When your special day arrives, you'll know you made the right decision to deliver your baby at the BirthPlace at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. We provide a completely customizable birthing experience making the arrival of your little one safe, comfortable, and unforgettable.
From the moment you find out you’re pregnant we're here to help educate, care for, and pamper new moms in unique ways. Our experienced and compassionate staff are available as your resources from prenatal classes to delivery and lactation clinic, we’re here to support you.
If you give birth vaginally, you’ll labor, deliver, recover, and receive postpartum care in one of our modern LDRP suites. You, your baby and your partner can all stay together, and with the couplet care at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, you and your baby will be cared for by the same nurses from the time you arrive until the day you go home. There are additional postpartum suites for moms who deliver in one of our two OB-dedicated operating rooms, so moms who deliver by caesarean section receive the same great care.
Our LDRP suites have plenty of natural light and panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. During labor, aromatherapy, guided imagery, and spa-like relaxing music help moms-to-be stay calm and focused. After delivery, your new family can settle in and enjoy your first few days together. Flat-screen TVs, wireless internet access, jetted tubs, crystal chandeliers, and gourmet in-room dining from Manna, the hospital’s on-site restaurant, combine the comforts of a boutique hotel room with the peace of mind that comes from knowing expert medical care is just steps away.
The talented and loving nurses at The BirthPlace provide an unparalleled level of care and compassion to our new moms and babies. In addition to their special training and skills, they are problem solvers, critical thinkers, and truly believe in the mission and vision to care for each patient as a whole person by considering the needs of the mind, body, and spirit.
As part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, our nurses are trained to help new mothers initiate breast-feeding as soon as possible, and they aim to have moms and babies make skin to skin contact within 30 minutes after birth.
All of our nurses have certification in:
- ACLS: Advanced Cardiac Life Support is a certification program based on guidelines from the American Heart Association. We want to make sure we’re taking great care of our moms as well as our new babies.
- NRP: The Neonatal Resuscitation Program from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association teaches hospital staff to use an evidence-based approach to resuscitation of newborns.
- EFM: Electronic Fetal Monitoring certification is conducted by the National Certification Corporation. Training focuses on external and internal monitoring for fetal heartbeat and uterine contractions. This training helps our nurses partner with you during every stage of labor.
- S.T.A.B.L.E.: An initiative to reduce infant mortality, the S.T.A.B.L.E. Program covers six assessment and care modules: sugar, temperature, airway, blood pressure, lab work, and emotional support.
Nitrous oxide use for labor pain is a mixture of 50% nitrous gas and 50% oxygen that is inhaled through a mask. It is used widely in dental offices; most people know of it as "laughing gas". You hold your own mask and begin to inhale the gas mixture about 30 seconds before a contraction begins. Starting to inhale before a contraction begins helps the gas to reach its peak effect at about the same time as the contraction reaches its peak, providing the greatest relief. The nitrous is self administered by the laboring woman, breathing it in as you feel the need.
Once you decide you want to use it, your provider will order it and a member of the anesthesia team will come to your room, set it up, and review how to use it. Some women have reported nausea after prolonged use; medication to help ease the nausea is available if that happens. It can also cause some unsteadiness when up, which is why there should always be a family member or staff person in the room when you would like to get out of the chair or bed, in case you need assistance. You may be out of bed and use the nitrous. As long as you are steady on your feet, you may be up and about in your room. You will not be permitted to use nitrous oxide while also sitting in the tub.
There are no known effects on the baby; nitrous is the only pain relief method used for labor that is cleared from the body through the lungs, so as soon as you pull the mask away, the nitrous effect is gone within a breath or two. There are only a handful of hospitals in the country that offer this option for pain relief.
The day your baby is born should be one of the happiest of your lives. Sometimes babies need extra-special care, and if you experience this, you can feel confident and comforted by our outstanding clinical expertise.
At The BirthPlace at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, your newborn will be in good hands in a Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The NICU can provide specialized care for premature infants, starting at 32 weeks gestation, including multiples as well as full-term babies who may need the following types of care:
- Monitoring for apnea conditions and need support for breathing issues
- IVs or special medications
- An incubator or other assistance to maintain proper body temperature
- Feeding assistance
- Our expert staff includes a neonatal nurse practitioner and respiratory therapist who are in the hospital 24 hours a day, every day. 24/7. This care can be essential for some infants born at higher altitude who might have trouble breathing.
