1 Center for Childbirth 2015 Guide to Classes and Services
2 Table of Contents Prenatal and New Parent Education Congratulations!...1 Why Prepare for Birth with Our Classes?... 2 Prenatal Education... 3 Recommended Classes for First-Time Parents Recommended Classes for Families Having Another Baby Additional Classes to Customize Your Preparation Recommended Classes for New Parents Timeline for Taking Classes... 3 Registration Information... 3 Prenatal Classes... 4 Early Prenatal Classes Prenatal Yoga Marvelous Multiples Childbirth Preparation Classes Preparation for Childbirth Lessons Online Private Childbirth Preparation On Bed Rest? Labor Lab Other Helpful Classes Baby Business: Hospital Registration and Tour Breastfeeding Tea, Cups & Pumps Babies, Baths and Booties Baby Makes Three Boot Camp for New Dads Happiest Baby on the Block Sibling Safari CPR and Safety for Parents For New Parents Baby Makes Three Part II New Moms Network Support for Post-Partum Depression Breastfeeding Moms Group Happiest Baby on the Block Especially for Teens Prenatal Education Classes Childbirth Preparation for Teens Babies, Baths, Bundles and Totsaver (CPR) for Teens Successful Breastfeeding for Teens The Center for Childbirth Having Your Baby at The Center for Childbirth Important Resources Lactation (Breastfeeding) Services For Those on Bed Rest The Nursing Nook/Free $20 Gift Certificate for Expectant Moms Baby s First Ride The Gift of Massage Frequently Asked Questions About Hospital Billing Maps Important Phone Numbers For more information, go to goodsamaritancolorado.org To register for classes, call
3 Congratulations At Good Samaritan Medical Center, we believe you are embarking on the most rewarding and challenging experience of all time childbirth and parenting. We are delighted you have chosen our hospital as the place to deliver your baby. We know that parents-to-be have many questions, so we have developed this Guide to Classes and Services to keep you informed and healthy at every step. Reading through the first section, you will learn about the educational and support programs available throughout the upcoming months. Be sure to read through the entire Guide and register early in your pregnancy, as many of the late pregnancy classes fill quickly. The last section of the Guide describes the many hospital services and programs offered to families having their babies at The Center for Childbirth. If you have questions about this Guide, or if we can be helpful at any time during your pregnancy, please call The Center for Childbirth at You may also check our website at goodsamaritancolorado.org. Sincerely, The Center for Childbirth Staff Good Samaritan Medical Center Baby Friendly is a World Health Organization/UNICEF designation that recognizes and awards hospitals that have implemented the ten steps proven to increase breastfeeding success. We are proud to be the first hospital in Colorado to be awarded this prestigious designation. For more information, visit their website at 1
4 Why Prepare For Birth With Our Classes? With so much information available on the Internet, cable channels and DVDs, some expectant parents wonder, Why should I take prenatal classes? In a nutshell, you are laying the foundation for being a good and attentive parent. Spending intentional time to stay healthy and become prepared for your baby is your first responsibility. Even if you plan to use medication for your birth, classes provide information to ease discomfort, and help you learn about birth, your baby, and how to make a positive transition to parenthood. Our Classes Are Designed to Meet Your Unique Needs. They: Are offered in a variety of formats for busy, working parents-to-be Provide quality, up-to-date information about pregnancy, birth and baby care Will inform you about epidurals and other frequently used medications Help expectant parents connect with others which often results in lasting friendships! We look forward to having you in classes. Please call The Center for Childbirth at for more information or assistance in selecting the prenatal classes that are right for you. You Will Begin to Develop a Trusting Relationship with our Hospital Our parent educators are nationally certified and are familiar with your physician and Good Samaritan Medical Center policies and practices. They have a passion for helping expectant parents feel confident and empowered. Some people have anxieties about hospitals. Coming to the hospital for prenatal classes helps you begin to learn about us and feel safe and welcome. Studies have shown that families that take prenatal classes report a higher level of confidence with bringing their new baby home and dealing with emergencies. Additionally, they have more early breastfeeding success. For more information, go to goodsamaritancolorado.org To register for classes, call
5 Prenatal Education At The Center for Childbirth, we know that every birth and every family is unique, so we offer a variety of classes designed to prepare you for what s ahead. Choose the collection of classes that best describes your family: Recommended Classes for First-Time Parents: Preparation for Childbirth/Labor Lab Breastfeeding Babies, Baths and Booties (baby care class) CPR and Safety Baby Business: Hospital Registration and Tour Recommended Classes for Families Having Another Baby: Labor Lab (to refresh your memory and practice skills) Baby Business: Hospital Registration and Tour Sibling Safari CPR and Safety Prenatal Education Timeline Register for All Classes WEEKS PREGNANT Marvelous Multiples Prenatal Yoga WEEKS PREGNANT Registration Information Prenatal education classes fill quickly. We recommend you register several months in advance. Plan ahead, select your classes, and register as early as possible. All classes require payment at the time of registration. You may pay online with a credit card or with a personal check if you register by phone. To register, go to goodsamaritancolorado.org, or call The Center for Childbirth at Confirmation After you register for a class, a confirmation letter listing the class date, time and location will be sent to you. Maps to the hospital are on page 22 of this Guide. Childcare Babies may attend classes with you where noted in the class description. Otherwise, we request that you make other childcare arrangements. Additional Classes to Customize Your Preparation: Baby Makes Three Prenatal Yoga Happiest Baby on the Block TM Boot Camp for New Dads Marvelous Multiples Tea Cups and Pumps Recommended Classes for New Parents: New Moms Network Happiest Baby on the Block Breastfeeding Moms Group Baby Makes Three Part II More detailed descriptions and costs for these and additional classes follow. Choose any of the class dates listed. Baby Business: Hospital Reg & Tour YOUR BABY S BIRTH CPR and Safety Breastfeeding Preparation for Childbirth Baby Makes Three Babies, Baths and Booties Boot Camp for New Dads Tea Cups and Pumps Labor Lab Happiest Baby on the Block TM Breastfeeding Moms Group New Moms Network BABY S FIRST MONTHS Baby Makes Three Part II Happiest Baby on the Block TM To Change or Cancel a Class, call The Center for Childbirth at If you cancel your registration prior to two weeks before the start of class, we will provide a refund, less a $10 processing fee. Refunds cannot be given after that time. We are unable to transfer registration fees to another class should you miss your scheduled class. Occasionally, due to low enrollment, we must cancel a class. In those instances, we are happy to provide a full refund or assist you in selecting another class. Inclement Weather In case of inclement weather, please call the main hospital phone number at two hours before class start time for cancellation information. 3
