Access to compassionate doula care in Denver

At Rose Medical Center, we are proud to offer the Doula Connection program, a staff of hand-selected, experienced birth doulas who are fully incorporated into the Rose labor and delivery team of caregivers. A doula serves as a companion, a support person and, often, a birthing coach to assist laboring mothers, couples and families. Rose Doulas are available to laboring moms 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Rose is the only hospital in Denver to offer this level of support to expectant parents.

On the day of delivery you will be in contact early on with your Rose Doula by phone and text. Then, when you are ready to activate her and receive support, you will call (not text) your doula. She will arrive at Rose within one hour. Your Rose Doula will then be at your side for up to 10 hours of labor, delivery and the beginning of your recovery period. Please remember that is up to you to decide when your doula's presence will be the most beneficial to you. The very definition of the Greek word, doula, is "one who serves." It is our pleasure and privilege to do just that!

Once you choose your doula, you will have an opportunity to get to know each other. This includes a consultation about your upcoming birth experience, your vision for your doula’s role and anything else you’d like to share with your doula during this initial phone conversation. Following that conversation, you are encouraged to text, email or call your doula with any questions as you count down to your due date.

On the day of delivery, your Rose Doula will meet you at the hospital within one hour of notification by phone call, and then she will be by your side for up to 10 hours of labor, delivery and the beginning of your recovery period.

What is a doula?

Doulas, or labor assistants, provide continuous and attentive care for laboring women and their partners. While they do not provide medical care, they do provide emotional and physical support for families by utilizing techniques such as massage, touch, position, relaxation, breathing and more.

Doulas do not replace mom’s birth partner, but rather act to assist mom and her partner in having the birth experience they desire. Doulas are there to support families through whatever they wish, be that a medicated or non-medicated delivery.

Doula informational seminar

Do you want to learn more about the Rose Doula program? Join us for a free informational seminar about our program. Sessions are held one Wednesday a month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. We meet in the Goodstein 1 conference room in the basement of the physicians’ office building, right across the street from Rose Medical Center.

Register for Rose Doula information seminar

Doula fees

The Doula Connection program at Rose is offered at a reduced flat rate of $450. This fee includes up to 10 hours of the doula’s time to be with you during labor and delivery and a brief period after the baby is born. If support is needed beyond the 10 hours, the couple will pay $50 per hour directly to the doula.

Please note that your $450 registration fee is non-refundable and is required at the time of registration.

To learn more about the Rose Doula connection program, please call us at (303) 320-2001.

Benefits of working with a doula

There are many reasons to have a doula by your side during delivery. Recent studies involving more than 1,000 women have shown that the presence of a doula during labor and delivery has the following benefits:

  • Shorter labor
  • Lower levels of fear and anxiety
  • Higher satisfaction with birth experience
  • Reduced pain medication and epidural rates
  • Lower Cesarean birth rates”
  • Reduced need for vacuum or forceps assistance
  • Improved communication with the medical team
  • Lower levels of stress hormones
  • More successful breastfeeding
  • Improved neonatal outcomes
  • Lowered chances of postpartum depression
  • Continuous, uninterrupted support for mom and her partner
  • Improved parent-infant interaction and bonding

Barbara Moore

Rose Doula Program Coordinator

Over 40 years ago, my husband and I were expecting our first child and attending Lamaze classes here at Rose Medical Center. At the time, Rose had the reputation for being the best place in Colorado to have a baby. Well, that hasn’t changed! Now, I am proud to be a resource for new families as the coordinator of the Rose Doula program.

While I have worked at Rose since 1982, I have enjoyed teaching childbirth and breastfeeding classes as well as supporting families as a birth doula. Over the years, I have had the pleasure to connect with women, couples and families as they prepared for their new babies. Being a doula allowed me to nurture, guide, support and share in the joy of birth over and over again.

Although I am no longer taking doula clients of my own, I continue to be available as a back-up for our doula team. The joy of being present as a new baby is welcomed into the world is still one of my greatest joys.

I look forward to helping connect you with a Rose Doula who will play a major role in your birth experience, helping to make it positive, manageable and memorable. We all look forward to being part of your birth journey at Rose, still Colorado’s best place to deliver your baby!

For more information about the Rose Doula program, contact Barbara Moore directly via email.

Meet the Rose doulas

Liz Foster

I am inspired by the way birth transforms a person from woman to mother. It astounds me every time! When I walk into a room to find an incredible laboring woman, my heart jumps for joy at the opportunity to help her in that present moment, on her journey into motherhood.

My name is Liz Foster and I am obsessed with making positive birth experiences an outstanding norm for all. I was awakened to labor and birth when, as a single mother, I birthed my son via emergency cesarean. Never again do I want a mother to feel the dread and despair I felt during pregnancy and birth. Five years later, I successfully delivered my daughter via vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and I finally understood the strength and power we should all feel throughout the birth process. I was thrilled to experience what everyone in the natural birth world was talking about!

Birth philosophy

The keys to a joyful birthing experience are safety, security, preparation, support, and a calm mindset, all planned in advance to be by your side for anything that should arise. My aim is to activate these pillars of power in you to the best of my ability and to embrace what is out of our control. In choosing me as your doula, I do not judge the way you decide to labor (unmedicated, medicated, or cesarean), but I respect your space by holding it with the utmost care.

