Labor and delivery doctors in central Denver
Rose Medical Center welcomes over 4,000 babies each year. For more than 70 years, it has meant something special to have a Rose Baby. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to creating a safe, meaningful experience for every family.
For more information about Rose Medical Center's maternity services, please call Rose Babies at (303) 320-2001.
The Rose Babies experience
How do you envision your baby’s birth? Maybe it is unmedicated with the help of your partner, hypnotherapy and a doula in our Rose Babies Birth Center. Maybe it is using nitrous oxide to relax, then an epidural to numb the pain. Maybe it is a planned, family-friendly cesarean section (C-section) due to a high-risk pregnancy. Maybe it is with a midwife by your side—or maybe it is somewhere between all of that.
We are here to make sure you have access to all the resources you could need during labor and delivery, right here in central Denver.
Expert pregnancy and childbirth care
Here are a few things that make Rose Medical Center a special place for welcoming your new family member:
- Compassionate nursing staff in our labor and delivery unit, in-hospital birth center, mom/baby postpartum unit and high-risk unit
- Comprehensive perinatal behavioral health program to support women during and after pregnancy
- Experienced OB/GYNs and midwives with 24-hour coverage
- Expert care for moms experiencing high-risk pregnancies with our maternal-fetal medicine team
- Lactation support
- Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Midwifery services
- Prenatal care
- Rose Doula Connection program
- Specialized care for transgender patients
- Well-baby nursery
Tour the Rose Babies unit
We offer free, one-hour tours on most Monday and Wednesday evenings and most Saturday mornings. You will see our labor and delivery unit, our well-baby nursery and our mom/baby unit (postpartum recovery). You can schedule a tour at any time in your pregnancy—or even before you conceive.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer in-person tours. Please view our online tour and visit the Rose Babies Facebook page to join a monthly Facebook Live Q&A Session about delivering at Rose.
For health and safety reasons, entering the NICU is not part of our guided tour. However, if you have a high-risk pregnancy or are expecting multiples, we can arrange for a private tour of the NICU. In these cases, please call our high-risk patient navigator at (720) 216-4290 to schedule a NICU tour.
Rose Babies low-intervention birthplace
The Rose Babies Birth Center is Colorado's first and only in-hospital natural birth center. Here, you'll find a calming, home-like environment that supports low-intervention, physiological births. However, you are supported in your birth plan wishes by your trusted providers and our specially trained nurses. All while the hospital provides a unique safety net of excellence in obstetric and neonatal care should the need for additional support arise.
Your Rose Baby program
We want to hear and fulfill your birth experience wishes, so we created the Your Rose Baby program. This program features a one-on-one consultation (before your due date) with a labor and delivery nurse to ask questions, discuss your birth experience hopes and go over your birth wishes form.
We recommend making the Your Rose Baby appointment when you are 32 to 36 weeks pregnant. Appointments are approximately 45 minutes in duration and are available Monday through Thursday.
As part of our continuing effort to provide a safe environment for our visitors, patients, staff and providers, we are not holding in-person Your Rose Baby appointments, but conducting them via telephone only. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Rose Babies Facebook page.
All Rose Babies classes will be taught virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your Rose Babies education is still a top priority for us! We are dedicated to delivering high quality information with a personal touch despite the circumstances. Follow the links below to learn more and to schedule your virtual class.
We recommend choosing one childbirth prep class. We offer a variety options to meet our patients various schedules and learning preferences:
- Traditional childbirth preparation series
- Fast track childbirth preparation
- Express childbirth preparation
- Unmedicated childbirth preparation
- Cesarean birth preparation
- Expanding Families Labor Refresher – please contact us for options
- Unmedicated Childbirth Supplement – please contact us for options
- Medical Interventions and Pain Management Supplement – please contact us for options
Preparing the family
- Jewish Baby University (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center)
- Catholic Baby University (in partnership with the Archdiocese of Denver)
Caring for baby
Note: The following classes are temporarily not available due to COVID-19: Kangaroo Kapers Siblings, Parent Helper, Rose Loves Grandparents Too!