6 Early Prenatal Classes Prenatal Yoga Nurture yourself and your growing baby while connecting with other moms-to-be. A certified prenatal yoga instructor will lead you through yoga poses and breathing techniques that are especially beneficial during pregnancy while encouraging an open-minded, positive approach to birth. Please bring a mat, pillow and blanket to class. Cost: $60 for 6-week sessions; individual classes also available. When to take this class: Throughout pregnancy, begin any time. Offered: Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Classes are held at Saint Joseph Hospital. Call to register. January 5 to February 9 February 16 to March 23 March 30 to May 4 May 11 to June 22 (no Prenatal Yoga Memorial Day, May 25) June 29 to August 3 August 10 to September 21 (no Prenatal Yoga Labor Day, September 7) September 28 to November 2 November 9 to December 14 (no Prenatal Yoga December 21 or 28) Marvelous Multiples Are you expecting twins or triplets? Get prepared for a unique pregnancy and birth and for life ahead. Meet other families who are also experiencing the joys and challenges of expecting multiples. This class explains the physical and emotional differences of a multiples pregnancy and helps you become confident in the multiple-birth process. You will also learn practical skills and strategies for caring for newborn multiples. It is best to take this class by the time you are 20 weeks pregnant, although you are welcome at any time during pregnancy. This class is held at Saint Joseph Hospital. Call to register. Cost: $70 per couple When to take this class: Anytime during pregnancy but best before you are 20 weeks pregnant. Offered: Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This class is held at Saint Joseph Hospital. Call to register. January 3 March 14 May 16 July 18 September 26 November 21 For dates of Breastfeeding Multiples Class, call Receive a free pregnancy sleep bra from The Nursing Nook when you register for three or more of Good Samaritan Medical Center s prenatal classes! A sleep bra can give comfortable support to ease the discomfort of pregnancy breast changes. The Nursing Nook (see page 19 and back cover) on the third floor of the hospital has pregnancy sleep bras as well as support belts to ease backaches in pregnancy. Call or visit The Nursing Nook for more details about this free offer. (Excludes Baby Business class.) For more information, go to goodsamaritancolorado.org To register for classes, call
7 Childbirth Preparation Classes Why prepare for childbirth with a class? You may be thinking, Why should I bother with a hospital class for birth? I can get tons of information on the internet or from friends. A Childbirth Preparation class is the perfect way to get ready for your baby for these important reasons: Our nationally-certified instructors can help you sort through what you have heard about birth and separate reality from hype. They teach evidence-based information and realistic techniques for coping with labor. They will share with you the growing body of research about the ways that birth can be helped or hindered. If you are planning to use medication for labor, childbirth preparation classes are perfect to help you understand epidurals (and other medications) and their risks and benefits. Classes are fun! Getting to know others facing the same challenges helps to support you during this time. Many lasting friendships begin in class. You and your partner also need time together to learn the skills and gain the confidence needed for labor. A class will teach you about the routine policies and practices specific to Good Samaritan Medical Center. It will also give you an opportunity to get to know some of the hospital personnel who work in The Center for Childbirth. Some women question their ability to labor and birth. They may wonder, Will the coping techniques I learn really work? In class you will learn that it is not about breathing, feeling pain or avoiding taking drugs. It is learning that birth works! Coupled with the support given to you by your healthcare provider, partner, family and friends, you will find that birth works for you, too! Preparation for Childbirth Wondering how well you will manage labor? Confidence begins here! Our childbirth preparation courses will provide you with accurate information as you prepare for labor and birth. Let our nationally certified childbirth instructors teach you about the labor process, coping and breathing techniques and the latest about epidurals, medication and interventions. You will also learn about strategies for partners, cesarean birth and hospital procedures. Learn how to manage the pain of labor and become empowered with knowledge and skills for birth. We suggest pairing this class with a Labor Lab session (see page 8). Cost: $75 per couple When to take this class: Complete by four weeks before your due date. Offered: Once a week for three weeks (see dates/times in green below) Two all-day Saturday or Sunday sessions (see dates/times in red below) One Friday and Saturday session (see dates/times in blue below) Saturdays Jan. 10, 17 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sundays Jan. 11, 18 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 14, 21, 28 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday and Jan. 23, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday Jan. 24 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday and Feb. 6, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Saturday Feb. 7 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sundays Feb. 8, 15 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 12, 19, 26 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Saturdays Feb. 21, 28 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday and Mar. 6, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday Mar. 7 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sundays Mar. 8, 15 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesdays Mar. 17, 24, 31 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Friday and Mar. 20, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday Mar. 21 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays Mar. 21, 28 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday April 1, 8, 15 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Friday and April 10, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday April 11 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays April 11, 18 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sundays April 19, 26 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday and April 24, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday April 25 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 5
