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Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
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Saturday: All Day
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Your team
Christina Ruiz, DO
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Francis Melendez-Chavez, PA-C
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kimberly Carter, DO, FACOG
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Heather Keene, MD
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Patrick Finnegan, 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 offer several birth options in Longmont while delivering respectful, compassionate care.

UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital, Longmont’s newest hospital, partners with the OB/GYNs from the Women’s Care Clinic – Longmont who have served Longmont, Boulder, Firestone, Frederick and Dacono for more than 30 years.

Whether you plan on a natural birth or a planned C-section, UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital is here to help you throughout your pregnancy, labor, delivery and recovery.

Services we provide

Delivery
  • Vaginal delivery.
  • Cesarean section (C-section).
  • Vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC).
  • Certified obstetricians and maternal fetal medicine specialists.
  • Certified nurse-midwives.
  • 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.
  • Individualized care plans for adoption, surrogate and gestational carrier families and high risk pregnancies. Please call the clinic number above for more information.
Water birth

As part of our comprehensive birth services to women and families, UCHealth – Longs Peak Hospital offers water birth.

What is a water birth?

In a water birth, a woman immerses herself in a large bathtub or birth pool of warm water during labor and birth. A certified nurse midwife (CNM) provides this option and is there to offer support and guidance throughout the process. The CNM monitors the baby’s well-being by listening to his or her heartbeat at regular intervals and supports the mother during the labor and birth.

Many patients find that the safe, tranquil environment of water helps them relax. Research done on this birthing option suggests that it promotes comfort, supports position changes, decreases time in labor, decreases use of pain medication and procedures, and lowers the patient’s blood pressure and pulse. In addition, many who are familiar with both traditional and water birth methods say that water birth babies appear calmer at birth. Families who have experienced a water birth report a positive and empowering experience.

At Longs Peak Hospital, patients who choose water birth can get in and out of the water, shower, and walk or sit on a birthing ball to help support labor. They can also choose to receive nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help manage pain. In addition, patients can also use warm water (hydrotherapy) to support labor, but then birth outside the water. There are situations that arise when your CNM may determine that it is best to birth outside of the water due to concerns such as high blood pressure or meconium-stained amniotic fluid.

Learn more

To learn more about water birth, please discuss this option with your provider or call 720.494.3130.

Your baby’s care
  • Babies stay in the room with parents throughout the entire hospital stay, as the baby’s condition allows.
  • Level II Special Care Nursery (SCN) features the ability to care for infants born at 34 weeks gestation and later.
  • Following the birth of your baby, our pediatrician will evaluate your baby regularly while both of you recover and adjust to your new lives together. This is an ideal time to ask questions about your newborn. Our team of expert nurses and pediatricians will share with you best practices that promote the healthiest of new beginnings.
  • If your baby should need more medical support in our state of the art Level II nursery, our pediatricians and neonatal nurse practitioners from Children’s Hospital Colorado are readily available to care for your newborn.
Breastfeeding support
  • Lactation consultants and nurses trained in supporting breastfeeding.
  • Outpatient lactation services.
  • Breastfeeding support groups.
  • Breastfeeding support for mothers with infants in the Special Care Nursery, Anschutz Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Poudre Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Learn more about breastfeeding support >

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.

Who delivers at LPH

The obstetric, family practice and nurse-midwife providers who attend births at our Birth Center practice at the Women’s Care Clinic – Longmont and the Women’s Care Clinic – Firestone, as well as in partnering community practices.

 

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.
  • Celebration meal.
  • Sleeper bench/couch for a family member or support person.
  • Comfortable area for families and visitors.
  • TV and Wi-Fi access.
  • Patient- and family-centered care.

Take a virtual tour

The UCHealth Birth Center at Longs Peak Hospital includes private suites with plenty of natural light, private bathrooms with large soaking tubs, a comfortable area for families and visitors, a women’s care center, and much more.

Birth Center classes and events

Birth Center tours

We offer in-person Birth Center tours once a month at this location.

Online registration is available.

How to find Birth Center tour dates:

  1. Go to the Events page.
  2. Type “tours” in the Search field.
  3. Select “Longmont” in the Cities/Towns drop-down.
  4. Click Submit.

Go to the Events page

Childbirth preparation classes

Childbirth preparation classes are offered throughout the month in Longmont, Colorado, at UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital. Parents can expect to learn the basics of labor and delivery.

Online registration is available.

How to find childbirth preparation classes:

  1. Go to the Events page.
  2. Type “childbirth” in the Search field.
  3. Select “Longmont” in the Cities/Towns drop-down.
  4. Click Submit.

How to register for eclasses:

  1. Go to the Events page.
  2. Type “eclass” in the Search field.
  3. DO NOT select a city.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Sign up for a class with “LPH” in the title.

Go to the Events page

Lactation support

UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital offers a variety of breastfeeding classes and lactation support groups.

Online registration is available.

How to find breastfeeding classes and lactation support groups:

  1. Go to the Events page.
  2. Type “breastfeeding” in the Search field.
  3. Select “Longmont” in the Cities/Towns drop-down.
  4. Click Submit.

How to register for eclasses:

  1. Go to the Events page.
  2. Type “eclass” in the Search field.
  3. DO NOT select a city.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Sign up for a class with “LPH” in the title.

Go to the Events page

 

Insurance

Our office 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.

Billing

Questions about your bill?

For more information or questions about your bill, please visit the UCHealth bill pay site.

Women's health information

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