Family Care Unit

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Our goal is to give moth­ers the infor­ma­tion, confi­dence and skills needed to success­fully initi­ate and continue breast­feed­ing their babies or feed­ing formula safely. You and your baby stay together in your room during your hospi­tal stay. Your stable newborn will only visit the nurs­ery at your request or for proce­dures such as hear­ing screens, lab draws, circum­ci­sion or discharge blood pressures. 

There is noth­ing as impor­tant as the life and health of your child. The IMH Family Care Center is dedi­cated to the care of chil­dren and babies. Pedi­atrics and obstet­rics are combined in one nurtur­ing envi­ron­ment with nurses who have special­ized train­ing and compre­hen­sive expe­ri­ence in neona­tal and pedi­atric care. 

Focus­ing on your health and the health of your baby — that’s our promise in the Family Care Center at Ivin­son Memo­r­ial Hospi­tal. Small enough to provide indi­vid­u­al­ized care, but progres­sive enough to house advanced tech­nol­ogy, we offer compre­hen­sive services, nurtur­ing care and sophis­ti­cated treat­ments and therapies. 

  • Labor, deliver, recov­ery, post-partum care in room
  • In-room Jacuzzi
  • Intrathe­cals and 24 hour a day cover­age for labor epidu­rals by two certi­fied regis­tered nurse anesthetists
  • Low and high risk mater­nal and neona­tal care
  • Support services avail­able for inten­sive care in Denver
  • Complete nurs­ery services with meta­bolic and hear­ing screen­ings for newborns

congrat­u­la­tions, you’re pregnant!

To get on the road for a healthy preg­nancy and baby, get in touch with a provider prefer­ably by 8 – 9 weeks but certainly within the first three months of preg­nancy. You can call us at any time, 24 hours a day, and our staff will refer you to the correct place. 


get ready!

Begin prena­tal classes the first part of your 3rd trimester. This will prepare you for labor, deliv­ery and caring for a newborn baby. Call us for more details and class sched­ules. Down­load an infor­ma­tional brochure.

Bring your personal items and toiletries. You may also want to bring some slip­pers and a robe. Bring clothes and blan­kets to take your baby home in. We will provide diapers for baby and hygiene items for mom.

The Family Care Center has two certi­fied lacta­tion educa­tors on staff to help educate you in breast feed­ing, post delivery. 


deliv­ery & care

All Family Care Center nurs­ing staff are RNs with exten­sive expe­ri­ence in obstet­rics and nurs­ery care. All nurses at the Center undergo an exten­sive 6 month train­ing program. RNs at the Center offer as much as 30+ years of expe­ri­ence. Through­out your stay, the staff will provide infor­ma­tion and educa­tion about caring for your new baby. 

We provide 24 hour cover­age for epidu­rals and other pain manage­ment options with 2 CRNAs. Epidu­rals are given during active labor, usually when dialated around 4 cm. 


your comfort.

We offer single-patient suites for your complete mater­nity care. When you are admit­ted for deliv­ery you will labor, deliver and stay in the suite for your post-partum care. Your new baby will stay in the suite with you and will only be taken to the nurs­ery for special proce­dures like hear­ing and meta­bolic tests. 

We encour­age having your support person stay with you and there is a sleeper chair for this purpose in each suite. Other visi­tors are welcome any time, based on your rest needs. The number of people allowed in the deliv­ery is totally up to the new parents, but your wishes must be commu­ni­cated to the staff at the Center. 

For vagi­nal deliv­er­ies you can stay for as long as 48 hours but most stay for around 36 hours. For C-section deliv­er­ies, you can stay as long as 96 hours but most stay for about 3 days. 


going home

There is no set discharge time. When you are ready to go home, the paper­work will be prepared. All hear­ing and meta­bolic tests will be done. If you elected to have a photo­graph posted on the web nurs­ery the photo will be taken before you leave. Family Care Center staff will accom­pany you to your vehi­cle and ensure that a car seat is prop­erly installed. You will be sent home with all your discharge infor­ma­tion as well as baby care infor­ma­tion and even some samples! 

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