Pregnancy and childbirth care in Thornton
Choosing the right hospital to deliver your baby is a major decision. North Suburban Medical Center wants to make you and your family feel comfortable during this exciting time. Our state-of-the-art facility and caring staff provide you, your loved ones and your newborn with the highest quality care and services in north Denver.
Your baby. Your choice.
At North Suburban, we know every step of your birth experience is unique to you. That is why The Birth Center at North Suburban was designed with you and your baby in mind.
Throughout your time at our childbirth center, we will be asking you what you want and how we can help. What's important to you and your baby is important to us. The Women's Center team will do everything they can to provide a personalized experience that meets your needs.
When the big day comes, expectant moms will go to North Suburban's Labor, Delivery and Recovery Unit on the third floor to be assigned a room and evaluated for labor. Moms arriving for scheduled inductions, external versions or cesarean births should check-in at the main admissions desk.
What to expect during your pregnancy
Learn more about each pregnancy trimester, including trimester checklists, changes in your body and the growth of your baby:
Maternity classes and childbirth tours
North Suburban offers a variety of childbirth classes to help moms and their support persons prepare for pregnancy, delivery and parenthood. We also offer hospital tours to help you get familiar with our birth center. To schedule your tour, please call (303) 367-BABY (2229).
Labor and delivery unit amenities
Mom, baby and family can expect excellent care throughout the birth experience. Some of our birth center amenities include:
- Large, private rooms
- Spacious family waiting area
- Comfortable overnight accommodation for mom’s support person
- Room service menu with options for meals, snacks and desserts around-the-clock
- Gourmet “celebration” meal for mom and her support person and a chef-prepared meal to take home
- Large bathtubs for use during labor
- Breastfeeding and lactation support
- Spacious suites, each with a private bathroom and shower, TV, DVD player, sleeper bed for family and internet access
- Single-room care from arrival to departure
- One-on-one consultation with a nurse to discuss your wishes before your big day
- Neonatal nurse practitioner in attendance at every birth to ensure your baby has a safe start
- Rooming-in encouraged, but nurses available to care for your baby when you need a break
- Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) staffed with board certified neonatologists and neonatal nurses
In addition to our facility amenities, we offer support through pregnancy and special announcement opportunities after you give birth. The Baby on the Way Club brings together expectant and newborn mothers for support through the process of having a child. Our Baby Faces On I-25 offers a unique opportunity to share your child's birth announcement with the greater Denver area. Learn more about both programs below.
North Suburban understands that every expectant mother’s wishes are different when it comes to giving birth to a child. That is why our birth center team in north Denver consists of certified nurse midwives, in addition to OB/GYNs, nurse practitioners, anesthesiologists, neonatologists and perinatal specialists.
Our certified nurse midwives are affiliated with OB/GYNs. If unexpected complications occur during pregnancy or delivery, we have OB/GYNs available to immediately assist your midwife with your care.
One-on-one care for mom and baby
Each expectant mom is assigned her own nurse. This nurse is highly experienced in childbirth and will help you throughout your delivery. Additionally, your baby is assigned his or her own neonatal nurse practitioner as soon as your baby is born.
Childbirth pain management
North Suburban offers 24-hour anesthesia service to provide quick relief from the discomfort of labor. For moms choosing a non-medicated birth, we have squat bars, rocking chairs and birthing balls.
We accommodate all levels of involvement for families. Our goal is to help make your child's birth as memorable as possible while making sure that mom and baby are always safe. Families are allowed to be in attendance during the childbirth process, and we have a comfortable waiting room nearby for additional visitors.
Neonatal intensive care unit
North Suburban offers a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where we care for ill or premature newborns. If your baby needs specialized care after birth, you can be confident he or she is in expert hands.
If a higher level of care is necessary, we will quickly transfer your baby to the Level IV NICU at our sister hospital, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.
Our staff provides customized care that helps you get to know your little one until it is time for you to leave our hospital for home.
To help support family bonding and increase breastfeeding success, our team promotes rooming-in. We encourage you to keep your baby with you during those important first days, but our nurses are available to care for your baby when you need a break.
We understand the importance of helping new mothers successfully breastfeed their babies. During your hospital stay, a registered nurse (RN) who is an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) will visit you after your baby's birth to assist you with breastfeeding and nursing positions.
Once you take your baby home, call us at (303) 457-7740, and we will provide support over the phone.
We also offer a Healthy Beginnings support group where our lactation consultant weighs your baby before and after feeding to determine how much breastmilk he or she consumes. Please call (303) 457-7740 to check days and times.
Car seat safety
Colorado law states that parents must have a car seat installed before transporting the baby home from the hospital. We offer free car seat safety checks for all babies born at our hospital.