Pregnancy can be an exciting—and nerve-wracking—nine months. You may wonder, “Am I doing everything I can for this baby?”
From routine prenatal care to high-risk pregnancies
Chances are you’re doing everything you can to keep your baby safe. And most pregnancies and birth experiences go smoothly. But if the unforeseen happens or you’re worried about complications, our medical team and neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are equipped to handle even the littlest of patients.
Preparing for pregnancy
When you decide you’re ready to start a family, give your body—and your future baby—a healthy advantage. We will give you a check-up, share tips for preparing for pregnancy and talk to you about potential risk factors.
See the preconception checklist.
If you’re unsure about what to expect during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or when you bring baby home, sign up for one of our childbirth or parenting classes and learn about common tests and procedures.
Find upcoming pregnancy and baby classes.
Labor and delivery
It’s time to meet your baby! Before you get to the hospital, complete the online pre-registration, and we’ll fast-track your check-in.
Do you want an epidural? What about using a birthing ball or soaking tub to ease your labor pain? You have those options here.
Manage your pain during labor and delivery.
Download a birth plan template.
After your baby is born
When you choose SCL Health, you get hospitals that have Baby-Friendly designations or follow Baby-Friendly practices.
This means when your little one arrives, we’ll encourage you to bond skin-to-skin, breastfeed and keep your baby with you in the room.
Once you’re home, you’ll have access to lactation consultants if you run into any breastfeeding challenges.
Read about care after delivery.
Get the right care at the right time
“Boy or girl?”
If you’re like us, “It doesn’t matter as long as it’s healthy.” Even if problems arise over the course of your pregnancy, you can count on Good Samaritan Medical Center to give you and your baby the care you both need.
Explore our services and treatments.
First Baby-Friendly hospital in Colorado
Good Samaritan Medical Center was the first hospital in Colorado to be named Baby-Friendly. Baby-Friendly is a designation given by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF to hospitals that have created the best possible environment for breastfeeding.
Why should I deliver at a Baby-Friendly hospital?
Benefits of delivering at a Baby-Friendly hospital include:
- Healthy babies – Scientific studies show that breastfed children have fewer and less serious illnesses than children who aren’t.
- Healthy moms ̶ Studies also show that mothers who breastfeed have decreased risk for certain cancers and illnesses.
- Highest standards ̶ Baby-Friendly hospitals’ staff and facilities must meet guidelines and follow specific steps created by a team of global experts to ensure the best possible environment for breastfeeding.
- Cost savings ̶ Breast milk is free, and healthier children mean lower healthcare costs.
- Emotional bond ̶ You and your baby can enjoy the special bond formed through breastfeeding.
What can I expect from a Baby-Friendly hospital?
You can count on:
- Assistance with breastfeeding immediately after birth.
- Care for your baby at your bedside so we can teach you about your baby’s "readiness-to-eat" signals.
- Discouraging bottles or formula supplements for breastfed babies unless medically necessary.
- Discouraging the use of pacifiers until breastfeeding is well-established.
- Skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth, which is important for your baby’s health.
What special qualifications will my nurses have?
When you’re laboring at the hospital, not only is it important to have the right care and support from your doctor, it’s also important to have a nursing staff that understands moms and babies.
Our nurses are caring, compassionate and highly skilled. Many have completed advanced training and hold labor and delivery certifications.
Is donor breast milk or breast milk donation available?
If your baby needs a little extra nutrition, or you produce more breast milk than your baby needs, we’re a drop-off site for the Mother’s Milk Bank.
Donate or receive breast milk.
What will my birthing room include?
Deliver your baby in a warm and comforting environment at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Your private room includes:
- Birthing balls
- Room service
- Soaking tub
- TV and DVD player
Watch the video tour or sign up online for an in-person tour.
If you’d like to purchase a breast pump or other essential baby items, look no further than our Nursing Nook specialty store. It offers premium products chosen by lactation specialists that are sold at or below the prices of big-box retailers.
Download a Nursing Nook coupon.
A certified massage therapist from our Center for Integrative Medicine will give you a free massage after you deliver. The Center for Integrative Medicine also provides prenatal massage and other services for expectant parents.
New parents have a lot of questions, and at Good Samaritan Medical Center, we have answers. After you have your baby, you can join a couple of support groups, including New Moms Network or Breastfeeding Moms Group. We also recommend “Happiest Baby on the Block” or “Baby Makes Three” classes as you adjust to parenthood.
Baby’s first ride
Did you know that 80 to 90 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly? Before you place your most precious cargo into your vehicle, we’ll have a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician check the installation of your car seat for free.
Call the Baby's First Ride reservation line at 303-908-8326 to make an inspection appointment before you deliver or early in your stay after birth.
No one wants to cook when they get home from the hospital, so we’ll take care of it.
Leave the hospital with a free meal, and take advantage of more time to relax with your baby.