Postpartum Support Groups in Des Moines
Many of you do not know, but I wear several hats including the hat as a Certified Postpartum Doula. I am passionate about supporting moms whether that be connecting them with resources, helping them at home or answering questions. If you are a new mom in Des Moines, you can find several places to go for emotional support. I have created a list of postpartum support groups in Des Moines.
If you have questions about what a Postpartum Doula is please visit my site Midwest Mom & Wife to learn more.
First Sunday of the month
2 to 3 p.m.
Trixie’s Salon; 6209 SE 14th Street, Des Moines
Agape is all about supporting mamas. In a time where postpartum depression, anxiety, and OCD are so prevalent, it is so important that we are supporting each other through motherhood. Our journeys all look different, but in the end, we’re all mothers, doing our best, and it’s okay to lean on each other. Come to find your tribe, and bask in the community of other mothers.
The third Friday of the month
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Balance Chiropractic & Wellness; 6611 University Avenue Suite 103, Windsor Heights
Every month you are invited to come to this safe place with questions, concerns or just to meet other moms just like you. Pregnant, new moms and their partners are allowed to join. Children 12 months and younger are welcome.
This group will be led by Certified Postpartum Doula Erin Huiatt and Lactation Consultant Jenny Wood.
Erin Huiatt will be available to answer questions and lead a discussion about various topics. Jenny will be available to answer basic breastfeeding questions and will offer a 15% discount to anyone who may need further assessment and/or care. Find your tribe + Be supported!
First and third Monday of every month
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Broadlawns Medical Plaza; First Floor Conference Room; 1761 Hickman Rd, DSM
Meet with other moms who understand what you are going through and know that you are not alone. Share experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Scales will be available for you to weigh your baby and a lactation specialist will be available to answer questions. Siblings are welcome.
FACILITATED BY: Tera Hamann, BSN, RN, IBCLC
QUESTIONS: Please call (515) 282-2260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to the public. You do not need to have delivered at Broadlawns
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Des Moines Children’s Museum
Meeting other moms who are in the same season of life as you is really hard!! Especially if you have a baby + older kids!!
Museum Babies is a Des Moines Children’s Museum initiative to support parents with babies. A museum volunteer will facilitate discussion and guest speakers will address a variety of parenting topics. Older siblings are always welcome to play in the museum while parents and babies are participating in Museum Babies.
Bring your baby (and any older siblings that are at home) and come meet other moms with babies.
This is a free, one-hour event!
Second and Fourth Thursday for the month.
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Walnut Creek YMCA; 948 73rd Street, West Des Moines
This FREE support group is for any moms or moms-to-be in the metro area who are struggling with any perinatal mood disorders (depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, etc).
This group will provide a supportive, safe environment to offer tools and guidance to help you on your journey in motherhood. Babies in arms welcome.
Every Wednesday starting January 9, 2019
10 to 11 a.m.
Broadlawns Medical Center
This free support group is for moms who want to share and connect with other women for support. The group will offer education, support, and tools to help you feel like yourself again. Topics will include postpartum depression and anxiety, miscarriage, and still-birth, self-care, postpartum relationship issues, coping skills, sibling jealousy and more.
FACILITATED BY: Christine Young, LISW and Kindra Perry, PsyD
FREE and open to the public
Every Tuesday Morning
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Clive Public Library; 1900 NE 114th Street, Clive
There is an opportunity each week to get breastfeeding support, to ask questions, share concerns and celebrate accomplishments as well. It’s free, everyone is welcome and it’s okay if you’re running late. Please note that you can always check the facebook page for updates.
Second and fourth Wednesday of the month
9:45 to 11 a.m.
Iowa Doula Agency; 120 5th Street, WDM
**Currently on hold
Join therapist and postpartum doula Jade Spielman, LMFT, as she facilitates engaging conversation, asks meaningful questions, and offers insightful advice. This postpartum support group is perfect for those moms who have just had a baby, to those returning to work and beyond.
Topics include a sense of self, sleep, spouse relationships, newborn feeding and care, pumping, etc. Babies under 12 months welcome. Coffee/tea provided. Free.
** Please let me know if I am missing a postpartum support group. I would love to add it to this list!