Brookings Health System

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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SDSU doctoral student Cecilia Wanjuu shares her experience as a first-time mom. Brookings mom Kristina Lankow shares how a volunteer doula supported both herself and her husband during the birth of their son.

New moms Kirsten Gjesdal and Amy Verhelst share how our staff helped ease their fears about delivering during a pandemic.

OBGYN Dr. Tara Haarsma talks about labor and delivery including birth plans, stages of labor, and when you should come to the hospital. 


Upcoming Classes & Events

Aug

Aug 02 Monday

Online Childbirth Preparation Session - August & September

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Obstetrics
Aug 16 Monday

Online Breastfeeding Class

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Obstetrics Breastfeeding

Oct

Oct 04 Monday

Online Childbirth Preparation Session - October & November

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Obstetrics

Obstetrics News

2021 New Year’s Baby Arrives on New Year’s Day at Brookings Health

Philippa Taylor Escondrillas Smith arrived at 6:06 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2021, making her the first baby of the New Year born at Brookings Health System.

Brookings Health Restarts Baby Café and Basic Life Support Classes

Brookings Health System recently restarted two in-person events, New Beginnings Baby Café and American Heart Association Basic Life Support classes.

New Maternal Fetal Monitoring System Increases Safety for Mothers & Babies at Brookings Health

Brookings Health System recently implemented a new maternal fetal monitoring system that further increases safety for both mothers and babies during childbirth at New Beginnings Birth Center.

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