Pregnancy and childbirth center in Denver
The birth of a child is one of the most exciting, fulfilling events life has to offer. When you are ready to deliver at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, you will find a knowledgeable team committed to making your labor and birthing experience safe, healthy and successful. We have created an environment that provides a childbirth experience uniquely suited to your needs as an individual, a couple and a family.
Nationally recognized OB/GYN & labor and delivery care
On one of the most important days of your life, you can trust us to deliver the best care in Colorado for you and your baby. For the third year in a row, Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center is the only hospital in Colorado to receive the Healthgrades 2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award™ and the 2019 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™. These designations place us in the top 5% of all hospitals evaluated for the exceptional care of mothers during and after labor and delivery.
Our labor and delivery standards
Our labor and delivery nurses strive to support your decisions regarding the type of birthing experience you desire. We believe in a family-centered approach, with as minimal intervention as possible for you and your baby's safety.
We follow all national standards for monitoring you and your baby's health and well-being during delivery, including monitoring of the fetal heart rate during labor. Our board-certified physicians are available to counsel you and provide you with a safe and special birth experience.
Should you deliver by cesarean section, or c-section, you will be cared for in one of our surgical suites and recovery rooms, also located within the Labor & Delivery Unit. Even during c-sections, partners are encouraged to be with the mother and infant.
Take a virtual tour of our birthing rooms:
Preparing for labor and delivery
We offer a personalized approach to caring for expectant mothers, new moms and women of all ages. Our Midwives Program combines the clinical benefits of a large hospital, along with individualized services to suit the needs and preferences of women and their families.
Led by Certified Nurse Midwives, our program gives women the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds when birthing their baby. Expectant mothers can choose one of our highly qualified, certified nurse midwives (CNM) as their primary care provider or utilize the resources of our midwives at any point in their pregnancy.
Benefits of having a midwife
In the U.S., more women are choosing midwifery care. The number of births attended by a CNM or certified midwife (CM) has risen nearly every year since 1989. Research shows women cared for by CNMs have:
- Lower rates of cesarean (C-section) birth
- Lower rates of labor induction and augmentation
- Lower use of regional anesthesia
- Higher rates of breastfeeding
Women with access to CNMs in a provider group are also more likely to receive:
- Prenatal education focusing on health promotion and risk reduction
- A more hands-on approach and closer relationships with their healthcare provider during labor and birth
- Fewer technological and invasive interventions
- A significantly higher chance for a normal vaginal birth
- Care during labor provided by a midwife who the mother-to-be already knows
- A better sense of control during the labor and birth experience
Visit the American College of Nurse Midwives website for more information on midwifery as an evidence-based practice.
What to bring to the hospital
During the labor and delivery process, several items can make mom and the family more comfortable while awaiting the arrival of your newest family member(s). We recommend moms bring entertainment items (iPad or iPod, books, magazines, playing cards, etc.), a camera and hard candy (women in labor tend to become dehydrated; these produce saliva).
We also recommend moms bring several personal items, including lip moisturizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, warm socks and your favorite pillow.
In a separate bag, moms should bring several items to make their time recovering from childbirth more comfortable, including a toiletry kit and clothing items like a nightgown, robe, slippers, bras or nursing bras and clothes to wear home.
What to bring for your baby
When you arrive for delivery, you should bring several items for your newborn baby. Bring infant clothes including an undershirt or onesie, blankets and a hat appropriate for the weather. The baby will also need socks or booties, hand covers and warm clothing options.
You should also have an appropriate and properly-installed car seat, designed for infants in rear-facing position (practice hooking the straps together, so you know how to use it prior to delivering). Also, do not forget to bring the name and number of baby's pediatrician or clinic.
Labor and delivery rooms
At P/SL, our secure labor and delivery unit features rooms designed for your comfort and care. You and your birth partner will experience labor and delivery in one of our private, comfortable birthing rooms featuring large windows and sleeping chairs for partners. Each has its own shower, television and birthing or peanut ball upon request.
Your extended family, grandparents, children and friends are welcome to visit at any time. Please review our visitor guidelines ahead of time, as we have certain restrictions in place during cold and flu season.
When it is time to deliver, please notify your physician you are going to the hospital. Upon arrival, you may go directly to the Labor & Delivery Unit located on the third floor of the A tower.
If you arrive between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., use our 24-hour parking entrance and park on level P1 or P2 near the A Tower elevators. In the elevator lobby, use the white phone to let Security know you are here. They will unlock the elevator so that you can enter the hospital.
If you arrive Monday through Friday between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., please use our free valet parking at the main entrance.
Mom and baby unit
After your delivery, you will recover in our newly remodeled mom and baby unit. Our new space is designed to offer a comfortable environment while providing the best care for you and your growing family.
