Providing Safe, Healthy Birth OutcomesSafe Birthing Outcomes Denver

Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, every baby and every birth experience is unique. At Rose, it is our priority to work with you to have the experience that meets those needs.

However, sometimes birth plans need to shift for the safety of mom and baby. Working in lock step with your obstetrician, our deeply experienced labor and delivery team will work with you through every step of the birthing process to ensure you understand what’s happening and what are your options to bring your baby into the world safely.

What if I Have a Complication During Childbirth?

Occasionally, complications may occur during the childbirth process. Rose is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with an in-house physician team and a highly qualified team of nurses and care team members. Our team works hand-in-hand with you and your medical provider to smoothly and safely guide you through your how your complication may impact your childbirth experience and what are your options. It is our highest priority to maximize safety for mom and baby. 

The decision to have a C-section is directed by patients and their medical provider, specifically OB or midwife. We encourage you to speak with your medical provider about his or her philosophy on C-sections if you haven’t already. You can incorporate the result of this discussion into your Rose Babies Birth Plan as well as discuss during your Your Rose Baby pre-admission appointment. Learn more about what to expect with a Cesarean birth at Rose and our commitment to family-centered C-section experiences.


"My doctor and I had discussed my birth plan during my pre-natal visits. I had ideally wanted a vaginal delivery but I was most concerned about my baby’s health. After hours of pushing, I was exhausted and he wasn’t budging! I hadn’t prepared for a C-section but I knew it could happen, and I knew I had the right doctor and was in the right hospital. What mattered was my little boy’s safety and, thanks to the amazing team at Rose and my OB, he came out safe and sound and I was safe and healthy, too."

Julie, mom to a Rose Baby, 2010   
Read more about Julie’s story here


Rose Participating in State-Wide C-Section Reduction Effort

Cesarean delivery is the most common surgical procedure in the United States. An estimated 1 in 3 women have Cesareans in the US, which is double what the World Health Organization recommends. While a C-section can be a life-saving procedure for both mom and baby, it also comes with the additional risks associated with surgery. These may include infection, slower return to activity, NICU admission, antibiotic exposure and interference with maternal-child bonding.

Rose is among six hospitals in the state participating in the SOAR (SuppOrting vAginal birth for low Risk mothers) project with the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative (CPCQC) and the CDC. SOAR aims to decrease the rate of C-sections among low-risk mothers and support vaginal birth using evidence based practice. The program includes updating standard protocols, education for providers, regular communication among team members and support from the CPCQC.

Understanding a Hospital’s C-section Rate

One of the most common questions our birthing experts at Rose hear is: “What is Rose’s C-section rate?” and we understand your concerns. There is lot of discussion and confusion over this topic. A hospital’s overall C-section rate is the sum of many reasons why a Cesarean may occur, including:

  • Parental choice / planned C-section
  • High-risk pregnancies 
  • Delivery complications, which may include the birth process not naturally starting or going too slowly, leading to an emergency or non-emergent C-section 
  • Tubal ligation (or “having your tubes tied”), which is a surgical procedure performed following delivery – and Rose is one of the few hospitals in Denver providing this procedure

Additionally, mothers may require a Cesarean section because of a variety of other medical factors. These may be heart problems in mom or baby, pregnancy-related high blood pressure, chronic conditions or obesity. You and your medical provider will likely discuss these potential scenarios during your pre-natal appointments.

To help you understand Rose’s C-section rate, we look at it in two ways:

  • C-section rate for first-time deliveries: Among our moms experiencing a first-time delivery, our C-section rate is 13%, far lower than the national rate of 17%.* 
  • Overall C-section rate: Because Rose supports mothers and pregnancies with so many types of health needs (as outlined above), as well as being one of the few hospitals in Denver to provide tubal ligation following delivery, our overall C-section rate is 34.6%*

* http://www.cesareanrates.com/colorado-cesarean-rates/