While our clinical team will provide the specialized health care that your baby needs to thrive, you also play an important role. We strive to provide the opportunity for as much skin-to-skin contact between you and your baby as possible, helping to soothe both baby and parents.
Birth concierge consultation
We want to make the delivery of your baby special and unique. Birth concierge services was created so families can have the desired birth experience without the worry of filling out extra paperwork.
This consultation is a meeting between you, your support person and one of our experienced BirthPlace nurses.
Your personalized birth concierge appointment will give you the opportunity to:
- Complete all paperwork, including the initial birth certificate information
- Complete all pre-registration forms
- Share your preferences to help us individualize your birthing experience and let our Birth Place staff know how to best care for you.
- Get questions answered regarding what to expect when you come in for the delivery of your baby
- Tour of our beautiful, new BirthPlace
We recommend scheduling your personalized consultation between 28 and 35 weeks into your pregnancy. Please call for an appointment as early as 25 weeks if you have special needs (i.e. multiple birth, medical problems). Appointments usually last about an hour.
We invite you to schedule a personalized Birth Concierge Appointment:
- Phone: 720-455-0355
Birth classes & tours
At Castle Rock Adventist Hospital we look forward to helping you get ready to welcome your new little one into the world. Our free classes will help you prepare for childbirth and give new parents tips and tools so you and your family are ready for anything.
Castle Rock Adventist Hospital offers free prenatal classes to help you prepare for the birth of your baby. Check out the classes we offer listed below.
To learn more and register, call: 720-455-0355.
Childbirth Series - During this two-part series, learn from our expert instructors the tools and techniques of Lamaze and the information necessary to make an informed decision regarding the birth of your baby.
Childbirth Express - You will learn all of the tools and techniques of Lamaze and get the information necessary to make informed decisions about the birth of your baby. This is a one-day, 5-hour class.
Safe and Sound at Home - Preparing for the first few days at home with your newborn can be exciting and challenging. This class will teach techniques to help care for your baby like diapering, swaddling, and bathing. Safety in the home and basic car seat information is included. Infant CPR and choking are reviewed and practiced. (No certification is provided)
Breastfeeding Class - Learn basic techniques and tips for successful breastfeeding.
Daddy Bootcamp - This is a workshop led by dads, for dads only. In this class you will oriented to the unique aspects of fatherhood by the experts…NEW DADS and their babies! Topics include:
- What kind of father will I be
- A troubleshooter’s guide to crying babies
- Forming a new family
- Dads and safety
- Birth and bonding
- Caring for your new baby
- Caring for a new mom
- Work and family balance
- Your role as a protector
Grandparents Class - A lot has changed since grandparents took care of their own children. This class is designed with grandparents in mind. This class will teach techniques to help care for your grand baby like diapering, swaddling, and bathing. Safety in the home and basic car seat information is included, as well as infant CPR and choking are taught and practiced.
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) specialize in primary care for women and offer personalized care for pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum concerns. CNMs can assist with lactation and breastfeeding, infant care and aid in the healing process of the new mother. CNMs are experts in their field with extensive training in both nursing and midwifery. To become certified, candidates must receive a specialized education from an accredited program and pass an intensive certification exam to receive their CNM title. CNMs spend a great deal of time completing this competitive and challenging program, which includes classroom studies, as well as experience in the hospital and community.
For more information about our midwifery services, contact our Birth Concierge.
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) determines the standards of practice by which our hospital is held accountable. These guidelines, along with continuing education programs, help us remain steadfast in our commitment to serving our patients.
For patients wanting a full-time labor and delivery coach, less traditional birthing method, specific medical advice or just the comfort of knowing an informed medical professional is at their side throughout the process - a midwife is an excellent option. CNMs counsel patients on specifics to help achieve personal goals. Many parents take great comfort in knowing that a medical professional is fully aware of the intimate details of their unique pregnancy and medical history.
Sometimes the postnatal period of pregnancy brings about new challenges. It can be difficult to know if a visit to the doctor's office is necessary, and frustrating when it was not. Some questions are personal and more comfortable when discussed with someone familiar. A midwife is an optimal choice for postnatal questions and concerns and can offer sound advice on home-care practices.
- Annual gynecologic exams
- Preconception counseling
- Primary care provider
- Postpartum care
- Family planning
- Prenatal care
- Cesarean care
- Menopause support
- Contraceptive counseling
- Full-time labor and delivery support
- Breastfeeding support
- Perimenopause care
Family-to-Family adoption support
The Family-to-Family adoption support program at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital offers services to support adoptions that are customized to the wishes of the patients and adoptive parents.
