Lutheran Medical Center is now offering the birth center experience to mothers who want a more natural childbirth. An open house July 14 revealed two birthing suites featuring queen size beds and …
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Lutheran Medical Center is now offering the birth center experience to mothers who want a more natural childbirth.
An open house July 14 revealed two birthing suites featuring queen size beds and aids that help with labor including labor support slings, birthing balls, jacuzzi tubs and aromatherapy.
“There’s a lot of women now that really want that natural birth— no medication just support through labor,” said Marcia Teague, manager of mom, baby gyn and lactation at Lutheran Medical. “We’re really excited about offering this service within the confines of the hospital.”
The birthing suites are for low-risk patients who want family support and natural childbirths.
In the birthing suites, moms are not strapped to a monitor, rather the medical staff performs intermittent listening of the baby’s heartbeat. If a woman or baby develops issues along the way, they are transferred to a tradition labor and delivery room for more medical care.
“This just allows us to have another service to offer our community,” Teague said. “Lutheran is very innovative and willing to stretch our bounds to meet the needs and wants of our patients.”
The open house also celebrated the hospital’s recent designation as a Baby-Friendly facility.
“We’ve gone through a thorough program to make sure that all of our nurses can help with breast feeding,” Teague said. “We have practices that support the baby being in the room 24-7 so mom gets to know the baby.”
The hospital also has a donor milk program, a partnership with Mothers’ Milk Bank in Arvada, and a breast feeding support group.
“We were always baby-friendly,” Teague said. “But now we have the designation.”
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