- DONA International
- Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition
Mind, Body, Babies is owned by Abbey Hall, who has been a doula since 2008.
Abbey decided to become a doula after having such a positive birth experience after hiring a birth doula to support her first birth in 2007. She then trained through DONA International in 2008, and completed her certification by 2011. She is currently pursuing additional certifications, including hypno-doula through Hypnobabies, placenta encapsulation, and lactation. In the meantime, She makes a point to educate herself and stay current in the field by attending a number of annual conferences, trainings, and staying active in local groups.
Abbey has her BA in psychology from Buena Vista University. She is very interested in the mind/body connection during pregnancy, the birth process, and postpartum. She feels that a doula is incredibly instrumental to the emotional process, as a mom’s mental state can stretch the boundaries of our physical bodies. She is constantly in awe of what a woman’s body can do when she has the support she needs, and of the amazing benefits to both her and baby.
As with everything in her life, Abbey works hard for her ever-growing family. She has two daughters: Addyson who is 8 years old, and Brevyn, who is 1 year old. I also get to share my life with a supportive partner, Matt, and his son, Chris, who is 18. It can be a wild ride with such a range of ages/stages, but we enjoy the challenge, and seeing the kids bond without competing.