We are passionate about educating, encouraging and empowering parents to find the right path for their family. We offer family-centered care in our warm, welcoming and gracious birth center and home birth options, as well.
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.
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
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!
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.
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?
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!
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.
Kat Cannon is a ToLabor trained birth doula who is passionate about all parents and their families receiving positive support and evidence based care during their childbearing year. She loves being a Mom to two adorable and energetic boys who keep her in the moment. When not doing birth work, Kat enjoys growing vegetables in her urban garden, spending quality time with her husband and friends, and continuing her “day job” as a physical therapist. “I believe in the inherent wisdom of a birthing person’s body to know exactly how and when to birth their baby.” Trusting this wisdom is the core of Kat’s doula philosophy.
Doulas are amazing. We know the importance of emotional and physical support during labor and birth, and we know that the more, the better. By adding a doula to your birth team, you have a woman dedicated to you and your partner’s emotional and physical comfort. A doula will handle the details so your partner will look like a rock star! A doula can bring you ice water, make cold rags to wipe your face with, and do those hip squeezes for hours, giving your partner a chance to do what they do best…love you. We suggest that every family hire a doula, no matter where they plan to birth. Contact us for a list of doulas we’ve worked with…and love.
Giving birth should be your greatest achievement,
not your greatest fear.”