Labor and Delivery: Preparing for Your Stay

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Welcoming your baby into the world should be one of the happiest days of your life. We're dedicated to providing a supportive environment for your special day. 

When you arrive at Lutheran Medical Center for your delivery, you'll be greeted by our caring and compassionate staff, who is focused entirely on you, your family and your needs. 

Our services are tailored to exceed your needs and the needs of your entire family. We offer all the amenities you deserve to make your stay as safe and comfortable as possible.

Having Your Baby at Lutheran Medical Center: Before You Arrive

Here are a few things you should do before you arrive at Lutheran Medical Center to have your baby.

  • Pre-register for your hospital stay.
    Online pre-registration or call 303-272-0999

  • Pack your bag.
    See our suggested packing list.

  • Choose a doctor for your baby.
    You should have a doctor (a pediatrician or family practice physician) picked out for your baby at the time you are admitted in labor. Please bring the first and last name of your baby's doctor so that they can be notified when your baby has been born. If you do not have a physician, you can use our on call doctors.

  • Complete your birth plan.
    A birth plan tells the hospital staff what is important to you during labor, birth, and hospitalization.

If you have a unique situation or special needs that we should know about ahead of time, call us at 303-425-2229.

When You Arrive

When you are ready to have your baby, you may enter through Entrance 2 or the emergency entrance. During the day, there is complimentary valet parking in front of the main hospital entrance (Entrance 2). The free hospital parking lot is also available 24-hours-a-day.

Once inside Lutheran Medical Center, you will be directed to the dedicated elevator for the Women and Family Center.

Please note that we are a non-smoking facility. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on campus.

Helpful Reminders

  • DO bring a list of all the medications and supplements that you currently take.
  • DO NOT bring those medications to the hospital (unless your doctor has specifically instructed you to bring a medication).
  • DO bring identification and proof of insurance with you. They are required at the time of admission. Also, be aware that if your insurance requires a co-payment, you will be asked to pay it at the time of admission.

Insurance & Billing

We recommend that you contact your insurance company about your maternity and newborn coverage.

It is also a good idea to complete the online pre-registration process early so your time at the hospital can be spent resting and getting to know your baby rather than dealing with billing and business details.

You may receive an additional bill from your anesthesiologist, pediatrician, or an assistant surgeon.

Vaccinations for Mom

These vaccines may be offered to mothers while in the hospital if appropriate:

  • Flu vaccine will be offered to all mothers through the flu season (October through March).
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) will be offered to any mother who has not previously received the vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diptheria, and whooping cough (Pertussis), which is dangerous for babies and is usually passed to them by their parents. New parents and other caregivers are urged to consider this vaccine due to a recent pertussis outbreak in Colorado.

Infant Identification & Safety

Safety for you and your baby is our #1 priority.

Once your baby is born, mom, baby, and one other person designated by mom (usually her partner) will receive ID bands with numbers that match. Numbers are matched again at discharge. For safety reasons, additional bands cannot be issued to other support persons.

We have many security features on our unit such as:

  • Locked unit
  • Same nurse cares for mom and baby
  • All staff wear a pink picture ID
  • Babies are only transported in their cribs
  • HUGS Infant Protection Bands

Rooming-in (caring for your baby at your bedside) also helps to ensure that your baby stays safely by you and minimizes separation from your infant. Rooming-in has many benefits including babies cry less and are easier to calm, moms get more rest, a greater ability to respond to baby's feeding cues, and you will make more breast milk.

Birth Certificate Process

You will fill out a birth certificate information worksheet provided by the Birth Certificate Clerk while you are in the hospital. You may also print the worksheet and fill it in before coming to the hospital. This information will be submitted to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment by your Birth Certificate Clerk.

Your Birth Certificate Clerk will provide you with an order form and instructions on how to order a copy of your baby's birth certificate. Use the form to order an official copy of the certificate or you can go to www.vitalcheck.com (additional fees may apply for online orders), by mail, by fax or in person. Please wait at least one week after the baby is born to order.

You will receive the official copy of the birth certificate from your health department approximately 3 to 4 weeks after you place the order (if ordering in person, you will receive immediately).


Procedures for Your Baby

There are several procedures and screenings that will take place after your baby arrives, including:

  • Hepatitis B Immunization
    The first of 3 vaccinations occurs shortly after birth with your consent. The other 2 will be administered by your baby’s doctor in the coming months. You will receive more information after delivery.

  • Circumcision
    A staff member will ask you if you want your son circumcised.  If yes, you are required to complete and sign an authorization form allowing your doctor to do the procedure.  Some physicians only do circumcisions in their office.  Please check with your baby’s caregiver.

    If you choose to have your baby boy circumcised, it will be done on the day of discharge. Your baby’s doctor will review the procedure and have you sign consent.

    When you make this decision, it may help you to think about your personal and cultural preferences. For example, you may want to consider your religious and family traditions while you weigh the pros and cons of the surgery.

    We encourage you to consult your physician and your baby’s doctor to assist with this decision. Just remember, it's up to you.
  • Newborn Screening Program
    Sometimes it's referred to as the “PKU Test”. All infants in Colorado are screened for several genetic diseases that can be harmful if not detected early in life. We offer the expanded screening. A few drops of blood are drawn from your baby’s heel at about 24 hours of life. The test is repeated at two weeks of age.
  • Newborn Hearing Screening
    All babies are given a hearing screening while in the hospital. This is usually done in your room (you are more than welcome to accompany your baby) and uses non-invasive probes on your baby’s skin.
  • Congenital Cardiac Heart Disease Screening (CCHD)
    This screening detects low oxygen levels and is done by placing non-invasive pulse oximetry probes on your baby’s foot and hand.

Breastfeeding Support

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies exclusively breastfeed for six months and continue for at least one year.

Our lactation consultants are on staff to assist breastfeeding mothers during their hospital stay. We also offer additional services for breastfeeding families, which include:

  • Lactation consultants
  • Breastfeeding support group
  • One on one appointments with our lactation consultants: 303-425-2286

For questions about breastfeeding and breastfeeding services contact our Women and Family Center at 303-425-2229 or visit our Breastfeeding Services page.

Additional Services, Classes & Resources

As Lutheran Medical Center specializes in childbirth and maternity care, we have developed several resources, classes and support services for expecting moms.

  • Prenatal Classes & Parenting Education
    We have a variety of courses available in formats designed for busy, working parents-to-be. Browse all of our classes.