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Pregnancy & Childbirth Care

Expert, Personalized Care for Mom and Baby

As you get ready to welcome your little one into the world, there’s a lot to consider. From choosing a doctor or midwife to deciding how you want to give birth, we’re ready to support and guide you along the way. At Boulder Community Health, you’ll receive the highest-level pregnancy care, along with many options tailored to your birthing preferences and needs.

Obstetrician or Midwife — The Choice is Yours

At BCH, you can decide to have either an obstetrician or certified nurse-midwife care for you, starting at the moment you know you’re pregnant to the instant you cradle baby in your arms. Finding the right fit will depend on the type of birth experience you’ve dreamt about and your medical needs.

Obstetricians: Obstetricians-gynecologists, or OB-GYNs, are physicians who’ve spent four years after medical school in a residency program becoming experts in every stage of pregnancy and childbirth. Our welcoming and experienced obstetricians work together to provide exceptional, comprehensive obstetrics care for both routine and complicated pregnancies.

If you decide to become a patient of BCH’s Boulder Women’s Care or Boulder Medical Center in Boulder, you’ll experience a more traditional approach to monitoring your pregnancy and delivering your baby.

Certified Nurse-Midwives: As registered nurses who’ve earned their master's degrees in midwifery and undergone special training, the certified nurse-midwives with Foothills Community Midwives and Boulder Medical Center in Boulder care for women with low-risk pregnancies and seeking a more natural birthing experience. Our nurse-midwives are strong supporters of empowering moms-to-be throughout their journey and bringing a nurturing, emotionally oriented approach to natural childbirth.

Comprehensive Care for Moms-to-Be

A healthy pregnancy starts with quality maternity care. At BCH, you will receive expert, comprehensive care and support — before, during and after childbirth. Our obstetrician and midwife teams offer family planning, preconception care, prenatal care, labor and delivery and postpartum care.

Low-Risk Pregnancy Care: Our experienced obstetricians and nurse-midwives will help guide you through a low-risk pregnancy. You’ll see a dedicated care team for many regular check-ups and diagnostic tests to track your health and your baby’s growth through pregnancy.

High-Risk Pregnancy Care: Sometimes pregnancies require specialized prenatal care. BCH's obstetricians have the expertise and experience needed for providing a higher level of medical care during a high-risk pregnancy, as well as any interventions needed to deliver babies as safely as possible.

Personalized Birth Plans

We want to help make your pregnancy and the birth of your child everything you’ve dreamed. Our obstetricians and nurse-midwives will guide through your options for childbirth — such as options for pain relief, delivery methods, infant feeding, and newborn care — and help you create a birth plan that supports your wishes for that special day.

Download our guide for creating a birth plan.

Preconception and Fertility Care

Women who take steps to get healthy before pregnancy are less likely to have babies that are born premature, have low birthweight or other disabling conditions. Special care during the time leading up to your pregnancy can also improve your chances of getting pregnant. Our obstetricians and midwives can help you optimize your health prior to pregnancy, with the goal of assisting you in getting pregnant and delivering a healthy baby.

Family Birth Center: For an Ideal Birth Experience

All of our Boulder Women's Care, Foothills Community Midwives and Boulder Medical Center-Boulder's moms-to-be give birth at our Family Birth Center at Foothills Hospital in Boulder.

Recognized for top-quality mother-baby care, our welcoming and experienced obstetricians, midwives and nurses at the Family Birth Center work together to give you the happiest, healthiest birth experience possible — and your baby the best start in life:

  • Spacious suites: queen beds, hydrotherapy tubs, mountain views
  • Safe, natural pain relief
  • Integrative therapies during labor: aromatherapy, self-pay acupuncture
  • Baby-Friendly certification
  • Boulder County’s first-of-its-kind, family friendly Special Care Nursery (neonatal intensive care unit)

BCH's physician and certified nurse-midwife team

Left to right: Suzanne Dysart, DO; Diane Utz, MSN, CNM; Melissa Kushlak, DO; Samantha Steppat, MSN, WHNP-BC; Stephanie R. Traver, MSN, WHNP-BC; Jeremiah McNamara, MD; Lisa Jamroz, MD; Brenda Price, MD; Paige Swales, MSN, CNM; Martine Tesone, DNP, CNM; Jessica Dacic, DNP, CNM; and Nancy Nancy Engellenner, NP

Boulder Medical Center in Boulder's physician and certified nurse-midwife team

Boulder Medial Center providers

Left to right: Heather Bright-Hoffmeyer, MD; Erin Harper-Sanchez, CNM; Kathryn Hoch, MD; and Neal Trulock, MD

    To schedule an appointment with a Boulder Women’s Care provider, call 303-415-4045 or Foothills Community Midwives at 303-415-4045. To schedule an appointment with a Boulder Medical Center in Boulder provider, call 303-938-4710. Also, take a Family Birth Center tour.

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