Pregnancy and Labor/Delivery



Birth Centers

Embrace Birth Center:  This holistic birth center provides support by offering the assistance of a certified midwife and doula to help expectant mothers prepare and navigate their pregnancy.

River City Midwifery: Richmond’s newest birth center and midwife practice. We are a partnership between a group of experienced midwives and offer home births and births at the center. 

Hospitals in the Greater Richmond Area with Labor & Delivery (obstetricians can be found on each Hospital's website)

Chippenham Hospital: Richmond, VA

Henrico Doctors' Hospital: Richmond, VA

Johnston-Willis Hospital: Richmond, VA

Memorial Regional Hospital: Mechanicsville, VA

St. Mary's Hospital: Richmond, VA

St. Francis Hospital: Midlothian, VA

VCU Medical Center: Richmond, VA

Homebirth Midwives

Embrace Birth Center: This holistic birth center provides support by offering the assistance of a certified midwife and doula to help expectant mothers prepare and navigate their pregnancy and also offers homebirths.

Richmond Birth Services, Inc.:  Nancy Giglio has over 30 years experience as a midwife.

River City Midwifery: Richmond’s newest birth center and midwife practice. We are a partnership between a group of experienced midwives and offer home births too. 

Hospital Based Midwifery Practices

Dominion Womens Health: There are two Certified Nurse-Midwives who deliver at Memorial Regional Medical Center and have privileges at other area hospitals as well.

Midwifery at Henrico Doctors' Hospital: An experienced team of hospitalist certified nurse-midwives are available to provide high-touch, low-tech labor and delivery care.  You see your care provider for prenatal care.

Richmond OB-GYN: Certified Nurse-Midwives deliver at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The Woman's Center: Certified Nurse-Midwives delivering at St. Francis Hospital.

VCU Health Midwives:  Certified Nurse-Midwives at Nelson Clinic or Stony Point deliver at VCU Medical Center.


Midwifery: Evidence-Based Practice:  A Summary of Research on Midwifery Practice in the United States

What is a midwife? Midwives Alliance North America

Needs Based Care

Richmond City Health Department: Clinical Services including prenatal care are available to the insured, uninsured and underinsured residents as well as the general public.

Richmond Healthy Start Initiative: Dedicated to ensuring that low-income and disadvantaged women receive the services they need to support a healthy pregnancy, a healthy birth, and a healthy baby.

Urban Baby Beginnings: This organization strives to decrease infant morbidity rates for families in crisis through prenatal support and education.


Atlee Chiropractic Center: Dr. Anna Bender

Balance 4 Life Chiropractic: Dr. Kenneth D'Souza

Dr. Lisa Griffith-Chiropractic & Wellness: Dr. Lisa Griffith (located within Family Chiropractic Center of Richmond)

Holland Chiropractic Care: Dr. James Holland

Renew Chiropractic: Dr. Cara Corbelli



Birth Photographers

Dorota Jastrzebska of Dragonfly Family Services

Heidi Blanton-Pohl of Heart of Virginia Doula Services-Heidi is one of my back up doulas and is a wonderful photographer!

Joy Kraynak of Joyful Birth Services

Layna Rae Photography: Layna took photos during the birth of our second daughter!

Childbirth Education classes in RVA

Birthing from Within with Cat Sears: You will learn coping techniques for the intensity of labor, use art to explore the unpredictability and surprising aspects of birth, and prepare for your baby with a fun, multi-sensory class that explores birth as a rite of passage.

Hypnobirthing with Joy Kraynak:  A tried and proven method that guides and prepares a woman in giving birth in a peaceful and extraordinarily beautiful manner.

Lamaze Certified Education with Open Arms Birth Collective:  This class covers the basics of labor and birth, coping and comfort measures, birth plans, interventions, non-medical alternatives to interventions, pregnancy self-care, breastfeeding, newborn care, and planning for the postpartum period.

Lamaze Classes with Kathy Stewart of Full Circle Childbirth Consultants: While Full Circle Lamaze reviews current developments in birthing, medical options and the various alternatives available during and after the birth experience, it will also provide couples with anatomy and physiology review, discusses stages of labor-physical and emotional support during each phase, hands-on comfort measures including relaxation, interventions, C-Birth and postpartum information for the hospital and for the first month at home.  

MyBirth Class with the doulas of MyBirth:  This original curriculum was created by the doulas of MyBirth.  Other classes include:  My Breastfeeding Class; My Nutrition for Pregnancy, My Nutrition for Postpartum and Breastfeeding; Birth After Cesarean (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean and Repeat Cesarean Section); and MyBirth Low Intervention Birth Preparation at Henrico Doctors' Hospital.

MyBirth Low Intervention Birth Preparation at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital: Explore your options for low intervention birth at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital and around Richmond! Designed to supplement any hospital's free "Labor Basics" class, or serve as a childbirth education refresher. This is not a complete/full childbirth education series.

Perinatal Mood disorders

Acupuncture for Pregnancy Depression on Mind Body Pregnancy

Anxiety Disorder vs. Stress During Pregnancy on Mind Body Pregnancy

Eating Disorders During Pregnancy on Mind Body Pregnancy

Guide to Depression during Pregnancy on Mind Body Pregnancy

Light Therapy for Depression on Mind Body Pregnancy

Molly Shalz: On How It Feels To Be Depressed During Pregnancy by Katherine Stone on Postpartum Progress

OCD in Pregnancy on Mind Body Pregnancy

Perinatal Depression? Massage Can Help on Mind Body Pregnancy

Postpartum Support International:  This site provides information on mood disorders during pregnancy as well.

Prenatal Yoga Classes

Ashtanga with Hilary Scribner

Birth Richmond at St. Mary's Hospital with Mary Jo Lowery


MyBirth at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital

Preparing for a VBAC

Birth After Cesarean class with the doulas at MyBirth: This class covers the risks and benefits of VBAC versus the risks and benefits of RCS. Learn how to find a supportive care provider and prepare for your upcoming birth, however that may look for your family. 


Nurture: Their goal is to establish Richmond's first resource center for pregnant and postpartum families.

Richmond Doulas: Supporting and honoring families through birth. I am the current Chair of Richmond Doulas.


Book Recommendations

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Mood and Anxiety Disorders During Pregnancy and Postpartum by Lee S. Cohen, MD and Ruta Nonacs, MD, PhD

Pregnancy Blues: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Depression During Pregnancy by Shaila Kulkarni Misri, MD

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin et al

The Birth Partner-Revised 5th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simpkin

The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Genevieve Howland

Understanding Your Moods When You're Expecting: Emotions, Mental Health, and Happiness-Before, During, and After Pregnancy by Lucy Puryear, MD