This post is sponsored by Good Samaritan Medical Center.
Before we had Jude, Jeremy and I never really had many experiences at a hospital, for that we were thankful but when I had to decide where to deliver Jude we were kind of going in blind. Lucky for us, our insurance was accepted at one of the newer hospitals in North Denver so we took that opportunity to deliver there. Since the birth of Jude in 2010 we have had numerous experiences at this hospital and while those moments were not all joyous occasions, I have never felt more safe and taken care during those moments at Good Samaritan Medical Center.
Healthy Babies, Healthy Moms at Good Samaritan Medical Center
Good Samaritan Medical Center is located in Lafayette Colorado, about 25 miles north of Denver. Good Samaritan Medical Center is a community-based, acute-care hospital. They opened on December 1, 2004, and are part of SCL Health, a nonprofit faith-based health system.
As I think back to 2010 when we walked into Good Samaritan Medical Center the evening before Jude was born I honestly had no idea how important it would be to be at a great hospital. I am really blessed with an amazing birthing experience with both of my children. But I do think that has to do with the care we received at Good Samaritan Medical Center. I have a number of friends who can tell me about bad experiences with “bad” nurses or doctors while delivering but I can honestly say I do not have one. The staff that we had contact with did their very best to keep us happy, healthy and comfortable. And with both Jude and Teagan I could tell they truly cared about our babies.
One of the first things that we learned about when attending our baby classes at Good Samaritan Medical Center before we had Jude was that it was Colorado’s first Baby-Friendly Hospital. Hospitals that are considered Baby-Friendly are prepared to help you and your new baby get off to the best start. These hospitals have policies that meet the gold standard for mother/ baby care practices related to breastfeeding. The care staff are trained in the care of breastfeeding mothers and babies. In Baby-Friendly Hospitals babies are not taking to a nursery, instead they practice a “rooming in” policy. This not only helps with the feeding process but they also have more of a chance to get to know each other.
While breastfeeding was a journey I was not very prepared for, the nurses and lactation consultants really helped me with this unknown venture and I absolutely loved that we got to have our newborn in the room with us. It helped us create bonds and experience this world of parenting.
Three years after we had Jude we found out we were pregnant with Teagan and we had no question where we would be heading for our delivery. Once again we were given the best care even when it was clear that Teagan’s delivery would be way different than what we experienced with Jude. When I sit down and try to remember those moments, I find myself remembering how comfortable I was. Sure, I was eager to get home with my family but I was also feeling safe and taken care of during our stay.
Now, it is clear that Good Samaritan Medical Center is proud of their Center for Childbirth but let me be clear, every department we have had to work with at this Medical Center has been fantastic. I wish I could say we have only enjoyed the births of our children here but this hospital has become part of our family due to Jeremy’s health concerns and many operations. Once again, I cannot say it enough, the caregivers at Good Samaritan Medical Center are compassionate, skilled, and go above and beyond to provide support and personalized care for every patient and family.
Finding a medical center that you can trust and feel comfortable with when delivering your baby is so important. If you are in the North Denver area and looking for a Baby Friendly hospital we highly recommend taking a look at Good Samaritan Medical Center.