Our goal is to combine expert medical care with compassion and sensitivity for all families. Whether you choose an open, semi-open, or closed adoption, our trained Birth Place staff will provide resources and support to assist the families and adoption agencies.
We are a caring, loving, and understanding place for adoptive parents and families making an adoption plan for their baby.
Customize Your Delivery
Whether you want deluxe pampering, an all-natural experience, or need high-level expertise for a complicated pregnancy, we deliver. With our virtual tour, you'll see the many amenities available for a comfortable and customizable birthing experience.
Every expectant mom who delivers at the BirthPlace at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital can sit down for a free one-on-one consultation with our birth concierge. She’s a labor and delivery registered nurse who will help answer your questions, give you a tour, and talk about your preferences for your birth experience. She’ll discuss our in-house OB anesthesia team, the birthing balls and jetted tubs available to help aid with labor, and even the mirrors and cameras in our operating rooms that capture caesarean births so moms don’t miss out on the experience.
Prenatal care providers
You should see an obstetrician or other prenatal provider as soon as you get pregnant. If you do not have any health conditions that put you at risk of problems, you'll see your provider for a prenatal care visit about once a month from weeks four through 28, then twice a month through week 36, and then weekly until your baby is born.
Your obstetrician or prenatal care provider will check your health and the growth of the baby throughout your pregnancy to ensure that there are no problems. You also will be tested at various times for conditions that can occur during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia.
After your spouse or significant other, the most essential partner in a healthy pregnancy and smooth delivery is your childbirth provider. In addition to feeling comfortable in their care, it's essential to make sure your physician is credentialed to deliver at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital.
Here are a few other criteria to consider:
- Insurance coverage: Call your healthcare insurance company or visit their online provider listing to make sure the physician you choose is in network for your insurance so you know your care will be covered.
- Physician Practice: While most of your prenatal care will be provided by the obstetrician you choose, you also may be seen by other physicians or by a nurse practitioner in the same practice. A larger physician group can provide more flexibility in scheduling your prenatal appointments and ensure that a familiar physician (although maybe not your primary obstetrician) will be able to cover during your delivery.
- Experience: There are benefits and drawbacks to both new and seasoned obstetricians. Consider what's most important to you. More experienced physicians have delivered hundreds of babies during their careers and bring that experience to your pregnancy and delivery. Newer physicians may have training in the latest research and may have a more contemporary attitude about childbirth techniques.
- Personal Connection: Education and training aside, you'll be spending a lot of time with your obstetrician over the next nine months. You want to make sure he or she is a good fit for your personality and that philosophically, your thoughts about prenatal care and childbirth are a good match.
Some women prefer to have a midwife attend to their prenatal care and to support them during labor and delivery. This is a choice we are happy to accommodate at The BirthPlace at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital.
Baby Bella Photography
Castle Rock Adventist Hospital is proud to partner with Bella Baby Photography to capture the "real" moments of your newborn's introduction into the world.
Capturing the natural miracle and innocence of a newborn using soft natural light, each experienced photographer visits parents and newborn in a private, relaxed setting. Each photographer is professional, courteous and reliable and uses only "real" surroundings, so backdrops are not necessary.
Making the patient feel special is of importance to Bella Baby Photography. On the day of the photography session, patients are able to view a slideshow of their newborn, choose their prints, order and pay within the convenience of their hospital room. Also, pictures taken will be available for 14 days for online viewing, along with a secured password, so that family and friends may meet your little bundle of joy. Families that buy portraits from Bella Baby Photography get lifetime discounts for any photography service provided by the company.
Each session lasts from 15-20 minutes and captures the personality and uniqueness of each newborn. Bella Baby Photography specializes in close-up photography but also offers full body shots, wrapping your newborn in a blanket or cradled in the arms of the parents, siblings and/or relatives. These personal touches add both history and capture the first memories of the newest addition to the family.
Bella Baby Photography offers three development selections including color, black and white or sepia photos to express a natural, artistic touch of your choice. Personalized pictures of your newborn can be used on birth announcements, holiday cards, photo jewelry, photo ornaments, CDs and even a photo diaper bag among other newborn treasures.
Mommy & Me Market
At Castle Rock Adventist Hospital we care about our community
The Mommy and Me Market allows us to partner with the community to provide for those in need.
We accept donations of new and gently used baby items to stock the market. Families in need can “shop” the Mommy & Me Market and bring home new and gently used baby items at no cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Mommy & Me Market?