8 Childbirth Preparation Classes, continued For more information, go to goodsamaritancolorado.org To register for classes, call Friday and May 1, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday May 2 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays May 2, 9 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursdays May 7, 14, 21 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Tuesdays May 12, 19, 26 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Friday and May 15, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday May 16 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays June 3, 10, 17 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Friday and June 5, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday June 6 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays June 6, 13 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sundays June 7, 14 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesdays June 16, 23, 30 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Friday and June 26, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday June 27 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays July 1, 8, 15 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Friday and July 10, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday July 11 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sundays July 12, 19 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sundays July 12, 19, 26 3:00 p.m 6:00 p.m. Saturdays July 18, 25 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesdays July 22, 29, Aug 5 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Sundays Aug. 2, 9 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday and Aug. 7, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday Aug. 8 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday Aug. 15, 22 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesdays Aug. 18, 25, Sept. 1 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Sundays Aug. 23, 30 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesdays Sept. 9, 16, 23 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Friday and Sept. 11, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday Sept. 12 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays Sept. 12, 19 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sundays Sept.20, 27 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday and Sept. 25, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday Sept. 26 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday and Oct. 9, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday Oct. 10 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 10, 17 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sundays Oct. 11, 18 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 15, 22, 29 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Wednesdays Nov. 4, 11, 18 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Friday and Nov. 6, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday Nov. 7 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sundays Nov. 8, 15 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sundays Nov. 15, 22 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday and Nov. 20, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday Nov. 21 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday and Dec. 4, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday Dec. 5 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays Dec. 8, 15, 22 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Saturdays Dec. 12, 19 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sundays Dec. 13, 20 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Special classes for teens are listed on page 16. I found classes helpful in every way. Learning the realities and process by which a baby is born helped make me more relaxed.
9 Childbirth Preparation Classes, continued Lessons Online This method of preparing for childbirth might be a good fit if you prefer to learn at your own pace, have been placed on bed rest, or if your work/travel schedules prevent you from committing to a traditional class. This self-paced course is a mix of self-study using web-based readings and video, with an optional Labor Lab session. Here s how Lessons Online works: 1. Register for the course. You will receive your personal access code to Lessons Online. This website provides easy-to-understand explanations with graphics and videos to teach you about the process of birth. 2. View the website at your own pace. The helpful graphics and short video clips scattered throughout the course, as well as the assessments, will help you feel confident about birth. 3. Attend a Labor Lab session (this is optional and can be arranged when you register for Lessons Online or after you have completed the course). Labor Lab is an opportunity to practice the skills learned online in an actual labor setting. Cost: $80 When to take this class: Complete by four weeks before your due date. Private Childbirth Preparation If you are unable to attend a childbirth class, a certified childbirth instructor can meet with you by appointment for a hour session. Call The Center for Childbirth at to schedule a private class arranged to meet your needs. Cost: $150 When to take this class: Complete by three weeks before your due date. On Bed Rest? If you have been placed on bed rest, we can help you prepare for your birth with books, supplies and online or private classes for: Childbirth preparation Breastfeeding Registering for your hospital stay and a virtual tour Call Family Education and Support at and we will help design an educational program that meets your unique needs. I wasn t sure about taking classes, but now I am so appreciative of them and feel 100 percent better about the entire process. Thank you. 7
10 Childbirth Preparation Classes, continued Labor Lab Everyone knows that labor is hard work! This is your opportunity to practice and build your labor skills in the real labor environment. This class takes place in The Center for Childbirth/LDR (Labor/Delivery/Recovery Room) where you can rehearse skills you learned in your childbirth preparation class and learn more about the use of positioning, massage and breathing techniques. This class will help you: Add additional skills for managing the pain of labor Practice using a birthing bed for labor and pushing Refresh your skills from a previous birth Alternative therapies such as aromatherapy, water therapy, massage and acupressure will also be reviewed so that you and your support person are well-equipped with a variety of tools for labor. Labor Lab should be taken with your labor support person after your childbirth preparation course or as a refresher course. Cost: $30 per couple When to take this class: Complete during your last month of pregnancy. Offered: Weekday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., or Sunday afternoons 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday January 6 Wednesday January 14 Tuesday January 20 Wednesday February 4 Tuesday February 17 Wednesday February 25 Monday March 9 Wednesday March 18 Tuesday March 24 Wednesday April 8 Tuesday April 14 Wednesday April 29 Monday May 4 Wednesday May 13 Tuesday May 19 Wednesday May 27 Tuesday June 2 Wednesday June 10 Sunday June 14 For more information, go to goodsamaritancolorado.org To register for classes, call Wednesday June 24 Wednesday June 30 Monday July 6 Tuesday July 14 Monday July 27 Wednesday August 5 Tuesday August 11 Wednesday August 19 Tuesday August 25 Wednesday September 2 Tuesday September 15 Wednesday September 23 Tuesday September 29 Wednesday October 7 Tuesday October 13 Tuesday October 27 Monday November 2 Wednesday November 11 Tuesday November 17 Tuesday December 1 Tuesday December 8 Monday December 14 Labor Lab went beyond practice. It allowed us to actually experience the environment and imagine how we could make it our own.
