Brookhaven Midwifery & Birth Center

Brookhaven Midwifery & Birth Center Better birth begins with Brookhaven✨
Certified Professional Midwives in Harrisonburg, VA
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A full service birth center offering prenatal, labor/birth, and postpartum care in a warm and family-centered environment. We also offer homebirth, waterbirth, childbirth education, and lactation consultations. official website: www.brookhavenbirth.com

Our Blog: http://brookhavenbirth.com/blog-2/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/brookhavenbirth/

Office: 540-437-9850

Midwife’s top 5 foods for pregnancy. There’s more to it than prenatal vitamins!We’re all about nourishing your body and ...
02/26/2024

Midwife’s top 5 foods for pregnancy. There’s more to it than prenatal vitamins!

We’re all about nourishing your body and baby with food. Brookhaven has many clients who opt out of taking a prenatal during pregnancy and focus on nourishing through their diet. Whether you’re taking the prenatal or not, eating wholesome foods matters, since that’s usually the most absorbable form of nutrients for our bodies.

Some great foods to focus on during pregnancy are:

Eggs 🥚 - these little nutrient bombs are packed with many of the essential nutrients for pregnancy, like folate and B vitamins, along with great protein and fats. The yolks are the most nutrient dense part - don’t skip them!

Oranges + citrus 🍊 - eating good quality oranges or drinking fresh squeezed juices are a great way to hydrate your body and get folate, calcium, vitamin C and other minerals

Meat + seafood 🥩 - protein is crucial for pregnancy, so meat is a good way to go for most people. It’s also a great source of iron. For those not taking a prenatal we love things like ancestral blend ground meats that include liver and organs

Grass-fed dairy 🥛- dairy has historically been a valued food for pregnant women. The protein, vitamins and fats in milk can greatly support fetal development. Look for good-quality, grass-fed whole milk when you can. For local moms interested in raw milk, can be a great option

NORA tea ☕️ - NORA tea (nettle, oat straw, red raspberry leaf and alfalfa) is great for iron, mineral absorption and hydration, and can help get you through a lot of common pregnancy symptoms. You can make your own blend of the herbs or grab a bag from us during your appointment. Enjoy all the time, hot or iced!

Book rec! This one's by Mama Natural and is great for guidance on all sorts of pregnancy topics, with a natural (but not...
02/22/2024

Book rec! This one's by Mama Natural and is great for guidance on all sorts of pregnancy topics, with a natural (but not overbearing) approach.

"The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth" is pretty much what the title says, covering everything from nutrition to birth poses. She even talks about how to naturalize experiences you may be trying to avoid, like a cesarean birth.

We've heard great feedback from mamas who've read this book. You can borrow it off our shelf, but it might be worth snagging your own copy. Genevieve also has a great YouTube channel, and resources on her social media and website.

Preview of our new building!! We’re so excited to move into this beautiful space this summer. More to come. If you know ...
02/12/2024

Preview of our new building!! We’re so excited to move into this beautiful space this summer. More to come.

If you know a gal who’s got a baby due late summer or fall, do her the favor of telling her about us because this will be the coolest place to give birth! Or her home. Home is also the coolest place :)

Is your pregnancy care office child-friendly? As midwives, we obviously support mamas having babies. And with that comes...
02/05/2024

Is your pregnancy care office child-friendly?

As midwives, we obviously support mamas having babies. And with that comes older siblings who sometimes need to tag along during mom's appointments! That's why we do our best to make our office child-friendly.

We keep toys in our waiting area and checkup room to help keep little hands occupied. Our staff love babies and kids, and are happy to assist however we can. Siblings are also welcome during births, so long as someone is available to watch them.

Book rec! Let's start with one of the classics🤓📚Misty has compiled an awesome library over the years as a resource to cl...
01/26/2024

Book rec! Let's start with one of the classics🤓📚

Misty has compiled an awesome library over the years as a resource to clients, so we want to start sharing some of her favs. Spiritual Midwifery, first published in 1975, has inspired many women to pursue a career in midwifery. It's a great pick for anyone interested in exploring the possibility of home birth and learning more about natural birth practices, statistics and encouraging birth stories.

