Pregnancy & Childbirth

Pregnancy & Childbirth Specialist
Having a baby is a beautiful and life-changing experience. At Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare, the team of medical specialists is proud to support women and their families through every step of this exciting journey, from pregnancy to labor to birth and beyond. At their Harrisonburg, Virginia office the staff of top-rated certified nurse-midwives and physicians are committed to delivering expert medical care with a personal, empathetic touch. The comfort and health of you and your baby are our highest priorities. Call SWHC for your appointment or schedule it online at the push of a button.

Pregnancy & Childbirth Q & A

Shenandoah Women's Healthcare & The Spa at Shenandoah

What types of prenatal care services do you offer?

When it comes to prenatal care, SWHC’s goals are to maintain the health of mother and child, to monitor you for the development of any high-risk conditions, and to provide education for you and your family about pregnancy, birth, and the transition to parenting.

Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare prenatal services include:

Appointments
You’ll have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with your physicians and nurse-midwives at regular times in your pregnancy, to monitor your health and get all your questions answered.

Testing
For your convenience, the can perform ultrasounds, lab work, and even non-stress tests in their office.

Education
You’ll have access to a wealth of information and resources before, during, and after pregnancy, including our childbirth and breastfeeding classes, and New Mom’s Support Group. Click here for more information regarding Childbirth classes.

Personalized Care
When you meet with your provider, you may choose traditional care or opt for the Centering Pregnancy approach, which involves regular meetings with a group of other expectant mothers.

Massage Therapy
A prenatal massage can help relieve many of the most common discomforts that come with a normal pregnancy, including backaches, leg cramps, swelling, and headaches.

Labor Planning
Labor is a stressful but perfectly natural part of becoming a parent. We’ll help you plan for a safe birth that fits your needs and desires.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

Bring a list of any medications you’re currently taking. Many patients also like to come prepared with a list of questions and concerns, and a pen to take notes.

What type of birth can I have?

When it comes to labor, the first priority is a healthy mom and baby, but they’ll also do everything they can to help you have the type of birth you want. SWHC has successfully helped mothers through a variety of different types of births, including:

  • 100% natural labor with no pain medication
  • Labor with an epidural or the option to use medication
  • VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
  • C-sections (including repeat C-sections)
  • Early discharge from the hospital following birth

Your nurse-midwife will work with you to understand your needs and make your experience as positive and worry-free as possible.

Can nurse-midwives handle a complicated pregnancy?

Nurse-midwives have a close, collaborative relationship with SWHC’s physicians to ensure that, even if you develop complications like gestational diabetes, elevated blood pressure, or twins, you can still continue to receive care from your nurse-midwife throughout your pregnancy and afterward.

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Shenandoah Women's Healthcare & The Spa at Shenandoah
240 Lucy Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22801