Local Midwifery Clinic Announces Plan to Develop Birth Center in Sherman Hill

July 26, 2011 ~ Willowsong Midwifery Care is announcing the development of a birth center in the Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines, IA.  Scheduled to open in early summer of 2012, Willowsong will be expanding to provide a new level of exceptional healthcare to women of all ages under the name Healing Passages Birth Center.

“We are in the process of great transformation and growth,” says Certified Nurse Midwife and Owner Cosette Boone.  “After ten years of building a solid client base, we are moving towards bringing back to Des Moines a freestanding, midwifery owned-and-operated birth center offering home, hospital and birth-center birth in addition to well-woman gynecology and a dynamic Learning/Resource Center!”

The Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) and Registered Nurses who will make up Healing Passages recently attended an extensive Birth Center Workshop in Pennsylvania focusing on developing innovative maternity care services. Participants were encourages to ‘think outside the box’ in developing core and complementary services that will better meet the needs of the contemporary woman and her family.

The Birth Center will occupy the entire first level of the progressively-sustainable building known as the Green & Main Pilot Project, located in Sherman Hill.  Not only will the building exceed traditional models with the anticipated LEED Platinum Certification, but the birth center will exceed traditional healthcare models to provide a warm, private, home-like environment with all the technology for up-to-date prenatal care, delivery and women’s wellness exams.

Certified Nurse Midwives are trained to provide preventative care for women of all ages. In preparation for the upcoming birth center, Healing Passages is currently growing their well-woman care division offering In-Network Coverage. This division offers a full range of well-woman services including: well-women exams and screenings, family planning counseling and contraception, pre-conceptual counseling, contraceptive counseling and services, sexually transmitted infection screenings and nutritional advice and support.

Working with local hospitals and medical practitioners for referrals and comprehensive health care, the Certified Nurse Midwives and RNs provide the time, education and support that women need to take an active role in their health.  Healing Passages Birth Center will provide an innovative approach in women’s health care with unparalleled support and quality care. They will provide a clinic as unique as their clients are.

Women do not need to be mothers or planning a pregnancy to participate in the center’s offerings. New clients are currently being accepted.  Call Willowsong’s office for your annual exam, a consult about our maternity care package or our class, clinic and group offerings open to the public. The office can be reached at (515) 266-6712.