After the Birth

Rest is not a Luxury

Embrace Birth Center is proud to have the most comprehensive postpartum care schedule in RVA. Your licensed, certified midwife will encourage you to get into bed and stay there!

Skin to skin, breastfeeding on demand, lots of rest and plenty of nourishing foods and liquids will make the transition to parenting so much smoother. New mothers who truly rest deeply, breastfeed, and heal are less likely to have postpartum infections and depression, and more likely to have a good supply of milk. Rest should not be a luxury, but a necessity.

We believe so much in a new mother spending time recovering, we encourage your first outing to be to see us at 1 week. We will come to you for your first postpartum visit at 24-48 hours after birth. We will check your vital signs, your uterus, your bleeding and your breastfeeding. We’ll check their heart rate and their oxygen levels, and we’ll do their Newborn Metabolic Screen in your arms. We make sure your newborn is latching well, that there are no signs of jaundice or problems, and that they are transitioning smoothly to life.

We want to be sure both of you are thriving!

You will come back to see your licensed, certified midwife at 1 week, 2 weeks, 3-4 weeks, and 6-8 weeks At Embrace Birth Center.

Postpartum Doulas

Postpartum doulas specialize in “mothering the mother”, but also help the whole family adjust to their new family member.  There was a time that a Grandmother, or Auntie, or even Sister would fill this role, but in today’s day and age, extended family members and close friends often do not have the time or experience to help a new family settle in.


With a new baby in the house, each day brings a new adventure…or challenge.  A postpartum doula can assist with breastfeeding, or rock the baby while your take a shower.  A postpartum doula can help the new father gain confidence in diapering and swaddling. A postpartum doula helps the whole family realize the importance of keeping a new mother fed, hydrated and rested so she can recover and care for the new baby.


Postpartum Doula support can last anywhere from one or two visits to more than three months, and each doula offers different options for scheduling. Some doulas only do days, and some love overnights. Some will do just a few hours a day, and some want a full shift.  What would help you?


Our postpartum doulas are trained and certified.  They often come with additional training or experience as well… one is a NICU nurse, one is an IBCLC breastfeeding counselor, and one is a nanny.   You can feel confident when you hire an Embrace Postpartum Doula!


Could you use an extra pair of hands or a little extra support after your baby comes? Contact our birth center for more information about our Postpartum Doula options.

Placenta encapsulation

Our placenta encapsulation services are gaining in popularity as more women share their experiences.  Our licensed, certified professional midwives are very clear-there are no high quality studies that support placenta encapsulation as having large benefits. However, many woman want to have their placentas encapsulated, and
our experienced and certified placenta encapsulationist can process your placenta after your birth. It is usually ready to be delivered to you by your 48 hour home visit!
Most placentas produce a  bottle of 75-120 capsules. We can also make you a placenta print as a keepsake.  Your baby’s tree of life is beautiful!


Ingesting your placenta is said to assist with:


  • Faster postpartum healing and decreased bleeding
  • Increased milk supply
  • Balancing moods and emotions and decreasing your chance of postpartum depression
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Replacing hormones and nutrients, including iron