Each private room has large windows to let in natural light, a bathroom, TV and sleeping accommodations for your birth partner or family member. It is also equipped with breastfeeding pillows, breast pumps and state-of-the-art technology, which allows us to provide our moms and babies the highest level of care. You and your partner will also receive a special meal after delivery.
The Lullaby Lounge is also available for you to gather your family, watch TV and help yourself to the great snack selection. The area is a secure unit, offering peace of mind to new parents.
During your stay on the mom and baby unit, your baby will receive several routine tests and medications to ensure he/she is healthy and ready to go home. Before you leave, you will also attend our discharge class that will provide you with all the information you will need to care for yourself and your baby.
You will also have the opportunity to have your baby’s first picture, an irreplaceable keepsake, taken by a professional newborn photographer at P/SL. Newborn pictures are taken upon request and can be purchased while in the hospital. Your baby’s footprints are also taken at the time of delivery and you will receive a complimentary copy upon discharge.
The mom and baby unit is located in close proximity to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), so moms can be close to babies who need a little extra care.
How do we keep you and your baby safe?
At Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, the safety and security of our patients is a top priority. Our pregnancy and childbirth program takes several steps to keep mom and baby safe.
Unique ID Badges
All family members and other visitors in our infant and child areas must check in at the nurse's station and wear a visitor I.D. badge/sticker. Please wear the visitor badge/sticker at all times, as this helps the care team, security, and family members know who is visiting.
Hospital employees will identify themselves verbally and must wear an official hospital photo ID badge at all times. All nurses who care for infants and children have unique scrubs specific to their area.
After delivery, a security band will be placed on your infant’s ankle. Your nurse will remove it just before you are discharged from the facility.
Additionally, when a staff member brings your baby to you, your baby's band will be matched to your band. Your birth partner will also be given an ID band. Please do not remove the wrist bands until you get home, as only the two of you will be allowed to come to the nursery to get your baby.
Breastfeeding services and support
As breastfeeding is one of the most rewarding gifts a mother can give her baby, we are here to help you meet each of your personal breastfeeding goals and provide the individualized support, resources and education you need to feel more comfortable and confident when breastfeeding your newborn.
- Nurses ready to help you get an early start with breastfeeding
- International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) available seven days a week
- A daily class that covers postpartum care for mom and baby care information
- Hospital-grade breast pumps
- Hospital-grade breastfeeding pillows (nursing support pillows)
In recognition of our high commitment to breastfeeding care, P/SL is the recipient of both the Colorado Can Do 5 breastfeeding award and the International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) Hospital Care award.
Mothers’ Milk Bank
A program of Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation, Mothers’ Milk Bank (MMB) is one of 19 operating donor human milk banks in North America and consistently provides more milk to NICUs than any other nonprofit milk bank. The milk is sent to more than 130 different hospitals throughout the United States supplying milk to babies across the country who may be premature or have severe illnesses and need human milk to thrive.
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center is a donation and outreach center for Mothers’ Milk Bank. MMB safely screens, collects, processes and dispenses donated human milk as a community service, providing human milk to babies whose own mothers cannot supply the milk to meet their baby’s needs.
5394 Marshall Street
Arvada, CO 80002
For more information, call Mothers’ Milk Bank at (303) 869-1888.
Community car seat checks
We are dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of your family while you are here, as well as when you leave. certified child passenger safety technicians offer free community car seat checks. We will assist and teach you how to properly secure and install your child restraint system, identify any potential recalls and provide best practice information for you to make the best choices for travel with your family.
Our NHTSA-certified technicians will review with you:
- Best practice recommendations
- Booster seat protocols
- Existing child passenger safety laws
- How to use your car seat and vehicle safety systems
- Safe seating positions for all family members
- Recalls on a vehicle or car seat and remedies for recalls
- show you how to safely transport a child of any age
Car seat checks are offered on Saturday and Sunday, once a month, and every Monday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call (303) 839-7338. We cannot accommodate those without a scheduled appointment.
Your newborn’s records
Soon after delivery, you will begin the process of applying for a birth certificate and social security number for your newborn baby. During your time in the Mom and Baby Unit, information about your child’s birth will be recorded.
Colorado state law requires that a Certificate of Birth be filed with the Colorado State Registrar within 10 days after birth, so it is helpful if you decide your baby's name and spelling before we request this information.
After your baby's birth certificate application has been completed, the hospital will send it to the State Registrar's Office, where your baby's birth will be legally registered. While you are in the hospital, we will explain how you can obtain a copy of this certificate from the State Registrar.
If you are not married, but both you and the father of your baby would like to have the father's name and information added to your baby's birth certificate, this can be done by both parties signing a paternity form.
Social security number
While in the hospital, you may also begin the paperwork process of obtaining a Social Security Number through the state office of Vital Records and Social Security. You should receive a social security card for your baby approximately four to six weeks after filing.