Birth center in South Denver
The Birth Place at Sky Ridge Medical Center welcomes more babies than any other hospital in South Metro Denver. This is, in part, because we offer extensive options for medicated and natural childbirth, all under the direction of our expert childbirth team. This team of OBGYNs, perinatologists, neonatologists and nurses, cares for you and your baby, following your birth plan while keeping both of you safe and healthy.
For more information about Sky Ridge Medical Center's Birth Place, please call our women's coordinator at (720) 225-2423.
Maternity care services at the Birth Place
To support you during pregnancy and childbirth, the Birth Place offers:
- Board-certified OBGYNs, anesthesiologists and certified nurse anesthetists in house 24/7
- Breastfeeding support from certified lactation consultants and a free breastfeeding success group
- Experienced perinatologists and antepartum care for high-risk pregnancies
- Gifts to pamper and celebrate mom and baby from The Serenity Shoppe (on campus and online)
- High-acuity, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where we care for infants 24 weeks old and older
- Maternity tours and pregnancy and childbirth classes
- Private, spacious recovery rooms with flat-screen TVs, wireless internet and room for your partner to spend the night in our mom-baby unit
- Laboring moms please go to the emergency department entrance. Open 24/7. A nurse from labor and delivery will meet you and escort your to our women’s hospital.
- Well-care nursery where we care for your baby when you need to rest
- Wide spectrum of birth plan options, including birth balls, rocking chairs and squat bars
Maternity tours and childbirth classes
We offer tours of our Birth Place to give you and your partner the opportunity to learn more about our facility and services.
To sign up for childbirth and parenting classes, please register online or call (720) 225-2229.
Labor and delivery
Located on the second floor of Sky Ridge Medical Center's women's hospital, the labor and delivery unit is warm, welcoming and beautifully designed to meet your needs. We often hear our patients say they forgot they were in a hospital because the surroundings are more like a hotel than a hospital—which is just one reason we were selected as Colorado Parent’s top hospital birthing center.
We make it a priority to care for your entire family. As part of this, your family is allowed to be in attendance throughout your childbirth process, if you desire. A beautifully decorated waiting area with a TV, restroom, play area and vending machine are also located nearby for additional visitors.
Once labor begins, you will stay in the same labor and delivery room for the birth of your baby and through the first hours of the recovery stage. If you deliver by C-section, we will care for you in our childbirth surgical suites, also located in our women's hospital.
Honoring your birth choices
We know every family and parent-to-be is unique, and it is important to us that we honor your very personal choices about your birth experience. Please let us know how we can best accommodate your needs and those of your family before, during and after the delivery of your little one.
To help you create your birth plan, you will find information about childbirth pain management options below.
Childbirth pain management
We support moms who wish to have a medicated birth experience or a natural birth experience. This means we provide a variety of both medical and non-medical pain relief services.
Medical pain relief options
To help you in creating your birth plan, here are the medical and natural pain relief options we offer:
Spinal anesthesia is used for scheduled C-sections, and anesthetic and painkillers are injected through the dura (membrane surrounding the spinal cord).
- Pros: does not transfer to the baby
- Cons: time limited, meaning the anesthesia wears off within a few hours after it is infected
Local anesthesia is used for relieving pain during the pushing phase or tear repair. Anesthetic is injected directly into the affected region.
- Pros: immediate, localized relief
- Cons: does not help with labor pain
Epidural provides anesthetic and pain killers around the dura. It is administered via an IV drip to block labor pains.
- Pros: provides continuous relief, can be patient-controlled for desired level of medicine, does not transfer to the baby
- Cons: can increase chance of C-section and affect recovery if administered too early
Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas with a sweet odor that occurs naturally in the atmosphere. In high concentrations, nitrous oxide is a weak anesthetic.
- Pros: self-administered, so you can decide how much to use and when to stop use; effects disappear within minutes; does not transfer to the baby
- Cons: requires you to self-administer the gas when you need it
Natural pain relief methods
We offer the following services to support a natural labor and delivery experience:
- A doula resource guide for your convenience
- A relaxing and welcoming environment
- Alternative pain relief with nitrous oxide, heat packs and cool lavender or lemon towels
- Birthing and peanut balls
- Soaking tubs for relaxation during labor
- Mobile monitoring so you can walk, stand or try different positions as needed
Natural pain relief options we offer include:
- Acupressure uses gentle pressure applied by a trained specialist on certain points on the hands, feet and ears believed to correspond to specific organs or structures of the body to relieve pain.
