Family Birth Center
A One-of-a-Kind Place For Labor and Delivery
When picking a hospital for your ideal birth experience, there are so many
factors to keep in mind. How will you be able to manage your labor pain?
Is there a Special Care Nursery in case your baby needs one? And, has
the hospital been recognized for extraordinary mother-baby care?
You’ll find our Family Birth Center at Foothills Hospital fits the
bill in every way. It’s home to caring obstetricians, midwives and
nurses who collaborate for a safe, healthy birth and ideal birth experience.
- A Choice of Providers for a Personalized Birth Experience
- Private, Spacious Suites Surrounded by Gorgeous Views
- Innovative Pain- and Stress-Relief Options
- First-of-its-Kind Special Care Nursery
- Lower-Than-Average C-section Rates
- Baby-Friendly Certification
- Pre-admission to the Family Birth Center
- Delivering at the Family Birth Center - COVID-19 Update
- Family Birth Center Visitation - COVID-19 Update
- Tour the Family Birth Center
A Choice of Providers for a Personalized Birth Experience
We recognize your expectations are unique and that the delivery team at
your side must be the right fit for you. That’s why we offer two
types of health care providers to deliver your baby in the safety of our
Obstetrician physician: Our expert obstetricians/gynecologists, or OB/GYNs, at Boulder Women's
Care offer a more traditional path to delivering your baby. Some moms-to-be
already know they want an epidural to manage their labor and delivery
pain, while others hope to go through childbirth with as few medical interventions
as possible but want them immediately available if needed, making an obstetric
path the right fit. Also, women who have a high-risk pregnancy have the
benefit of being cared for specially trained physicians.
Midwife: Our Foothills Community Midwives’ care is based on the midwifery
philosophy that labor and delivery is a natural event, relying on techniques
other than medications for low-risk deliveries. Their care is best suited
for moms-to-be who want a more natural, holistic labor and delivery experience.
The midwifery model of care is also of shared decision-making, with a
midwife educating and supporting you both emotionally and physically.
Private, Spacious Suites Surrounded by Gorgeous Views
Surrounded by Boulder’s breathtaking Flatirons Mountains, our Family
Birth Center is a one-of-kind facility providing your ideal birth experience.
Modern Labor-Delivery Suites: You’ll stay in one of our eight private suites for your labor and
baby’s birth, including the initial hours of recovery. Each suite
has a Jacuzzi tub and fold-down couch for your key support person to stay
overnight, as well as birth balls and squat bars to ease contractions.
Family-Friendly Mom-Baby Suites: After welcoming your newborn, you’ll be transferred to one of our
spacious, home-like, family-friendly mom-baby suites, designed to let
you and your baby room-in together during your stay. With your baby nearby,
you’ll receive support from experienced nursing staff to assist
you with recovering from childbirth, breastfeeding (if desired), understanding
basic newborn care and transitioning to home. Each suite has its own temperature
control and mini-refrigerator, and most have queen-size beds for family bonding.
Innovative Pain- and Stress-Relief Options
Whether you wish to manage your pain naturally or use medications during
labor, our experienced labor-and-delivery team will be there to offer
you caring support and guidance.
Natural Pain-Relief Options: We offer many stress- and pain-relieving holistic therapies, including
aromatherapy and self-pay acupuncture treatments. In addition, each of
our delivery suites has a Jacuzzi tub, birth balls and squat bars to ease
Pain-Relief Medications: If you decide to have something additional for pain, our experienced
labor and delivery nurses will be there to support you with nitrous oxide,
an inhaled pain reliever that you can control. While using nitrous, you
can move around freely in labor. Should you want something additional
for pain, such as an epidural, an anesthesiologist is available to meet
your needs 24 hours a day.
First-of-its-Kind Special Care Nursery
Operated in collaboration of Children’s Hospital Colorado, our Family
Birth Center is home to a Special Care Nursery (NICU) for families with
premature babies or who have infants with extra medical needs. Every family
stays together in a private suite. One room for newborns and an adjoining
room for family members — so parents can be near their baby at all times.
Our Special Care Nursery includes:
- Neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatal physicians from Children’s
- 24/7 access to neonatal specialists
- Support of nurses and infant-feeding consultants who coach and collaborate
with parents on care taking
Lower-Than-Average C-section Rates
If you opt for natural childbirth, both our obstetricians and midwives
will support you without intervention if your labor is progressing normally.
