Birth doulas in Denver
HealthONE provides a special program called Doula Connection at Rose Medical Center for women interested in doula-assisted births. A doula serves as a companion, a support person and, often, a birth coach to laboring mothers.
Our doulas are available to laboring moms 24/7, and Rose Medical Center is the only hospital in Denver to offer this level of support to expectant parents.
For more information about HealthONE's doula program at Rose Medical Center, please call (303) 320-2001
What is a doula?
Doulas, or "labor assistants," provide continuous and attentive care for laboring women and their partners. While they do not provide medical care, they do provide emotional and physical support for families by using techniques that focus on massage, touch, position, relaxation and breathing.
Doulas do not replace mom’s birth partner but rather assist mom and her partner in having the birth experience they desire. Doulas are there to support families whether they choose a medicated or non-medicated delivery.
Our doula care program
All of HealthONE's hospitals offer full-service labor and delivery programs, however, Rose Medical Center is the only facility to offer the Doula Connection service.
Doula Connection is available through the hospital's childbirth program, Rose Babies. It features a staff of hand-selected, experienced doulas—known as "Rose Doulas"—who are fully incorporated into Rose Babies' team of labor and delivery caregivers.
Selecting your labor doula
Once you choose your doula, you will have an opportunity to get to know each other. This includes a consultation about your upcoming birth experience, your vision for your doula’s role and anything else you would like to share during this initial phone conversation.
Following that conversation, you are encouraged to text, email or call your doula with any questions as you count down to your due date.
What to expect with our doulas
Starting early on the day of delivery, you will be in contact with your Rose Doula by phone and text. Then, when you are ready to have your doula join you, you will call (not text) your doula. She will arrive at Rose Medical Center within one hour.
Please note: Rose Doulas do not provide postpartum services. If you are interested in getting more information about postpartum doula care, please search online for that service.
The Doula Connection program is offered at a reduced flat rate of $525. This fee includes up to 10 hours of your Rose Doula's time during labor, delivery and after your baby is born. Please remember that it is up to you to decide when your doula's presence will be the most beneficial to you.
If support is needed beyond the 10 hours, $50 per hour is owed directly to the doula. The doula will email an invoice within two weeks after delivery.
Please note that your $525 fee is nonrefundable and is required at the time of registration.
Free seminar about our doula services
Our doula seminars take place one Wednesday a month from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. If you are interested in partnering with a Rose Doula for childbirth, join us for one of these free informational seminars about our program.
We meet in the Goodstein 1 Conference Room in the basement of the physicians’ office building right across the street from Rose Medical Center.
Rose doula program coordinator
Over 40 years ago, my husband and I were expecting our first child and attending Lamaze classes at Rose Medical Center. At the time, Rose had the reputation for being the best place in Colorado to have a baby. Well, that hasn’t changed! Now, I am proud to be a resource for new families as the coordinator of the Rose Doula program.
While I have worked at Rose since 1982, I have enjoyed teaching childbirth and breastfeeding classes as well as supporting families as a birth doula. Over the years, I have had the pleasure to connect with women, couples and families as they prepared for their new babies. Being a doula allowed me to nurture, guide, support and share in the joy of birth over and over again. Although I am no longer taking doula clients of my own, I continue to be available as a back-up for our doula team. The joy of being present as a new baby is welcomed into the world is still one of my greatest joys.
I look forward to helping connect you with a Rose Doula who will play a major role in your birth experience, helping to make it positive, manageable and memorable. We all look forward to being part of your birth journey at Rose, still Colorado’s best place to deliver your baby!
To get started, please review the information on the website, read individual bios and view all of the doula videos, which are found in a playlist behind the video shown on the site.
Meet the Rose doulas
Hello! My name is Krystal Bruchs (pronounced brooks) and I have been a birth doula in the Denver metro area over the last five years. The very first time I heard the word 'doula' was after supporting my brother and sister-in-law through the birth of my niece. During my niece's birth, I had no idea what I was doing. All I knew was that I had given birth several times before and hopefully I could offer a bit of support to help them through. It was after my niece was born that one of the nurses stopped me and expressed that she felt I would make a good doula. I had no clue what she was talking about so I immediately googled "What is a doula?". I read several articles on all the things doulas do (and don't do) and I read birth experiences from others that used a doula. Long story short, I found my dream job! I was sitting in my first doula training just three weeks later.
