Our childbirth navigator, Christi King, addresses the most common questions expectant and new families ask. Christi is your central point of contact for all of your pregnancy and childbirth needs. To contact Christi, email her at Christi.King@healthonecares.com or reach her at  720-300-1441.

Should I Stop Drinking Alcohol When Trying to Get Pregnant?

Yes, you should. Since we rarely know exactly when we conceive, it is best to abstain from alcohol while you are trying to get pregnant. Video 

What Should I Eat When Trying to Get Pregnant?

Folic acid is one of the most important things. This can be found in a prenatal vitamin and I'd encourage you to check with your doctor to see which vitamin to take. It can also be found in many foods. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important for brain and eye development, and those can be found in fatty fishes and in some eggs. Video

What Should I Look for in a Car Seat?

Two things to look for are the ease of accessibility and use ratings, as well as the rate of recall on that particular brand of seat. A couple of other things to keep in mind: Using a used car seat is generally not recommended unless you are absolutely certain of the car seat's past history and know that it has not been involved in an accident. Further you want to make sure that the car seat has not expired yet. Those expiration dates are printed on the seat and should be heeded. Video

What is a Doula?

A doula is a professional labor companion who is very skilled in comfort measures and techniques to assist you with your labor. Not only can they help mom with her labor but they can also help mom's partner navigate through the  journey as well. The doula is there to help you understand different terminology when the care providers come in. The doula is there to help suggest different positions or massage but also to make your birth and altogether more enjoyable experience. Video

What is a Your Rose Baby Appointment?

A Your Rose Baby appointment is an opportunity for you to meet with a labor and delivery nurse in advance of your birth. This will allow you to go over your medical history, any of your birth wishes and have any of your questions answered as well. This will streamline the process for you with admissions when you come in when you are in labor. Video

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How Do I Choose a Pediatrician?

I would encourage you to talk to your OB provider, your doctor or midwife. I'd also encourage you to call the Rose physician referral line as well as talk to your friends, neighbors and co-workers to get some ideas of who you want to reach out to. I'd encourage you to choose someone close to your home and then once you have it narrowed down to a couple, make sure you give them a call and ask for an interview. That's a great way to see if their personality matches yours, if their specialties match what you're looking for and then also so you know who to take your baby to once you're out of the hospital. Video

How Do I Time Contractions during Labor?

Contractions are timed from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next contraction. So let's say, for example, you have your first contraction at 8 a.m. and your second contraction at 8:05. That means your contractions are coming every five minutes. Video

When Do I Call the Doctor When I'm in Labor?

Here at Rose, all of our providers have a little bit different protocol. I'd encourage you to double check with them at your next visit: what they'd like you to do once you decide you're in labor. Video

When Can I Go Home After Having My Baby?

Typically, you'll go home 48 hours after a vaginal delivery or after spending two nights on our mom/baby unit. If you have a C-section, you'll spend three nights on our mom/baby unit and go home on the fourth day. Video 

What Should I be Eating and Drinking to Optimize Breastfeeding?

In order to optimize breastfeeding it's important to stay hydrated. Make sure that you're drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Further, you'll want to ensure that you're eating a balanced diet and definitely taking on snacks throughout the day as well. Video

How Do I care for the Umbilical Cord Area on My Baby?

Keep the area clean and dry. You can also achieve this by folding the top of the diaper over inward towards your baby's skin to prevent any urine from traveling up that way if baby is lying down. If some fluid does get on the baby's umbilical stump before it falls out, just take extra precautions to make sure that it's as dry as possible.Video

How Do I Care for the Circumcision Area on My Baby Boy?

Keep the area clean and dry. You can also achieve this by folding the top of the diaper over inward towards your baby's skin to prevent any urine from traveling up that way if baby's lying down. If some fluid does get on the baby's umbilical stump before it falls out, just take extra precautions to make sure that it's as dry as possible. Video