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.
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.
Hear from Bethany's patients
Susan Geissler (Back-up support only)
I am proud and excited to be a backup doula on the Rose Doula team. I am finally taking advantage of my retirement from a career in non-profit leadership. Initially, after retirement, I had a robust practice as a primary doula for 14 years on the Rose doula team. Now I will serve the team as a backup, ready as needed to provide the high-quality care you expect. Before meeting you, I will be thoroughly briefed by your primary doula and ready to work with you confidently and calmly. I have excellent relationships with the staff and physicians at Rose and am known for a collaborative approach to ensuring parent satisfaction with their birth experiences.
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!
Hello, my name is Emily Logan, and I am excited to introduce myself as your potential Rose Doula! I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and moved to Florida to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology. From there, I moved to Boston to work in neurology-based genetics research at Massachusetts General Hospital. After, I moved to Colorado to dive into my passion for women’s health. Arriving in Colorado, I trained as an EMT and worked on a Perinatal Research Team at UCHealth. Working on Labor and Delivery opened my eyes to the wonders of childbirth: I witnessed many Cesarean births, coached women/couples through their birth experiences, and found my passion for labor and birth. Upon this realization, I completed my DONA International Doula training in the summer of 2022 and have been practicing as a doula since.
While working with me, you and your family can feel confident making informed decisions and be reassured I am here to support your unique journey into parenthood. My calm and grounded presence is balanced with radiant energy and exuberance. You will gain an empowering advocate for your birth team and the knowledge to reduce pain through movement, hydrotherapy, massage, meditations, and more. I will provide you with all the resources in my tool belt to help you achieve your desired birth. Drawing from my experience as a licensed EMT, research professional and volunteer crisis counselor, I provide trauma-informed, highly individualized and judgment-free care. Whatever your birth preferences may be, I cannot wait to witness your strengths, reduce/eliminate your fears and help you welcome your little one into the world.
Hi! I'm Virginia Sargent. I grew up in New Hampshire and moved out to Colorado to work for an environmental non-profit a decade ago and have been here ever since. My husband and I live in Sunnyside with 5 chickens, 2 dogs, and 1 toddler.
I gave birth to my daughter at Rose with the support of not only one but two Rose doulas (a testament to our back-up system)! The way those two doulas showed up for our family and helped provide an empowering birth experience inspired me to become a doula and provide that support to other families!
I completed doula training with DONA International in 2021 and also am certified as a HypnoBirthing doula. My goals are a doula are three-fold: (1) to support you in both the emotional and physical elements of birth; (2) to support your birth partner in navigating and interpreting the experience in ways that nurture your partnership; and (3) to collaborate with you as a member of your team to make sure YOUR priorities drive your birth experience.
However you envision your birth--be it unmedicated, using an epidural, trying certain positions, utilizing different comfort measures like massage or aromatherapy, etc. I want to foster an environment that makes you feel comfortable and safe. I love that as a doula I get to further your birth plan through continuous support and attention.
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