Mommy and Me Market is designed to help families in need with pregnancy and children's items. The Mommy & Me Market will is open one day a month to allow families to come in and get any of the items they need.
What types of donations does the Mommy and Me Market accept?
- New Diapers and Wipes
- New and Used 0-4T children's clothes
- New and Used Maternity Clothes (when available)
- New and Used Baby Gear (when available)
- Unfortunately we cannot accept used cribs and car seats
What items are available at the Mommy and Me Market?
- New Diapers and Wipes
- New and Used 0-4t children's clothes
- New and Used Maternity Clothes (When available)
- New and Used Baby Gear (When available)
What are the drop-off times for donated items?
Items are accepted and the information desk at the main entrance of the hospital.
- Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
To arrange a time outside of the designated time frame, contact us.
What are the times that I can come and "Shop" for any items that I may need for my child?
- Fourth Friday of every month: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Do I have to prove that I am in need of these items?
You do not have to prove need to shop the Mommy & Me Market. However, we would ask that you not take advantage of the service and re-donate the items when done with them so others can benefit from the Market.
Castle Rock Adventist Hospital is now a community Milk Depot
What is a Milk Depot?
A Donation & Outreach Center or Milk Depot is a healthcare or community facility affiliated with Mothers’ Milk Bank that collects and stores raw frozen milk, draws donors’ blood for screening, and delivers the donor milk to Mothers Milk Bank.
- Who is likely to qualify as a donor
- A person in good health
- A person that is a non-smoker
- A person that is not taking medications on a regular basis
- A person that has an abundant amount of milk
The donors will collect their milk in storage bags provided by the Mothers Milk Bank. Each bag must be clearly marked with the donor’s name and donor number and the date the milk was collected. Each donor’s milk should be placed in a plastic bag and tied shut so that no containers of milk can escape from the bag.
Why would a baby need donated breastmilk?
A mom who gives birth prematurely may experience a delay in her milk coming in. Or a mom whose baby is too sick or too immature to breastfeed may not be able to express enough milk.
Babies who are ill or are premature are cared for in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) or special care baby units. A baby being cared for in hospital may receive donated milk for a few days or weeks until he can be fed with enough milk from his mom.
Contact the Lactation Department to schedule an appointment to have your blood drawn.
Drop off times will be:
- Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Donors can come directly to the 3rd floor Labor and Delivery and give donations to the Lactation Department or the Nurses.
How to exercise when you're expecting
While most women now know that exercising during pregnancy is safe, there are still fears that can keep women from being active enough to reap the benefits of regular prenatal workouts. The real danger lies in being sedentary, which can lead to excess weight gain, gestational diabetes, and a host of other pregnancy problems.
And exercise is safe for both mom (to-be) and baby, according to a recent study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. For healthy women, moderate exercise during pregnancy poses no risks to fetal well-being, in terms of blood flow or heart rate. The findings were true for both regular exercisers and first-timers - and even high-intensity workouts are OK if you were already very active before you became pregnant.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends at least 30 minutes of some type of exercise on most, if not all, days. Walking, swimming, elliptical machines, and stationary cycling are all great choices. Here are nine benefits of working out when you're pregnant - one for each month:
- Exercise reduces your risk for pregnancy related complications such as preeclampsia, or excessively high blood pressure.
- Staying active can help prevent and treat gestational diabetes.
- Moving during the day will help you sleep better at night, which is essential to your well-being while you're pregnant.
- Common discomforts such as constipation, bloating, and swelling all benefit from exercise.
- You'll have more energy and may experience improved moods thanks to the endorphins your body releases during activity.
- You're less likely to experience backaches.
- Exercise will help keep your pregnancy weight gain - and your baby's weight - in check.
- You'll be more fit to face the physical demands of labor and delivery.
- Bouncing back to your pre-pregnancy shape will be easier.
Always talk with your obstetrician before beginning or significantly changing your workout program.
Marijuana and milk
The research on the effects of marijuana while breastfeeding is limited, but it is known that traces of THC — the chemical in marijuana that causes you to feel high — can be found in urine of babies whose mothers use marijuana. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists currently advise breastfeeding moms NOT to use marijuana. Also, they warn that “pumping and dumping” — a common practice when a woman imbibes in alcohol then throws out her breast milk for the next 12 to 24 hours — does not work with marijuana because the THC is stored in fat and stays in the system for a much longer time. To learn more, download this fact sheet from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.