My love for birth is all about the birthing person/couple. Helping them talk through their birthing choices, supporting them while they labor together, assisting them so they feel supported at all times and no matter what their decisions are. I enjoy coaching them through each phase and stage of labor, walking them through the unknown and being the constant, reliable support that they need. I love that birth is always teaching us new things and I am always learning and growing. I am so blessed to be able to do the work that I love so much. Happy birthing!
I am delighted to introduce myself and tell you a bit about the birth world that I am a part of as a Rose Educator and Doula It has been the work of my life even though for many years I also served in the non-profit sector leading organizations devoted to children and families. I have retired and now my professional life is exclusively focused on birth.
Prenatal training and education utilizes executive functioning: describing stages of labor, teaching labor skills, boosting confidence. I am a strong believer that all paths up the labor mountain are equally good and that parents should conjure courage and positivity to envision a combination of scenarios that lead to the highest goal: Health Mom-Healthy Baby. I guide my students to identify existing assets borrowing strengths and sensibilities from one's own life. As a doula I then support the utilization of strengths and skills In the actual labor.
To meet the Rose standard of excellence the entire Doula team is exceptional. Each of us has a unique combination of: approach, personality, experiences and skill that creates a distinctive style. To describe mine, I will explain through a list of key words.
I have chosen hospital birthing and Rose specifically because I love the beat of the hospital and all the people working there. It is great to work on a multi-disciplinary team that utilizes many ideas, perspectives and skill sets. This creates a way to support laboring women and partners that empowers and at the same time, provides safety. At Rose, I never question whether the staff appreciates me or has confidence in my work. This frees me up to be fully relaxed and present. After many years on the team i know the doctors, nurses, midwives, lab staff and housekeepers. I trust them and they trust me. They know I will be expert, professional, and fun. Additionally my appreciation for the Rose doula team is boundless. We work together seamlessly to offer parents the highest level of support available. There is no other doula situation that is more exciting and fulfilling.
This is the plan that rolls out just as imagined: the planned epidural is timed just right and parents get sleep before its time to push; the laboring mom's energy is re-fueled with calm and intermittent rest; the goal for an un-medicated labor is blessed with brevity, and progress; the husband/partner is comfortable and pleased in providing hand- on support; the joy of birth is what parents dreamed. This plan is possible but luck plays a big part. I encourage parents to go for their PLAN A and to trust they will be nimble and resilient if the plan changes. There is no success or failure context.
This is the plan that veers this way and that. It is an adventure at best and an ordeal at worst. As long as parents can keep the Healthy Mom - Healthy Baby goal in mind, the challenges take on a new perspective. The idea of a medical induction or cesarean birth can morph into great relief as it clears the path to a safe delivery. The joy of birth is often stunning because the turned out to be so different than imagined.
Doula means servant
It is my honor to work with you prenatally to help you envision the birth you hope for and then to be with you throughout the real deal. In labor I will be calm and confident and skillful. That will help you to do the same. I will lead when it's right but more often encourage you to be strong and feel normal. In challenging times I will help you to be nimble and positive I will graciously wait and sometimes nudge as the sacred space between you unfolds and builds. The labor should transform you individually and as couples. This is a remarkable experience each and every time. I am privileged to participate.
Love and joy
Those of us that work in the birth world are addicted to love and joy. It is in every nook and cranny of the childbearing year-sometimes hidden, sometimes exuberant. No matter how the labor evolves, you will feel strong and be amazed at the job you did. You will deeply thankful for each other and for those that supported you along the way. And, at some point you will turn to each other and say.“Wow! Sue has the best job in the world.” I agree.
My journey to this work started with the birth of my son at Rose in 2019. Although his birth had some unexpected complications, the support and care I received made my experience really positive. Becoming a mom changed my world and I was suddenly in awe of the strength of all mothers who came before me and knew there was work to be done to support those who came after.
I am passionate about supporting parents in having healthy and peaceful experiences in pregnancy and birth. I provide unconditional support, tools, comfort measures and evidence-based information so you feel empowered to make the best decisions for yourself and your family. I will meet you where you are and am supportive of the birth experience you desire – whatever that may be.
I have lived in Colorado since 2000 and hold a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Colorado and a B.S. in Journalism from Colorado State University. When I’m not chasing my toddler around the playgrounds of Denver, I enjoy practicing yoga, preparing meals that require less than 30 minutes of cooking, spending time with my husband and exploring the mountains.
I bring a compassionate and gentle, fun-loving and light presence to the birth room. With each birth, I feel so honored to be invited to witness and hold space for such an important time in your lives.
