Melissa Schnurr’s Birth Story

The birth story of my second daughter (Cora) begins with the birth of my first daughter (Ainsley) in 2010. I was studying to become a doula, so was well educated on the risks and benefits of common birth interventions and was planning a midwife and doula assisted natural hospital birth. As 41 weeks of pregnancy »

“Why THIS building for Healing Passages?”, you ask.

Solar panels on the building being renovated at 800 19th Street in Des Moines' Sherman Hill neighborhood as future home of Healing Passages Birth Center

Because spirit and intention matter. It matters to Chaden and I. It matters to the Willowsong team providing theCare. It matters to the artisans of Silent Rivers. It matters to the community we serve. And this spirit, this intention, has the ability to set the path for a more connected, sustainable, safer future for our »

Folate vs. Folic Acid Debate!

Folate is required each time our body makes new cells (and we make new cells daily even if we are not pregnant); it is a B vitamin (B9 to be specific) that can be found abundantly in beans, fruits and vegetables…leafy greens in particular. Folate (we actually tend to hear others refer to it as Folic Acid more) is most »

A Marriage of PURPOSE

Chaden Halfhill and Cosette Boone at the Green & Main sustainable construction site where the new Healing Passages Birth Center will be housed at 800 19th Street in Des Moines, Iowa

by Cosette Boone, Founder, Executive Director “Can you see doing it without him?” This is what Ying, my CPA, asked me from across her desk one day a few years back. Instantly, my gut responded. “No”, I said, after a summer of looking for new birth center sites, with no luck. “Then that’s your answer,” »

What Eating Well Means & Why it is so Essential in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum

As a Certified Health Coach and a mom of 3 small children, my definition of eating well is: Consuming primarily whole foods Following Food Fundamentals (which can be applied to any dietary theory) Healthy Proteins – Plant based, Grass Fed/Pasture Raised animals Healthy Fats – Omega 3’s, coconut oil, avocados Fruits/Vegetables – Wide variety of »