That’s why our Family Birth Center consistently has low primary
C-section rates and high VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) success
rates compared to averages among Colorado hospitals.
BCH is Baby-Friendly, a designation sponsored by the World Health Organization
and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and promoted by the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Our Baby-Friendly
USA Certification means we’ve earned recognition for our efforts
in giving babies a healthy start in life. The rigorous designation requires
birth centers to have policies that enhance mother-baby bonding, offer
optimal care for infant feeding and ensure a baby’s nutritional
needs are adequately met, regardless of whether a mom chooses to breastfeed
Read What being Baby-Friendly means.
Support for mother-baby bonding: As soon as your full-term, healthy baby is born, he or she will be placed
skin-to-skin, belly-down, directly on your chest. Snuggling skin-to-skin
lets you and your baby get to know each other, helps soothe your newborn
and facilitates breastfeeding. We also support moms and infants rooming
together day and night (also called rooming-in) to encourage maternal-infant
bonding and promote early breastfeeding for moms who wish to do so.
Breastfeeding Support: There are many benefits to breastfeeding. If you choose to breastfeed,
we have team of registered nurses with lactation certification available
to support you every day you’re in the hospital.
After you and baby have gone home, you can schedule an outpatient breastfeeding
support consultation with a board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC)
by simply calling 303-415-7230. (We’re also available to answer
questions about breastfeeding over the telephone at 303-415-7230.)
Our Family Birth Center rents electric breast pumps and sells a variety
of breastfeeding supplies. Call 303-415-7230 for availability and rates.
Pre-admission to the Family Birth Center
Our Family Birth Center offers pre-admission registration so that the joy
of your special day is not hampered by the stress of last-minute details.
We encourage you to complete our pre-admission form as soon as possible
during your pregnancy.
Delivering at the Family Birth Center – COVID-19 Update
When you are in labor:
- Call your provider.
- When you arrive at the hospital, park in a surface-level lot directly in
front of the hospital or next to the Anderson Medical Center. Parking
is also available in two parking garages.
- Do not enter the hospital through the emergency department. Use the door
halfway between the main entrance and the emergency room entrance. If
arriving after hours (between 8 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.), call 303-415-7100
and a staff member from the Family Birth Center will greet you at the
- Take the elevators by the gift shop to the 3rd floor. Take a right. The
Labor and Delivery Unit is on the left. (View map of Foothills Hospital).
- Ring the video doorbell to be let in.
Family Birth Center Visitation - COVID-19 Update
Boulder Community Health’s highest priority is to ensure we do everything
within our control to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore,
the following visitation guidelines are in place:
- All visitors will be screened upon entry to the hospital and/or the Family
Birth Center for signs of illness (e.g., fever, cough, stuffiness, shortness
- Visitors during labor and delivery are limited to one companion and one
birth support person – limit of two visitors. Only the companion
may remain with the patient after delivery.
- Children under the age of 18 are not permitted in the Family Birth Center.
- Quiet Hours are from 2 to 4 p.m., when there will be limited interruptions
by the staff. Mothers are encouraged to nap, rest or take an aromatherapy
bath or shower during this time.
- Schedule a tour online
- Take a childbirth or parenting class
- Create a birth plan
- Submit your hospital pre-admission form online
- Prepare for going home with new baby
- Submit your Pre-Admission Form here
Tour the Family Birth Center
COVID-19 Update | Onsite Tours Canceled
BCH’s highest priority is to ensure we do everything within our control
to maintain the safety of our patients, staff and the overall community.
This requires us to take every opportunity to contain, control and reduce
the impact of the COVID-19 virus. According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), limiting public gatherings is a very effective
tool for slowing the spread of COVID-19. We are following that recommendation
and canceling all non-essential public gatherings intended for community
members. This is effective immediately for all onsite Family Birth Center Tours.
Virtual Tours Available
However, we still want to give expectant mothers the opportunity to tour
our Family Birth Center. Please see below for virtual tour options:
- Online Slide Tour
- Zoom Tour
Online Slide Tour
Join us for a quick peak Zoom tour of Boulder Community Health's Foothills
Hospital Family Birth Center. The tour is 30 minutes long and includes
the Labor & Delivery Unit and Post-partum (Mother-Baby) Unit.
Please click here to register for our upcoming ZOOM Tours.
The Family Birth Center at Foothills Hospital is renowned for our welcoming,
family-friendly environment. Our team works to help provide the birthing
experience you’ve dreamed about.
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