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.
Experienced Expectations is prenatal education that goes beyond the basics- covering the core information found in any childbirth class, yet also tailoring each class to meet the unique interests and needs of that particular group.
We offer in-depth childbirth classes for all parents, whether this is your first child or your fifth. Private one evening refresher classes are also available for “experienced parents”, who simply want a review of labor information.
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:
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.
For your convenience, they can perform ultrasounds, lab work, and even non-stress tests in their office.
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 (look for dates and descriptions on the event calendar).
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
Your nurse-midwife will work with you to understand your needs and make your experience as positive and worry-free as possible.
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.