11 Other Helpful Classes Baby Business and Tour Take care of your Baby Business by clicking on the Baby Business button on the Good Samaritan Medical Center/ Center for Childbirth website. The essential information provided there will guide you through the required pre-registration process. Baby Business also provides you information about obtaining your baby s birth certificate, and describes hospital routines such as immunizations, security, billing and the free amenities provided to new parents. After you have gone through the Baby Business information, then attend one of the tours scheduled on the dates below. Getting ready for the hospital couldn t be easier! The quickest way to go to the Baby Business button is by going to goodsamaritancolorado.org/services and Departments/ Center for Childbirth and click on Baby Business on the side menu. Cost: Free When to take this class: Review Baby Business on the website and attend your tour during your final month of pregnancy (but register as soon as you have chosen Good Samaritan Medical Center because tours fill quickly). Offered: One session Weekday evenings, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., or 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays, Noon to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday January 3 Wednesday January 7 Saturday January 24 Wednesday January 28 Saturday February 7 Tuesday February 10 Saturday February 21 Tuesday February 24 Saturday March 7 Wednesday March 11 Tuesday March 16 Saturday March 28 Wednesday April 1 Saturday April 11 Wednesday April 22 Tuesday April 28 Tuesday May 5 Saturday May 9 Wednesday May 20 Saturday May 30 Wednesday June 3 Saturday June 13 Wednesday June 17 Saturday June 27 Wednesday July 1 Saturday July 11 Saturday July 25 Wednesday July 29 Saturday August 8 Wednesday August 12 Saturday August 22 Monday August 24 Tuesday September 1 Saturday September 12 Saturday September 26 Wednesday September 30 Saturday October 10 Saturday October 17 Wednesday October 21 Thursday October 29 Wednesday November 4 Saturday November 14 Saturday November 21 Saturday December 5 Wednesday December 9 Saturday December 19 Wednesday December 30 9
12 Other Helpful Classes, continued Breastfeeding This class is highly recommended for expectant parents who plan to breastfeed their baby. The class discusses the benefits of breastfeeding, how milk is made, feeding techniques, breast pumps, and other breastfeeding supplies, milk storage, and how to avoid common problems. This class is most beneficial when moms-to-be attend with their partner. Read about The Nursing Nook, featuring specialty items and resources for expectant breastfeeding mothers on page 19 and back cover. Cost: $40 per couple When to take this class: During your last two months of pregnancy. Offered: Evenings, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday January 3 Thursday January 15 Sunday January 25 Saturday February 7 Tuesday February 10 Sunday February 22 Sunday March 1 Wednesday March 18 Sunday March 28 Thursday April 9 Tuesday April 14 Wednesday April 29 Saturday May 9 Sunday May 17 Wednesday May 27 Thursday June 4 Saturday June 13 Tuesday June 23 Saturday June 27 Thursday July 2 Saturday July 11 Wednesday July 15 Tuesday July 28 Wednesday August 5 Saturday August 22 Sunday August 30 Tuesday September 8 Sunday September 13 Saturday September 26 Sunday October 4 Saturday October 17 Tuesday October 27 Tuesday November 10 Saturday November 21 Wednesday December 2 Saturday December 19 Tuesday December 29 Imagine that the world had invented a new dream product to feed and immunize everyone born on earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere, required no storage and delivery, and helped mothers plan their families and reduce their risk of cancer. This dream product is not a dream at all. It is human breast milk, and it is available to us all at birth. UNICEF For more information, go to goodsamaritancolorado.org To register for classes, call
13 Other Helpful Classes, continued Tea, Cups and Pumps Confused about pump features or want to know the pros and cons of purchasing, renting, or borrowing a breast pump? Want a better understanding of the pump provided by your insurance? Relax with a cup of tea, while we help de-mystify the options. Our professional staff will review how to choose the right pump for your individual situation and demonstrate the latest breastfeeding accessories including storage ideas, comfort products and nursing bras. Because of the intimate nature of these subjects, we suggest only women attend Tea, Cups & Pumps. Cost: $10 (You will receive a gift certificate in that amount for any Nursing Nook purchase.) When to take this class: Anytime, but best before purchasing a pump, or during your sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. Offered: Saturdays, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Weekday evenings, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday January 24 Saturday Mar 7 Wednesday April 22 Saturday May 30 Saturday July 25 Wednesday September 16 Saturday November 14 Why Should I Choose to Breastfeed? While you are pregnant, you comfort, protect and nourish your baby. Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to continue this care after your baby is born. Making the choice to breast or formula feed is not just a matter of personal preference. There are important differences between breast milk and formula that you should be aware of. Breast milk provides the best possible food for your baby because it is more easily digested and protects against allergies and illnesses, like painful ear infections, and pneumonia. Breastfed babies have lower risks for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome/Crib Death), obesity, diabetes and cancer. Breastfed babies get milk that s perfect for them fewer tummy aches and less diarrhea or constipation. They get so much holding and cuddling, it is no wonder moms and babies love it! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least one year and exclusive breastfeeding until infants are six months old. You may also be surprised to know that women who breastfeed usually lose their pregnancy weight more quickly and that they have a lower incidence of breast and ovarian cancers. Breastfeeding has another advantage it is inexpensive. The cost to breastfeed your baby is less than half the cost of formula feeding. If you have further questions about breastfeeding classes or resources, call the lactation specialists at Good Samaritan Medical Center at They will be happy to help you! Take a Virtual Tour of The Center for Childbirth by going to goodsamaritancolorado.org 11
