Family Care Unit
BABY-FRIENDLY HOSPITAL INITIATIVE (BFHI)
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 Ivinson Family Care Unit 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 Unit 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 coverage for labor epidurals by two certified registered nurse anesthetists
- Low and high risk maternal and neonatal care
- Lactation support from Certified Lactation Consultants on the unit
- 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.
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 Unit has two certified lactation educators on staff to help educate you in breast feeding, post delivery.
delivery & care
All Family Care Unit nursing staff are RNs with extensive experience in obstetrics and nursery care. All nurses on the unit undergo an extensive 6 month training program. RNs on the unit 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.
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 on the unit.
For vaginal deliveries you may stay for as long as 48 hours but most stay for around 36 hours. For C‑section deliveries, you may stay as long as 96 hours but most stay for about 3 days.
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. Family Care Unit 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!