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 un-medicated labor and delivery. Rose Doulas also provide support during Cesarean births.
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 virtual consultation about your upcoming birth experience, your vision for your doula's role and anything else you would like to share.
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 $600. This fee includes up to 10 hours of your Rose Doula's time during labor, delivery and immediate recovery. 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 $600 fee is nonrefundable and is required at the time of registration.
Free seminar about our doula services
Our virtual 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 online seminars about our program.
To get started:
After reading the individual bios and watching the videos of the doulas, please copy and paste the following information, and send it by email to: Barbara.Moore@healthonecares.com
Name of birthing parent - Your date of birth - Address - Zip - Phone - Email - Due date - Other children at home - Doc/Midwife - Partner’s name -
Top 3 choices for doula:
Rose doula program coordinator
Barbara Moore (Back-up support only)
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 Bethany, and I am excited to introduce myself! I am a DONA certified Birth Doula and have been practicing for a little over a year. In that time I have been fortunate enough to attend births in the home, birth center and hospital settings, all which have been incredible and unique.
I believe that my role as a doula is to empower you and all birthing people and their families to realize the birth they envision, to understand their options and the processes that they may encounter during the birth and feel supported in following their birth plan.
My support strategies include thoughtful and informed planning prior to the birth, continual emotional and physical comfort during labor and the birth itself, pain management guidance and visualization techniques, as well as emotional support and guidance immediately after delivery. Partnering with a Doula has overwhelmingly proven to result in shorter labors, fewer medical interventions, and more positive feelings about the birth experience.
I believe that the way we come into this world and the lasting emotions involved have a profound effect on the birthing person and their family, and my hope is to support you in creating a safe, peaceful and empowered birth experience.
Susan Geissler (Back-up support only)
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 name is Mandy Gonzales, and I am a Rose Doula. I am a native to Colorado. I have been married for 21 years and have four beautiful children: two boys, 20 and 19 years old, and two girls 11 and 10. Our girls were sweet little surprises! One of our favorite outdoor activities is skiing.
I’ve given birth 4 different ways: my first birth was highly medicated, the second birth involved the use of an epidural, the third birth was an un-medicated hospital birth, and the fourth was a birth center water birth. The births of my children were my inspiration to become a doula.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and am a certified birth doula; I have worked with mamas for the past 2 ½ years. My life is dedicated to babies and children, and I didn’t start my career as a doula until I could fully submerge myself into it. I absolutely love being a doula because it gives me the opportunity to use my knowledge to support families with compassion and education. I can talk about birth for days!
My goal is to work collaboratively with the birthing person and their partner and give them confidence to help them every step of the way - each birth is different, no two are the same. I do believe in the mind-body connection, and envisioning your birth is very important. No matter how a labor and birth may unfold, I am always here to support my clients in any way needed.
I am so grateful to be a Rose doula. In the past when working with my other clients, I learned Rose is truly one of the best places to give birth in the Denver Metro area. I am always honored when a family chooses me to be a part of the most joyous, beautiful time in their lives. Thank you.
Hear from Mandy's patients
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.
Hear from Taylour's patients
Hi! My name is Becca, and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to be a Rose Doula! I am a Certified Professional Doula (CPD) through AlloTribe Academy. I am married to a wonderfully supportive man and am the mother of two small children. We live in Denver and can’t imagine being anywhere else!
I come from a corporate background in communications as well as a focused study of psychology. I have always loved working with people in a variety of settings, but labor and birth are my absolute passion. I came to doula work later in my life and I have never been more at peace with my life path.
My love for the birth experience began with my own infertility journey and now that love extends to each client I have the chance to work with. My experience with the challenges that are unique to pregnancy and birth has helped me to discover my calling, helping mothers and families transition into their new lives together.
I have an innate ability to read the room which allows me to seamlessly move between quiet, calm and focused to humor and joy. I enjoy bringing a lightness to the birth experience.
I am well equipped to provide the tools each mom and family needs to walk into the next chapter with health and confidence. I feel a strong desire to empower women to advocate for themselves and for their babies by holding space so that they can take the time to make the choice that is right for them. If challenges arise during labor and birth, my understanding and care will be the support that families need. I firmly believe that every birth experience is special, and I hold a reverence for the life of the mother, her baby, and the new family.
I am so excited to work together to help you create the birth experience you want!
