If you walk down the hallway of the Prowers Medical Center’s New Beginnings Birth Center (NBBC) you will see footprint after footprint of the many babies born here. NBBC has footprints spanning over the past 20 years. That’s a lot of footprints, considering the hospital delivers 165+ babies each year.
Prowers Medical Center is well equipped to deliver babies—whether it’s a perfectly uneventful birth or one that demands extra attention. At the hospital you have several options for providers, including an OB/GYN, a nurse midwife, or 7 providers to care for your newborn.
“It’s unique for us to have a nurse midwife on our team, full time, every day. Several moms choose her as a provider. She stays at the bedside and provides compassionate care and comprehensive patient education. She’s very hand’s on,” says Julie Hobden RNC, New Beginnings Birth Center Manager.
Prowers Medical Center is able to provide epidurals and C-sections. The hospital provides a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at all times for pain control during your birthing experience. It’s also reassuring to know that all of the nurses who work in the birth center keep updated certifications and training to provide the best and most up-to-date care.
Nurses maintain certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP), Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), STABLE- stabilization and preparation of sick newborns for transport, and Advanced Fetal Heart Monitoring. Most hold certificates in either Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC).
“Our nurses are trained competitively with larger hospitals. Our patients are in very good hands. We have great providers and well-trained nurses, and UCHealth is just a quick phone call away if we need consult,” Hobden adds. Only 5% of moms and babies need to be transferred out due to complications or labor prior to 36 weeks. When transferring out, most are transported by flight.
The birth center team is highly dedicated to supporting breastfeeding, having won a Colorado Can do 5! Award in the past that recognizes hospitals that support breastfeeding. The team encourages breastfeeding within the first hour after birth by keeping moms and babies together in the same room, skipping supplementation and pacifiers, and encouraging immediate bonding.
“We offer what we call the golden hour. That’s where we encourage moms to spend that first hour after baby is born providing skin-to-skin contact to promote bonding before they are overwhelmed with family and friends coming in. It stabilizes the baby’s breathing and helps the baby transition from the womb to the new world,” Hobden says.
To provide privacy and safety for patients, the birth unit is locked. There are four private LDRP rooms where moms can labor, deliver, recover and receive postpartum care without interruption. Each room has a private Jacuzzi tub or a walk-in shower. Partners are welcome to stay and sleep on a padded window bench or a recliner. Every room is centrally monitored by the nurses’ station where nurses can keep an eye on mom and baby during labor.
“What I hear most often from our new moms is that the staff is welcoming and attentive. A lot of patients wonder if they are the only ones on the unit because of how spoiled they feel. Our patients are our friends and family, so we are dedicated to providing them with the best care possible,” Hobden concludes.
For more information on the birth center or if you’d like to take a tour call 336-6759 or stop by the hospital.