Moines, Des Moines, Ames and the surrounding areas.
It will be my privilege to support you and your family in your pregnancy, birth and postpartum journey.
Doula is a Greek word meaning woman's servant. Doulas "mother the mother". My goal is to educate and support you both emotionally and physically during pregnancy, birthing and postpartum.
Why Choose a Doula?
~Doulas are educated and experienced in childbirth.
~We are prepared to provide physical (non-medical), emotional and educational support to women and partners during labor and birth, as well as to families in the weeks following childbirth.
~We provide continuous support during labor. We have the ability to provide comfort with pain relief techniques that include breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, massage, and laboring positions. We also encourage participation from the partner and offer reassurance.
~A doula acts as an advocate for the mother, encouraging and helping her fulfill specific desires that she might have for her birth. Our goal as a doula is to help the mother experience a positive and safe birth, whether an un-medicated birth or cesarean.
~ Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula's presence at birth: