Open. Breathe. Enjoy.

Your birth will be surrounded by love and light, positivity and passion, when you hire Des Moines doula and birth photographer Andrea Shandri. Having Andrea as your doula means that not only will you be engaging in a journey to prepare for your birth {both with your mind, body, and energy} but you’ll also have continuous support during your labor and delivery.

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Andrea supports clients in the Des Moines and surrounding area. She attends births both at Mercy and Methodist campuses, as well as Mary Greeley, Pella Regional, and Skiff. Home births are a delight of Andrea’s work and she is happy to attend your centrally located home birth. Prenatal meetings will be held at her West Des Moines studio in Valley Junction: 120 5th St, STE C, #202, 50265.


Andrea is proud to own Iowa Doula Agency and work as a doula within it as well. Iowa Doula Agency is an incredible service in the Central Iowa area that boasts many positive aspects, including non-obligatory Meet the Doulas! events on the second Monday of every month. This is the client’s chance to ask any questions about Andrea’s work as a doula, theories on the birth process, and support provided. Through this opportunity, you will see Andrea’s passion for birth immediately. The doula-client relationship starts at this very moment and will be tenderly cared for after. Here is typical support provided by Andrea as your doula:

  • 24 hour support via phone / text / emailLogo3navy4x2
  • Two to three prenatal meetings
  • Encouragement and guidance to write a birth wish list
  • On call status starting at 38 weeks and up until the birth
  • Continuous presence (unless otherwise requested) at the birth
  • An advocate in the hospital and someone who will encourage informed consent
  • Help with breastfeeding, skin to skin, newborn care
  • One to two postpartum visits
  • A doula who is a certified childbirth education instructor and has the experience to help you navigate the current maternity world.
Meet Andrea

970487_543663662588_975691615_nAndrea Shandri, M.Ed, CD(DONA), CCCE is an internationally certified doula in the Des Moines area. Having witnessed many types of birth, Andrea’s repertoire is rich in experience and knowledge. While no birth is the same, the love and support needed is paramount in all situations and Andrea provides that. Andrea believes birth is sacred and a journey to be honored, which is quite countercultural; this is why she takes the time and commitment to ensure your birth experience is something to be remembered as a time of mental and spiritual growth. Andrea earned a Master’s degree in Education at Iowa State University and uses her experiences to make her childbirth education classes as relevant and informationally rich as possible. She received her doula certification through DONA International and her childbirth education instructor certification from CAPPA. Andrea enjoys the sights and sounds of Beaverdale (Des Moines, Iowa) with her husband, Dustin, and her three little girls, Lauren, Quinn, and Eve. Andrea’s own birth experiences help shape the kind of support she is ready to give.

Meet Andrea!





Andrea Shandri, M.Ed, CD(DONA), CCCE, is an impassioned birth professional and photographer. Andrea takes care to design a photography experience that you will remember, coming away with images and products that will become family heirlooms.

Birth Photography

A beautiful and sensual way to remember your birth experience. Andrea joins you throughout your labor and delivery and ‘delivers’ a product to you that you will never regret. While mostly popular on the coasts, the value for birth photography is quickly being learned in Des Moines. Andrea is the only doula and professional birth photographer in the city! Due to a monthly maximum of clients, availability is limited.

New Life Sessions

Remember the most minute details of your brand new baby, from the wrinkles to the tiny toes, hospital bracelets, first bath, etc. Andrea will come to the hospital / your home the day after you deliver and photograph your new family in a ‘lifestyle’ way. The only thing that New Life sessions don’t capture is that sweet, intoxicating smell of a newborn! Availability is limited.

Portrait Sessions

Andrea is excited to photograph the milestones in your life. Common portrait sessions include maternity, newborn (different options available), toddler and family. Both studio and on-locations sessions are available.

Special Event

Andrea would love to photograph your birthday or graduation party, or family reunion. Don’t worry about carrying your camera with you wherever you go – just enjoy the day! Disc with images and print release up to 8×10 are included with session fee.


The Birth of Noelle

The Birth of Jude

The Birth of Juniper

The Birth of Josephine

The Birth of Sullivan

The Birth of Ian

The Birth of Sydney

The Birth of Johannah

The Birth of Sage

The Birth of Tarik

The Birth of Olivia

The Birth of Londyn

The Birth of Claire

The Birth of Jovie


Engage. Learn. Prepare.

It is imperative you prepare for your birth, however you plan on giving birth. Fully medicated hospital birth? You need to prepare. Natural, at home birth? You need to prepare. Know your options, know how to ask questions, and learn about what you want! When you know better, you do better.

Spiritual Birth

This private childbirth education series focuses on the mind/body connection and normal, physiological birth, as well as teaching partners how to support their mamas. Learn how God created our bodies to birth babies (even big ones!) and how our perceptions of birth impact our own birth stories. This class uses prayer and birth art to grow. Acknowledging the fact that no other class like this exists in Des Moines, Andrea seeks out to create a special and dynamic curriculum, one that conforms to the needs and desires of attendees.

Currently there are no classes scheduled. Contact Andrea below to inquire more!

Transformational Birth

Organized and taught similarly to Spiritual Birth, this secular class focuses on physiological birth, comfort measures, and mental preparedness to help achieve your birth goals. This class uses birth art and mindfulness, the importance of informed consent and self-advocacy.

Birth Art Preparation

Everyone learns in a different way. Some are verbal learners, some are visual. Others need to touch, feel, experience, and smell to learn. Prepare for your birth by self-questioning, forward-visioning, and using pastels to experience your answers.

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All childbirth education and birth preparation classes are held at Andrea’s West Des Moines studio in Valley Junction: 120 5th St, STE C, #202, 50265. All classes are warm and welcome, free from judgment.

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Maternity Photography

Professional, quality images of your pregnancy… you’ll never regret investing in this session. All Beautiful Maternity sessions come with a custom-designed, airbrush makeup application right before your session.  Packages available and limited availability – schedule now!

New Life Sessions

You just had a sweet little baby. Allow Andrea to photograph your newborn for the first time and remember those tiny details for a life time! Sessions are “lifestyle” in nature and focus on the organic details of your new little family. Limited availability- schedule now!

Portrait Sessions

Maternity, newborn, or family sessions are a wonderful way to document life’s journey. You’ll never regret scheduling a session! Studio or outside location available. Prints extra. Schedule now!

Surround yourself with empowerment while enjoying the journey. Celebrate Life. Trust Birth.


Below are Session Guides used to help inform you about and design your photography session with Andrea. You’ll also see a Pricing Guide that can help you budget for the images and products you desire. Just click on the guide that you need!









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Contact Details

Blessings Photography & Birth Services
Andrea Shandri 120 5th St., STE C, #202 West Des Moines, IA 50265

Telephone: 515.865.2693


Whether you are interested in doula support, birth photography, childbirth education classes, or portrait sessions, send Andrea a message to check her availability. Doula support and birth photography are scheduled months in advance and due to calendar and time restrictions, contacting her as soon as you can is advised.

Call / Text: 515-865-2693 Please leave a message if you are unable to reach Andrea.

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