My name is Jess Long and I am a certified birth doula! I am truly a people person, delight in what I do, and can’t wait to meet you! I love being able to be a part of the miracle that is pregnancy and birth. My eyes still well up with happy tears at each birth I attend. I love making connections with people. It is such a blessing to be able to help families to have a bit less stress or fear in their journey into parenthood. My goal is to meet families where they are and give them the confidence to succeed. Success is not determined by whether a birth is unmedicated, using an epidural, a cesarean birth or otherwise. Instead what is most important is for a birthing person to find the power they already have within themselves to bring their baby into the world. My goal is to help that be as positive an experience as possible and for families to be able to look back at their birth with happy memories.
I am very passionate about doulas being a game changer in labor. With my second I had amazing doula support which I strongly feel empowered me to have the unmedicated birth I had longed for. I was initially drawn to this work due to that experience and truly feel I have found my calling in birth support. I am a very empathetic person who is highly motivated to help parents find confidence and joy in their birth experience whatever their goal or plans might be. I am constantly rewarded by being able to encourage and empower new parents to work through their anxieties and fears to allow them to focus on the joy and excitement of both labor and the birth. I also love being able to see the relationship and interactions between partners during birth. A big part of what I do is encouraging that dynamic and making it work for us during labor.
I am always learning from my experiences with birth. I also make it a consistent goal to pursue continuing education to improve my work as a doula. Some of my favorite things to learn about so far have been lactation and Spinning Babies.
Other than my passion for birth, a few of my favorite things are hiking in the mountains, crocheting, and Broadway shows. I have two amazing little girls and a husband of 15 years who are the light of my life. I love seeing my girls faces light up when they experience new things. When I am not working you can find me snuggling up with my family with a cup of hot tea, or even better a tea party complete with stuffed animal friends and treats.
Abby Malman Case
In 2012, I was at my (now) husband’s company dinner and we were going around the table answering an ice breaker question of, “When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?” I laughed out loud when this question was asked because when I was younger, I thought when I grew up, I wanted to be a Tornado Chaser! I wanted to live in Tornado Alley and literally drive around chasing tornados, documenting them, and helping people stay safe. I don’t know if it was the exhilaration or the mix of science and instinct, but boy I thought that was going to be the life for me! I was also a night owl, so I figured I would have a job working odd hours, I just wasn’t quite sure what that looked like! Well, fast forward to now and my career is in a field far from Tornado Chasing, but one thing holds true…my work is exhilarating and when I think about what I get to do every day, my heart starts beating a little faster and I know I landed in the perfect career for me! Being a Doula is a dream come true. In my job, I have the privilege of supporting families through such intimate, raw, and incredibly beautiful moments during their pregnancy and birth, and hold space and bear witness to the strength parents have bringing their babies into the world. I know the importance for the birthing parent to feel safe, cared for, and nurtured during the labor process, and this also guides me in supporting the non-birthing parent as well! I also think laughter can be the best medicine, as well as flexibility and a non-judgmental atmosphere. This is your birth, and I am here to support you and your family in having the birthing experience you desire.
I am a proud mom to two sweet boys who at the young ages of 2 and 5 could articulately and sweetly explain how babies are born (both vaginally and via Cesarean), are often seen around the house with a crochet breast I use for teaching, feeding their baby dolls with it, and who love babies just as much as their mom does!
I also happen to be a Rose baby myself and grew up in Denver. I attended University of Oregon for college and received a Bachelor's in Family and Human Services. It was during this time I was in a book club where all of the members happened to be interested in women's health. It was in this book club I first learned what a Doula was. Hearing about a profession dedicated to supporting families, with a deep understanding of the medical side of birth, and also the emotional side-felt like such a perfect fit. I became a DONA certified doula, as well as attending Birthingway College of Midwifery where I received the education and clinical experience in lactation. Since then, I’ve moved back to Colorado with my husband, two sons, and two dogs. I love spending time at our family cabin in the mountains, taking vacations to the Oregon Coast, and going to the Denver Botanic Gardens, my favorite place to relax.
“It's time to change our ways. To pick up the threads of knowledge that we forgot and weave them into a new kind of fabric to hold the mother, we must do it for ourselves and for our children. Because the way women become mothers, profoundly affects the way their children awaken to this world. When you take care of the mother, you take care of the child.”
—The First Forty Days, The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother, By Heng Oui
My name is Becca Poole-Gulick, and I am a certified birth doula. My degree is in Health Science and Kinesiology, with a minor in Adapted Physical Activity. My background also includes being a registered yoga teacher and registered prenatal yoga teacher.