- Aromatherapy uses essential plant oils (such as lavender) to alleviate anxiety, decrease tension and improve mood.
- Audio uses music and sounds of nature to provide a distraction and point of focus, reducing pain perception.
- Hydrotherapy involves soaking in a warm bath during the first stage of labor to reduce blood pressure and the pain of contractions.
- Massage provides a gentle touch to reduce blood pressure, create a distraction, release muscle tension and decrease pain.
We are Spinning Babies® Enthusiasts
Spinning Babies® techniques can help you have an easier birth by helping baby get in the best position to fit your pelvis. These strategies are also important when labor seems long, painful or stalls. Spinning Babies® positions have helped many avoid cesarean surgery and we know this is very important to you.
These weekly techniques will “activate the nature within the body by working with the body in new ways.” Babies can put themselves in the best positions possible for childbirth. During your labor at Sky Ridge, our team will work with you on these positions to make labor easier and less painful. We encourage you to check out the Spinning Babies® website at SpinningBabies.com
Doulas can help you with pregnancy, labor and delivery, but they function more like a coach rather than a medical healthcare provider. You may take advantage of our doula services or bring your own doula with you to the Birth Center.
Doulas help both you and your baby through:
- Prenatal visits prior to labor
- Labor support at home and the hospital
- Support during birth
- Assistance with the baby’s first feeding
- A postnatal appointment
During labor, the doula's role is one of active support. She helps with positioning, getting the birth partner involved, advocating for you and providing encouragement through labor.
Some parents choose surrogacy as a way to expand their family. Should this be your childbirth plan, we are here to provide an extraordinary experience for you and your family. We invite you to tour our facility to learn about banding and security, rooming-in for intended parents and insurance/payment.
Vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) delivery
If you wish to have a vaginal birth after a C-section, and it is medically appropriate, we support you. We will do everything we can to help you achieve your goal with safety being our top priority.
Neonatal intensive care
As a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Sky Ridge is qualified to provide comprehensive care to some of our smallest patients. Our NICU is equipped with appropriate equipment, technology and staff, and we offer access to sub-specialist pediatricians.
Our NICU provides a healing environment for premature and ill babies, born as young as 23 weeks or as tiny as 1,000 grams. We care for your baby in our NICU until they grow strong enough for you to care for them the same way you would care for a full-term baby.
Some of the features of our NICU include:
- 23 private rooms
- Baby cameras for live video-feed monitoring upon request
- One triplet room and three twin rooms
- Ronald McDonald Family Room
- State-of-the-art monitors and ventilators
- Two parent "rooming-in" rooms when parents need to be close to baby
Additionally, we work closely with the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children’s Level IV NICU—the largest NICU in Colorado. If your baby needs a more advanced level of care, we will quickly transfer them to this Level IV NICU.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room
The Ronald McDonald Family Room offers you and your family a place to rest while caring for your baby. This room is located on the second floor just steps away from our NICU and pediatric department. Here, parents can relax in the comfort of home, take a nap or get some much needed quiet time away from the hospital atmosphere.
Staying close by allows you to better communicate with your child's medical team, alleviating stress and helping with coping. Additionally, you may find comfort being surrounded by families in similar situations.
Features and services of the Ronald McDonald Family Room include:
- Hot food and snacks
- Internet access
- Kitchenette, which includes a microwave, oven and refrigerator
- Quiet reflection area
- Ronald McDonald volunteer staff from 8:00am to 8:00pm daily
- Seating area with a TV
- Shower facilities
- Utility room with washer and dryer
Safety and security measures
To ensure the safety of you and your newborn, we have several security measures in place:
- All Birth Place staff who handle your baby have a special ID badge.
- We have an infant protection system with 24-hour monitoring.
- Our staff is thoroughly trained on our sophisticated protection system, which includes electronic devices, cameras and other safety measures.
- The second and third floors are secured. All visitors will press a camera phone for entry, and all visitors will wear a special ID badge.
One of your baby’s best protectors, however, is you. Please do not hand your baby to anyone who does not properly identify themselves to you and is not wearing the appropriate ID.
Following childbirth, you and your baby are transitioned to a private room in our mom-baby unit. Here, our staff provides postpartum care and support to help you recover from childbirth and bond with your new baby. We provide breastfeeding support from certified lactation consultants and other special services.
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