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Family Birth Center

Your Childbirth Experience, Made Perfect

At Boulder Community Health, we’re committed to making sure that the birth of your child is everything you hope it will be. With an experienced team always at your side, our Family Birth Center at Foothills Hospital offers a full range of services to make sure you get the care, comfort and keepsake moments you’ve dreamed about — not to mention private, family-friendly suites with gorgeous mountain views.

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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 family-centered hospital:

  • 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 by 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.

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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.

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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 your contractions.
  • Pain-Relief Medications: If you decide to have something additional for pain, such as an epidural or intravenous pain medication, an experienced anesthesiologist is available to meet your needs 24 hours a day.

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to offer nitrous oxide or acupuncture treatment at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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First-of-its-Kind Special Care Nursery

Operated in collaboration with 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 Hospital Colorado.
    24/7 access to neonatal specialists
    Support of nurses and infant-feeding consultants who coach and collaborate with parents on care taking

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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.

Baby-Friendly Certification

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 or formula-feed. 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.

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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 main entrance.
  • 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.

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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 of breath).
  • Visitors during labor and delivery are limited to the significant other and one birth support person (doula, family member or friend). They may come separately or together, however, the birth support person may not leave and return. All visitors need to stay in the patient’s room at all times.
  • Visitors in our mom-baby unit are also limited to two persons per day – the significant other and one visitor. The significant other is allowed to remain with the patient at all times. The visitor is allowed between the hours of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. The visitor may not leave and return. The visitor cannot switch with another person, however, a different person can visit the next day (same rules apply). The significant other and the visitor need to remain in the mom-baby’s room at all times.
  • Quiet Hours are from 2 to 4 p.m., when there will be limited interruptions to the patient. Mothers are encouraged to nap, rest or take an aromatherapy bath or shower during this time.
  • Children are not permitted in the Family Birth Center.

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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

Zoom 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.

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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Have a question? Email parentresources@bch.org, or call (303) 415-7244.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Boulder Community Health offers the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. People age 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated as of 5 p.m. on Friday, April 2. You can self-schedule appointments using the free MyBCH patient portal. Learn more about our vaccination process on our general vaccine information page.

For updates related to COVID-19, please see our COVID-19 page.