Obstetrics

Pregnancy and having a baby is one of the greatest joys in life, but childbirth is also one of the most challenging experiences. As a Baby-Friendly Hospital, our Brookings OB unit helps parents-to-be from across our community in this life-changing moment. In this section, you'll find helpful resources about our OB services at our New Beginnings Center, when to come to the hospital for delivery, breastfeeding, and postpartum care.

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New mom Erin Glidden shares her experience delivering her children Riley and Nolan at the New Beginnings Birth Center. Jasper, Minn. mom Kristen Uilk shares why she choose Brookings Health System over other care providers.

First-time mom Allison Dahl shares her experience delivering her daughter Evelyn at New Beginnings Birth Center. OBGYN Dr. Tara Haarsma talks about labor and delivery including birth plans, stages of labor, and when you should come to the hospital. Brookings mom of three Emma Perkins shares her birth story. And in the next video, new mom Kayce Engen talks about her experience delivering her children Audria and Isaac.


Upcoming Classes & Events

Aug

Aug 20 Thursday

Online Breastfeeding Class

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Obstetrics Breastfeeding

Sep

Sep 24 Thursday

Online Breastfeeding Class

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Obstetrics Breastfeeding

Oct

Oct 14 Wednesday

Online Childbirth Preparation Session - October & November

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Obstetrics

Obstetrics News

Brookings Health Scores 98/100 on CDC’s Infant Feeding Practices Survey

Brookings Health System scored 98 of 100 points on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC). The score places Brookings Health in the top 2% of the 2,045 hospitals surveyed nationwide.

Brookings Health Takes Childbirth & Breastfeeding Classes Online

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, starting in August Brookings Health System will offer childbirth education and breastfeeding classes online.

Brookings Health System Re-Designated Baby-Friendly Hospital

Brookings Health System recently achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly Re-Designation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing this certification in the United States.

System Providers:

Emily Abele, M.D.

Emily Abele, M.D.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
Kayla Hannemann, M.D.

Kayla Hannemann, M.D.

  • Primary Care
  • Obstetrics
  • Avera Medical Group - A Department of Brookings Health System
Kirstin Sholes, M.D.

Kirstin Sholes, M.D.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
Larissa Bennis, M.D.

Larissa Bennis, M.D.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
Provider

Molly Uhing, M.D.

  • Obstetrics
  • Avera Women's Clinic
Rachel Sunne, M.D.

Rachel Sunne, M.D.

  • Primary Care
  • Obstetrics
  • Avera Medical Group - A Department of Brookings Health System
Tara Haarsma, D.O.

Tara Haarsma, D.O.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care