The BirthPlace

BirthPlace Visitor Restrictions in Effect

To ensure the safety and health of our patients, the following visitor restrictions will be enforced at the BirthPlace:

  1. No visitors including all children will be allowed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU.
  2. Only banded mother and banded adult family members will be able to visit a newborn in NICU.
  3. If you have influenza or flu, do not visit a BirthPlace patient or newborn. If you have the following symptoms, you may have influenza:
    • body aches
    • sore throat
    • headache
    • fever-It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
    • chills
    • runny or stuffy nose
    • cough
    • fatigue
    • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
  4. Before entering the BirthPlace you must use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer mounted on the wall.

Waiting areas are available on the BirthPlace floor and main lobby. Thank you for your cooperation.

The birth of your baby is one of life’s most significant and exciting occasions. The BirthPlace at Longmont United Hospital is designed to offer you a comfortable, warm, and caring environment to deliver your baby. Our skilled and dedicated nurses and staff will make every effort to help you have the best experience possible. Your health and safety are our primary concern. We welcome the whole family to the birth of your baby, if that is your desire.

During childbirth, we offer the special care you need in a home-like atmosphere. You will be able to have your baby – labor, deliver, and recover in your own private room with a whirlpool tub. When it is time to deliver your baby, your suite converts into a sophisticated delivery room complete with the latest equipment technology such as an electronic fetal monitor and a warming bassinet for the baby. The birthing beds adjust to various labor and delivery positions for maximum comfort.

As soon as possible after your baby’s birth, you will be encouraged to touch, hold, and cuddle your new baby to begin the important process of bonding. At the BirthPlace, you may keep your baby with you as long as you desire. We do encourage you to have your baby in the room with you as much as possible to facilitate bonding and a good start with breastfeeding.

After you have given birth, we will move you to a fresh private room. Designed with families in mind, each room looks like a spacious bedroom, cozy and warm. There is a sleeper-sofa for your partner and a bassinet for your new baby. Many BirthPlace rooms also feature a whirlpool tub. All rooms have cable TV, DVD, telephone and wireless internet.


Colorado Can Do 5 Award

The BirthPlace received the Colorado Can Do 5 award from the Colorado Dept of Public Health. Hospitals that receive the Colorado Can Do 5 breastfeeding award implement five best practices:

  • The infant is breastfed in the first hour after birth.
  • The infant is fed only breast milk in the hospital.
  • The infant stays in the same room with the mother in the hospital.
  • The infant does not use a pacifier in the hospital.
  • The BirthPlace staff gives each new mother the Lactation Line telephone number to call for help with breastfeeding after leaving the hospital.

Pain Management

At Longmont United Hospital, you have a choice in how to labor and birth your baby. While some women prefer not to take medication during labor and birthing, others find the need for pain relief. We provide all forms of pain relief, including the newest technology of patient-controlled epidural and continuous infusions epidural, in the birthing rooms any time of day or night.

If you choose not to have pain medication, our labor and delivery nurses can help coach you with breathing techniques or position changes to assist you in pain management. All rooms also have birthing balls, rocking chairs, and squat bars available for alternative pain relief.

If the need arises, two operating suites are readily available within the BirthPlace for complicated deliveries or Cesarean births.

Natural Birth

At the BirthPlace we honor your choice for natural birth. We will support you through your journey and assist in making you comfortable any way we can.

Caring for You and Your Baby

After the initial excitement of welcoming your baby, the nurses will help you learn to care for yourself and your newborn. We have qualified lactation specialists, and nurses who are knowledgeable in helping you learn how to breastfeed your baby and answer any questions you might have.

We want you to enjoy your first days of motherhood. Please enjoy a complimentary massage provided by our certified massage therapists. Relax to the soothing sounds of music provided especially for you by our music therapist. Ask about other ways that our Health Center of Integrated Therapies can enhance your experience.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Newborns that have low birth weight, are born before 36 weeks, or have a medical condition requiring special care may need to be cared for in our Level II neonatal intensive care nursery. We have Neonatal Nurse Practitioners available around the clock to coordinate your baby’s care with the physicians and nurses. The neonatologists at The Children’s Hospital are also available for telephone consultations as needed to assist us in providing the very best care for your baby. We understand this can be a stressful yet joyous time for you and we will encourage you to spend time with your new baby. Visitation is usually available 24 hours per day. If necessary, we encourage breast pumping at the bedside or in our Family Room. We have qualified message therapists who can demonstrate and teach you infant massage techniques that can help you bond with your baby.

We also understand that parents with babies in this Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery need extra support. We do everything possible to make sure you are included in the care of your baby, and if the infant’s condition allows, we welcome family and friends to visit the newborn.

High Risk Pregnancy, Caesarian & Induced Delivery

Preparing and Caring for a High Risk Pregnancy

A pregnancy may be considered a high-risk pregnancy for a variety of reasons. When a condition puts the mother, fetus, or both at higher-than-normal risk for complications during or after the pregnancy and birth, this is considered a high-risk pregnancy.

If you have been determined to have a high-risk pregnancy, during your pregnancy, you will need monitoring by your primary caregiver. Such monitoring might include more frequent visits with your primary caregiver as well as diagnostic or laboratory tests.

Cesarean

Sometimes when a vaginal delivery places the baby's or mother's life or health at risk, a Cesarean delivery is performed. If you have a Cesarean birth, your baby will be delivered in the BirthPlace operating room and will recover with you in the Recovery Room. The mother and child will stay together during those first few hours after surgery.


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