My name is Stephanie Lauredent-Diasio, and I’m excited to support your family as you bring your sweet child into the world!
I was born and raised in New York, moved to Philadelphia for college, where I lived for 9 years and then I moved to Colorado after receiving my MBA. Fun fact: I used to be a newspaper editor and an on-air news reporter!
I knew I wanted to become a birth doula because I’ve always had a passion for helping others and I love being able to support people so that they feel seen, heard and understood, especially during birth. I was first drawn to birth work when my loved ones started to have children and they started contacting me for emotional and physical support to help ease their mind, by guiding them in meditation. I love being able to empower birthers and remind them of their strength.
Along with being a birth doula, I also am a certified yoga instructor, meditation teacher and Reiki practitioner. I use all of these skills in labor along with breathwork, visualizations, massage, sound healing, and many others to get you comfortable.
I have lived in Colorado since 2018 and hold a Master’s degree in Business Administration and B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University. I also took Master’s in Public Health courses at University of the Sciences and I’m constantly continuing my education with the intention to learn more as a doula.
Prior to becoming a doula, I worked in internal communications for a corporate yoga company and love being able to use my skills in strategic communication to provide clarity and coach you through the process. When I’m not out hiking with my dog and husband, I can be found teaching yoga, coaching corporate women who are looking to make career transitions or taking jazz and tap dance classes.
Abby Malman Case (Back-up support only)
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 Aja and I’m very excited to be supporting your family into bringing your sweet bebe earthside.
A little about me- I’m born and raised in Colorado; I love to travel, do anything outdoors, enjoy live music, and cook good plant based food! Fun fact: I own a hair salon in Downtown Englewood!
What brought me here- I finished my doula program in early 2020, after finally following a lifelong calling to be doing this work. I have had a deep instinctual connection to babies and pregnant people for the better part of my life, a general intuition in or out of the womb. As a kid I wanted to be a neonatal nurse - that was quite the mouthful for a young kid to share about! I saw a great need for doulas to bring specialized support to LGBTQ families and the unique ways in which we begin our families. I'm honored to support my community in feeling 100% safe and comfortable in birthing spaces and have no roadblocks in advocating for their families. I am of course not limited to LGBTQ folks. I love supporting all birthing families no matter what the structure of your family looks like. Being a doula has been an absolute dream come true. I’ve had extra training in Hypno-birthing, unmedicated births, traumatic birth healing, and I get especially excited about the biomechanics of birth-- how our bodies move in conjunction with the pelvis as the baby is descending; how we keep progress moving as efficiently as possible by listening to and working with our bodies; how we can prepare our bodies and minds pre-baby.
I aim to provide you with the tools and education to achieve the birth you’re dreaming of, along with the strength and knowledge to pivot as birth does. I want you to feel confident in the ways you can stay autonomous in your body, and to advocate for exactly what you need. Doulas contain so many things in our bag of tricks. I will hold space emotionally and physically for both partners, help you connect and have unity between you and your baby(it is the first thing you get to do together and I think that’s so cool!); set a comfortable, cozy, vibe in your birth room; coach you throughout the process, while being your biggest fan every step of the way.
I feel grateful to serve and stand by you in these very special moments in your lives, let’s celebrate a new birthday together!
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.
Hear from Jessica's patients
My name is Michael Slis, I am a mother of four and a Certified Professional Doula. I was born and raised in Thornton, CO and chose to become a doula when I realized I had a passion for birth. While delivering my son I decided to wait on an epidural, and I wasn’t sure I had made the right choice. During my labor, a nurse took the time to support me and gave me the strength and support I needed to make it through. I wanted to help other birthing people find the strength I was led to during that experience. I am a Certified Professional Doula through AlloTribe and I hold a degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver. I have loved, supported, and educated over 1,000 children as a public-school music teacher and as a doula, I continue on that journey with new families. I work to create a safe space in labor for both the birthing person as well as help guide partners that are present to support. I use compassion and connection in order to support the family as a whole. I work to help families find their strength through their labor to create a positive, supportive and collaborative birth experience.
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!
Hear from Lena's patients
Doula services at HealthONE
A doula is a non-medical professional who assists expectant mothers emotionally and physically through pregnancy, labor and childbirth. A doula serves as a companion, support person and often a birthing coach to aid laboring mothers.Learn about Doula services