Meet Doula the Rural Black Doula

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Hi and Welcome! I'm Doula Jazzmine Brooks, the "Rural Black Doula™," certified fertility, birth, and postpartum doula and lactation specialist in Ames/Ankeny/Des Moines and the surrounding area. I am a wife, daughter, sister, furmom (Bleu), foodie, soma yoga instructor, 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 create a positive birth experience and outcomes for reproductive health brings me joy. I became a doula to promote holistic living for rural women, women of color, queer and trans persons, 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 support you to feel empowered. 


I believe in empowering women, trans, queer and non-binary folks by leading with love and care and providing evidence-based knowledge to help guide birth parent(s) to making informed decisions about their care. As the Executive Director of Jai Olive Wellness, I value creating space for BIPOC health practitioners and organizations to serve diverse families in healthcare deserts. 


I began working as a sexual health advocate and K-12/college health promotion professional. I have over ten years of experience working with diverse communities such as religious/spiritually connected individuals, the LGBTQIA+ community, person(s) with disabilities, and person(s) of migrant status. I also work with families that have experienced pregnancy and infant loss and support trauma survivors.

I was trained in 2019 by the National Black Doulas Association. 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 I call Las Vegas, Nevada home. I've called Iowa my home for the past 6+ years and appreciate the community I've built here with my family. 

Let's chat! I'd love to support you on your next journey!

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by Clients

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.

Jazzmine is the gospel truth! I ordered the postpartum box for my SIL and she called me every time she used it raving about how wonderful everything was. The scents were perfectly balanced, the ingredients were high quality, and shipping was incredibly fast. It’s so nice that we have folks like Jazzmine who take the fourth trimester seriously and provide some much-needed care for new parents. 10/10 would recommend every time!

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