Stars and Stripes Doulas are proudly welcomed at the following hospitals. This is not an inclusive list of all of the hospitals we serve but merely those where we most commonly support families.
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP)*– With changes to the cost of delivery due to the Tricare Select switch, many expecting military families are choosing to birth at military treatment facilities (MTFs) like NMCP. Located in Portsmouth, Virginia, this hospital may be a drive for some, but it is boasted as having great staff with excellent bedside manner, and a penchant for understanding family dynamics in the military. They welcome immediate family members in the delivery room, and of course for visits, as well.
*Website may only be accessed with DoD computer/CAC (NMCP’s Facebook page)
Bon Secours DePaul/Midwifery Center– This Norfolk-based hospital hosts the Southside’s premier hospital-based midwifery center. It is no wonder it is the choice of many birthing in the Hampton Roads area. The Midwifery Center (MWC) has a more home-like atmosphere, with jetted tubs for labor hydrotherapy, and all-in-one labor, delivery, and recovery rooms.
Even if one does not decide to birth at The Midwifery Center, the labor and delivery suites at DePaul are spacious, and doulas are welcome (as advertised on their website) at their facilities. Their focus is on family-centered care, and they subscribe to the benefits of the “Magic Hour” post-delivery.
Sentara Princess Anne Hospital– Conveniently located for those living in Virginia Beach, the maternity center at Princess Anne has many attractive features (which is no surprise considering it was built in 2011). The mother and baby rooms all have pull-out sofas, and even the labor and delivery rooms are extra roomy in addition to being private. They welcome doulas, birth plans are respected, and they have birthing balls. This hospital is also equipped with a neonatal intensive care unit, for added peace of mind. In 2016, the nursing staff was recognized for its excellence with the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet award.
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital– Keen on getting some rest after birthing your baby? This facility has a newborn nursery, in addition to a 48-bed Special Care Nursery staffed with specialists in newborn care. This Norfolk-based hospital neighbors both the Jones Institute (one of the world’s leading infertility treatment centers) and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (located conveniently down the hall from the delivery rooms for top-notch newborn care).
Written by: Justine Robinson, Birth and Postpartum Doula