Henrico County’s Preferred Hospital for Pregnancy and Childbirth Care
If you’re looking for safe, supportive maternity services in the Richmond metropolitan area, you’ll find the ideal combination of experience and expertise at The Women’s Hospital at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. In fact, our OB/GYN team delivers more babies than any other hospital in Central Virginia, including 1,000 annual births by our certified nurse midwives. Recipient of the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, The Women’s Hospital is in the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated for exceptional care of mothers during labor and delivery.
We also deliver perinatal care certified by The Joint Commission – the first in Virginia. Our services suit your unique needs and preferences, whether that’s high-risk pregnancy support or low-intervention, natural birth options.
Our comprehensive pregnancy and birth services include:
- Prenatal classes and education
- High-risk pregnancy care
- Neonatal intensive care
- Maternal addiction services
- Reproductive endocrinology and fertility treatment services
Find a Nurse Midwife
Brenda is the director of the nurse-midwife hospitalist group. She is originally from Canada, and has spent time living in Europe, Australia and all over the United States. She has a love of normal physiological birth ignited by the experience of birthing her own children in Canada and Germany. She is excited to expand access to midwifery care and promote family centered care at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital.
Brenda received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2002 from the College of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, MN. She spent many years working all over the country in all sub specialties of maternal/child health. She has experience in the newborn ICU, postpartum, antepartum, newborn nursery and labor and delivery departments. While working as a nurse at VCU she started the skin to skin initiative immediately following child birth. In 2008 she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. While at Stafford hospital she started both an inpatient and outpatient lactation service to aide new families in establishing breastfeeding.
In 2013 she earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University with a midwifery endorsement from Shenandoah University. She began her midwifery career at a busy, privately owned practice in New York State. She encouraged more family friendly practices into the hospital culture, including hydrotherapy for pain relief in labor, use of birth and peanut balls, and placing infants skin to skin with their mother immediately following delivery. In 2015 she joined the midwives at St. Francis in the Richmond area.
In her spare time Brenda enjoys spending time with her four adult children and grandson. She lives on a hobby farm with her husband of 35 years, her horses, chickens and cats. She loves to trail ride and camp with her horses. Brenda and her husband are avid home renovators, love to cycle and continue to travel as much as they can.
Elizabeth Markey is a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) with nurse-midwifery experience in settings ranging from low intervention, high touch care, to high volume, high risk care. Elizabeth attended Georgetown University for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduating summa cum laude in 2011. She then pursued a Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University. Prior to joining the CNM Hospitalist Group at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Elizabeth practiced on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where she provided full scope nurse-midwifery care. She then relocated to Richmond to join the CNM team at VCUHealth, where she specialized in assisting women desiring natural childbirth.
As a midwife, Elizabeth knows that childbirth can be profoundly empowering, especially when women feel supported, informed, and safe in the experience. Respecting that the path to achieving this is different for every person and every birth, Elizabeth’s joy is providing women with compassionate care tailored to their unique needs. She is passionate about physiologic labor support, improving maternal and neonatal outcomes, and the therapeutic effects of maternal voice, positioning, and provider presence on the labor process. Research highlights include receiving the support of The Washington Hospital Center’s Research Department in presenting her literature review, “Vocalization as an Intrapartal Coping Strategy,” at a professional nursing conference in Baltimore.
Elizabeth is board certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, and a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and International Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau. She has received advanced training in emergency obstetric life support through the American Academy of Family Physicians. Elizabeth currently serves as a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors for Midwives For Haiti (MFH), a program that trains Haitian skilled birth attendants to provide life-saving pregnancy care to women and babies in Haiti.
In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys writing, planning trips with her friends and family, and finding new favorite things afoot in Richmond with her pup, Apple. She is happy to join her colleagues at The Women’s Hospital in helping women and families attain a birth experience that they will cherish.
Why More Women Trust Henrico Doctors’ Hospital for Their Baby’s Birth
When you have your baby at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, you receive customized care with a birth coordinator who personally walks you through the entire process. Families choose us because:
- Our team is experienced. We’ve provided maternity care in Henrico County for more than 30 years, delivering around 4,000 babies annually. Our caregivers — including obstetricians, gynecologists, anesthesiologists, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives — work together to make sure every delivery is safe and smooth.