14 Other Helpful Classes, continued Babies, Baths and Booties Never changed a diaper or given a baby a bath? This class will help you prepare for those first weeks at home. Content also includes cord and circumcision care, taking temperatures, recognizing signs of illness, crying, and comfort, plus newborn procedures in the hospital. Cost: $35 per couple See Happy Family Package on page 13 for savings When to take this class: During your last two months of pregnancy. Offered: Weekday evenings, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday January 7 Tuesday January 20 Tuesday February 3 Wednesday February 18 Tuesday March 10 Monday March 23 Tuesday April 7 Thursday April 23 Tuesday May 5 Monday May 18 Thursday May 28 Monday June 8 Thursday June 18 Tuesday June 30 Tuesday July 7 Thursday July 16 Monday July 27 Tuesday August 4 Thursday August 20 Monday August 31 Tuesday September 8 Thursday September 24 Monday October 5 Tuesday October 20 Wednesday November 4 Tuesday November 17 Tuesday December 1 Wednesday December 16 Special classes for teens are listed on page 16. For more information, go to goodsamaritancolorado.org To register for classes, call Baby Makes Three Most couples quickly discover that the arrival of their bundle of joy creates a bundle of stress on their relationship. Reports of less fun, less sex and more arguments can frighten those unaware of practical ways to negotiate and communicate once the baby arrives. Research shows that when couples become parents, there is a significant decrease in satisfaction with their relationship. This can have a negative effect on infants and toddlers. This two-part class provides strategies for enhancing your relationship to positively impact your newborn. Part I Baby Makes Three is a fun way to learn how to nurture your relationship before your baby comes. Strategies for strengthening your friendship, making the magic last, and resolving conflict are taught to help smooth your transition to parenthood. Part II Once your baby arrives, the realities of interrupted nights, arguments about division of tasks and differences in how to parent your baby will surface! Return to learn more ways to navigate the perils of parenthood while nurturing your relationship! Connect with others experiencing similar challenges and learn how to keep the excitement in your relationship. Babies not yet crawling can attend this class. Cost: $40 per couple See Happy Family Package on page 13 for savings When to take this class: During your last three months of pregnancy Offered: Sundays; Part I: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Part II: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Part I and Part II January 11 April 12 February 8 April 12 March 8 June 7 April 12 June 7 May 3 August 9 June 7 August 9 July 12 October 11 August 9 October 11 September13 December 6 October 11 December 6 November 8 February 7, 2016 December 6 February 7, 2016
15 Other Helpful Classes, continued BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS Boot Camp for New Dads This class is a MUST for all first-time dads! Boot Camp for New Dads is a one-session workshop led by men for men. In the single session, you will be oriented to the unique aspects of new fatherhood by the experts new fathers and their two- to four-month-old babies. Topics include: gatekeeper phenomenon, troubleshooter s guide to crying babies, dad s toolbox, caring for new moms, birth and bonding, what to expect postpartum, working/family balance, and your role as protector. You will have the opportunity to hold and care for real babies who are two to four months old! You may take this class during pregnancy or after your baby is born. Babies may attend this class. Cost: $35 When to take this class: During the last three months of pregnancy. Offered: Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to Noon January 31 February 28 March 14 April 25 May 30 June 20 July 25 August 29 September 26 October 17 November 21 December 19 Happiest Baby on the Block Learn how to calm even the fussiest baby. Babies often have trouble adjusting during the first three months of life. Now you can learn how to calm a crying baby in minutes even seconds. Our certified instructor is trained in the program developed by Dr. Harvey Karp, pediatrician and author of the best-selling book, The Happiest Baby on the Block. Newborns are welcome to attend this class. Cost: $35 per couple See Happy Family Package below for savings. When to take this class: Anytime during pregnancy or after your baby is born. Newborns can attend this class with their parents. Offered: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. January 24 March 7 May 30 July 25 September 12 November 14 Happy Family Package Save when you take all three classes designed to help you nurture your baby and relationship: Babies, Baths and Booties Happiest Baby on the Block Baby Makes Three Package Cost: $80 (a $110 value) Offered: See individual class dates. Call Family Education and Support Services at for details. 13
