Pregnancy and Labor/Delivery



Birth Centers

Embrace Birth Center:  Our 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

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 and births at the center. 

Hospital Based Midwifery Practices

Midwifery at Chippenham Hospital: Certified Nurse Midwives offering you holistic, mom-and-baby centered care.

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

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

VCU Health Midwives:  Certified Nurse-Midwives at Nelson Clinic or Stony Point


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 and Dr. Cara Corbelli

Balance 4 Life Chiropractic: Dr. Kenneth D'Souza

Holland Chiropractic Care: Dr. James Holland



Birth Photographers

Alyson Mancini of Inner Strength Birthing

Dorota Jastrzebska of Dragonfly Family Services

Joy Kraynak of Joyful Birth Services

Layna Rae Photography: Layna took photos during the birth of our second daughter.  We never even noticed she was in the room.  We highly recommend her! 

Childbirth Education classes in RVA

A Brighter Birth with Melanie Headley:  Lamaze-certified course but incorporates many techniques, methods, and philosophies.

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.

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.

The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth with Laura Stephens:  12 week, comprehensive course that covers pregnancy, exercise, nutrition, relaxation,  stages of labor, birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding.

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

Peaceful Prenatal with Jessica Turner

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.


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

The Birth Partner-Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simpkin

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