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.
Giving birth should be your greatest achievement,
not your greatest fear.”