The Birth Center at St. Francis Medical Center

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

The Birth Center at St. Francis Medical Center

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

Support Services

  • Breastfeeding - The Lactation Center Boutique

    Colorado Springs' only Hospital-Based Lactation Boutique

    The Lactation Center Boutique at St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs is designed to support the needs of new moms and moms-to-be. The Boutique specializes in breastfeeding support, breast pump rentals and sales, and items centered on making breastfeeding comfortable and convenient.

    As Colorado Springs' only hospital-based boutique, we offer a full Medela® product assortment as well as the expertise of our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), product specialists and certified bra fitters. The Lactation Center Boutique truly is a one-stop service. No matter what your breastfeeding needs are, we can fully assist you and your baby to ensure you have the best breastfeeding experience possible.

    Some of our services and product lines include:

    • Private appointments with a Lactation Consultant
    • Breast pump rentals, sales and replacement parts
    • Medela Pump in Style® Advanced, Freestyle™, Swing™ and Harmony™ breast pumps
    • Nursing pads, breast shells and shields
    • Comfort gels
    • Breast milk storage containers and bags
    • Hospital-style bulb syringes
    • Special needs feeders
    • Bravado!®, Medela®, Fancee Free® nursing bras and tanks
    • Bébé au Lait™ nursing covers
    • Moby® Wrap baby carriers

    The Lactation Center Boutique is located on the third floor of St. Francis Medical Center.

    Hours:

    • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Quiet Time

    We are pleased to offer you and your baby a Quiet Time every afternoon between 2:00 - 4:00 pm. when the lights on the unit will be dimmed and the noise level will be as quiet as possible. This is an optional program giving you precious bonding time and rest. Essential and requested services will still be available. We encourage you to ask your visitors to come to the unit outside of these hours.

  • Postpartum Depression

    What is postpartum depression?
    Postpartum depression is a serious illness that can occur in the first few months after childbirth. It also can happen after miscarriage and stillbirth. Postpartum depression can make you feel very sad, hopeless, and worthless. You may have trouble caring for and bonding with your baby. Postpartum depression is not the "baby blues," which many women have in the first couple of weeks after childbirth. With the blues, you may have trouble sleeping and feel moody, teary, and overwhelmed. You may have these feelings along with being happy about your baby. But the "baby blues" usually go away within a couple of weeks. The symptoms of postpartum depression can last for months.

    In rare cases, a woman may have a severe form of depression called postpartum psychosis. She may act strangely, see or hear things that aren't there, and be a danger to herself and her baby. This is an emergency, because it can quickly get worse and put her or others in danger. It's very important to get treatment for depression. The sooner you get treated, the sooner you'll feel better and enjoy your baby.

    What causes postpartum depression?
    Postpartum depression seems to be brought on by the changes in hormone levels that occur after pregnancy. Any woman can get postpartum depression in the months after childbirth, miscarriage, or stillbirth.

    You have a greater chance of getting postpartum depression if:

    • You've had depression or postpartum depression before.
    • You have poor support from your partner, friends, or family.
    • You have a sick or colicky baby.
    • You have a lot of other stress in your life.
    • You are more likely to get postpartum psychosis if you or someone in your family has bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depression).

    What are the symptoms?
    A woman who has postpartum depression may:

    • Feel very sad, hopeless, and empty. Some women also may feel anxious
    • Lose pleasure in everyday things
    • Not feel hungry and may lose weight. (But some women feel more hungry and gain weight)
    • Have trouble sleeping
    • Not be able to concentrate
    • These symptoms can occur in the first day or two after the birth. Or they can follow the symptoms of the baby blues after a couple of weeks

    Help is available. Report symptoms to your primary care provider for care or referral to an experienced counselor.