We are passionate about educating, encouraging, and empowering parents to find the right path for their family. We help you find the right certified midwife and doula and provide assistance in planning your child’s birth for a complete and personal approach to natural birth.
We are proud to announce….
We are the First and Only Facility in RVA Encouraging Mothers to Not Just Labor in Water, but to Birth in Water!
Natural Birth Plans
Monthly Doula Meet & Mingles are included in your package so you can select a doula you love and trust and feel secure that your certified midwife will provide the care you require and deserve. Your baby will never leave your side, let alone your room. Cords are never clamped before they stop pulsing, and every baby is put directly onto their mother’s chest. We also encourage breastfeeding as soon and as often as you desire.
Baby Birth Center
Choosing a care provider during this special time is one of the most important decisions you’ll make and will affect not only your pregnancy, birth and baby, but your life.
We carefully monitor the progress of your pregnancy and labor, and recommend appropriate care if complications arise.
We believe our job is to provide excellent, unbiased information and resources, including certified midwives, doulas and natural birth options. We offer safe, gentle, compassionate and evidence-based care to mothers and their partners who are seeking an alternative to the medical model of care during pregnancy and birth.
We are the first and only facility in RVA that encourages mothers to not only labor in water, but to have a full water birth. We have birth balls, birth peanuts, water birth pools, squat bars, birth stools, rebozos and more to help you remain as comfortable as possible throughout labor and birth.
HypnoBirthing is a proven method that guides and prepares a woman with natural birth in a peaceful and beautiful way. It is a program that considers the psychological and physical, well-being of the mother, her birth partner, and the newborn, whether that be at home or at our birth center.
Our HypnoBirthing program is built around deep breathing, visualization and labor comfort to elicit a deep relaxation on demand. You will gain a deep understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony when your body is sufficiently relaxed. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation and how to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable natural birth.
For Hypno Birth, We recommend Joy Kraynak!
Home birth allows healthy, low-risk expectant mothers to labor and deliver in an environment that is comfortable and familiar, surrounded by family members and friends to share the experience. We also offer home water birth options with pool rentals and the same support and assistance found in our baby birth center.
We’d Love to be Part of
Your Birth Team!
Corina ordered her first “How to Become a Midwife” book in 1992, but raising three children, homeschooling, and running several businesses got in the way of her dream. At 42, with her kids leaving home and her life shifting, she decided to make the leap!
Corina doula’d her way through midwifery school, serving high risk mothers who were provided doulas for support. She attended National Midwifery Institute, which is accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Counsel. She passed her North American Registry of Midwives test in 2012, and became a Certified Professional Midwife.
Since beginning her journey, she has worked with 13 different midwives at over 300 birth center or home births. She spent months assisting Hispanic women on the border of Mexico who spoke no English, has witnessed Amish women give birth by lamplight, has attended doctor’s wives who chose home birth and placenta encapsulation, and has sat with hippy mamas singing to their babies under full moons. Corina even spent 18 months as a staff midwife at the only freestanding birth center in the Caribbean, working with island families in Trinidad and Tobago.
After teaching at an accredited midwifery school in Florida for several months, Corina decided that Richmond VA was the place to open her birth center, and she came to RVA on a mission! Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center (and Embrace Wellness Collective!) is her dream come true.
“The truth is, all women birth in similar ways and they all know how to do it. It’s Intuitive. My vision is to create space and support so that women can access that intuition and birth with joy.”
After the gentle home birth of her first son in 2005 in Saint Louis, Missouri, Linsey felt the calling to midwifery. She loved giving birth, and felt transformed by this powerful first birth experience. The experience of support and autonomy she had with a midwife in an out of hospital setting, helped ease the transition to motherhood.
She felt driven to increase the options for growing families in St. Louis; at the time there were very few options for out-of-hospital birth, or even for in-hospital midwifery care. Linsey started an apprenticeship in Missouri in 2006.She was lucky enough to work with several different midwives on her journey, and interned at the same birth center in El Paso as Corina. Linsey opened a homebirth practice in 2010 in the City of St. Louis, and expanded quickly to a partnership practice and small birth center.
