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Our Birth Treatments & Procedures

Birth Centers at Memorial Hospital

 

Two locations:

 

Memorial Hospital Central
1400 E. Boulder St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(map & directions)


Hospital operator: 719-365-5000
Free garage parking & valet

Memorial Hospital North
4050 Briargate Pkwy.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
(map & directions)


Hospital operator: 719-364-5000
Free parking

 

Learn About Our Birth Centers in Five Steps:

Step 1. Our Birth Center
Step 2. Our Doctors & Specialists
Step 3. Our Treatments & Procedures
Step 4. Patient Stories

Step 5. How to contact us and important visiting information



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Our Physician Practice


» Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists


For health questions, health classes or help finding a doctor, ask our nurses at HealthLink, 719-444-CARE (2273), or search online


» Download: Birth Packet (.pdf/2.4MB)

 

Through the birth centers at Memorial Hospital, we offer:

 

• private birth suites for labor, delivery, postpartum
• private mother/baby suites for recovery
• 24-hour nursery and mother/baby unit security
• room service
• overnight, in-room guest sleeping accommodations
• family dining and gathering areas
• breast feeding instruction
• level IIIb neonatal intensive care for newborns requiring special care
• designated operation rooms for Caesarian section and other birth-related surgeries

 

Accommodations and amenities include flat-screen televisions, private bath and showers, outdoor views, birth balls, squat bars, recliners, fireplaces and more.

 

Unless special care is needed, newborns stay with the mother much as possible during the entire hospital stay. Also, both mother and baby are cared for by the same nurse for continuity of care.


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For High-Risk Pregnancy

A pregnancy is considered high-risk if you have the following medical or obstetric conditions:

  • maternal diabetes
  • uterine abnormalities
  • previous pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia and/or a history of premature births

» More about: Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists


For high-risk pregnancies, we offer the following maternal-fetal medicine services at Memorial Hospital Central:

Prematurity Prevention Counseling

An infant born before the 37th week of pregnancy is considered premature and may encounter health problems that require extensive hospitalization. Women can reduce the risk of prematurity by learning about and taking precautions against preterm birth. The program provides information about risk factors, the diagnosis of premature labor, warning signs, preventive measures, medications and special needs and health problems of premature newborns.

Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling helps individuals identify and understand genetic conditions they may pass to their children and determine specific risks that may influence the pregnancy and the health of the baby. Those who may benefit from genetic counseling include:

 

Individuals who:

  • have known inherited disorder or a birth defect
  • have a child or relative with mental retardation, an inherited disorder or a birth defect
  • have an ethnic background known to have a higher incidence of specific disorder(s), such as Sickle Cell disease in African-Americans or Tay-Sachs disease in Ashkenazi Jews

Couples who:

  • are closely related to each other by birth

Women who:

  • are pregnant and will be 35 years or older at the time of the baby's birth
  • are at an increased risk for complications or birth defects due to an abnormal alpha-feto protein or triple marker screen
  • are concerned about the use of medications, drugs or environmental exposures during the pregnancy
  • have a history of multiple (three or more) miscarriages and/or stillbirths

Amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)

Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling are diagnostic tests used to identify fetal chromosomal abnormalities and/or specific genetic disorders. Amniocentesis is performed after 16 weeks gestation, while CVS is performed between 10 and 13 weeks.

Diagnostic Fetal Ultrasound

Ultrasound can provide a comprehensive look at the pregnancy and baby's anatomy. It is used to date the pregnancy, evaluate fetal growth, diagnose multiple pregnancies, diagnose many birth defects in the fetus, determine placental position and assess amniotic fluid volume.

Antepartum Fetal Assessment

Antepartum fetal assessment is appropriate for women diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure or preeclampsia,  for women carrying multiples for babies with certain birth defects and for women who are past their due date, as well as other obstetrical and/or fetal complications. Women with any of these conditions are monitored more frequently in the third trimester with the use of fetal monitors and ultrasound.


» More about: Maternal-fetal Medicine specialists

 

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For Newborns Requiring Special Care

As a part of Memorial Hospital for Children, we provide neonatal intensive care in the event a newborn requires special care. At our level IIIb NICU, we provide the highest level of care in southern Colorado for sick infants including surgical and cardiac services, emergency air and ground transportation, full life support for premature babies and post-operative care for congenital defects.

 

» More about: Neonatal intensive care

 

» More about: Emergency air and ground transportation

 

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Schedule a Tour, Find a Doctor or Take a Class

To schedule a tour of our birth center, find a doctor or enroll in a childbirth/parenting class, call HealthLink at 719-444-CARE (2273), or search online

 

Please note: a consultation may require a doctor's referral. Contact your doctor for more information about the diagnosis or treatment of a medical condition.

 

» Other important birth center contact information & helpful resources

 

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Continue to learn more about our birth center ...

 

» Step 4: Birth Patient Stories