“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.” ~Marie Mongan

Welcome to our....

July Babies!

Cornelis Henry
July 1 
8 lb 4 oz 
to Sara & Adam

Jonathan Nolan
July 9

7 lb 8 oz
to Ellie & Alex

July 11

8 lb 9 oz
to Kaylee & Jason

Elliot Tyler
July 12
8 lb 8 oz
to Anna & Josh

David Alexander
July 14
8 lb
to Kelly & Abel 

Michael Andrey
July 22
7 lb 12 oz

to Larisa & Andrey

Deanna Alsu
July 31
8 lbs 1 oz
to Olesya & Dale

Brookhaven's 3rd Annual Anniversary Party!

It will be on Labor Day
September 2nd, 2013

1pm to 4pm

There will be games, kids activities, friends, and music!

Brookhaven will provide the main course, please bring a side dish to compliment the meal.

Everyone is invited - so do not hesitate to bring along the whole family!

*We will be taking a group photo at 2pm*

All of us at Brookhaven are excited to celebrate another mile stone in the life of the birth center, and all the families we have met and helped since opening our doors!


Birth Circle
* every 2nd Monday *
from 7pm to 9pm
upcoming dates:

August 12
September 9

Belly Dancing Classes
To be Announced

MILK classes

(Moms Involved with Lactation and Kids)
* every 4th monday of the month*

Le Leche League Breastfeeding Cafe
Next Meeting October 10

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Bright Beginnings Workshop
with Elizabeth Schwartz, ICCE
Next 4 session series:
Begins July 13
from 2:30 to 5 pm
Next 1 day intensive:
August 10th
Please call or email to register today!
# (540) 436 - 3154

Lactation Services
Contact Michelle Gough, IBCLC

Mom of the Month

Anna Hoover
     I have an amazing husband, Pancho, who left a job he loved to stay at home with our son, Taavi, age 2.  He will be staying home with Taavi and Zola when I return to work in August (good luck, babe!).  I am a Transition Specialist at the Virginia School for Deaf and the Blind, but my passion outside of family and work is riding.  I have a horse who is kind enough to let my son hop on and ride too, which is one of my favorite things in the world, and we have a awesome dog named Leo.

     My labor with Taavi was 28 hours, and even though I got to push for 5 hours I ended in a c-section.  He was large (9 lbs. 6.5 oz.) and posterior, but I felt like the interventions at the hospital in Charlottesville where he was born really prevented me from doing anything to help his position change or deliver him vaginally.  When I started searching in the area for a place to birth Zola, our daughter, I started with a group of midwives affiliated with a local hospital.  But the experience left much to be desired and our tour of both area hospitals cemented our decision- we would try for an our of hospital VBAC.  Pancho felt the birth center's proximity to RMH made it a better option than to birth at home, and when we met the staff at Brookhaven, we knew we had found our birth center!

     Even though I transferred to RMH at the very end of our labor, I am so happy we chose Brookhaven.  The care leading up to and following Zola's birth was outstanding (home visits, can anything be better post-birth??).  The labor experience at home and at Brookhaven was so relaxing and enjoyable.  I know without a doubt there is no way if I had gone anywhere else that I would have realized my ultimate goal of delivering my daughter vaginally.  The staff at Brookhaven stuck with us for a looooong labor and got Zola turned naturally (she was posterior as well).  They increased monitoring when her heart rate slowed if I laid down, and eliminated that position and problem (good one Zola- 35 hour labor and you didn't "like" my lying down...haha).  Brookhaven would absolutely be our choice if we ever conceived again and I would recognize transition and stay put!


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Brookhaven Women's Health and Natural Birth Center
1461 Brookhaven Dr.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
 (540) 437-9850