If you're looking for good books on a particular subject, let us know in the comments!

Help Brookhaven reach more families!If you've been a Brookhaven client, could you take a minute to leave us a (five-star...
01/22/2024

Help Brookhaven reach more families!

If you've been a Brookhaven client, could you take a minute to leave us a (five-star😜) Google review? As many of us have experienced, client testimonies and ratings mean A LOT when you're looking for the right doctor or midwife. Your quick review would greatly help our search results and let us reach more families in the Harrisonburg area.

Here's a link to review, or just do a quick Google search for Brookhaven Midwifery: https://g.page/r/CZaU6JhbQn5nEAI/review

thank you thank you thank you🖤

This past year, only 4 of our 94 clients (4.25%) had a hospital C-section. The state of Virginia has a cesarean rate of ...
01/17/2024

This past year, only 4 of our 94 clients (4.25%) had a hospital C-section. The state of Virginia has a cesarean rate of 32.5%.

While a birth center like Brookhaven naturally draws clients with lower-risk pregnancies, we strongly believe that supporting a healthy, holistic pregnancy and allowing mom to labor freely are an important part of the equation. Studies have shown that midwife-led care reduces interventions for low-risk pregnancies.

We are clear with clients that birth plans aren't set in stone, and complications can arise. We are proud of these numbers and so proud of our families who choose to work toward a natural birth💖

01/17/2024

We are looking to add stories from parents for the 2nd edition of A Guide to Physiological Breech Birth! We already have a few heart-wrenching stories of mothers who were forced to have C-section due to no one being willing or trained enough to support them. We would like to add a few more stories, including:

- Well-supported hospital vaginal breech birth
- Well-supported vaginal breech birth at home/birth center
- Story of someone who was forced to have a home birth because no hospitals would "allow" them to have a VBB
- Story of someone who was forced to have an unassisted birth because local midwifery regulations did not allow them to attend breeches
- Story of someone who had to relocate in order to access a VBB provider
- Other kinds of stories are welcome, too!

We cannot guarantee your stories will be included in the book, but we will try to include the ones that would make the most impact.

To submit your story, please email it to [email protected]. **Please also send your name and a photo to include with the book.**

We can also keep you anonymous at your request, although we'd prefer to have at least a first name and some sort of photo, even if it's something like your baby's cute feet.

By sending your stories, you give BWB permission to publish them in our book or other platforms (social media, website, newsletters, etc).

Deadline: Jan 23 if possible, Jan 30 is the final cutoff.

Want to pre-order a copy of the book? Go to https://chuffed.org/project/globalize

01/15/2024

We bet your OB-GYN didn't talk about or****ic birth😏

Midwives typically get more time with their clients (both during check-ups and the birth), giving the opportunity to talk about subjects that can be overlooked in a hospital treatment setting. This can include:

- Labor postures: Hospitals tend to confine labor and birth to a hospital room and bed. A midwife will often encourage mom to move and get fresh air. She will advise on exercises or postures to prepare the body for birth and get the baby in a good position.

- Nutrition: Doctors may assume you're taking a prenatal, and recommend medications for pain or nausea during pregnancy. We love to talk about getting nutrients through whole foods and using natural herbs or supplements to help ease common pregnancy discomforts.

- Breastfeeding and baby's health: In most hospitals, once the baby is born, they will be cared for by a pediatrician, and breastfeeding will be overseen by a lactation consultant. Midwives know that mama's wellbeing is tied to baby's wellbeing, and will address these things together. At Brookhaven, we provide care for 6 weeks postpartum to mom and baby, including a postpartum home visit.

- The fourth trimester: An OB or nurse will talk about postpartum resting and healing, but it can be hard to make that happen. That's why we love to discuss babywearing, meal prepping, getting help around the home, responding to baby's cues, and other ways to ensure a better transition for the whole family. We also talk in advance about signs of postpartum depression and do general check-ins during postpartum visits.

