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The Birth Center of Boulder

For an out-of-hospital, natural childbirth experience

BCH is committed to making sure you have options when it comes to maternity care for a low-risk pregnancy and childbirth. At The Birth Center of Boulder—BCH’s freestanding birth center—you can have an empowering, low-intervention maternity experience in a comfortable, non-medical, midwifery-led environment.

To learn more or to schedule a tour, please call 303-443-3993.

A ‘Personalized’ Touch

The midwifery model of care views pregnancy and birth as normal, healthy life experiences and that support for natural processes and minimized medical intervention offer the best outcomes. It’s a philosophy that sets midwifery apart when it comes to care.

This means that the certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) at The Birth Center of Boulder will take the time to get to know you and listen to your goals and concerns, ensuring you’re well supported and feeling safe emotionally and physically—no matter what challenges or surprises may come up along the way. They also embrace holistic approaches, including alternative and complementary therapies.

Prenatal Care Where You’ll Give Birth

The Birth Center of Boulder’s CNMs provide prenatal care at the same location where you’ll give birth, so the facility and staff will be familiar when it’s time for your little one to be born.

For tests and lab work—regular urine tests, fetal heart rate monitoring, gestational diabetes screening, ultrasounds—midwifery follows the standards of obstetric care. Prenatal care at The Birth Center of Boulder includes:

  • One-hour initial appointment, including a detailed medical history and full physical
  • Half-hour follow-up visits
  • Onsite laboratory services for common maternal blood draws
  • Onsite ultrasounds for fetal heart rate monitoring, dating and position
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Giving Birth at The Birth Center of Boulder

The Birth Center of Boulder has three birthing suites with all the same amenities: full-size bed, birthing tub, toilet and sink. Yet, they're all a little different in their style. During your prenatal care appointments, you can visit the suites and choose one that has special meaning or importance for your childbirth experience.

During labor, you’ll be cared for by two compassionate CNMs who will help you have a birth experience uniquely suited to you. You’ll be able to labor and birth in the position of your choice, and allowed to eat or drink throughout labor. The midwives will also support you with stress-relieving holistic therapies and minimized medical interventions.

  • Waterbirth as an option: Research on waterbirths shows that it decreases time in labor, reduces labor pain and supports fetal position changes. Many women find that immersing themselves in in a birthing tub full of warm water also helps them relax and feel more comfortable.
  • Close to Foothills Hospital for Peace of Mind: Our nurse-midwives have a close, collaborative relationship with the obstetricians at Boulder Women’s Care and Foothills Community Midwives, who are available 24/7 to The Birth Center of Boulder clients. We are located just 2.5 miles from BCH’s Foothills Hospital. If the need arises for a higher level of medical care, you will be directly transferred to the CNM or OB physician maternity care team on duty. Should your infant have extra medical needs, Foothills Hospital is also home to a Special Care Nursery (NICU), with care by Denver’s renowned Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Postpartum Care and Wellness Checks

Clients of The Birth Center of Boulder have a home visit 24-48 hours and an office visit one week after childbirth. You’ll also have a checkup office visit six weeks later. During these postpartum visits, a Birth Center of Boulder midwife will facilitate a healthy adjustment to parenting, recovery from birth, family planning needs and a successful start to breastfeeding, if desired. We will provide a virtual emotional intake and assessment at four weeks, and recommend any needed referrals for postpartum emotional support.

As your health care needs return to the primary care, we welcome you to continue your gynecological and preventive care at The Birth Center of Boulder.

Newborn Care

CNMs are educated and licensed to provide newborn care to healthy newborns for the first four weeks of life.

A midwife will perform a full newborn exam prior to your discharge from The Birth Center of Boulder and, if needed, recommend any follow-up care for your baby. During your postpartum stay, a midwife will teach you about breastfeeding, if desired, and newborn care.

At the home visit, which is scheduled 24 to 48 hours after childbirth, we’ll examine your baby, weigh your newborn, assist with any breastfeeding concerns and make recommendations for continued care.

Under normal circumstances, at the one-week office visit, The Birth Center of Boulder will transfer your newborn's care to a pediatrician or family practice physician and collaborate with your provider, as needed. We ask that during pregnancy you choose a physician for your newborn, and communicate with that provider about your estimated delivery date.

Meet Our Staff

Please click on the links below to view profiles for each of our midwives.

Acupuncture Services

The Birth Center of Boulder offers prenatal treatments of acupuncture to help ease morning sickness, relieve back or hip pain, improve fetal position, mend insomnia and progress labor. It also supports new moms with postpartum acupuncture for issues with lactation insufficiency and postpartum depression.

We have two acupuncturists:

Simba Eunhye Shim, LAc

Simba Eunhye Shim received a Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Boulder campus of Southwest Acupuncture College. Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, she has extensively studied Chinese classics, language, astrology and Korean traditional medicine.

During her training, she was able to deepen and broaden her knowledge of East Asian traditional medicine, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean medicine with a special interest in internal, emotional and hormonal balance.

Tuesday Wasserman, DACM, LAc

Tuesday received her Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine. Initially specializing in women’s health with an emphasis on the treatment of infertility using Chinese medicine alone or as an adjunct to Advanced Reproductive Technology (ART), it didn’t take long to transition to the management of pregnancy and labor and birth.

Since becoming a certified doula in 2012, Tuesday has supported thousands of pregnant women addressing pregnancy-related concerns including pain, sleep, mental health and labor preparation.

Additional Services

At our Birth Center of Boulder, we don’t just help babies arrive. We help women in our community thrive before, during and long after you take your newborn home with these onsite services:

  • Preconception counseling
  • Annual well-woman and pelvic exams
  • Adolescent gynecology
  • Family planning
  • Contraception
  • Peri-menopause and menopause symptoms
  • Infant feeding support

Client Paperwork

Schedule a Tour

To schedule a tour, call 303-443-3993.

Important Information

Boulder Community Health is following current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that call for patients and visitors to continue wearing masks at Foothills Hospital and all BCH patient-care facilities.

People 5 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. For updated Vaccine Clinic hours and general vaccine info, please visit our vaccine page.