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Natural Healthcare

Organic Grocery and Goods



Restaurants and Chefs


Birth, Organizations

International Ceasrean Awareness Network: Promotes normal birth and provides support after Ceasrean births.

Friends of Iowa Midwives: Working to promote legalization of Lay Midwives (also known as Direct-Entry Midwives) in Iowa.

Mothers and Others for Midwives (IAMOMs): Promoting the midwifery model of care in Iowa. Appears to be inactive.

Child Care

If you know of natural child care options in Des Moines, please let me know!


IDEA: Iowans Dedicated to Educational Alternatives

NICHE: Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators

Iowa Home Educators

Sayre Montessori School: 1700 28th Street, West Des Moines, 255-7378

Montessori & More: 5160 Park Av, Des Moines, 288-9558

Montessori Children's House: 1025 28th St, West Des Moines, 255-1073

Montessori Children's Center: 8509 Alice Ave, Clive, 278-4262

Environmentalism/Sustainable Building

1000 Friends of Iowa: Citizens United for Responsible Land Use

Center on Sustainable Communities: Promoting Residential Green Building in Iowa.

Silent Rivers: Green Building.

Live Lightly Tour : A small family goes on a road trip to spread the good news about veggie oil powered transportation.

Farms and CSAs

Local Foods Connection: Enrolls low-income families in CSA Programs.

Audubon County Family Farm: Pork, chicken, and eggs sustainably raised without antibiotics.

Blue Gate Farms: Community Supported Agriculture, and a booth at the Downtown Farmer's Market

Central Iowa Small Farms: Three farms, coming together to bring you Sample Sundays.

Coyote Run Farm: 641-947-4052. In Lacona. Chemical-free produce and some meat.

Dalla Terra Ranch: All-natural, grass-fed lamb.

Griffieon Family Farm: Antibiotic-free, no hormone-added beef, pork, chicken, turkeys, eggs. 964-0876.

Growing Harmony Farm: Community Supported Agriculture. In Nevada.

Happy Hollow Farm: Naturally raised chicken, beef, pork.

Health on the Hoof: Grass-fed Beef, chemical and hormone free.

Innovative Growers, LLC: Chemical free soybean oil.

Malabar Farm: Natural, grass-fed beef and lamb.

Northern Prairie Chevre: Goat cheese.

One Step at a Time Gardens: Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Picket Fence Creamery: All natural milk, cream, ice cream, etc. Yum yum.

Pinecrest: Oriental vegetables, fruit, nuts, prairie products grown without Chemicals. In Maxwell.

Pulley Produce: Certified Organic Transitioning farm. 515-833-2212. In Earlham.

Sheeder farms: Free-range chicken, turkey, eggs. Hormone and drug-free beef.

Small Potatoes Farm: Certified organic farm just west of Des Moines. CSA. Contact Rick Hartmann.

Sugar Creek Family Farm: An organic CSA farm. Their Blog.

Turtle Farm: CSA, farm stand, and pick-your-own. Certified organic produce.

Twin Girls Garden and Country Market: Offers chemical-free produce. 515-321-5900. In Madrid.

Wallace Farms: Grass-fed Beef.

Wilbers Northside Market: A CSA and Farm located in Boone

Wills Family Orchard: Certified Organic Apple Products, pumpkins, squash, honey. Open seasonally. 515-993-5151.

Buy Fresh, Buy Local: a guide to local farms and producers. Call Matt Russell, 271-4956, for more information.

Farmer's Markets

Downtown Farmers Market: Saturday mornings on Court Avenue

Drake Area Farmers Market: Wednesdays, 4-7, First Christian Church, 25th & University

Valley Junction Farmer's Market: Thursdays, 4-8, 5th Street in Valley Junction (West Des Moines)

Other Area Farmer's Markets: search this link for your county or city

Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies, Supplements, Etc.

Campbell's Nutrition: 4040 University in Des Moines, 2749 100th St in Urbandale, and 3300 SW 9 St in Des Moines

Great Earth Vitamin Store: 2700 University Av, 225-4347

New City Market: 48th & University, 255-7380

Nutri-Sport: 9992 Swanson in Clive, 331-2141

Gong Fu Tea: 414 East 6th St., 288-3388. Over 120 loose-leaf teas.

Ganesa Birth Services: Sabbath Davies, Placenta Encapsulation. 515-779-9033


Iowa Go Green

The Green Pages


Slow Food Iowa: Wholesome food and sustainable farming

Vegetarian Community of Iowa : Promoting the joy of a plant-based lifestyle.

A Greener Lifestyle: Promoting green living.

NOAH: Focuses on natural living and healthy living. Stands for Nourishing Organic Affectionate Homes.

Des Moines Ladies Group: Discusses natural and alternative solutions to conventional issues.

