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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Watch & Learn

New moms share their experiences delivering with New Beginnings Birth Center.

Brookings mom Rachelle Doudna explains how her attentive doctor and nurses improved her labor and delivery experience. Sian Dill discusses why she continues to choose New Beginnings Birth Center for her deliveries.

Third-time mom, Danielle Bonnema, loves labor and delivery at Brookings Health System. She shares her experience with our obstetrics team for her labor, delivery and postpartum care. SDSU doctoral student Cecilia Wanjuu shares her experience as a first-time mom. 

New mom Kirsten Gjesdal shares 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

Jan

Jan 30 Monday

Hybrid Postpartum Support Group

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

You do not have to handle life on your own. You deserve support during this time.

Obstetrics Support Group

Feb

Feb 06 Monday

Hybrid Postpartum Support Group

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

You do not have to handle life on your own. You deserve support during this time.

Obstetrics Support Group
Feb 06 Monday

Ask a Doula

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Obstetrics Doula

Obstetrics News

‘Championship Baby’ Born at Brookings Health System

Just as the South Dakota State Jackrabbits officially became the FCS college football champions in Frisco, Texas, little girl Bailey was born to Shelby and Kelin Rang at Brookings Health System. Her official birth time was 4:06 p.m. on Jan. 8. She came in at an exact eight lbs. and measured 20 inches long.

Doula Training Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Childbirth Professionals International Birth and Postpartum Doula workshop scheduled for Feb. 24 and 25 at Brookings Health System.

New Year’s Baby Arrives Jan. 1 at Brookings Health

Twenty-six months ago Vivek and Roshniben Patel, owners of the Quality Inn hotel in Brookings, delivered their son, Aarav, at New Beginnings Birth Center. This past Sunday, Jan. 1 at 4:42 p.m., the Patels found themselves in the exact same labor and delivery room welcoming their much-anticipated baby girl, Anaya.

System Providers:

Emily Abele, M.D.

Emily Abele, M.D.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Incontinence Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
  • Brookings Hospital
Kirstin Sholes, M.D.

Kirstin Sholes, M.D.

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

Larissa Bennis, M.D.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
  • Brookings Hospital
Tara Haarsma, D.O.

Tara Haarsma, D.O.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
  • Brookings Hospital