Birthing center in Richmond, Virginia

Important Information

COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients

We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing the safest and most effective care.

Read the full letter to our patients

The Women’s Hospital at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital has provided Henrico County with expert maternity care for more than 30 years, delivering approximately 4,000 babies every year. We consider this a privilege, and are committed to doing everything we can to prepare you for labor and delivery and to help you and your baby stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.

For more information about Henrico Doctors' Hospital's childbirth center or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at (804) 320-3627 (DOCS).


For high-quality outcomes and care, The Women’s Hospital has received the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award and five-star recognition for both C-sections and vaginal deliveries. Additionally, we were the first hospital in Virginia to earn The Joint Commission’s Perinatal Care Certification for providing safe, patient-centered experiences before and after birth.

Comprehensive maternity services

Our maternity services include:

Prenatal care

Whether you’re starting or expanding your family, we help you stay healthy, plan for birth and prepare for newborn care with prenatal care services.

Meet our Perinatal Nurse Navigator

Heather Thorn

Heather Thorn graduated from Bon Secours Memorial School of Nursing in 2003 and is currently enrolled at Chamberlain University pursuing her MSN. After graduation, she began her career at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital as a registered nurse on the OB/GYN Specialty Unit providing care for high-risk pregnancy patients, gynecological and plastic surgeries, and couplet care to new moms and babies. Heather has a true passion for women’s health and has served in various leadership roles for the last 10 years to further advocate for her patients, their safety and optimal outcomes.

The Perinatal Nurse Navigator is an active participant and vital member of the multidisciplinary team. A Navigator provides an additional layer of support to high-risk pregnancies; she can provide further resources, education materials, and coordinate private tours of The Women’s Hospital to make sure you are prepared and equipped to make informed decisions about the care for you and your baby. Heather will enhance collaboration with your care providers and any necessary specialist and then communicate your plan with the appropriate internal staff to make sure we are adequately prepared for your birth journey. Her compassionate approach and clinical expertise are assets to patients and their families.

To reach our Perinatal Nurse Navigator directly, you can email Heather Thorn or call her at (804) 200-7534 or (804) 297-1547.

Our prenatal services include:

  • High-risk pregnancy care — In partnership with Commonwealth Perinatal, we offer comprehensive high-risk pregnancy care. This includes maternal-fetal medicine doctors who will help you and your baby stay safe and healthy.
  • One-on-one guidance — If you’re having a scheduled birth or cesarean section (C-section), you’ll meet with our nurses to discuss how to prepare and what to expect.
For more information about our high-risk pregnancy services, call our perinatal navigator at (804) 297-1547.

Important Information

All maternity education classes are being offered virtually with the exception of infant CPR, prenatal yoga, safe ride and low-intervention birth classes. Please visit our calendar to register for the most up-to-date class times. Thank you.

Birth center tours

We offer the opportunity for expectant parents to familiarize themselves with our birth center before labor and delivery. During our guided tour, you will:

  • Have a chance to ask questions about your hospital stay
  • Learn where to check-in on the big day
  • Peek into the well-baby nursery
  • See our labor and delivery unit and postpartum area up close

Can't attend a tour in person? Watch the online tour of our birth center here, or use the interactive widget below.

Birth center tours are free, but registration is required. Sign up by calling (804) 320-3627.

Maternity classes

Our experts teach maternity classes to help you learn to trust your instincts and feel confident in becoming a new parent. These classes provide the opportunity to learn up-to-date information and advice about pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood. Some of our classes are also designed just for dads, grandparents or siblings, ensuring your entire support team can be prepared for your baby's arrival.

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Labor and delivery

Our labor and delivery unit offers:

  • A private, intimate labor experience — Our hospital features renovated, spa-like rooms. We also offer soaking tubs for hydrotherapy, color therapy lighting, private bathrooms and comfortable sleeping arrangements for your partner.
  • A medical team that is ready for anything — Our team is here for whatever you need, 24/7. We have advanced obstetric technology and resources, including dedicated operating rooms nearby for unplanned or emergency C-sections.
  • Welcoming, family-friendly setting — Snacks and a family kitchen are available for you and your partner. Your extended family will also have plenty of room in our spacious waiting areas.
  • Valet parking and convenient access — There is no need to stress about getting in and out of our facility. We provide stress-free access to The Women’s Hospital, including ample free parking and valet services at two entrances.

Neonatal intensive care

Sometimes babies need extra support after birth. This may be because of certain health conditions or unexpected complications during labor and birth. This is why our hospital has an in-house, 40-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that provides:

  • Around-the-clock readiness — Our infant resuscitation team and other caregivers are ready to handle emergencies at a moment’s notice. We also have a physician on-site 24/7 so we don't have to wait for on-call support to arrive if your baby needs immediate care in the middle of the night.
  • Gentle critical care — Our NICU cares for the most fragile babies, including babies born before 32 weeks gestation or who weigh less than 3.3 pounds. The NICU features 33 private rooms, four sets of connected rooms for twins and a Level II Progressive Care Nursery.
  • Expertise in treating newborns affected by substance abuse — We treat newborns with withdrawal symptoms caused by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Our maternal substance use disorder program offers respectful care and support to moms and infants addicted to opioids or other substances.
  • Top neonatal specialists — Our experienced NICU team is led by neonatologists. It includes neonatal clinical nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, feeding and swallowing therapists, pharmacists, social workers and lactation consultants.

Family-centered neonatal care

To help you and your family during your child's NICU stay, we offer:

  • 24/7 visitation — you are able to stay by your baby’s side for as long as you want, and we encourage you to become an active participant in your child’s care. We also welcome visitation with siblings and grandparents whenever possible.
  • A family support lounge — Our spacious lounge is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and wireless internet.

Labor and delivery at HCA Virginia

Just as every baby is unique, so is every delivery. As your partner in care, we provide a customized birthing experience that begins long before your first contraction and continues well after delivery.

Learn about Labor and delivery