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Labor and delivery

Just as every baby is unique, so is every delivery. As your trusted care partner, we work to provide a personalized birthing experience that begins long before your first contraction and continues well after delivery.

Birth center in Thornton, Colorado

In our birthing center, what's important to you and your baby is important to us.

At The Birth Center at North Suburban Medical Center, we know every step of your pregnancy and birth experience is unique to you. During your time here, we ask you what you want and how we can help, providing a personalized experience that meets your wishes and needs. Our obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYNs), nurses and midwives look forward to being part of your journey to parenthood.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free medical advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free medical advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

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Our maternity services

Our hospital's caring OB/GYNs provide pregnancy and childbirth services tailored specifically to you and your baby's health needs.

Preparing for childbirth

Receiving routine prenatal care during your pregnancy helps keep you and your baby healthy. Our network of OB/GYNs who partner with us for labor and delivery offer comprehensive prenatal care for routine and high-risk pregnancies.

Additionally, our birth center team includes certified nurse midwives (CNMs). If you choose midwifery care and unexpected complications occur during pregnancy or delivery, our OB/GYNs are available to immediately assist.

Prenatal classes

We offer prenatal classes to help you and your support person prepare for labor, delivery and parenthood.

Our classes include:

  • Breastfeeding for Expectant Parents
  • Baby Care and Safety
  • Birth Essentials Class Series
  • Birth Essentials Express
  • Boot Camp for Expectant Dads

Maternity tours

We want you to feel comfortable and familiar with our facilities when you arrive at the hospital for the birth of you child. This is why we provide maternity tours of The Birth Center before your big day. During the tour, we will guide you through our unit and answer any questions you may have.


Labor and delivery

When baby is ready to arrive, we will evaluate you for labor and assign a room. If you are arriving for a scheduled induction, external cephalic version or cesarean section (C-section), please check in at the main admissions desk.

Labor and delivery unit amenities

Some of our birth center amenities include:

  • Breastfeeding and lactation support
  • Comfortable overnight accommodation for mom’s support person
  • Families are allowed to attend the childbirth
  • Gourmet “celebration” meal for you and your support person and a chef-prepared meal to take home
  • Large bathtubs for use during labor
  • Large, private rooms
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) staffed with board-certified neonatologists and neonatal nurses
  • Neonatal nurse practitioner available for every birth to ensure your baby has a safe start
  • One-on-one consultation with a nurse to discuss your wishes before your big day
  • Room service menu with options for meals, snacks and desserts around the clock
  • Rooming-in encouraged but nurses available to care for your baby when you need a break
  • Single-room care from arrival to departure
  • Spacious family waiting area
  • Spacious suites, each with a private bathroom and shower, TV, DVD player, sleeper bed for family and internet access

Childbirth pain management

We offer 24-hour anesthesia service to provide quick relief from the discomfort of labor. We also provide squat bars, rocking chairs and birthing balls for moms interested in unmedicated births.

One-on-one care for mom and baby You will be assigned your own nurse. Your nurse is highly experienced in childbirth and will help you throughout your labor and delivery. Additionally, your baby is assigned their own neonatal nurse practitioner as soon as they are born.

Neonatal intensive care

We have a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for babies in need of specialized medical care. So if your baby is ill or premature, our expert neonatal doctors and nurses will care for them in our NICU.

Features of our Level II NICU include:

  • Care for infants who are feeding and growing stronger after a stay in intensive care
  • Care for premature infants as early as 32 weeks gestation and low birth weight babies who are moderately ill
  • Designated family waiting area
  • Frozen donor breast milk, if needed
  • Kangaroo care (skin-to-skin holding), when medically appropriate
  • Mechanical ventilation for a brief time or continuous positive airway pressure
  • Refrigerator and supplies for nursing moms
  • Secure unit to ensure safety

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 can quickly transfer them to this Level IV NICU.


Postpartum care

After delivery, we are here to help you learn to care for your little. As part of this, we promote rooming-in to encourage family bonding and increase breastfeeding success. However, our nurses are available to care for your baby when you need a break.

Breastfeeding support

We understand the importance of helping new mothers successfully breastfeed their babies. During your hospital stay, a registered nurse, who is also an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), will visit you. They will assist you with breastfeeding and breastfeeding techniques.

Once you take your baby home, we will continue to offer breastfeeding assistance over the phone. You can call us at (303) 457-7740.

We also offer a Healthy Beginnings support group in which our lactation consultant weighs your baby before and after a feeding to determine how much breast milk they have consumed. To check days and times of this group, please call (303) 457-7740.

Car seat safety

Colorado law states that parents must have a car seat installed before transporting their baby home from the hospital.

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