Expansion of Midwifery Program at Bon Secours St. Francis


Today, many women in the U.S. are choosing a midwife to attend the birth of their baby. To meet these increasing requests for midwifery care, The Woman’s Center at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center offers a team of certified nurse midwives to support women throughout their entire pregnancy and childbirth. The midwifery program at […]

Bon Secours Now Offers Ambulatory Fetal Monitors for Low-Intervention Births

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Until recently, pregnant women had to be unhooked from a fetal monitoring system if they wanted to move around, but that’s no longer the case. With with introduction of ambulatory fetal monitors, women can be more mobile instead of bed-bound during labor. Bon Secours Richmond Health System is committed to providing women who desire low-intervention […]

Nitrous Oxide Program Expansion


A few months ago we posted a Q&A with Dr. Alice Hirata about nitrous oxide as a form of pain management during labor. At the time, St. Mary’s Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center were the only two facilities in Virginia to offer it. This past November, Bon Secours Richmond Health System sent out a press release detailing the […]

VCU Hosts Richmond Premiere of The Mama Sherpas

Dr. David Chelmow, Chair of Ob-Gyn; Bridgid Maher, Director of The Mama Sherpas; Leslie Fehan, Certified Nurse-Midwife; Dr. Christine Isaacs, Ob-Gyn

It had been a while since I sat in a VCU lecture hall.  But on a Thursday night, I found myself sitting in a lecture space once again, this time with midwives, doctors and doulas, along with filmmaker Brigid Maher to watch The Mama Sherpas, a documentary aiming to bust myths about midwifery in America. The film focuses on […]

Nitrous Oxide During Labor: Richmond Top Doc Answers Our Questions

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You might have heard a lot about the epidural as a form of pain relief… but you may not have heard as much about the return of a different kind of pain relief -nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. Commonly used in the UK and throughout the rest of Europe, nitrous oxide is self administered […]

A New Model for Birth Services, RVA Welcomes MyBirth


Richmond is one of the coolest cities to call home right now for all kinds of reasons, but especially for young and expectant families. From prenatal yoga, massage, and acupuncture, to birthing options from hospital to home, and postpartum support circles, baby-wearing and breastfeeding groups, there is much to love about our progressive birth scene and mothering community. Now […]

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center Expands CenteringPregnancy®

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Unique program gives women more control of their prenatal care through group support Women entering pregnancy can now benefit from an expanded, multifaceted group approach to prenatal care offered at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center. CenteringPregnancy® is a nationally recognized program led by certified providers usually nurse midwives; it augments individual prenatal visits with […]

New Discoveries in Childbirth Experiences at VCU Medical Center

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I was fortunate to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Labor & Delivery unit at VCU Medical Center last night.   Such an impressive new space to bring this already amazing team of physicians, nurses, midwives, and doulas to the front of everyone’s mind when thinking about birthing options. I wanted to share […]

Open House at VCU Medical Center’s New Labor & Delivery Unit

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The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center will host two open houses to showcase its renovated Labor and Delivery Unit, which offers unique accommodations and childbirth options to expectant mothers. The open houses will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the VCU Medical Center’s Main […]

A Brighter Birth: Childbirth Education Series

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Join other moms at Hip to be Round for this informative series of Child birth education classes. A Brighter Birth: Childbirth education series April 14 – May 19; Sundays 2pm – 4pm Hip to be Round 6-week and 1-day options available A Brighter Birth is an information based childbirth education series offered in Richmond since […]