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Michelle Conkling

Blessed Bean Birth & Belly

Phone: 515-314-9525

Birth Fee: $600 to $700

Fee Details: Please email me for availability, I will be on maternity leave through the rest of 2015.

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Gena Kirby Rebozo certified, attended Spinning Babies training

College Education

  • BA/BS
  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Home Birth
  • Single parents
  • VBAC

Special Services Offered

  • Belly casting

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer doula at Mercy West Hospital. ICAN Professional Subscriber.

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Des Moines, IA
Travel Range: 60 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: I have an additional fee for further distances but am happy to go to Iowa City or Omaha.

Client Testimonials for Michelle Conkling

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Ashley McRoberts

Michelle was not only a wonderful doula, but a friend through pregnancy and postpartum. She worked amazingly with the nursing staff and always made my labor experience her first priority. I rarely had to ask for what I needed, she was just always there. And made sure my husband was present and helping me as well. She helped me achieve my 2nd unmedicated birth after 2 labors with epidurals. She also did a belly casting which was the only one I'd ever done out of my 4 pregnancies and what a fun thing to have forever. Not only did michelle offer support during labor, she was always a phone call or text away if I had questions during pregnancy, ready to research or present me with information she had already researched. Her services are something I will never fully be able to thank her for, she made a huge impact and difference in the happiness I found in the laboring process. She never once left my side and made me feel as if my experience was the only thing on earth that mattered in her life as well in that moment. 

Posted 12/30/2014

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Helen Bell

Michelle was my doula for my second home birth.  She was very supportive during my pregnancy, during my labor, and while I was freshly postpartum. As a person, she is warm, kind, and genuine- exactly what/who I needed.

She came very quickly when called and helped me deal with back pain by massaging me (for pretty much the entire time) and wrapping my hips.  She also suggested VERY helpful changes in position that minimized pain and helped me stay awake.

She helped me dress, brought me food (and while in labor, something to be sick in), and is every kind of wonderful.  5/5 stars, even though there's no star rating system here.  I definitely want her with us for the next baby, whenever that happens.

Posted 9/13/2014

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Staci Mead

Michelle was my doula for my 3rd birth and 2nd VBAC.  She provided so much support and assistance both before and during my labor I cannot find words to express my gratitude.  She came ready to help, provided dad with some relief, and gave me confidence to labor well into transition without any medication.  Thank you Michelle for helping me achieve my dream of a 2nd VBAC!

Posted 8/2/2014

Birth Availability for Michelle Conkling

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