16 Other Helpful Classes, continued Sibling Safari Join other children three to seven years of age as they learn about being a big brother or sister. The class will prepare your child for a new baby and help them feel comfortable in the hospital setting. We discuss the birth process in simple terms and teach your child safe ways to interact with the baby. Parents remain with their children during this class. Each child receives a fun safari gift. We recommend attending the Baby Business Tour that follows each class. See page 9 for details. Cost: $25 per family When to take this class: During the last two months of pregnancy. Offered: Saturday mornings, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with a suggested tour to follow from Noon to 1:00 p.m.. February 7 April 11 June 13 August 8 October 10 December 5 CPR and Safety for Parents This class is recommended for anyone living with or caring for infants. Participants will learn how to treat a choking child and how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Basic information about accidents and safety will be reviewed, as well as ways to childproof your home. (This class does not provide certification in CPR for professionals.) Children should not attend this class. Cost: $70 per couple When to take this class: Any time during your pregnancy, but best taken before your last two months of pregnancy. Offered: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30, or Noon to 3:00 p.m. or Weeknights 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday January 17 Saturday February 21 Saturday March 14 Saturday April 18 Saturday May 16 Tuesday June 16 Saturday June 20 Saturday July 18 Tuesday July 21 Saturday August 8 Saturday September 19 Saturday October 24 Saturday November 14 Saturday December 12 For more information, go to goodsamaritancolorado.org To register for classes, call
17 For New Parents Baby Makes Three Most couples quickly discover that the arrival of their bundle of joy creates a bundle of stress on their relationship. Reports of less fun, less sex and more arguments can frighten those unaware of practical ways to negotiate and communicate once the baby arrives. Research shows that when couples become parents, there is a significant decrease in satisfaction with their relationship. This can have a negative effect on infants and toddlers. This two-part class provides strategies for enhancing your relationship to positively impact your newborn. Part I Baby Makes Three is a fun way to learn how to nurture your relationship before your baby comes. Strategies for strengthening your friendship, making the magic last, and resolving conflict are taught to help smooth your transition to parenthood. Part II Once your baby arrives, the realities of interrupted nights, arguments about division of tasks and differences in how to parent your baby will surface! Return to learn more ways to navigate the perils of parenthood while nurturing your relationship! Connect with others experiencing similar challenges and learn how to keep the excitement in your relationship. Babies not yet crawling can attend this class. Cost: $40 per couple See Happy Family Package on page 13 for savings When to take this class: Take Part I during your last three months of pregnancy, and Part II after your baby is born. Offered: Sundays; Part I: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Part II: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Part I and Part II January 11 April 12 February 8 April 12 March 8 June 7 April 12 June 7 May 3 August 9 June 7 August 9 July 12 October 11 August 9 October 11 September13 December 6 October 11 December 6 November 8 February 7, 2016 December 6 February 7, 2016 New Moms Network You and your baby are invited to venture out of the house to meet other new moms. Come learn about infant feeding, sleep patterns, newborn development and the many aspects of being a mom from current experts. New Moms Network is a non-judgemental and fun group in which to meet other new moms while you share the joys, frustrations, successes and challenges of motherhood. Join us weekly until your baby is six months old. Cost: $5 per week When to take this class: Join anytime from birth to six months old. Offered: Ongoing, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to Noon Support for Postpartum Depression If your baby blues are long lasting and you re experiencing prolonged sadness after delivery, you could be experiencing postpartum depression. For support, education and referral information, call Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or in an emergency call 911. Breastfeeding Moms Group Breastfeeding Moms Group meets weekly for ongoing support and information. Connect with other mothers and get advice from lactation professionals. Call for time and location. 15
18 For New Parents, continued Happiest Baby on the Block Learn how to calm even the fussiest baby. Babies often have trouble adjusting during the first three months of life. Now you can learn how to calm a crying baby in minutes even seconds. Our certified instructor is trained in the program developed by Dr. Harvey Karp, pediatrician and author of the best-selling book, The Happiest Baby on the Block. Newborns are welcome to attend this class. Cost: $35 per couple See Happy Family Package on page 13 for savings When to take this class: Anytime during pregnancy or after your baby is born. Newborns can attend this class with their parents. Offered: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. January 24 March 7 May 30 July 25 September 12 November 14 Especially for Teens Prenatal Education Classes SCL Health offers these free classes for expectant teens age 19 and younger and their support person. Classes are held at Saint Joseph Hospital. Call The Center for Lactation and Education at for more information. Cost: These classes are free to teens who are having their baby at an SCL Health hospital. Childbirth Preparation for Teens Learn everything you want to know about labor, delivery and what will happen at the hospital. Successful Breastfeeding for Teens Learn about the advantages of breastfeeding, how milk is made and tips for successful breastfeeding. Babies, Baths, Bundles and Totsaver (CPR) for Teens Learn all about caring for your newborn, including bathing, comforting, infant safety, how to recognize when your baby is sick and how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). For more information, go to goodsamaritancolorado.org To register for classes, call
19 The Center For Childbirth You have our extreme gratitude for the loving and efficient care shown to us. I will absolutely be recommending this hospital to any of my friends who will be expecting.
