Because every family and every birth experience is unique, we provide a variety of birthing options. Whether you and your family select a medicated or non-medicated delivery our trained labor and delivery team are there to guide and support you through the process.
Labor and delivery RNs are trained in a variety of techniques to guide and support the family choosing un-medicated labor and delivery.
Birth doulas (non-medical birth assistants who offer emotional support and encouragement throughout labor and birth) are very welcome at the UCHealth Birth Center. YVMC does not provide doula services. For more information on doulas you can visit the Doulas of North America website.
What to expect during pregnancy
Labor rooms are equipped with tubs for hydrotherapy during labor, birthing balls, glider rockers, and wireless waterproof fetal monitoring so moms can move around during labor.
Following vaginal deliveries, infants are not separated from their mothers unless the infant’s health requires special care.
Schedule a tour
We welcome you to come tour the center any time. Please call ahead to ensure availability of staff: 970.871.2412.
Note: VBAC’s (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) are not provided at YVMC.
Childbirth education classes at YVMC
Childbirth is a natural process, but is not second nature to many of us. The inside knowledge and experience of birth, breastfeeding, and caring for babies is generally not role-modeled from generation to generation. Be empowered through education to make informed choices and gain trust in your inner wisdom.
YVMC offers a six-week series of Childbirth Education in 2-hour sessions. Parents will view birth videos, tour the UCHealth Birth Center, and may hear birth stories told by parents who attended previous classes.
Some of the topics covered are:
- Physical and emotional changes of pregnancy
- Signs and stages of labor
- Role of the labor companion
- Positioning and comfort measures during labor and birth
- Relaxation and breathing techniques
- Variations of normal labor
- Medications and anesthesia
- Assisted and caesarean deliveries
- Postpartum and newborn care and expectations
- The newborn’s first 48 hours
What is the cost?
The cost is $80 for a 6-class session and payments can be made through the online class registration.
You may receive more information or sign up for childbirth education classes by calling the UCHealth Birth Center nurses’ station at 970.871.2412. Parents are encouraged to bring drinks and snacks.
Lactation consultation services are provided by our certified lactation consultants and lactation counselors on staff.
To schedule an appointment with the lactation consultant, please call 970.871.2412
The Lactation Club. Also available is “The Lactation Club.” In this free, weekly breastfeeding support group, you will have an opportunity to meet other moms, ask questions and address concerns with a lactation consultant.
No registration is required. Meets weekly on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Breast milk donation – Mother’s Milk Bank
Do you produce milk in excess of your baby’s needs? If the answer is yes, you may be able to help baby’s both locally in the Yampa Valley as well as the state of Colorado.
Every year, thousands of newborn babies are not able to receive the healthy benefits of breast due to some mother’s not being able to produce breast milk or other circumstances. By donating milk, newborns will be able to receive beneficial nutrients and antibodies only found in breast milk.
UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center is a proud partner and donation site for Mother’s Milk Bank of the Rockies. To be eligible to donate breast milk, participants must meet the following qualifications.
Milk Bank donor qualifications
- Be confident in her milk supply and produce milk in excess of her own baby’s needs
- Be willing to donate a minimum total of 150 ounces throughout her time as a donor with us
- Not have any medical condition that prohibits her from giving blood
- Be in excellent health without any chronic illnesses or history of major medical issues or cancer, including leukemia
- Have no history of hepatitis after age 11 or positive tuberculosis tests
- Be a non-smoker and refrain from using tobacco or marijuana products of any kind
- Have not received blood or blood products or organ or tissue transplants in the past 12 months
- Have no history of intimate contact with anyone at risk for HIV/AIDS
- Not be taking vitamin supplements that exceed 2000% Daily Value (DV)
- Take only approved medications and herbal supplements/teas. Mothers’ Milk Tea, fenugreek and any lactation support product containing fenugreek or other herbs is NOT compatible with donating.
- Not have any medical condition that prohibits her from giving blood (there are exceptions to this rule – please contact us if this applies to you).
- Consume less than 24 ounces of caffeinated beverages a day (2-3 cups of coffee)
- Wait 12 hours after drinking any alcoholic beverage to collect milk to donate
- Be motivated to practice exceptional hygiene and carry out careful milk collection and storage methods
- Be willing to undergo blood testing
- Be less than 18 months postpartum when collecting the milk
To become a breast milk donor, please call the Mother’s Milk Bank at 303.869.1888.