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 it 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.
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. The primary doula will email an invoice within two weeks after delivery.
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
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
Hello! My name is Krystal Bruchs (pronounced brooks) and I have been a birth doula in the Denver metro area over the last five years. The very first time I heard the word 'doula' was after supporting my brother and sister-in-law through the birth of my niece. During my niece's birth, I had no idea what I was doing. All I knew was that I had given birth several times before and hopefully I could offer a bit of support to help them through. It was after my niece was born that one of the nurses stopped me and expressed that she felt I would make a good doula. I had no clue what she was talking about so I immediately googled "What is a doula?". I read several articles on all the things doulas do (and don't do) and I read birth experiences from others that used a doula. Long story short, I found my dream job! I was sitting in my first doula training just three weeks later.
My love for birth is all about the birthing person/couple. Helping them talk through their birthing choices, supporting them while they labor together, assisting them so they feel supported at all times and no matter what their decisions are. I enjoy coaching them through each phase and stage of labor, walking them through the unknown and being the constant, reliable support that they need. I love that birth is always teaching us new things and I am always learning and growing. I am so blessed to be able to do the work that I love so much. Happy birthing!
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.
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.
From Rachel's patients
Doula Testimonial 1 for Rachel G.
Rachel was beyond amazing as a doula. She made me comfortable and supported me through birth with ki...
Doula Testimonial 2 for Rachel G.
Rachel was attentive, very sensitive and supportive, and patiently and competently assisted me throu...
My name is Sarah and I am a certified birth doula! From a very young age, I've had a constant desire to help people, so much that I wanted to be a doctor up until about college. Even though I never made it to medical school, I have found my passion in supporting women and new families. I love helping those around me by encouraging their own power and lifting their confidence. I get pretty enthusiastic about meeting my clients where they are, with no judgement, and intently listening to their desires and needs.
I am extremely self-motivated, but I take great pride in my work and professional standard. It is also important to me to challenge myself and to also remember to chase after my dreams. I am a teacher at heart, I have several instructor certifications and find a real joy in sharing my knowledge with others. You will also find me constantly learning new things or expanding my current skills; I love taking classes and workshops, even if it's just a composting class!
Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my loved ones; I love to travel (my happy place is the beach), cook and host dinner parties, play dress up and go to the theater, and partake in many other hobbies. I couldn't be more thrilled to do this work every day and to have job that focuses on supporting new families and seeing the miracle of life over and over--it really is amazing!
My name is Brittany and I am a certified birth doula. I have a special interest in all aspects of childbirth-- from pregnancy to delivery and into the postpartum period. I count myself lucky to be able to work as a doula in what I consider my true calling. Previously, I worked as an artist, and viewed art as my passion. That all changed after I became pregnant with my son. I was so fascinated by pregnancy and birth and sought as much information as I could. I came to my pregnancy unprepared as I was never really, fully taught anything about it growing up. As I was sitting in my childbirth classes with my husband, I had the realization that I would love to work in the birth field, I just didn't know how. After my homebirth-turned-hospital-birth experience and the amazing support I experienced, I realized that I wanted to be that support system for someone else. That's when I discovered doulas and started my doula journey! Since then I have been completely humbled by my experiences. I have learned so much and continue to learn every day.
My birth philosophy is your birth philosophy! Of course there are ways I would do things when I was in labor, but this isn't my birth-- it's yours! I am here to support your decisions for you and your family 110%. I truly believe there is no wrong way to give birth. I especially love working with partners to help navigate this journey with you. They have their own unique experiences that can be really overwhelming. Partners often are put under a lot of pressure in our culture. I enjoy working with them and the birthing person as one cohesive team by ensuring their needs are taken care of as well.
At home, I have two children of my own and I spend my free time creating art, playing games or binge-watching shows on Netflix for hours longer than I should! I'm fluent in nerd and love all of the geeky things. I'm a Colorado native but I've never picked up a snowboard or seen the bottom of a ski slope.
I cannot wait to work with you!
From Brittany's patients
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.
From Jessica's patients
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.
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 Heidi's patients
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We feel so fortunate and are so grateful to have had Heidi Roark as our doula....
We will see you when baby #2 is on the way!
We would never have achieved natural childbirth without your help and are forever grateful....
My name is Lena Winkler, and I am a certified professional birth doula. I am passionate and believe that it is every person’s right to feel listened to before pregnancy, during, and after birth. Every woman giving birth has the right to choose whatever kind of birth she wants; there is no right or wrong way. As a birth doula I am present to support and empower the birthing woman by providing physical, emotional, and informational support. I answer questions, provide evidence-based research, and utilize my professional circle of references when needed. I have a lifelong commitment to guide birthing women and their families through their amazing journeys.
I had my first child in 2016. I labored for 25 hours, pushed for over three hours, and eventually had a Cesarean birth under full anesthesia. After the routine planned Cesarean birth of my second child, I started to hear a lot of my friends and family talk about doulas. After much research, I felt a desire to become a birth doula to be the support that I never experienced.
My 200 hour certified professional doula program reaffirmed my passion for being a doula! During my 50 hours of clinical rotations on labor and delivery I attended and assisted many kinds of births from unmedicated to Cesarean. In the births I attended I was able to offer a multitude of pain management techniques to relieve labor discomfort. A past client attested to this in a letter where she said, “I can never thank you enough for your presence, your demeanor, your great ideas to help me labor during the biggest physical trial of my life thus far...I will always be grateful that you worked so hard providing counter-pressure to my back to get me the epidural free childbirth I wanted!”
Outside of the doula world I am a mother of two young children and a preschool teacher. I consider myself a Colorado native even though I am adopted and came to Colorado when I was 4-months-old : ) I enjoy everything about Colorado from skiing in the mountains to exploring the outdoors with my family!
My name is Jess Long and I am a certified birth doula! I am truly a people person, delight in what I do, and can’t wait to meet you! I love being able to be a part of the miracle that is pregnancy and birth. My eyes still well up with happy tears at each birth I attend. I love making connections with people. It is such a blessing to be able to help families to have a bit less stress or fear in their journey into parenthood. My goal is to meet families where they are and give them the confidence to succeed. Success is not determined by whether a birth is unmedicated, using an epidural, a cesarean birth or otherwise. Instead what is most important is for a birthing person to find the power they already have within themselves to bring their baby into the world. My goal is to help that be as positive an experience as possible and for families to be able to look back at their birth with happy memories.
I am very passionate about doulas being a game changer in labor. With my second I had amazing doula support which I strongly feel empowered me to have the unmedicated birth I had longed for. I was initially drawn to this work due to that experience and truly feel I have found my calling in birth support. I am a very empathetic person who is highly motivated to help parents find confidence and joy in their birth experience whatever their goal or plans might be. I am constantly rewarded by being able to encourage and empower new parents to work through their anxieties and fears to allow them to focus on the joy and excitement of both labor and the birth. I also love being able to see the relationship and interactions between partners during birth. A big part of what I do is encouraging that dynamic and making it work for us during labor.
I am always learning from my experiences with birth. I also make it a consistent goal to pursue continuing education to improve my work as a doula. Some of my favorite things to learn about so far have been lactation and Spinning Babies.
Other than my passion for birth, a few of my favorite things are hiking in the mountains, crocheting, and Broadway shows. I have two amazing little girls and a husband of 15 years who are the light of my life. I love seeing my girls faces light up when they experience new things. When I am not working you can find me snuggling up with my family with a cup of hot tea, or even better a tea party complete with stuffed animal friends and treats.