20 The Center For Childbirth Having Your Baby at The Center for Childbirth Having a baby is one of life s most wondrous experiences! At The Center for Childbirth, our compassionate and experienced staff are excited to share this amazing journey with you and your family. We are proud to be the first hospital in Colorado to be awarded Baby Friendly Certification by UNICEF and The World Health Organization. Being Baby Friendly means that we are committed to offering services that provide optimal care for all babies and the highest standard of services for breastfeeding families (See Entering our birthing unit, you will experience beautiful mountain views in a secured environment. While in labor, parents-to-be have a variety of services to assist them. Aromatherapy, birthing balls, water therapy, and a nursing staff skilled in providing labor-support techniques will help you stay relaxed and focused throughout your birthing experience. Our goal is to create a natural, healing environment for your labor. Rest assured that our state-of-the-art Center for Childbirth also provides 24-hour-a-day obstetric and anesthesia services if emergency care is needed. Our hospital is one of the most technologically integrated health care facilities in the region. After birth, we encourage your support person to stay with you. We will also keep your baby at your bedside. This way we can teach you while we provide care to your baby, making an easier transition to those first few days at home. While you are staying with us, we will ensure that your baby s car seat is installed properly through our Baby s First Ride program. And we ll even give you a complimentary massage and send a Welcome Home dinner with you when you are discharged. Our care for you doesn t end when you leave. Lactation services, a resource library, and many classes and support groups are also available to help you successfully ease into parenthood. During these exciting months of pregnancy, let us help you learn about choices and prepare you for birth. Classes, The Resource Center and The Nursing Nook (a retail center for new and expectant mothers) are available to help boost your confidence and get you ready for parenthood. Call The Center for Childbirth at for more information about these services. To gain additional information about our services, log on to our website at goodsamaritancolorado.org. We can t wait to share this extraordinary time with you! Baby Friendly is a World Health Organization/UNICEF designation that recognizes and awards hospitals that have implemented the ten steps proven to increase breastfeeding success. We are proud to be the first hospital in Colorado to be awarded this prestigious designation. For more information, visit their website at For more information, go to goodsamaritancolorado.org To register for classes, call
21 The Center For Childbirth Important Resources Lactation (Breastfeeding) Services Our support for breastfeeding has earned us the prestigious Baby Friendly designation from the World Health Association. Our nurses and Certified Lactation Specialists help breastfeeding moms by providing assistance, support and current information. Services include: Breastfeeding Helpline Call seven days a week 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding holidays) for general information and assistance. After hours call The Center for Childbirth at for assistance. Breast pump rental and sales. The Nursing Nook, a specialty shop featuring a full line of lactation equipment including nursing bras, loungewear, pumps and more. Private breastfeeding consultation by appointment. Breastfeeding Moms Group meets weekly for ongoing support and information. Connect with other mothers and get advice from lactation professionals. Call for time and location. The Nursing Nook Why Purchase A Breast Pump From The Nursing Nook? Choosing the right pump can be challenging and confusing. You should consider factors like your baby s age and your plans to stay home or return to school or work when selecting a pump. Let us help you determine which pump is right for you. We carry a variety of state-of-the-art breast pumps. Because we are not-for-profit, we have some of the lowest prices in Denver. Different from department stores, our staff members are experts on breastfeeding and can help you select the most appropriate pump for your unique needs. We will provide service for as long as you own your pump. Certified lactation specialists are available for consultation if problems arise while breastfeeding. The Nursing Nook proceeds return to The Center for Childbirth to provide breastfeeding services for our families. We also feature a large selection of: Nursing bras and tanks (even for the hard-to-fit) Nursing pillows Unique gifts for moms and babies Products to ease the discomforts of pregnancy The Nursing Nook is located on the third floor of the hospital in The Center for Childbirth. For Those on Bed Rest If you have been placed on bed rest, we can help you prepare for your birth with books, support, and private or on-line classes for: Childbirth preparation Breastfeeding Registering for your hospital stay and a virtual tour Call Family Education and Support at , and we will help design an educational program that meets your unique needs. See goodsamaritancolorado.org for more information. Our staff understands the breastfeeding mother s unique needs! $20 Gift Certificate Go to goodsamaritancolorado.org to print a gift certificate to The Nursing Nook at Good Samaritan Medical Center. This certificate is good for $20 off the purchase of any double-electric breast pump. 19
