Tour Our New Birth Center!

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.

 

southwest corner of Green & Main building at 800 19th St, Des Moines is home to Healing Passages Birth Center and features solar panels, stormwater management, urban prairie

Solar panels, a beautiful system to manage stormwater, an urban prairie and reclaimed soil are just a few of the details that resonate our building with Mother Earth.

 

Healing Passages Birth Center waiting room at 800 19th St, Des Moines, Iowa features skylight, reclaimed wood floors, clay plaster walls

Our waiting room just inside the front door, as viewed from the back of the building, shows the layers, the symmetry, the reclaimed wood floors and American Clay plaster walls warmed by a stunning skylight that illuminates our space.

 

laVilla Luna Birth Suite at Healing Passages Birth Center in Des Moines, Iowa features a gorgeous birth tub, comfortable queen bed, zero-VOC clay plaster walls, glass block windows for privacy and beautiful decor inspired by Mexican art.

laVilla Luna Birth Suite features a gorgeous birth tub, comfortable queen bed, zero-VOC clay plaster walls, glass block windows for privacy and beautiful decor inspired by Mexican art, including a very special ceramic sink.

 

theWomb Birth Suite at Healing Passages Birth Center in Des Moines, Iowa features a birth tub, comfortable queen bed, gorgeous wood and clay walls, privacy windows and ample space.

theWomb Birth Suite in our lower level features a birth tub, comfortable queen bed, gorgeous wood and clay walls, privacy windows and ample space.

 

Birth tub for water birth at theWomb Birth Suite in Healing Passages Birth Center in Des Moines, Iowa is tall and curved for comfort

Interested in a water birth or laboring in the comfort of a tall, curved tub? Our birth suites accommodate!

 

Entrance to theWomb Birth Suite in Healing Passages Birth Center in Des Moines, Iowa is covered in salvaged wooden lathe

The entrance into theWomb Birth Suite invites you in with its beautiful walls covered in wooden lathe salvaged from our building’s upper floor.

 

Lower level of Healing Passages Birth Center in Des Moines, Iowa features stained concrete floors, wooden walls, clay walls

Outside the birth suite is a gathering area for midwives and nearby is a bathroom with convenient shower, our lab and laundry facilities.

 

Consultation and exam room at Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center in Des Moines, Iowa

Our consultation and exam rooms are designed with privacy features and comfort not found elsewhere.

 

Family room and library at Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center in Des Moines, Iowa features cozy sofas and chairs where breastfeeding support and prenatal learning occurs

Our family room and library is a cozy place where breastfeeding support and learning occurs.

 

Sacred Commons at Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center in Des Moines, Iowa is a gathering and meeting space for birth education, prenatal support groups, parenting support groups and bonding

Sacred Commons is our space for classes and education, group meetings and bonding with our village. The space features a dramatic curved wooden wall and ceiling, large windows overlooking our urban prairie, clay tile floors and a spiral sculpture celebrating the fibonacci sequence.

 

Community kitchen at Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center in Des Moines, Iowa features maple Wellborn cabinetry, stainless steel Bosch appliances, reclaimed wood floors, American Clay plaster walls, and Cambria countertops

Our community kitchen near the Sacred Commons is a beautiful space to prepare and store food. It features maple cabinetry, stainless steel Bosch appliances, Cambria countertops, a large trough sink and reclaimed wood floors.

 

theHeart tile entrance of the new Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center in Des Moines Sherman Hill neighborhood

We learn to trust and love and believe from the heart space. That is the significance of the message in the tile entryway of our new birth center, a space through which many will pass to heal, to learn, to grow, to connect.


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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.

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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.