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

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. 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

Nov

Nov 30 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

Dec

Dec 07 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
Dec 13 Monday

Online Breastfeeding Class

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Obstetrics Breastfeeding

Obstetrics News

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

Brookings Health System scored 100 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).

Registration Now Open for Doula Workshop

October 1 Early Bird Registration Deadline for a $30 Discount

Brookings Health Recognized for Excellence in Lactation Care with 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 the Dakotas to earn the recognition.

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 Brookings - Access Health
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 Brookings - Access Health
Tara Haarsma, D.O.

Tara Haarsma, D.O.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care