My name is Shawna Schmidt. I am married to a wonderful man named Brad and the mother to three great kids, Alesha, age 18 years, and 12 year old twins, Nolan and Grace. My husband farms and also owns a dirt and demolition company. We love spending time together camping and going to all the kids school activities.
I became interested in Doula work when I was pregnant with my twins in 2004. I have learned a lot through my training with DONA International, Spinning Babies and International Placenta & Postpartum Association (IPPA). My goal is to help educate you about your options and help you achieve your ideal birth experience. I can assist with all birth scenarios, whether its a natural birth, epidural, C-section, home birth etc. I provide physical support, emotional support, and comfort measures like massage, acupressure, birth ball exercises, rebozo scarf sifting, and spinning babies positioning techniques to help labor progress and to help you relax.
My birth idol is Ina May Gaskin! She is an amazing midwife. I love her birth philosophy that "pregnancy and birth are normal, natural life-events which in most situations will proceed beautifully without intervention". I would definitely recommend reading her books or watching some of her youtube videos!
After working as a birth doula and seeing a large increase in the number of Moms needing Doula support in North Central Iowa, I created Mid-Iowa Doulas. As North Central Iowa's Premier Doula Agency, I am able to offer the support of a Birth/Postpartum Doula in more areas, to more Mom's.
I look forward to working with you, and in your community!
If you have questions for me, you can email me at:
Certified Birth Doula
Infant Massage Instructor
Shawna's Professional Memberships
Call Us: 515-570-5194