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Birth, care provider (see midwifery)

Birth, organizations

Childcare

Education

Environmentalism/Sustainable Building

Farms/CSAs

Farmer's Markets

Herbal, Homeopathic, Supplements

Information

Lifestyle

Midwifery and Women's Health

Natural Healthcare

Organic Grocery and Goods

Parenting

Pets

Restaurants and Chefs

Other

 
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!

 
Education

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

 
Information

Iowa Go Green

The Green Pages

 
Lifestyle

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.

Doulas:

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

Chiropractic:

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.

 

Acupuncture:

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

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.

 
Pets

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

 
Other

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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