Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center invites you to see our beautiful sustainably remodeled new home at 800 19th Street in the Des Moines’ historic neighborhood of Sherman Hill!
The level of thought and vision that has gone into creating one of the country’s most unique birth centers is evident as soon as you approach our clinic. Our historic building is the pilot project for the Green & Main initiative focused on the social and environmental transformation of existing buildings and neighborhoods into sustainable communities. Our presence in this remarkable building merges the concepts of sustainability and birth as it was meant to be. It facilitates our model of care for women and babies, and underscores why our extraordinary approach to healthcare matters to our planet.
Willowsong Midwifery Care began operating in May 2003 out of a beloved red brick row house just down the street. As our practice grew and more women sought our model of care, we knew our dream to have a midwife-owned, freestanding birth center expanded beyond that space. When Chaden Halfhill, the owner of Silent Rivers Design+Build, approached us with the idea of Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center becoming the main tenants in his pilot development project Green & Main, we embraced the idea! We began collaborating with the amazing team of designers and artisans at Silent Rivers who deeply understood our vision.
Since that moment of decision, the Willowsong Midwives, who call Healing Passages home, have continued to transform a small home birth practice into a highly respected, midwifery owned birth center offering well-woman care, comprehensive maternity care, biological breastfeeding clinics and support; and educational classes and groups. We are dedicated to making out-of-hospital birth a beautiful experience. Welcome to OUR home!
Our MISSION is to help women…
REALIZE the importance of sustainability in how we choose to live our lives and the impact our day‐to‐day choices have on the community as a whole. We believe in empowering women through physiological birth and creating beautiful birth experiences for their babies.