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

First-time mom Allison Dahl shares her experience delivering her daughter Evelyn at New Beginnings Birth Center, and in the next video, new mom Kayce Engen talks about her experience delivering her children Audria and Isaac.

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. 


Upcoming Classes & Events

Sep

Sep 17 Tuesday

New Beginnings Baby Café Breastfeeding Support Group

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

New Beginnings Baby Café supports breastfeeding mothers in every aspect of nursing, from starting to weaning and every variation in between.

Obstetrics Breastfeeding Support Group
Sep 19 Thursday

New Beginnings Baby Café Breastfeeding Support Group

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

New Beginnings Baby Café supports breastfeeding mothers in every aspect of nursing, from starting to weaning and every variation in between.

Obstetrics Breastfeeding Support Group
Sep 19 Thursday

Breastfeeding Class

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This class is taught by either RN Sara Klug, SDSU Associate Professor Lois Tschetter or RN Aleycia Gerlach, all certified lactation consultants.

Obstetrics Breastfeeding

Obstetrics News

Brookings Health Receives IBCLC Care Award

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Brookings Health System for excellence in lactation care, the only organization in South Dakota to earn the recognition.

Brookings Hospital Makes Donor Breast Milk Available for Babies in Need

Brookings Hospital now has human donor breast milk available for babies medically in need who are born at New Beginnings Birth Center OB unit

Registration Now Open for DONA Birth Doula Workshop

To further develop the volunteer doula program for parents delivering their baby at New Beginnings Birth Center, Brookings Health System will again host the popular DONA Birth Doula workshop on April 27 and 28.

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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
Richard Gudvangen, M.D.

Richard Gudvangen, M.D.

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

Tara Haarsma, D.O.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care