- Or**sm: Midwives like to talk about natural ways to ease pain and support relaxation. One of them is or**sm. By releasing the hormone oxytocin, or**sm can support sleep, alleviate pain, and even help achieve a more pleasurable birth experience. Clients can check out the book "Or**smic Birth" in our library.

Obviously, OB-GYNs are needed and a midwife is not for everyone. But if these subjects are of interest or important to you, a midwife may be a good fit!

https://www.brookhavenbirth.com/

We are starting our year thankful for all new life and new beginnings. 6 beautiful wee ones came into the world in Decem...
01/12/2024

We are starting our year thankful for all new life and new beginnings. 6 beautiful wee ones came into the world in December to close out Brookhaven's 2023. We are sending out a big welcome to 2024, along with all the families past, present and future. Thank you for all the gifts we received. We are continually humbled by your open arms. ⛄

Babies wear our logo best, don't you think?😍This little one was Brookhaven's 1000th baby. We were so thrilled to meet th...
01/08/2024

Babies wear our logo best, don't you think?😍

This little one was Brookhaven's 1000th baby. We were so thrilled to meet this milestone toward the end of last year, and can't wait to see what sweet things 2024 delivers!

01/06/2024
Are you a certified midwife, or interested in becoming one? We're a growing practice relocating to a beautiful new build...
01/05/2024

Are you a certified midwife, or interested in becoming one?

We're a growing practice relocating to a beautiful new building this year, and we're looking for both a midwife and student midwives to be a part of the journey. We're a freestanding, midwife-owned center that has served Harrisonburg and the wider Shenandoah Valley, VA since 2010. We attend approximately 100 births per year, both in homes and in our center’s two gorgeous birthing suites. See details and apply at links below!

Student midwife job posting: https://www.indeed.com/job/student-midwife-f481cb2e8dc39cdf
Midwife (CNM or CPM) job posting: https://www.indeed.com/job/midwife-bd05aeacae36d6d2

Learn more about us: https://brookhavenbirth.com/

We hope many sweet first Christmas memories are made with all the littles born this year. They won't ask for toys and gi...
12/24/2023

We hope many sweet first Christmas memories are made with all the littles born this year. They won't ask for toys and gifts. Just love and hugs and snuggles...and maybe for a chance to play with the decorations🌲😆

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Brookhaven families!

What is a student midwife?If you've been a client at Brookhaven, you have undoubtedly been encouraged, supported and ser...
12/17/2023

What is a student midwife?

If you've been a client at Brookhaven, you have undoubtedly been encouraged, supported and served by one of the incredible student midwives that have been with us through the years. These are women who have felt the call to serve others through pregnancy care, and entered the process of apprenticing under a certified midwife. Apprenticeships take a minimum of two years, depending on the time it takes to complete hours, acquire needed skills, and pass certifications.

Midwifery is a beautiful field in which women from various stages of life can complete on-the-job training and learn from other women. When she is ready, a midwife can take her career in many directions, including running her own business and serving her immediate community.

If this speaks to you or someone you know, we are seeking new apprentices and would love to answer your questions about what this process looks like! Email or give us a call.

https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3787115274/

Loved this mama's joy as she hears baby's heartbeat for the first time! Yesterday we had lots of first prenatal appointm...
12/15/2023

Loved this mama's joy as she hears baby's heartbeat for the first time!

Yesterday we had lots of first prenatal appointments. The first trimester can be tough, filled with lots of changes, questions, and morning sickness on top of it all. Hearing that baby's heartbeat go can make it all more real and worth it!

If you or someone you know is passionate about pregnancy care and wants to be a part of these joyous life experiences, side note that we are seeking new midwife apprentices. Details on our site, or reach out for more info. https://brookhavenbirth.com/midwifery-apprenticeship/

We had a very full month of pumpkins arrive. One day 3 decided to make their way earthside.Welcome little ones!
12/09/2023

We had a very full month of pumpkins arrive. One day 3 decided to make their way earthside.

