Choosing a Childbirth Provider
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. For more information about the important services a midwife can provide, please visit our informational page on midwives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.