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Labor and delivery

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

Maternity hospital in Central Denver

We are here to make sure you have all the support and resources you need during labor and delivery.

Rose Medical Center welcomes over 4,500 babies each year. For more than 70 years, it has meant something special to have a Rose Baby. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to creating a safe, meaningful experience for you and your growing family.

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.

The Rose Babies experience

Our hospital's nationally recognized maternity care focuses on providing you with patient-centered services. We work hard to support your birth plan while also keeping you and your baby safe and healthy.

Highlights of the Rose Babies Experience

  • Comprehensive care, including a labor and delivery unit, high-risk pregnancy unit, mom/baby postpartum unit, well-baby nursery, and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Award-winning maternity care
  • Prenatal programming, including childbirth and parenting classes
  • High–risk pregnancy care
  • Your Rose Baby pre-admission program – a one-on-one, private pre–admission appointment with a labor and delivery nurse.
  • In-hospital and postpartum lactation support
  • Perinatal (during and after pregnancy) behavioral health program
  • Rose Mama Circles meetup groups
  • Rose Doula Program

Features of our labor and delivery unit

We invite you to visit the Rose Babies Facebook page to join a monthly Facebook Live Q&A Session about delivering at our hospital. In the meantime, here are a few more things that make our hospital a special place for welcoming your new family member:

  • Compassionate nurses trained in advanced laboring techniques, including Spinning Babies®
  • Experienced obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYNs) and midwives with 24-hour coverage
  • Same-floor operating rooms in case of complications during labor
  • All private rooms with adjustable lighting, thermostats and Wi-Fi
  • Option to labor in oversized tub or shower (with shower stool)
  • A wide variety of labor tools: balls of various shapes and sizes, squat bars, mirrors
  • Portable monitors available
  • Beds for birth partners
  • A variety of pain relief options during labor, including nitrous oxide
  • 24-hr anesthesia support for epidural placement and management at your request

Our hospital is also proud to have been recognized for our exceptional care. This includes awards such as Top Colorado Birth Center (Colorado Parent Magazine), Best Maternity Hospitals 2022 (Newsweek), Maternal & Infant Care Quality Champion (Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative, CPCQC) and a Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery in 2022 (Healthgrades). These demonstrate our commitment to providing unsurpassed labor and delivery services..

Services to support all birth plans

How do you envision your baby’s birth? Maybe it is unmedicated with the help of your partner, hypnotherapy and a doula. Maybe it is using nitrous oxide to relax, then an epidural to numb the pain. Maybe it is a planned, family-friendly cesarean section (C-section) due to a high-risk pregnancy. Maybe it is with a midwife by your side. Or maybe it is something else entirely.

Whatever you have in mind, we completely support you in your birth plan wishes. All the while, we provide a unique safety net of excellence in obstetric and neonatal care should the need for additional support arise.

For more information about our maternity services, please call Rose Babies at (303) 320-2001.

Low-intervention birth services

The team at Rose Babies wants to support your vision for labor and delivery. We are proud to provide a unique level of support for low–intervention births, sometimes called natural birth or unmedicated birth. At Rose, you are fully supported in your birth plan wishes by your trusted providers and our specially trained nurses. Additionally, each of our labor and delivery rooms is designed and equipped for women seeking birth support outside medication and intervention.

We want to help you feel as prepared as possible for your natural labor and delivery experience. We encourage everyone that is interested in a natural, unmedicated birth to attend our free low-intervention birth information session. Here you will learn the many ways Rose is prepared to support low-intervention birth and what you can do to prepare yourself for the birth experience you desire.

Additionally, we are the only hospital in Denver to offer multiple class options for preparing for an unmedicated, low-intervention birth to help you learn relaxation techniques and advanced labor skills and positioning.

Nitrous oxide for pain relief during labor

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as "laughing gas," is a colorless, odorless gas that can provide pain relief for laboring mothers. When used in a labor setting, the concentration is much lower than in other settings, such as at the dentist. The mix is 50 percent nitrous gas and 50 percent oxygen.

If you decide to use nitrous oxide, you will be in control of how often you use the gas, as you will be holding your own mask.

Planned and unplanned C-section births

Having a C-section is a decision made between you and your medical provider. This decision may be made anytime — in pregnancy or during active labor. We encourage you to discuss C-sections with your provider before your due date.

Many women choose to schedule a C-section for a variety of reasons, such as high-risk pregnancy, multiple babies or personal choice. Although, sometimes complications occur during the childbirth process that result in the decision to perform a C-section.

After a baby is delivered via C-section, our team will do a very quick vital check. Then, as long as you and your baby are stable and you consent, we will place your baby directly on your chest so you two can experience skin-to-skin contact.

However, if you do not feel stable enough for skin-to-skin contact or if medical needs make it challenging, your baby is placed in a bassinet right next to your head so your can see and talk to your new baby.

Safety for moms and babies

We have multiple procedures and safeguards in place to ensure the safety and security of mothers and babies.

Safety features at our hospital

The Rose Babies floor is a fully locked down and secure unit within the hospital. Only nursery staff members have access. A security guard is posted, and visitors need photo ID to get access.

  • All hospital staff are annually trained on security procedures.
  • All official Rose Babies staff have pink bars on their hospital IDs, so they are easily visually identified.
  • Each baby has an umbilical cord clamp that will trigger an alarm if tampered with or if your baby is taken outside the secure area.
  • You and your birthing partner will receive baby "bracelets."
  • You are encouraged to go with your baby for any procedures, such as weight checks.
  • Rooming-in is highly encouraged so your baby is with you as much as possible.
  • Security cameras are at the elevators and visible from the nurses’ stations.

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Tour our in-hospital birth center

Peek inside our Rose Babies unit. We will take you around our labor and delivery unit, well-baby nursery and mom/baby unit (postpartum recovery).