Services

Evidence-Based Care,

Delivered with Love

MIDWIVES

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 believe our job is to provide excellent, unbiased information and resources, including licensed, certified midwives, doulas and natural birth options. We offer safe, gentle, compassionate and evidence-based care to families who are seeking an alternative to the medical model of care during pregnancy and birth.

Birth-n-Babies, Naturally

NATURAL BIRTH PLANS

Your birth plan is our birth plan…We want you to wear your own clothes and eat and drink as desired. We support laboring in our large, deep birth tubs, and are the only facility in RVA that allows you to actually birth in water. We encourage you to push in whichever positions you feel comfortable. We never clamp cords before they stop pulsing and your baby’s first moments will be spent skin to skin on your chest. Your baby will never leave your side, let alone your room. Know your choices, and have your decisions respected and honored

Every Family

Deserves a Doula

DOULAS

Doulas provide emotional support and physical comfort measures during labor and birth. We believe in doulas so much that we created the Embrace Doula Intern Program! Every month we host aDoula Meet & Mingle, where you can find the right doula for you. Evidence shows having a doula can improve your birth experience, reduce the length of your labor and are linked to lower rates of postpartum depression. A doula, whether from our intern program or someone you hire from RVA’s thriving doula community, will be a wonderful addition to your birth team!

Welcome to Our Home

BIRTH CENTER

Our birth center is your home away from home. Refreshments, lending library, comfy couches, queen size beds, deep tubs and candles take center stage. For healthy moms having healthy babies, we keep the interruptions to a minimum to allow your body and mind to relax and do the big work of birthing. We have created a warm, home-like environment, while discretely keeping any needed medical equipment tucked away.

Mer-babies Welcome Here

WATER BIRTH

We are the first and only facility in RVA that encourages you to not only labor in water, but to have a full water birth. Water birth is magic! Babies who are born into a gentle world of water are better oxygenated and seem to be a little more peaceful. You’ll likely find water to be soothing and comforting, and the buoyancy promotes more efficient contractions. Labor is described as less painful, and several studies have determined that water shortens labor itself. What’s not to love?

Sometimes, there’s no place like home

HOME BIRTH

Homebirth is just like birth at the birth center…same midwives, same doula intern, same safety measures, same care. If you feel like your home is your sanctuary, your safe place, then home birth might be perfect. We visit our home birth families at 36 weeks to make sure everything is ready for your birth, while dropping off your birth pool and all our supplies. When labor starts, we come to you!

About Us

Midwifery, at its core, is being fully present, listening deeply, laughing joyously, and holding sacred a space for women in their journey to motherhood. 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.

Who We Are

Our Staff
Corina Hossle, CPM LM – Founder, Clinical Director & Midwife

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.”

LAURA – OFFICE MANAGER

Bio coming soon!

Doula Interships & More
Embrace is happy to provide a doula internship program that assists new doulas in gaining experience in a warm and supportive environment while allowing some of our clients the opportunity to have a doula involved in their care at no extra cost.

 

Visit Doula Match to connect with doulas we know and love, and who have worked with us through at least 3 births. Any doula who supports YOU is welcome at Embrace, though, and RVA is full of amazing options. Be sure to interview at least 3 doulas to make sure they are the right choice for you.  If you need assistance affording a doula, call us during business hours and let us help you find one!  Every family deserves a doula.

Giving birth should be your greatest achievement,

not your greatest fear.”

Jane Weideman