COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.
The Rose Babies experience
How do you envision your baby’s birth? Maybe it is unmedicated with the help of your partner, hypnotherapy and doula services in our Rose Babies Birth Center; 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 at our in-hospital birth center, mom/baby postpartum unit and high-risk unit.
- Extraordinary expert care for moms experiencing high-risk pregnancies with our maternal-fetal medicine team.
- 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.
- A comprehensive perinatal behavioral health program to support women during and after pregnancy.
In our continuing effort to maintain the health and safety of our patients, visitors, colleagues and you, our Rose Babies moms, expectant mothers may only have the birth partner as her one visitor while mom is in the hospital with us. All other loved ones will not be able to visit while she is in the hospital due to ongoing health and safety precautions. After baby arrives, we encourage you to Skype or FaceTime your loved ones as we cannot accommodate visitors other than the birth partner anywhere on the Rose Babies unit.
For the most up-to-date information in this quickly changing situation, visit Rose Babies on Facebook.
Additionally, we are cancelling in-person Rose Babies Tours for the foreseeable future. However, you can still get the Rose Babies Unit experience online!
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.
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 high risk navigator at (720) 216-4290.
Can't make our in-person tour? Get a glimpse of the family friendly Rose Babies units with our online tour.
Rose Babies Birth Center: A low-intervention birthplace
The Rose Babies Birth Center is Colorado's first and only in-hospital birth center in Colorado. This calming, home-like environment is free from interventions and supports physiologic birth. Families at the Rose Babies Birth Center can rest assured that they will be well supported in their birth plan wishes by their trusted providers and specially trained nurses. The hospital provides a unique safety net of excellence in obstetric and neonatal care should the need for additional support arise.
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
- 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) 320-2001 to pre-register over the phone.
As part of our continuing effort to provide a safe environment for our visitors, patients, staff and providers, we are not holding in-person Your Rose Baby appointments, but conducting them via telephone only. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Rose Babies Facebook page.
All Rose Babies classes will be taught virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your Rose Babies education is still a top priority for us! We are dedicated to delivering high quality information with a personal touch despite the circumstances. Follow the links below to learn more and to schedule your virtual class.
- Cesarean Birth Preparation
- Traditional childbirth preparation series
- Fast track childbirth preparation
- Express childbirth preparation
- Unmedicated Childbirth Preparation
Preparing the family
- Jewish Baby University (in partnership with the JCC)
- Catholic Baby University (in partnership with the Archdiocese of Denver)
Caring for baby
Note: The following classes are temporarily not available due to COVID-19: Labor Refresher*, Unmedicated Childbirth Supplement*, Breastfeeding Your Multiples, Kangaroo Kapers, Parent Helper, and Rose Loves Grandparents, Too! They will return once classes can be held in person.
*Customized alternative options are available for Labor Refresher and Unmedicated Childbirth Supplement. Contact the Parent Education Coordinator at 303-320-2001 to learn more.
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.