Moms and Babies Have Choices at Lutheran
If you are expecting a baby, you are likely feeling excited and hopeful—but also a little anxious. It’s normal to want your pregnancy and birth to go smoothly. At Lutheran Medical Center, we understand that having a baby is a special experience. And we take every step possible to meet your needs.
“At Lutheran, we believe every woman is different and deserves to have a voice in labor and delivery,” explains Sarah Ellis, MD, Chair of the Obstetrics Department at Lutheran. “We try to give women the resources, tools and guidance they need for a successful birth experience.”
Knowing What to Expect
Moms-to-be begin their experience at Lutheran long before delivery. In addition to attending prenatal classes, women can meet with the hospital’s obstetrics nurse navigator, who answers questions, provides tours of the Women’s and Family Center and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and reviews birth plans.
“Meeting with our nurse navigator takes some anxiety out of the labor and delivery experience,” Dr. Ellis says.
Honoring the Birth Plan
The hospital’s all-private labor and delivery suites are not only beautiful, but functional as well. Each room is outfitted with a whirlpool tub, shower and birthing ball to help women during labor. A 24-hour, board certified anesthesiologist is available if women desire pain relief.
“We support all women—those who want a natural birth and those who know they want an epidural,” Dr. Ellis says. “We do everything in our power to work with women to achieve the birth experience they desire.”
Boasting Exceptional Nursing Care
Lutheran nurses are focused on meeting patient needs big and small. And they work with new moms to provide family-centered care—encouraging early skin-to-skin contact, providing options to room with baby and much more.
“During labor and delivery, your nursing team becomes extremely important,” Dr. Ellis explains. “We are proud of our exceptional nurses who are compassionate, educated and experienced.”
Providing High-Risk Care
Women who have high-risk pregnancies, such as those with a previous health condition, are supported by maternal-fetal medicine experts from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Lutheran recently partnered with this highly experienced team, whose members provide preconception counseling, fetal testing, consultation and treatment for Lutheran patients if necessary.
“At CU, we have an amazing depth of maternal-fetal medicine services that is unparalleled in the United States. We can handle anything,” explains Teresa Harper, MD, Division Director for Maternal-Fetal Medicine at CU. “It is reassuring to know that if an issue arises, we have treated it before.”
She continues, “Our job is not to take over a woman’s care, but rather to work closely with her own obstetrician. With our support, more women can deliver safely with their own doctor in the community.”
Lutheran’s Women and Family Center is Jefferson County’s only hospital birthplace.