Linsey loved serving her community in Missouri, and is sad to leave her families there, but is excited to serve her new community in Richmond. She moved to Richmond in the fall of 2017 with her husband and three children to be closer to family and to work with Corina at Embrace. She loves the energy, excellent care and excitement at Embrace and is thrilled to be a part of it.
Committed to helping other women birth on their terms, Linsey is dedicated to combining the art of midwifery with evidence-based medicine. Witnessing and supporting the hard, beautiful and private
work it takes to bring new life to the world is an honor and responsibility she takes very seriously. She has a passion for physiological, out-of-hospital birth which she believes can be safe, beautiful, empowering and sometimes even transformative. She also loves supporting clients through the first tender weeks postpartum and helping every family transition to their new normal as smoothly as possible. Even after helping at over 350 births, Linsey still sometimes sheds a tear or two of joy, _and remembers details from each and every birth. Helping usher new life into the world really is the best work imaginable and does not get old.
Amy is a graduate of the University of Richmond and has worked in medical offices here in Richmond, in Northwest Ohio, and most recently comes to us from an ob/gyn in Rochester, NY. She and her husband are excited to be back in the Richmond area, this time with their two toddlers in tow! In her free time Amy loves to be outside with her family, practicing yoga, and going to see live music.
“When we moved back to Virginia I was so excited to hear that Richmond would be adding their first midwife-run birth center! Bringing a child into the world is such a powerfully beautiful thing, and I’m thrilled to be working with such a great group of women on what I think will be an awesome addition to the RVA birth community.”
My husband and I live on a hobby farm in Goochland county. We have 2 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, lots of chickens, some Large Black Hogs and an angora bunny. In my spare time I love camping and hiking, knitting, hand-spinning yarn and making things with animal fibers (including spinning the fur from my bunny). I see my role at a birth as that of a Sherpa. I get to help pregnant women and their partners navigate the often unfamiliar terrain of labor and birth. In other words, I speak the “native language.”
A nurturer by nature, my heart has always aimed to help make people happy and comfortable. I graduated from VCU with a Bachelors in Psychology, trained as a Massage Therapist at the Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, NC and most recently began my path as a Doula through Dona International. Guiding mamas and their partners through the development and birth of their babies excites me to no end! Our bodies are capable of doing some amazing things… and creating a tiny human definitely tops the list. During “me” time, I am most likely outside with my dogs and husband, enjoying the river and trails with a camera in hand! We are also on the never ending search for the best nachos, tacos and Indian buffets.
Kat Cannon is a ToLabor trained doula who is passionate about all women and their families receiving positive support and evidence based care during their childbearing year. She is a Mom of two adorable boys, loves growing vegetables in her garden, and continues her “day job” as a physical therapist. Kat values the inherent wisdom of a woman’s body knowing exactly how to birth her baby, and trusting this process is the core of Kat’s doula philosophy.
Cheyenne Varner is a doula, designer, photographer, and writer in Richmond, Virginia. Her passion for all things creative leads her to pursue projects of the design, photography, and writing variety. She seeks to pursue all of her work with excellence, authenticity, and grace.
And in her spare time, Cheyenne enjoys writing, posting photos on Instagram, and long scrolls through Pinterest. Oh, have you heard about the latest episode of This American Life? Don’t worry, she’ll tell you all about it.
I love to be a part of Birth, before, during and after. I love my Husband, my four sons, and my furry kids. In a perfect world, I’d hike a mountain in the am and play on the beach in the afternoon. While listening to music from every genre I could get my ears on.
Khiana Lee is a DONA trained doula who honors birth as a remarkable and natural life experience. She believes in supporting and empowering families to define and experience birth in a way that is special to them. She believes that everyone has the right to a joyful and empowering birth. She brings warmth, reassurance and peaceful support to the birthing experience. Above all, she wants her clients to feel respected and valued.
Khiana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has worked in the healthcare field for several years. Currently she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, where she hopes to continue her desire to provide compassionate care.
I am a Professional Birth Doula trained with toLabor. I would love to support, encourage and educate during your pregnancy and birth. I love going on new journeys and birth is a new journey each time of which I’m honored to be a part of. I love watching and helping the world change in positive ways. When I am not enjoying a local festival I am enjoying time in the kitchen cooking for friends and family with my dogs at my feet.
“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement, not your greatest fear.”
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130 Buford Road, Richmond VA
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