Midwifery and Women's Healthcare (including childbirth)

Certified Nurse Midwives:

Cosette Boone, Willowsong Midwifery Care: 266-6712.

Dana Erickson, Midwife and Doula Services: 279-3320. Dana is taking some time off and is not currently accepting new patients.

Sheryl Puderbaugh, Heart & Hands Clinic: 243-6408

Midwife Services Of Iowa Health: 309-6011

Lori Steinman & Laura Olsen: 243-2888. Delivers at Mercy with Mandsager as her backup.


The Birthing Option, Dawn Rogers, Birth Doula: 299-9199

Birth Companions, Diane Tinker, Birth Doula (DONA): 270-6262

Anji Moss, Birth Doula: 965-2877

Megan Day, Birth Doula (DONA): 250-1644

Simple Miracles Doula Services, Amanda Fust, Birth Doula (pursuing DONA certification): 515-313-7279

Fran Boyer, Birth Doula (pursuing DONA certification). 965-8010 or 418-7062.

Ganesa Birth Services, Sabbath Davies, Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula. 779-9033.

Before and After the Birth, Amy Brooks-Murphy, Post-partum Doula: 255-6066.

Natalie O'Hern, Post-partum Doula (pursuing DONA certification): 223-3476. Mother care, infant care education, breastfeeding support and household help.

DONA's list of all DONA Doulas in Iowa

Other Women's Healthcare:

Whole Woman Health, Lisa Kamphuis, ARNP: 243-6309

Young Women's Resource Center: Among other services, helps pregnant teens make responsible choices. 244-4901

Before and After the Birth: 255-6066. Bradley Method classes taught by Amy Brooks-Murphy. Amy is also a postpartum Doula.

Almost Home Birth Center: 282-8400.

The Family Tree, Prenatal Yoga classes, Blessingway Ceremonies, Pregnancy Massage, and Reiki. 202-2585

Ganesa Birth Services: Sabbath Davies: labor support, postpartum support, private childbirth education. Also provides Placenta Encapsulation. 515-779-9033

Natural Healthcare, General


Yost Family Chiropractic, Dr. Heather Yost: 278-YOST. Dr. Heather treats the entire family, with a focus on pregnancy, babies, and children.

Moss Family Chiropractic: 964-9114 (Ankeny)

Heartland Chiropractic and Wellness Center : 252-8668. Valerie Skow, D.C.

Meylor Chiropractic: Chiropractic and acupuncture care. (515) 255-7246

Healing Arts Center: in Carroll

The Livewell Clinic: Offers Chiropractic (whole family), well baby visits, labor support, allergy support, and more.



Iowa Acupuncture Clinic, Bill and Elizabeth Terrell: 331-8948

Des Moines Acupuncture Clinic, Abby Miller: 277-9998


Reiki and Healing Touch:

The Family Tree: Yoga, Reiki, Massage, and other offerings. 202-2585

Wholistic Wellness Center, Jerre Grefe: 641-456-5379. Hypnosis, Hypnobirthing, Healing Touch, Natural Health, Nutrition.

Healing Therapies, Mary Lea Holcomb RN, BA: 515-993-4691 (Adel). Healing touch, energetic healing, craniosacral therapy.

Sandy Easter, Holistic Healing: 251-4914 or 255-6242. Hypnotherapy, Reiki Master, and Healing Touch.

Shannon Sesol, Reiki Master: 205-0654

The Ki Inside: Reiki, EFT, SRT, and ear candling. 205-5494.

Expressive Release/Healing Options for Mind, Body, & Soul: Sandi Smith, Reiki Master, natural healing arts practitioner. 480-8074.

Gail Hardinger-McCarthy: Reiki Master and LPN. Currently practices at Firehouse Yoga on Mondays, also from her home in Ankeny. 964-9842


Massage Therapy:

The Family Tree: Yoga, Reiki, Massage, and other offerings. 202-2585

Barry Lowe, Pregnancy Massage: 243-1272

Molly McGreal-Stence, Licensed Massage Therapist: 255-8424 Molly works out of her home.

The Loft : Massage and Body Wellness, Cassie Sampson. 991-0753.

Hahn Wellness: Renee Hahn, Licensed Massage Therapist.

Lynnspirations Massage: Connie Patton, LPN, LMT. Also offers Reiki and Karuna Reiki. 270-7004

Wildflower Massage & Bodywork: Sarah Hybels, L.M.T. Pregnancy, Swedish, and Deep Tissue Massage   Hot and Cold Stone Treatments  664-7306


Other Natural Healthcare Options:

Iowa Health Freedom Coalition: Supporting alternative practitioners.

Whole Woman Health, Lisa Kamphuis, ARNP: 243-6309

The Livewell Clinic: Offers Chiropractic (whole family), well baby visits, labor support, allergy support, and more.