22 The Center For Childbirth Important Resources Baby s First Ride Your most precious possession deserves a safe ride home! Infant car seats must be installed correctly to keep your baby safe. Unfortunately, 80%-90% of parents install them incorrectly. Baby s First Ride is a free service offered to all families delivering at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Simply call the Baby s First Ride reservation line at and make an appointment to have a nationally certified child passenger safety technician check the installation of your seat. The best time to have your car seat checked is before you deliver. The average inspection takes between 15 and 25 minutes. Please allow extra time if you have additional child seats in your car. Baby s First Ride is a free service to you for as long as your baby is in a car seat. The Gift of Massage Whether you are a new parent or a mother-to-be you deserve something special a relaxing therapeutic massage. Not only is massage relaxing, but it has proven physical and emotional benefits as well. Some research indicates that women who receive regular massage during pregnancy may have shorter labors. Other proven benefits include relief of muscle aches and pains, reduction of anxiety, a decrease in symptoms of depression, improved sleep and increased energy. Our certified therapists are trained to focus on the special needs of pregnancy and postpartum. Massage is an awesome gift an expectant mom can give herself. Loved ones can also purchase gift certificates for you to be used at your convenience. For appointments and gift certificates, contact the Health & Healing Center at Good Samaritan Medical Center at For more information, go to goodsamaritancolorado.org To register for classes, call
23 Frequently Asked Questions About The Hospital Billing Process Many expectant parents have questions about the hospital billing process. Some questions you may have are: Do I need to pre-register before delivery? Yes, you should pre-register by completing Baby Business, a pre-admission program which will help you learn how to get billing details taken care of before you arrive. Our registration team may call you to pre-collect your deductible or co-payment, or you may contact the Registration Department at or Completing this process helps you spend your time at the hospital resting and getting to know your baby, rather than dealing with billing and business details. How does billing occur? When you come to the hospital for delivery, the Registration Department will create a unique account number for your visit. (Bring a copy of your current insurance card with you to ensure the correct billing information is verified.) When hospital services have been provided, charges will be entered in the billing system by the servicing department. Based on the medical record information, a diagnosis code will be entered into the system. The visit is then ready to be billed to your insurance company. Your insurance company will process the claim and they may send you an explanation of benefits (EOB), an explanation of charges your insurance company will cover and what remaining portion of the bill is your responsibility. Do I need to call my insurance company to tell them I am having a baby? Yes, it is a good idea to call your insurance carrier to determine authorization needs, maternity benefits eligibility, and the amounts of your co-pays and deductibles. Also ask how you should add your newborn to the policy. Generally, families have thirty (30) days from the date of birth to add a newborn to their insurance policy. What do I do if I am uninsured? Contact our Financial Counselor at or the Pricing Coordinator in the Billing Office at to see if you qualify for federal aid or charity care. We can also give you information about our discounted Uninsured Maternity Program. Do I need to pay before I am discharged from the hospital? Yes. Co-pays, coinsurance and deductibles are due before or at the time of service. Our registration team would like to collect this portion of your bill, if needed, when you pre-register. Financial Counselors can assist you in developing a payment plan that meets your financial needs. When will I receive a bill from SCL Health? You will not receive a statement from SCL Health until after we bill insurance and get a response. This time can vary. We may request your assistance at any time while we are pursuing payment from your insurance. Who else could I expect a bill from? You may also receive separate statements from your Pediatrician, Anesthesiologist, Pathologist, or other hospital-related services such as Ambulance or Air Life services, Radiologists, Emergency Physicians. For additional questions, please contact our Registration Team at or our Billing Center at and a representative will be happy to assist you. 21
24 Maps Good Samaritan Medical Center 1. Emergency 1A PATIENT 1D 1C 1B PARKING VISITOR 2A PARKING 2. Hospital Entrance 200 Exempla Circle 340 Comprehensive Cancer Center N 4D 300 Community Physicians Pavilion 4A PATIENT PARKING CPP STAFF PARKING PARKING 3B PATIENT PARKING 3C 2B PARKING KP PATIENT PARKING STAFF 2D PARKING 3A KP STAFF PARKING KP STAFF 2C PARKING W S E 4C 4B KP STAFF PARKING 4. Community Physicians Pavilion 300 Exempla Circle Comprehensive Cancer Center 340 Exempla Circle 3. Kaiser Rock Creek 280 Exempla Circle Hwy 287 I-25 Baseline Rd Good Samaritan Medical Center Exempla Circle Hwy 7 E470 Northwest Pkwy Hwy 36 Wadsworth Hwy 287 Campus Dr I-25 I