- We’re recognized by the Joint Commission and Healthgrades. We were the first in Virginia to earn The Joint Commission’s Perinatal Care Certification. This confirms we follow evidence-based standards for a safe, patient-centered experience before and after delivery. We also received the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, placing The Women’s Hospital in the top ten percent of all hospitals evaluated for exceptional care of mothers during labor and delivery.
- We respect your choices. You know what’s best for your own body and family. We support your preferences and will help you plan a comfortable, memorable delivery that works for you. We also welcome and support doula care and can connect you to a private doula in Richmond.
- You and your baby are safe here. Because unexpected complications can occur during labor and delivery, it’s important to choose a birth center that can handle emergencies at a moment’s notice. We offer a 40-bed, Level III NICU for premature or critically ill newborns, and enhanced security measures.
- Continuous care for your whole family. Henrico Doctors’ Hospital offers specialized health services for all your family’s needs, from birth to old age. This includes pediatric emergency, hospital, and specialty care and women’s health services for every stage of life.
- Valet parking and convenient access. Getting in and out is easy here. We provide stress-free access to our women’s hospital, including ample free parking and valet services at two entrances.
- Pre-registration. To pre-register for your appointment, save time by registering online.
The First Nine Months – Prenatal Care for You and Your Baby
Whether you’re starting or expanding your family, we help you stay healthy, plan for birth, and care for yourself and your newborn with confidence. We offer:
- Birth center tours and childbirth classes. We offer guided tours of our maternity unit, so you know what to expect and can ask questions ahead of time. We also have a wide range of free classes covering labor and delivery, breastfeeding, caring for newborns, and preparing your family for the new baby’s arrival.
- Personalized birth planning. Our birth coordinator helps you design your perfect birth experience. We offer midwifery services and low-intervention birth options such as natural pain management, wireless and water-submersible fetal monitoring, aromatherapy, delayed umbilical cord clamping, and immediate skin-to-skin contact for you and your infant.
- One-on-one guidance. If you’re having a scheduled birth via induction or C-section, you’ll meet with one of our labor and delivery nurses to discuss how to prepare and what to expect.
- High-risk pregnancy care. It’s natural to feel nervous if you’re carrying multiples, have certain medical conditions, or have had previous problems during pregnancy or delivery. But you can take comfort knowing our specialists routinely and successfully care for women considered high-risk.
The Big Day – Labor and Delivery Care That’s Customized and Comfortable
When it’s time for your baby’s birth, we do everything we can to provide a calm, soothing environment. We provide:
- A private, intimate labor experience. Our recently renovated, spa-like rooms allow you to labor your way, with the help of your caregiver or support person. We offer soaking tubs for hydrotherapy, color therapy lighting, private bathrooms, and comfortable sleeping arrangements for your spouse or partner.
- Welcoming, family-friendly setting. With snacks available for you and your partner, a family kitchen, and spacious waiting areas, your family will feel right at home throughout labor and delivery.
- Medical team ready for anything. Our team is here for whatever you need, 24/7. We have the latest obstetric technology and resources, including an anesthesiologist and dedicated operating rooms nearby for unplanned or emergency C-sections.
After Baby’s Arrival – Postpartum Care with Abundant Ongoing Support
Once your baby is born, you both receive our full support and attention until you leave the hospital — and following your discharge home. Our services include:
- Family-centered care. We offer king sized beds for family recovery and practice couplet care (also known as rooming in), so you can bond with your baby in a private setting. This means your baby stays with you in the room at all times, even during examinations. And the same nurse cares for you and your baby.
- Comprehensive breastfeeding support. Whether you’re experiencing nipple pain or can’t get your baby to latch, our on-site, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants will help. After discharge, you can talk to a lactation consultant or sign up for one of our breastfeeding support groups by calling (804) 289-4977.
- Access to donor milk. If your baby needs more breast milk than you can supply, we offer human milk from donors.
- Ongoing support and counseling. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed with the challenges of motherhood, but you don’t have to do it alone. Learn more about our postpartum depression services, please call (804) 977-5862.
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