Wholistic Wellness Center, Jerre Grefe: 641-456-5379. Hypnosis, Hypnobirthing, Healing Touch, Natural Health, Nutrution.

Integrative Health Solutions: Ned Looney and Liz Bomer, Naturpoathic Pharmacists. Two locations, Bondaurant and Pleasant Hill.

The Family Tree: Yoga, Reiki, and other offerings. 202-2585

Heartland Holistic Health Center: 327-0046. Osteopathic medicine, pain management, nutritional consultation

Rolf Method, Frank Epstein: 274-3417. Therapeutic Bodywork.

Food for Hearts: Health and wellness consultants.

Herb N Home: Herbal remedies, Kristi Burns.

Illuminate Yoga + Natural Solutions: 979-6474. Yoga and Meditation.


Here is a nice directory of Holistic Wellness providers in Iowa.

Central Iowa Energy Healers Meetup Group: Get together with other energy healers in Iowa.


Organic Grocery and Goods (see also Farms)

Campbell's Nutrition: 4040 University in Des Moines, 2749 100th St in Urbandale, and 3300 SW 9 St in Des Moines

New City Market: 48th & University, 255-7380

Gateway Market and Cafe: 2002 Woodland Ave.

Hy-Vee Healthmarket: HyVee stores throughout the metro have a small selection of organic foods

Dahl's Foods: Offers a small selection of organic goods and produce

Iowa Organic Association: Advancing Iowa's organic industries.

Wheatsfield Grocery: Natural Foods Co-Op in Ames

The Market: Natural Grocery in Spirit Lake (outside of the Metro, but I know many Metro residents vacation up there). Last time we visited, this grocery was hoping to become a Co-op. 1610 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake. 712-336-2520

Restaurants and Chefs

The Juice Co: Delicious smoothies made from fresh juices and organic/local wheatgrass. 334-9917. 8655 Douglas.

Sheree Clark: Vegan Raw Chef and raw food consulting. 249-2992.

Fresh Cafe and Market: Specialize in healthy and organic options. Located in West Des Moines.

Jason's Deli: Many ingredients are organic, and they also strive for fair trade products and environmentally friendly practices. Located in West Des Moines.

Ritual Cafe: Coffee and Smoothies are their speciality; completely vegetarian menu.

There are many places in town to grab a vegan bite. Happy Cow has a directory, but many of the ethnic restaurants in town are vegan-friendly.


Parenting Groups:

Holistic Moms Network: For parents taking control of their family's health decisions.

Attachment Parenting International: Peaceful parenting for a peaceful world.

La Leache League: Supports breastfeeding families.

Des Moines Babywearing: The babywearing group, educating families on the use of baby slings.

Des Moines Cloth Diapering: Support and information for cloth diapering families.

Diaper Free Baby Iowa: Support and information for families practicing elimination communication.

Des Moines Ladies Group: Discusses natural and alternative solutions to conventional issues.

NOCIRC of Iowa: Advocating leaving our boys intact. Contact Erica Fuchs, 515-292-2687


Classes and Products:

Songs and Signs: Sign Language for Hearing Babies. Denise Schmitz. 457-8834

Wallypop: Supporting a Natural Lifestyle : Cloth Diapers, slings, natural home, and more.

Little Padded Seats: Cloth diapers

The Stork Wearhouse: Natural Products for Moms and Babies.

Diaper Du-Dee : A diaper service in Des Moines.

Four Square Fiber: Baby carrier covers and Remakes, in additon to awesome tie dye.


Des Moines Veterinary Acupuncture: 277-0140. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for your pets.


Prairieland Herbs: Herbal bath and body products, essential oils, etc.

Wallypop: Supporting a Natural Lifestyle: Natural Home products, reusable grocery bags, family cloth, cycle pads.

The Stork Wearhouse: Natural Products for Moms and Babies.

Safe Earth: Natural lawn care.

Fair World Gallery: Fair trade items from around the world.

Earth Wisdom: Natural, homemade bath and body items.

Teresa Colyn, Health Coach: 961-6448

Be the Butterfly: Environmentally Responsible Products and Gifts. 963-7877

Soapourri: Natural bath and body items.

Inner Gardener: A program of spirituality and creativity just for women.

dsmBUZZ: It's all about Des Moines, baby!

Des Moines Ladies Group: Discusses natural and alternative solutions to conventional issues.

Organic Therapies: Nutritional Consulting and Therapy, located in Bettendorf.

Resources outside of the metro

Complementary Care Center: Atlantic, Iowa. Health food store, organic grocery, herbs, nutrition,
massage, acupuncture, naturopathy, & Traditional Chinese Medicine. email. (712) 243-2800

Acupuncture of Iowa: Iowa City, Iowa. A variety of services are offered including acupuncture, nutrition, herbology, massage, and other therapies.



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