Your Pregnancy Medical Team at University of Colorado Hospital
The medical team at University of Colorado Hospital uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide women and babies the best medical care and support during pregnancy and childbirth. No matter what your medical needs, we have the staff to care for you and your baby.
Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB/GYN) – A board-certified doctor who specializes in women’s health care and pregnancy. An OB/GYN doctor will do regular check ups during your pregnancy to make sure you and your baby are healthy. The doctor will be notified when you begin labor and will deliver your baby when the time comes. OB/GYN doctors are also qualified to perform C-section deliveries if necessary.
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, your OB/GYN will be board-certified in maternal-fetal medicine (special medical care for mothers and babies before birth).
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) – A certified nurse midwife (CNM) specializes in women's health. CNM’s care for women during pregnancy, deliver babies, and perform gynecological exams such as annual exams, breast exams, and pap smears. CNM’s prescribe medication including birth control and provide counseling on all women's health issues. All CNM’s at University of Colorado Hospital are registered nurses (RN’s) with additional training at the master's or doctorate level.
Visit the Center for Midwifery at University of Colorado Hospital
Anesthesiologist – A doctor who specializes in controlling pain. If you choose to have an epidural (blocks all pain below the belly button) to relieve pain during labor and delivery or if you need a C-section, an anesthesiologist will perform the procedure.
Neonatologist – If your baby needs to be in the NICU, your baby's doctor will be board-certified in neonatal medicine (medical support for premature babies and other infants needing advanced care).
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) – Neonatal nurse practitioners are registered nurses (RN’s) who have advanced education and clinical training in caring for premature babies and babies with critical medical problems.
Registered Nurse (RN) – A nurse who is fully qualified and specially trained in labor and delivery and newborn care. Labor and delivery nurses will provide around-the-clock care and support for you and your baby during the entire birth process. They will also keep your doctor informed of your condition.
Lactation Consultant – A nurse who is specially certified to provide assistance with breastfeeding.
Other specialists – Other specialists, including ophthalmologists (eye specialist), audiologists (hearing specialist), respiratory therapists (breathing specialists) or any other necessary specialist, are available when necessary.
Other Pregnancy Staff
Nutritionist – A professional who can help you get the right nutrition for you and your baby. You may need to meet with a nutritionist if you have a high-risk pregnancy.
Social Worker – A professional who provides emotional and educational support relating to family concerns, teen parents and enrollment in assistance programs.