During labor, I will:

  • Acknowledge and support your unique ways of coping with labor as we take each challenge minute by minute. I offer:
    • Movement, breathing and pain management techniques
    • Encouragement, visualization, and power statements
    • Physical comfort tools: massage, acupressure, hot/cold packs, aromatherapy, rebozo, TENS unit, and more…
  • Assist your partner or support team to offer you physical, mental or emotional comfort
  • Advocate for you by:
    • Facilitating communication between you and your medical team
    • Offer access to information about the benefits, risks, and alternatives to any procedure before you make a decision
    • Encouraging you to ask questions and stand up for what you feel is right for you and your baby

Here’s to an amazing journey for you and your family!

From my patients


She went above and beyond after my delivery when we had complications with the placenta. She literal

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Susan Geissler

Expertise, calm, and encouragement—these are the gifts I bring to doula work. I am completely hospital-based in my doula work. I chose Rose because of its consistent excellence in labor and delivery services and because I am welcome always on the labor deck as part of the team, which includes parents, the doula and the nursing and medical staff.

I know one thing for sure. There is no best way to have a baby. I focus on keeping mom positive and not fear-based, and couples really appreciate that.

  • I am pro natural childbirth: I am highly experienced in supporting couples that clearly want un-medicated labor, as well as those that would like to wait and see how things go. Each couple needs a combination of physical, emotional and informational support to get through the tough and sometimes lengthy challenges of un-medicated labor. I work creatively and collaboratively as each unique labor evolves, providing support based on parental preferences.
  • I am pro epidural: About 40 percent of my clients are planning epidurals at the outset. What a great time for this choice! Advances over the last 10 years have increased the safety of this procedure and have reduced dramatically the practices of episiotomy, forceps and vacuum delivery which used to go hand in hand with epidurals. I will support you to stay active in labor until you are ready for the epidural and will support you in your decision.
  • I am pro Cesarean: Most parents want to avoid a Cesarean, but sometimes it ends up being the safest way. I have never worked with a couple who had a Cesarean that regretted it or second guessed the reason or process of determination. That says a lot for the effort that everyone puts in to safely move towards a healthy birth.

I have over 20 years of experience as an educator and doula. My love of babies goes back to my earliest memories and my love of birth goes back to the first birth I attended at 16 years old. Over the years, I have provided labor support to hundreds of couples and still haven’t seen it all. Each birth I leave, I am amazed and enthused about new life.

Rachel Gellert

Birth philosophy

My name is Rachel Gellert and I am a certified birth doula and educator. I am committed to providing comprehensive, affirming support across the full spectrum of pregnancy experiences. I combine my professional experience in sexual and reproductive health with my passion for birth and healing. I believe all people deserve compassionate, nonjudgmental support, and the right to make decisions about what is best for themselves.

As the oldest of twenty-eight cousins and two siblings, I have been surrounded by babies and pregnant people for as long as I can remember. I am passionately nerdy about pregnancy and birth. I trust in the birth process. I am skilled in physical comfort measures, mindfulness strategies, and breathing techniques. I support all families and have significant experience working with LGBTQ parents. I honor my clients’ choices and I love my role as a doula through every unique birth experience. As a doula, I am part of your team. I am there for both you and your partners – to reassure, to provide information, to encourage, and to support you every step of the way.

When I am not at a birth or talking about the importance of reproductive health education, you can find me traveling, reading science fiction, or snuggled happily at home with my partner and our cat Ava. I am certified with Carriage House Birth and have continued my education with Ancient Song Doula Services, Bebo Mia Inc., and Full Spectrum Doula Circle.

Jessica Potter

My journey into the birth world started when I had my first child in 2007, after experiencing the amazing care and support of my midwife, who later took on the role of doula when I had to be transferred into the hospital at the end of my labor. That personalized care was pivotal for both my husband and myself, and it made a huge impact in our birth experience. It was only a few short months later that I began my certification with CAPPA to become a labor doula. Since then, I have continued to serve families all over the Denver metro area in a variety of birth settings, joining the doula team at Rose in 2016, and getting my certification as a childbirth educator through CAPPA.

As a doula and childbirth educator, it is my passion to help expecting parents experience a birth that is both transformational and empowering, no matter what the birth plan may be. I strive for all parents to find their true voices during birth, and to help them explore all the many options and choices that are available to them. I count it as a blessing to be welcomed into the birthing team, and enjoy holding space for families as they discover their new boundaries.

Heidi Roark

Hello, my name is Heidi Roark. I’m from Minneapolis originally, and have lived in Colorado for 30 years. I am married to Jon and have four children and a 10-year-old dog named Lady. I have been a certified labor doula for 11 years and have worked in the Denver Metro area hospitals and birth centers. I have worked in the counseling field as well as elder care.

Birth philosophy

My birth philosophy is supporting families as they find the best possible path for them during their birth. I enjoy listening and getting to know each family and assisting them in creating a birth plan that meets their specific needs. I believe birth is a natural process and should be supported and trusted.

During your birth I will provide non-medical support that includes massage, relaxing breathing techniques, encouragement for mom and partner, comfort measures including warm bath/shower, utilizing the birthing ball and different labor positions and aromatherapy.

I will assist you with any questions you may have during your birth, helping you find the information you need to make informed decisions.

I look forward to each birth I attend. It is a great joy to come alongside families during this special time and help families find their way through the birth process and welcome their baby into the world.

From my patients

Heidi made our birth experience incredible!

I really wanted to have a non-medicated labor and was just about ready to give up when she walked in

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