The Rose Babies experience

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 and then an epidural to numb the pain; maybe it is a planned family-friendly C-section due to a high-risk pregnancy; maybe it is through midwifery care—or maybe it is somewhere between all of that. Rose is here to make sure that you have access to all the resources you could need during labor and delivery, right here in central Denver.

Rose Babies welcomes nearly 4,000 babies each year. For more than 60 years, it is something special to have a Rose Baby, because Rose Medical Center staff and doctors have been dedicated to creating the safest, most meaningful experience for every family.

The team at Rose Babies

Learn more about what makes Rose Babies so special to welcome your new family member:

  • Deeply experienced OB/GYN physicians and midwives with 24-hour coverage.
  • Experienced, compassionate nursing staff in labor and delivery, mom/baby and our high-risk unit.
  • Extraordinary expert care for moms experiencing high-risk pregnancies with our maternal-fetal medicine team.
  • A dedicated childbirth navigator.
  • Unique Rose Doula Connection program.
  • Lactation support for all moms.
  • Trained perinatologists.
  • Level III NICU.
  • Well-baby nursery.
  • Specialized care for transgender patients.
  • Free car seat inspection and/or installation by a certified car seat technician.

At Rose Babies, our childbirth navigator is here to put expectant mothers at ease. Our navigator serves as a central point of contact and the go-to source for new parents to ask questions and voice their concerns.

Christi King, Childbirth Navigator

My experience at Rose started when my sister gave birth to her triplets here. All of them were high-risk and premature, and we were all concerned and scared. Watching the care, she received at Rose Babies perinatal, labor and delivery and mom/baby units and the care the babies received during months in the NICU, I knew I’d want to birth my own babies at this amazing hospital.

My own journey to motherhood took place at Rose several years later, in 2005. My first baby, my son, was born six weeks early and had his own stay in the NICU. I had a very difficult delivery and recovery, but the perinatal nursing staff and my care provider took wonderful care of me, and I ended up leaving the hospital healthy, as did my boy. When we decided to have a second baby in 2008, I received high-risk prenatal care through Rose’s antepartum testing unit. It is my and my husband’s belief that without the care of this excellent practice, the outcome of my successful pregnancy would have been very different. Because they monitored my pregnancy very closely, our daughter arrived full-term and healthy. We’re so grateful to have had so many options at Rose and that resulted in our two beautiful, healthy kids.

When my son turned one, I got the opportunity to teach infant care at Rose. I wanted to help other nervous expectant parents through my knowledge base and personal experience at Rose. That was when I knew I’d found my passion, and I stuck with it! I expanded my teaching certification to include childbirth preparation, and then in 2006, I earned my doula certification. In 2007, inspired by my own experience and the stories of the many families I’d educated at Rose. I created the “Preparing for a C-Section” curriculum at Rose. In 2010, I became certified as a hypnobirthing practitioner, and in 2013, as a hypnobirthing fertility and doula connection coordinator. And then in summer of 2015, I was thrilled to become Rose’s first childbirth navigator.

Contact Christi King, Childbirth Navigator, by email or phone at (720) 300-1441.

Tour the Rose Babies Unit

Rose offers free one-hour tours on most Monday and Wednesday evenings and most Saturday mornings. You will see our labor and delivery unit, our well-baby nursery and our mom/baby unit. You can schedule a tour at any time in your pregnancy—or even before you conceive.

Register for a Rose Babies tour

For health and safety reasons, entering the NICU is not part of our guided tour. However, if you have a high-risk pregnancy or are expecting multiples, we can arrange for a private tour of the NICU. Please call our childbirth navigator at (720) 300-1441 to schedule this tour.

Can't make our in-person tour? Get a glimpse of the family friendly Rose Babies units with our online tour. And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to our childbirth navigator at (720) 300-1441.

Your Rose Baby program

We began the Your Rose Baby program, a one-on-one consultation with an experienced Rose labor and delivery nurse prior to your delivery, so we can hear and fulfill your birth experience wishes. During this appointment, you and our nurse will discuss:

  • The admission process upon arrival (we recommend online pre-registration)
  • What type of birth experience you are planning to have
  • What to expect if you are having a C-section
  • If you are having a boy and considering circumcision
  • If you are considering doula care
  • What to expect if you are having multiples
  • Questions about breastfeeding and bottle feeding
  • A brief health history will also be taken

We recommend making the Your Rose Baby appointment when you are approximately 32 to 36 weeks pregnant. Appointments are approximately 45 minutes in length and are available Monday through Thursday. We ask that patients go through the pre-registration process on our website at least one week before requesting your appointment. You can also call (303) 320-2798 to pre-register over the phone.

Schedule Your Rose Baby program appointment

Rose Babies nurses

From the time a family enters the Rose Babies unit—whether through a maternal/fetal medicine visit, for the birth of a baby, during recovery or for an extended NICU stay—Rose's experienced OB nurses provide trusted, compassionate care, advocacy for patients and enthusiasm for the miracle of life. We are joyed to welcome every Rose Baby!

Maternity classes

Rose has the most extensive childbirth prep and parenting education in Denver, including the only C-section prep class in the Colorado.

Childbirth preparation

Preparing the family


Caring for baby

You can also learn more about what to expect when your baby arrives with our Getting Ready for Baby book.

Cesarean birth

Having a C-section is a decision made between expectant parents and their medical provider, either an obstetrician or a midwife. This decision may be made anytime—in pregnancy or during active labor—and we encourage parents to discuss C-sections with their chosen provider(s) before their 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, and then as long as mom and baby are stable and mom consents, we will place your baby directly on your chest so you two can experience skin-to-skin contact. However, if mom doesn’t feel stable enough for skin-to-skin contact or if medical needs make it challenging, then baby is placed in a bassinette right next to mom’s head so she can see and talk to her new baby.

Rose C-section rates

At Rose, our C-section rate among first-time moms is 13 percent. This is far lower than the national rate of 17 percent. Because Rose cares for mothers with so many ranging health needs, as well as being one of the few hospitals in Denver to provide tubal ligation following delivery, the overall C-section rate at Rose is 34.6 percent.

Nitrous oxide for pain relief during labor

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

If one of our laboring mothers has decided to utilize nitrous oxide, she will be in control of how much gas she uses and when she uses it, as you hold your own mask.

Safety for moms and babies at Rose

Rose has multiple procedures and safeguards in place to ensure the safety and security of mothers and babies, including:

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

Birth certificate and social security number

Once you have delivered your Rose Baby, you will begin the process of applying for your baby’s birth certificate and social security number. These are both important legal documents that will be used by your child throughout his or her life.

In Colorado, the law requires that a Certificate of Birth is filed at the Colorado State Registrar within 10 days of birth. Because of this, it is helpful if you decide your baby’s name and spelling before we request this information.

You will complete your baby’s birth certificate application and then the hospital sends it to the State Registrar’s Office on your behalf. This is where your baby’s birth will be legally registered. While you are staying with us at the hospital, we will explain how you can get a copy of the certificate from the State Registrar.

If you are not married, but both you and your partner would like to have his or her name on the baby’s birth certificate, you will complete a voluntary acknowledgement of parentage form.

During your stay, you will also begin the paperwork to have your baby assigned a social security number. This happens through the state office of Vital Records and Social Security. You will receive a social security card for your baby in the mail about four to six weeks after paperwork is filed.


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