Labor and delivery in Denver

Our team of labor and delivery and postpartum nurses are highly skilled in providing expert, compassionate care. With over 100 women’s health specialists, our team comprises of obstetricians, midwives, neonatologists and perinatologists, helping make your pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum period as safe and special as possible. You can even pre-register for your delivery at Swedish.

Labor and delivery services and features

Having a baby is exciting, but can also be overwhelming. Our goal is to give you the best childbirth experience possible by offering:

  • Family-friendly labor and delivery unit
  • Family attendance at birth
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access
  • NICVIEW baby cameras with 24-hour streaming access for families with a newborn in our Level III NICU
  • Flexible visiting hours
  • Room service for new moms
  • Weekly breastfeeding support group (once nursing moms leave the hospital)
  • Sleeping accommodations provided for mom’s significant other
  • Dedicated postpartum recovery unit with the option for baby to room-in with mom

Don’t take our word for it! Check out Swedish for yourself by taking on of our free maternity tours for expecting families or take a virtual tour.

Swedish maternity unit tours

Babies require a lot of preparation. We invite you to get to know us better by touring Swedish as our guest, where you can feel free to ask questions and familiarize yourself with the facility. This is a free, narrated tour of the entire maternity unit that includes:

This tour can only be done if you or your partner is pregnant or if you are choosing a hospital prior to becoming pregnant.

Tours are of no cost to participants, but pre-registration is required. Call (866) 779-3347 or register online. Please note: each person attending the tour must bring his/her photo ID.

Pre-register for delivery

We recommend that maternity patients pre-register for their stay at our hospital. By completing our maternity pre-admission forms prior to your admission to Swedish, you will save time. Plus, it is one more thing you won’t have to worry about when the big day comes!

Pre-register using our online pre-registration form

Once you have completed the form and you have made copies of your insurance card, you may either fax the completed form to Swedish’s emergency department at (303) 788-8906 or mail it to us at:

Swedish Medical Center
501 E Hampden Avenue
Englewood, CO 80113
ATTN: ED Admissions Dept.

If you have any questions regarding your financial responsibility, please call Swedish Financial Services at (303) 788-6852.

Childbirth preparation courses

Our series is a comprehensive course offered during the evening for four weeks. These classes focus on five aspects of the birthing process: phases of labor and delivery, comfort strategies, medical procedures, breathing and relaxation conditioning and the postpartum period. Each series includes a variety of childbirth videos and written materials.

To register, call (866) 779-3347 or register online.

Worth the wait: 39 weeks

When a baby’s birth is scheduled even a little early for non-medical reasons, this can cause a problem for both mom and baby. Swedish, HealthONE and the March of Dimes partner to let women know, if your pregnancy is healthy, let labor start on its own. If you need to have your baby early and can control the timing, wait until at least week 39. Healthy babies are worth the wait!

Babies born prematurely (at 37 weeks of pregnancy or earlier) may have more health problems at birth and later in life than babies born full term. The last few weeks of pregnancy are key for baby’s development.

Why do babies need at least 39 weeks?

  • Important organs get all the time they need to develop; Baby’s brain, for instance, will nearly double in weight in the last few weeks of pregnancy
  • Baby is less likely to have vision and hearing problems after birth
  • Baby has time to gain more weight before being born. Babies born at a healthy weight have an easier time staying warm than babies born too small—so they can focus on other development matters
  • Baby can suck and swallow and stay awake long enough to eat after birth. Sometimes, babies born early can’t do these things

Other reasons to not schedule early birth include:

  • Your due date may not be exactly right. Sometimes it’s hard to know just when you got pregnant. If you schedule to induce labor or have a C-section and your date is off by a week or two, your baby may be born too early.
  • Inducing labor may not work. If your labor is induced, the medicine your doctor or midwife gives you may not start your labor. When this happens, you may need to have a C-section.
  • C-sections can cause problems in future pregnancies. Once you have a C-section, you may be more likely in future pregnancies to have another one. The more C-sections you have, the more problems you and your baby could experience, including issues with the placenta.

If your doctor recommends delivery before 39 weeks, be sure to ask:

  • Is there a problem with my health or the health of my baby that may cause for the need for early delivery?
  • Can I wait to have my baby until I’m closer to 39 weeks?

If your doctor wants to induce labor, ask:

  • Why do you need to induce my labor?
  • How will you induce my labor?
  • Will inducing labor increase the chance that I’ll need to have a C-section?

If a C-section is being discussed, you can ask:

  • Why do I need to have a C-section?
  • What problems can a C-section cause for me and my baby?
  • Can I have a vaginal birth in my earlier pregnancies?

OB/GYN anesthesiologists

To help birthing mothers have the most memorable experience, we have around the clock pain management coverage, should you want or need it. Our board-certified anesthesiologists are here to help manage the birthing process by providing a range of pain relieving options (local and regional anesthesia, including epidural or spinal anesthesia and general anesthesia). At Swedish, both an OB anesthesiologist and a certified registered nurse anesthetist are always present and available. Although labor and delivery can be accomplished without anesthesia, Swedish is prepared with a qualified team to make your birthing experience uniquely yours.

Nitrous oxide in labor

We believe women should have options for coping with labor pain. Every woman experiences labor differently, so learning about pain relief measures and planning ahead is important. Using nitrous oxide in labor is an option Swedish offers to our patients. Ask your doctor or midwife for more information.

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a clear, colorless gas usually mixed 50/50 with oxygen for laboring moms. When breathed in, it leads to slight feelings of euphoria, relaxation and detachment from your current situation. In small doses, nitrous oxide is considered an analgesic, or pain relief.

It can be administered quickly, easily and safely. You will feel the effects immediately and they dissipate once you stop breathing in the gas.

Benefits of nitrous oxide

  • Safe for mother and baby
  • Eliminated quickly through the lungs and does not accumulate in the body
  • Newborn responsiveness, alertness and breastfeeding are not affected
  • If you decide to stop using nitrous oxide, you still have the option to try another method of pain relief

Some women experience nausea while using the gas. It’s important to have someone with you while using nitrous oxide, although no one can administer the gas for you.