Iowa City Birth Services

In 2015 Emily Piette and Hannah Sandler combined their independent doula practices in order to provide a wider range of birth services in addition to quality doula care. In 2017, Grace Swartzendruber joined the team. Iowa City Birth Services is excited to provide unbiased, personalized support to the families of Iowa City and surrounding areas.



Emily Piette CD (CBI)

Emily has been providing birth services to the residents of Iowa City and surrounding areas since 2010.  Her education and experience enables her to provide evidence based care to families as they prepare for their ideal birth. Her passion is to ensure that her clients have access to information that allows them to make informed choices throughout their pregnancy and birth.

Emily is a Childbirth International certified labor doula.  She has also completed training and is certified in the use of the rebozo for relaxation and comfort measures. Emily is continuing her education currently by studying to be a certified childbirth educator.  She is excited to offer classes soon.
Emily lives on a small hobby farm in rural Washington County with her husband Owen and their four daughters.



Hannah Sandler CD (CBI)

Hannah Sandler, a long time Iowa City resident, has been pleased to offer birth services for the past six years. She looks forward to assisting families as they add a new little one by providing non-judgmental support and education through a wide variety of services including birth doula support, childbirth education and refresher classes.

Hannah received her birth doula training through Childbirth International and will further her education this year by training to teach childbirth education. Hannah has also been encapsulating placentas for eight years. Hannah also holds a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Iowa.

She owns Hannah’s House Playschool, an early education and childcare program located in her home. Hannah loves spending time with her three children, husband and beagle.


Grace Swartzendruber (ProDoula)

Grace has a passion for supporting and empowering families during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. She grew up in Antioch, Illinois and attended college in Goshen, Indiana, where she studied theater and social policy.

In 2015, Grace and her husband Nathan moved to Iowa City where Nathan attended graduate school at the University of Iowa. Grace is the mother of a spirited two year old son, Ira, and is expecting a baby in September 2018. Grace, Nathan and Ira live in Coralville, Iowa.

In her free time, Grace enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, hiking, camping and road trips. Grace is a trained labor and postpartum doula through ProDoula.