Hazel | Patient Story with Midwife Services at UnityPoint Health

Hazel Grace

Even before she was pregnant, Hazel knew she would choose midwifery care for her pregnancy. 

“I chose Midwife Services because I have held a personal interest and belief in midwifery long before I became a mother,” Hazel said. “I’ve wanted to be a midwife since I was 16 years old!” She even attended Fayetteville State University to earn her midwife certificate after graduating from Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).

When she became pregnant with her first child, Hazel researched midwives in the Des Moines area and discovered Midwife Services at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. “Outside of private practices, Midwife Services always popped up in my online searches and always had good ratings,” she said.

From her first step in the office, Hazel was impressed with Midwife Services. “I’ve worked in customer service for over 15 years,” Hazel said, “so I know that the front desk staff are the face of the office. They set the tone for the clinic.” Peggy, department secretary, was especially memorable for Hazel. “Peggy is 100 percent awesome! She is always kind, patient and comforting. During the care I received with both of my pregnancies, Peggy shared more than a few encouraging moments with me that I’ll never forget.”

Beyond the reception area, the nursing staff also impressed Hazel. “I absolutely adored all the nurses,” she said. “They are so energetic. It was evident that they genuinely enjoy what they do.”

What she liked most about Midwife Services, however, was the midwives themselves. “I like the fact that there are five midwives in the practice,” Hazel explained. Throughout her pregnancies, she had the opportunity to meet and get to know each midwife. “All five of the midwives are very knowledgeable, calming, and reassuring,” she said. Even with five practitioners in the practice, Hazel felt a sense of unity and continuity in her care. 

A self-described advocate for midwife care, Hazel would encourage women and their families to research all their prenatal and birth options. “Once people have done their homework,” Hazel said, “I think people would decide on midwifery care more often.” 

  For her, the history of midwifery and its foundation of quality, women-centered care are what make Midwife Services an obvious first choice.

“I absolutely recommend women and their families join the Midwife Services team,” Hazel said. “The midwives treat all their patients with respect. They are hopeful, passionate, and down to earth. All of the midwives are outstanding!”