Gunnison Valley Hospital

Family Birth Center

Help us Celebrate our New Family Birthing Center

The Gunnison Valley Hospital private birthing area is comfortable like home but provides the safety only a hospital can offer. Our staff is on hand to guide you and answer all your questions - before, during and after your birth. We want to make your birth as comfortable and joyous as possible.

Gunnison Valley Hospital offers a personal touch as well as state-of-art technology for birthing. Many resources are available, including Parent Education Classes, Mom and Baby Classes, a Video Resource Library, Breast Feeding Support and Counseling, Sibling Information, Infant and Car Seat Safety, and CPR.

Our highly qualified and caring physicians, Maternal Child Educator/Certified Lactation Counselor and nurses will care for you during your stay. The majority of births occur in the birthing rooms with a family physician or OB/GYN. Occasionally, with some births, it is necessary for a Caesaran Section to be performed; in such a case the operating room staff will be ready.

To set up a tour of the Family Birth Center, please call the Hospital's main line at (970) 641-1456 and ask to be transferred to the OB Department or the Nurse's Station. 

(Featured Picture: Gunnison County's 2012 New Years Baby, Isabel Grace Swan, her parents Letitia & Michael Swan of Crested Butte and her new big sister Anna.)

GVH Maternity Resources

NEWBORN FOLLOW-UP CLINIC: The Newborn Follow-up Clinic are scheduled 24 to 48 hours after discharge. They take place at the hospital and include a weight check, jaundice check, repeat hearing screening (if needed) and breastfeeding assessment. This includes weights before and after a feeding so mom can know how much baby is eating each feeding. New parent questions are answered and follow-up recommendations given. A complete lactation assessment can also be scheduled if desired. Occasionally a physician may request a jaundice meter or weight check on your baby and this can be done at the hospital.

NEWBORN HEARING SCREENINGS: Gunnison Valley Hospital has a newborn hearing-screening program. All infants can receive a hearing test within a few days of birth. If hearing is a problem, it should be addressed immediately. The test does not hurt the baby and the test is usually done within two-five minutes.

NURSE- FAMILY PARTNERSHIP: This program takes first time mothers up to four weeks after giving birth, though it is better to get involved with the program during your pregnancy. This is a two year program and involves home visits from a public health nurse

BRIGHT BEGINNINGS VISIT: Colorado Bright Beginnings is empowering parents with the guidance, knowledge and tools to create a bright beginning for their child. By the age of three, most of a child's physical, intellectual and emotional development is well underway. Everything a parent does has a lasting affect on the child's success, including the child's readiness to learn. Parents have the power to shape their child's future and Colorado Bright Beginnings has the power to help parents. We'll give you some simple ways to start with a free packet of powerful tools. In Colorado communities throughout the state, we will meet you at home, your work or any other community setting that's easy for you. This visit will be offered to you upon discharge from the hospital.


BABY AND ME TOBACCO FREE: A program to help pregnant women stop smoking. If you remain tobacco free (verified by blowing into a carbon monoxide detector) every month for up to one year, you will get a $25.00 coupon from Wal-Mart for diapers.




Mothering Support Group

Family Birth Center Physicians & Staff

Physicians Providing Obstetric Care (Obstetricians):
  • Dr. T. Bonney
  • Dr. S. Niccoli
Family Practice Physicians Caring for OB Patients & Newborns:
  • Dr. M. Matthews
  • Dr. J. McMurren
  • Dr. A. Meeusen
  • Dr. M. Meeusen
Our Professional Registered Nursing Staff has the Following Certifications:
  • ALSO: Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics
  • ACLS: Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • NRP: Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • STABLE: Stabilization of the newborn for transport
  • AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring Training
In addition, we have a certified breastfeeding counselor, a certified breastfeeding educator, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant on staff.

Additional Maternity Resources