Nitrous oxide for pain relief during labor
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as "laughing gas," is a colorless, odorless gas that can provide pain relief for laboring mothers. When used in a labor setting, the concentration is much lower than in other settings, such as at the dentist. The mix is 50 percent nitrous gas and 50 percent oxygen.
If you decide to use nitrous oxide, you will be in control of how often you use the gas, as you will be holding your own mask.
Having a C-section is a decision made between you and your medical provider. This decision may be made anytime—in pregnancy or during active labor. We encourage you to discuss C-sections with your provider before your due date.
Many women choose to schedule a C-section for a variety of reasons, such as high-risk pregnancy, multiple babies or personal choice. Although, sometimes complications occur during the childbirth process that result in the decision to perform a C-section.
After a baby is delivered via C-section, our team will do a very quick vital check. Then, as long as you and your baby are stable and you consent, we will place your baby directly on your chest so you two can experience skin-to-skin contact.
However, if you do not feel stable enough for skin-to-skin contact or if medical needs make it challenging, your baby is placed in a bassinet right next to your head so your can see and talk to your new baby.
Safety for moms and babies
Rose Medical Center has multiple procedures and safeguards in place to ensure the safety and security of mothers and babies. In fact, the Rose Babies floor is a fully locked down and secure unit within the hospital. Only nursery staff members have access. A security guard is posted, and visitors need photo ID to get access.
Additional safety features include:
- All hospital staff are annually trained on security procedures.
- All official Rose Babies staff have pink bars on their hospital IDs, so they are easily visually identified.
- Each baby has an umbilical cord clamp that will trigger an alarm if tampered with or if baby is taken outside the secure area.
- You and your birthing partner will receive baby "bracelets."
- You are encouraged to go with your baby for any procedures, such as weight checks.
- Rooming-in is highly encouraged so your baby is with you as much as possible.
- Security cameras are at the elevators and visible from the nurses’ stations.
Neonatal intensive care
The doctors and nurses in our award-winning Level III NICU provide intensive medical care for newborns who are born prematurely (as early as 24 weeks) or have a mild to serious illness.
As a Level III NICU, the likelihood that your child will need to be transferred to another hospital is very low. However, if your baby requires a higher level of care, we will quickly transfer them to the Level IV NICU at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, our sister hospital.
NICU amenities and services
All of the rooms in our NICU are private and several are able to hold twins or triplets.
Additional amenities of our NICU include:
- 24 beds located in 18 private rooms
- 24/7 coverage by neonatal nurse practitioners and board-certified neonatologists (doctors who specialize in the care of premature and seriously ill newborns)
- 24/7 visitation for parents
- A highly trained team of NICU nurses
- A Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) with the aid of a trained developmental specialist
- Certified lactation consultants who are also NICU nurses
- Compassionate and comprehensive treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
- Donor breast milk, if needed
- Infant rooms that accommodate your family to stay at the bedside as much as desired
- Skin-to-skin contact encouraged and supported
- Special NICU beds that transform from incubators to cribs as baby grows and gets stronger
- Specialized beds designed to transfer baby anywhere in the hospital while remaining in the bed
- Specially reserved, convenient parking for NICU parents in our main garage at Ninth Avenue and Cherry Street
- Waiting area for visitors
Breastfeeding babies in the NICU
Our NICU team supports your efforts to breastfeed your little one(s). Each NICU room has its own refrigerator and bottle warmer for easy-to-access milk storage and preparation. We also have specialized breast pumps designed to increase milk production for premature infants.
Visiting the NICU
You may create a list of designated visitors allowed to visit your baby without being escorted by a parent/guardian. They will wear a "bracelet" matching your baby’s. During flu season, however, kids are not allowed in the NICU. Please ask your nurse the dates of flu season for our hospital.
All family and friends are welcome to visit with your permission. However, because newborns are small and might not always feel well, the number of visitors allowed at one time is at the discretion of the nurse.
Postpartum care and support
Postpartum support is just as important as high-quality care during labor and delivery. That is why we continue to care for you and your baby after childbirth in our mom/baby unit. This unit features private rooms and unique amenities to make your stay with us comfortable and special.
We also provide (for an additional fee) private luxury suites, referred to as the Six North Suites, which provide an enhanced level of service during your recovery.
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