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Heidi Oster, MD
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Congratulations on your pregnancy and the upcoming birth of your baby! Having a baby is such a special time in your life. We are honored to care for you during your labor and delivery and to care for you and your baby after your baby’s birth. Our expert team of health care providers offers several birth options in Highlands Ranch that deliver respectful, compassionate care.

UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital, the only hospital within Highlands Ranch, partners with the OB/GYNs and certified nurse midwives in south Denver who have served this community for many years.

The Birth Center is here to help you throughout your pregnancy, labor, delivery and recovery and provide an extraordinary experience.

To make an OB appointment, please choose a physician from the list at the right.

Services we provide

Pre-admission consultation

We want your birth experience with us to be extraordinary. To achieve this, the Birth Center at Highlands Ranch offers a free nursing consultation with one of our Birth Center Navigators. This one-on-one appointment will help us learn about you and your family as well as give you the opportunity to share your birth preferences with us.

During this visit, you can get information to help you prepare for your special delivery, ask questions about your upcoming hospital stay and take a tour of the Birth Center.

Please schedule your appointment with one of our Birth Center nurse navigators between 28 and 35 weeks into your pregnancy by calling 720.516.3008 or emailing HRHBirthCenter@uchealth.org. We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments for your convenience. Appointments last approximately one hour.

Please complete and submit a pre-registration form prior to your delivery to streamline arrival. This form will help initiate some of your thoughts about your birth experience and help us learn about you and your preferences. Please bring this completed form with you to your appointment.

You may also call 720.516.0170 to pre-register over the phone. You will need to have your insurance information available.

>> Go to the Pre-registration for labor & delivery page

Delivery
  • Vaginal delivery
  • Cesarean section (C-section)
  • Vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC)
  • Obstetricians, neonatology and maternal fetal medicine specialists
  • Natural delivery
  • Nitrous oxide for labor

UCHealth was the first health system in the state to offer nitrous oxide as an in-hospital, labor pain-relief option.

Your baby’s care
  • A well-baby nursery is available.
  • Our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) gives us the ability to care for infants born at 32 weeks’ gestation and later.
Breastfeeding support
  • Breastfeeding support for mothers with infants in the NICU.
  • In-person and virtual lactation consults available after you take your baby home.
  • Lactation consultants and nurses trained to support mothers interested in breastfeeding.

The lactation support group is held every Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Summit A conference room on the ground level of the hospital. Registration is not required.

For information about lactation, please call 720.516.3010.

OB/GYN hospitalists
An OB hospitalist is an experienced obstetrician/gynecologist physician who works only in the hospital. Their duties include inpatient consultations, seeing patients in the obstetric emergency department, monitoring laboring patients, providing care as required, and responding to precipitous deliveries and emergencies. They can also provide inpatient care during the antepartum and postpartum periods. These highly skilled hospitalists do not replace the care patients receive from their regular OB physician. Instead, they serve as an extension of the patient’s regular OB physician.

Our dedicated and skilled OB hospitalists are in the hospital 24/7 to ensure consistent, timely care for every patient entering the labor and delivery unit and obstetric emergency department. Also, they attend to patients who present to the hospital with gynecological emergencies and can perform surgery if needed. Their presence reduces wait times and delays in providing care, improves outcomes, and increases patient satisfaction. When an emergency intervention is necessary, or an unexpected delivery occurs, our OB hospitalists are already in the hospital to ensure immediate quality care for patients.

You can take comfort in knowing that our hospital is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by our team of experienced OB hospitalists. If you have an urgent need, our OB hospitalists are here for you.

Certified nurse midwives

Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) are experts in pregnancy, birth and women’s health. CNMs use evidence-based approaches within a nurturing, supportive environment caring for individuals throughout their lifetimes.

Midwives support an experience that is grounded in comfort and a holistic, personalized approach, with the assurance and options of modern medicine. All of our CNMs hold at least a master’s degree and are board certified.

Amenities

  • Comfortable, home-like private suites with plenty of natural light and private bathrooms and showers.
  • Large soaking tubs in labor rooms.
  • Room service: breakfast, lunch and dinner options are available.
  • In-room sleeping area for a family member or support person.
  • Comfortable area for families and visitors.
  • TV and Wi-Fi access.
  • Patient- and family-centered care.
  • Expectant mother parking.

Childbirth preparation classes

Childbirth preparation classes are offered throughout the month at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital. Parents can expect to learn the basics of labor and delivery, including natural childbirth and breastfeeding.

Online registration is available.

How to find childbirth preparation and breastfeeding classes:

  1. Go to the Events page.
  2. Select Childbirth/Family Education in the All Categories drop-down.
  3. Select Highlands Ranch in the Cities/Towns drop-down.
  4. Click Submit.

Go to the Events page

Birth Center tours

Join us for a tour of the UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital Birth Center, a state-of-the-art center designed for you and your family.

Meet our staff and providers and learn more about our unique capabilities. We encourage you and a support person to attend a tour prior to delivery.

Tours of the UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital Birth Center last approximately 45 minutes. Our OB navigator will meet you in the main lobby of the hospital on the first level.

Online registration for a UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital Birth Center tour is available.

To find Birth Center tour information:

  1. Go to the Events page.
  2. Type “Birth Center tour” in the Search field.
  3. Select “Highlands Ranch” in the Cities/Towns drop-down.
  4. Click Submit.

Go to the Events page

Insurance

Our hospital participates with many different insurance companies. Because insurance plans, policies and laws often change, please contact your insurance company to see if we are a contracted provider. >> Find insurance and billing information.

Please notify us if you have an insurance plan change, coverage change or insurance loss so we can properly bill your claims in a timely manner.

UCHealth is one of the nation’s first health care systems to provide individualized price estimates that are specific to a patient’s own insurance situations via its online patient portal, mobile app, and through a dedicated call center. >>Visit our billing and pricing information page.

Billing

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Women's health information

UCHealth offers an extensive pregnancy and childbirth health library as well as other information specific to women’s care.

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