Meet Doula Jazzmine
Hi and Welcome! I'm Doula Jazzmine Brooks, the "Rural Black Doula", and I am certified fertility, birth, and postpartum doula in Ames/Ankeny/Des Moines and the surrounding area. I am a wife, daughter, sister, furmom, foodie, yogi lover, and I'm obsessed with candles.
A doula is a trained professional that provides emotional and physical support to pregnant individuals and their partners. I am an advocate, coach, and resource for families. I have experience providing in-person and virtual support to individuals and families in Central Iowa and out of state.
Birth work is important to me and helping families to create a positive birth experience brings me joy. I became a doula to promote holistic living for rural women, womxn of color, and diverse families. I prepare individuals, families, and birth parents' to make the best, informed decisions in medical spaces and birthing rooms. I provide support on reproductive health education, fertility, pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. My philosophy is to honor your choice, amplify your voice, and provide you with support to feel empowered.
I believe in empowering womxn by leading with love and care, as well as providing evidence-based knowledge to help guide birth parent(s) to making informed decisions about their care. As the owner of Jai Olive, I value creating space for womxn beyond my fertility and birth services.
I began my work as a sexual health advocate and K-12/College health promotion professional. I have over 10 years of experience working with diverse communities such as religious/spiritually connected individuals, LGBTQIA+ community, person(s) with disabilities, and person(s) of immigrant status. I also work with families that have experienced pregnancy and infant loss, as well as supporting trauma-survivors.
I was trained in 2019 by the National Black Doulas Association and I am currently being mentored by a Des Moines, Iowa Doula, Emily Alberhasky (10+ years of experience). I continue to educate myself through development opportunities (ex. herbalism, womb health, and healing, evidence-based birth, birth at various body sizes and conditions, 4th trimester, etc.) that allow me to provide the best services to clients.
I am originally from Chicago, Illinois but call Las Vegas, Nevada home. I've called Iowa my home for the past 4 years and appreciate the community that I've built here with my family.
Let's chat! I'd love to support you on your next journey!
Doula Jazzmine's Upcoming
Fertility and Birth Doula Certification - Completed 2020
Postpartum Doula Certification - In Progress
Lactation Counseling Certification - Completion February 2021
Birth/Fertility/Postpartum Herbalism Certification - Completion February 2021
Spinning Babies Certification - Completion February 2021
Jai Olive Wellness did a phenomenal job leading up to, during, and after birth. I felt very prepared about what to expect during the process because Jazzmine's teachings were very thorough. During the birth, Jazzmine was very attentive not only towards me but also to my husband and hospital staff! After the birth, Jazzmine followed up way beyond the requirements of her contract. She truly provided well-rounded and compassionate care.
I met Jazzmine by coincidence through a mutual contact when I was about 37 weeks pregnant, and from the very beginning, she was very open and informative with an inviting spirit. I had been looking for a doula to help with this pregnancy, an African American doula in particular, so it was a no brainer that I needed her.
Jazzmine was extremely supportive and caring throughout my entire experience with her. She provided my husband and I with great advice to prepare us for delivery, helpful tips to make labor and delivery easier on me, and a sense of comfort during this uncertain time dealing with the COVID pandemic.
I appreciated the open communication and that I could reach her through different avenues (phone, text, email). She’s amazing with following up postpartum as well and just having that extra ear to vent to and navigate through my feelings, anxieties, and concerns with was definitely needed. I would recommend her services to anyone a million times over.