I tirelessly aim to bridge the gap in our birthing culture and bringing baby home. Mothers deserve abundant support, informed decision-making, resources, and safe space. I take this a step further during the rapidly changing moments of birth where I provide the greatest possible care for my clients. I empower and equip families for labor & birth. I believe that families deserve better and that we can do better serving them.
My experience includes: support of families of diversity, low–income, sexual abuse & assault survivors, depression, anxiety, facilitating an open adoption, surrogacy, little to no interventions, high-interventions, deaf, lissencephaly, high-risk pregnancy, inductions, unexpected and planned cesarean births, VBAC, multiples, preeclampsia, IVF, the LGBTQ community and special needs.
When I am not supporting families or teaching yoga, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three rescue dogs that we refer to as “fur babies”. We enjoy all of life's adventures such as: camping, hiking, swimming, surfing, kayaking, running, snowboarding, gardening, cooking, biking, and traveling. I am best described as an upbeat and energetic person. I bring my positive energy into everything I do and if situations get tough emotionally and physically, I work to find the positives in the moment and bring that to each of my clients' birth experiences.
My journey into the birth world started when I had my first child in 2007, after experiencing the amazing care and support of my midwife, who later took on the role of doula when I had to be transferred into the hospital at the end of my labor. That personalized care was pivotal for both my husband and myself, and it made a huge impact in our birth experience. It was only a few short months later that I began my certification with CAPPA to become a labor doula. Since then, I have continued to serve families all over the Denver metro area in a variety of birth settings, joining the doula team at Rose in 2016, and getting my certification as a childbirth educator through CAPPA.
As a doula and childbirth educator, it is my passion to help expecting parents experience a birth that is both transformational and empowering, no matter what the birth plan may be. I strive for all parents to find their true voices during birth, and to help them explore all the many options and choices that are available to them. I count it as a blessing to be welcomed into the birthing team, and enjoy holding space for families as they discover their new boundaries.
Hello, my name is Heidi Roark. I’m from Minneapolis originally, and have lived in Colorado for 30 years. I am married to Jon and have four children and a 10-year-old dog named Lady. I have been a certified labor doula for 11 years and have worked in the Denver Metro area hospitals and birth centers. I have worked in the counseling field as well as elder care.
My birth philosophy is supporting families as they find the best possible path for them during their birth. I enjoy listening and getting to know each family and assisting them in creating a birth plan that meets their specific needs. I believe birth is a natural process and should be supported and trusted.
During your birth I will provide non-medical support that includes massage, relaxing breathing techniques, encouragement for mom and partner, comfort measures including warm bath/shower, utilizing the birthing ball and different labor positions and aromatherapy.
I will assist you with any questions you may have during your birth, helping you find the information you need to make informed decisions.
I look forward to each birth I attend. It is a great joy to come alongside families during this special time and help families find their way through the birth process and welcome their baby into the world.
My name is Lena Winkler, and I am a certified professional birth doula. I am passionate and believe that it is every person’s right to feel listened to before pregnancy, during, and after birth. Every woman giving birth has the right to choose whatever kind of birth she wants; there is no right or wrong way. As a birth doula I am present to support and empower the birthing woman by providing physical, emotional, and informational support. I answer questions, provide evidence-based research, and utilize my professional circle of references when needed. I have a lifelong commitment to guide birthing women and their families through their amazing journeys.
I had my first child in 2016. I labored for 25 hours, pushed for over three hours, and eventually had a Cesarean birth under full anesthesia. After the routine planned Cesarean birth of my second child, I started to hear a lot of my friends and family talk about doulas. After much research, I felt a desire to become a birth doula to be the support that I never experienced.
My 200 hour certified professional doula program reaffirmed my passion for being a doula! During my 50 hours of clinical rotations on labor and delivery I attended and assisted many kinds of births from unmedicated to Cesarean. In the births I attended I was able to offer a multitude of pain management techniques to relieve labor discomfort. A past client attested to this in a letter where she said, “I can never thank you enough for your presence, your demeanor, your great ideas to help me labor during the biggest physical trial of my life thus far...I will always be grateful that you worked so hard providing counter-pressure to my back to get me the epidural free childbirth I wanted!”
Outside of the doula world I am a mother of two young children and a preschool teacher. I consider myself a Colorado native even though I am adopted and came to Colorado when I was 4-months-old : ) I enjoy everything about Colorado from skiing in the mountains to exploring the outdoors with my family!