Family Birth Center
Most families want a quiet comfortable and homelike setting to have their babies in. Our private birthing area is comfortable like home but provides the safety only a hospital can offer. When you are about to embark on one of the most important moments of your life and you’re planning to experience this moment at Gunnison Valley Hospital, 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, Mom and Baby Classes, Prepared Childbirth Classes, Pre and Post Natal Fitness Programs, Video Resource Library, Breast Feeding Support and Counseling, Sibling Information, Infant and Car Seat Safety, CPR and Home Care Visits.
Our highly qualified and caring, physicians, Maternal Child Educator/Certified Lactation Counselor and nurses will care for you during your stay. Our Maternal Child Educator or designated nurse will be available for a complimentary home visit once you have been discharged. The visit will include a physical assessment of both mother and baby and provide an opportunity for new parents to ask questions they may have.
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.
(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 Classes and Support Groups
CHILDBIRTH AND NEW PARENT CLASSES: The GVH Family Birth Center is pleased to host Childbirth and New Parenting classes. A one-day Childbirth Class helps couples prepare for pregnancy and birth, and a one-day New Parent Class covers what to expect after birth.
Both classes are held at Gunnison Valley Hospital. The Childbirth Class runs from 9am – 3pm, and the New Parent Class is held from 9am – 2pm. The combined cost for both classes is $60 (participants are encouraged to bring a lunch). Please email Holly Rickert or call (970) 641-1456, ext. 786 to register.
*Minimum of 5 couples required to hold the class.
MOTHERING SUPPORT GROUP: Gunnison Valley Health's Mothering Support Group meets twice a month to provide support and guidance to pregnant women and new mothers regarding feeding and parenting choices. GVH's Lactation Consultant, Julie Bremer, RN, hosts these monthly meetings to assist with any breast feeding questions mothers may have.
The support group meets in Gunnison the first Monday of every month at 5pm in the GVH Foundation House (300 E. Denver) and in Crested Butte the last Thursday of every month at 10am at Oh Be Joyful Church (625 Maroon Ave). EMAIL JULIE FOR MORE INFO!
GVH Maternity Resources
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.
NEW YEAR'S BABY: Once the first baby is born after midnight on December 31st, the proud new parents are then showered with gifts from local businesses. This is an excellent way to honor new birth into our valley and is a prime example of our continuing community support. For years Gunnison Valley merchants and community members have made this promotion possible due to their generous donations.
NURSE- FAMILY PARTNERSHIP: This program takes first time mothers up to four weeks after giving births, 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.
IMMUNIZATIONS: STARTING AT 2 MONTHS
BABY AND ME TOBACCO FREE: A program to help pregnant woman 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.
ASSISSTANCE WITH APPLICATIONS FOR CHP+ AND MEDICAID
GUIDANCE FOR ANY DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS OR CONCERNS
PROGRAM TO SEE PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST (HCP)
HOME VISITS and NEWBORN FOLLOW-UP CLINIC at GUNNISON VALLEY HOSPITAL: Currently Gunnison Valley Health Hospital/Home Health provides a home visit to new families in Gunnison County. The visit is done by Valli Funk, RN, MCE, CLC usually within the first week after delivery. Valli coordinates the visits with the newborn’s physician. The visit includes 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.
Newborn Follow up Clinic is available at the hospital on an as needed basis. A complete lactation assessment can 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.
Family Birth Center Physicians & Staff
Physicians Providing Obstetric Care (Obstetricians):
Family Practice Physicians Caring for OB Patients & Newborns:
Physicians Caring for Newborns Only:
Current OB trained Registered Nurses include:
Our Professional Registered Nursing Staff has the Following Certifications:
In addition, we have two certified childbirth educators, a certified breastfeeding counselor, a certified breastfeeding educator, and another RN studying to be IBCLC certified on staff.
Additional Maternity Resources
Visit our GVH Community Health Resources Page for Pregnanacy and New Parents
American Academy of Obstericians and Gyecologists
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Information
Centers for Disease Control and Preventin (CDC)
Chlldhood and Adolescent Immunizatin Schedule
International Certified Lactation Consultant Association
La Leche League International
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
March of Dimes
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Alliance
Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Disorders
The Arc of the United States
The Arc is the world’s largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.