Welcome little ones!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thankful to be able to serve our clients this Thanksgiving! 🦃🍁 Sending our heartfelt wishes from the...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving! Thankful to be able to serve our clients this Thanksgiving! 🦃🍁 Sending our heartfelt wishes from the team at Brookhaven.

Welcome to the world "little pumpkins!" 😍🤗 October was a busy month and we are so thankful to have been a part of your j...
11/08/2023

Welcome to the world "little pumpkins!" 😍🤗 October was a busy month and we are so thankful to have been a part of your journey!

11/07/2023

We are continuing to take more applications and looking for students who live and are willing to live in or close to Harrisonburg. Please let your friends and families know as well.

Better birth begins with Brookhaven✨
Certified Professional Midwives in Harrisonburg, VA

10/31/2023

Anyone looking to renew their CPR license or become certified for the first time?! We have a class Wednesday (Nov 1st) at 1:00 with our registered trainer coming and looking for some people to join.

Happy Birthday sweet babies! 💗 September was a special month! We celebrated our Labor Day and opening of Brookhaven Anni...
10/19/2023

Happy Birthday sweet babies! 💗 September was a special month! We celebrated our Labor Day and opening of Brookhaven Anniversary by welcoming TWO babies into the world! Thanks for letting us be part of your journey!

Celebrating big today! The midwives and students are happy to be celebrating Brookhaven's 1000th baby! 😍 We have loved s...
10/10/2023

Celebrating big today! The midwives and students are happy to be celebrating Brookhaven's 1000th baby! 😍 We have loved serving each and every one of you along the way! Thanks for letting us be a part of you journey!

While we appreciate the work of midwives everyday, this week we are celebrating them a little extra. 🎉 Happy National Mi...
10/02/2023

While we appreciate the work of midwives everyday, this week we are celebrating them a little extra. 🎉 Happy National Midwifery Week! 🌏🤰Thank you to our midwives for the awesome work you do!

Checkout our blog post in honor of great midwives everywhere!

https://wp.me/p5WZ2S-4ag

Use what nature offers: Brookhaven is happy to offer placenta encapsulation!80% of mothers experience mood swings it in ...
09/21/2023

Use what nature offers: Brookhaven is happy to offer placenta encapsulation!

80% of mothers experience mood swings it in the first days and weeks after giving birth.
Because it is so common, nothing is typically done about it until it worsens into a diagnosis of postpartum depression. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Placentophagy, or consumption of the placenta, is believed to gradually replace the hormones lost so rapidly after childbirth and therefore eases drastic mood swings that can occur postpartum.












August was a wonderful month! 😍 Welcome to all the sweet babies! Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey!
09/18/2023

August was a wonderful month! 😍 Welcome to all the sweet babies! Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey!

Another amazing Labor Day Party! Thank you all for coming and celebrating with us!  😊 We had an amazing day seeing the f...
09/13/2023

Another amazing Labor Day Party! Thank you all for coming and celebrating with us! 😊 We had an amazing day seeing the families we have served through the years and we had TWO surprise guests!

TWO babies decided to join the party! Our first time in 13 years to have a baby on Labor Day!

We are grateful for the memories we have created through the years and are looking forward to next year!

It was lovely catching up with Senator Emmett Hanger! Thank you for advocating for midwives in Virginia! Midwives are ab...
09/11/2023

It was lovely catching up with Senator Emmett Hanger! Thank you for advocating for midwives in Virginia! Midwives are able to posses and administer certain controlled substances thanks to voices like yours. So glad you still enjoy getting our New Arrival postcards. Be looking out for a whole slew of them with some awesome names. 😊

It's LABOR DAY!!🥳 The weather is perfect today and are excited to see you! Be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel for you...
09/04/2023

It's LABOR DAY!!🥳 The weather is perfect today and are excited to see you! Be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel for your kiddos (or yourself!) to take a splash in our waterslide!

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1461 Brookhaven Drive
Harrisonburg, VA
22801

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm

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(540) 437-9850

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