It was a beautiful late summer day, Labor Day in fact, and I had just sent a family home from Castle Rock hospital with their sweet new baby. As I got back in my car I got a wild hair and drove South to Larkspur, Palmer Lake, and finally Monument. I noticed over the last year that we had quite a few women coming to see us up in Castle Rock from those towns. Most were looking specifically for midwifery care in a hospital that was supportive of low intervention birth. Some wanted a gentle annual exam from someone who had knowledge of the supplements they were taking. Many had friends, sisters, or cousins who had seen the South Denver Midwives and told them about our approach and statistics. It was time for a visit.
I drove around Monument for over an hour and fell in love with the historic downtown. Driving past a winery I found a sunny stucco building tucked away between the side street and an alley. It had beautiful blue tiles inlaid across the front and heavy wood spiral pillars on either side of the door. It reminded me of the buildings I loved in downtown Santa Fe when I was a wardrobe apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera. That was a chapter of my life from a long time ago, but suffice it to say I was good at sewing before I learned to suture. The building was not only peaceful and beautiful from the outside, but it had an interior courtyard that was full of plants…practically a greenhouse. There was a reflexologist, an acupuncturist, massage therapists, and counselors who had their own offices around the courtyard. I knew we needed an office in that building.
After many months and twice as many emails I’m happy to report that we are sharing an office with an amazing woman and reflexologist. Carol Mates is warm, caring, smart, and funny. She has created a very calm and inviting space that we are lucky enough to borrow once a week. She gave me my first ever reflexology session and I was amazed at how relaxed and peaceful I felt afterwards. I was almost too relaxed to drive! http://www.reflexology4health.com/
This week the final pieces of the project are fitting into place. The medical assistants are busy ordering supplies and packing bags with blood pressure cuffs, sheets, and a new fetal Doppler. The schedulers have the appointments opened and ready. The midwives are gathering up copies of all of our handouts and information and getting everything organized. We are all excited to get the word out and get started!
The schedule is open now.
Hours: Thursdays 9am-3:30pm
First day: Thursday March 2nd.
Types of appointments: Prenatal, postpartum, annual exam, gynecology, and transfers for prenatal care up to the due date.
Type of providers: Certified Nurse-Midwives.
Travel to our Castle Rock office (25 minute drive) is required for ultrasound, extended fetal monitoring, or obstetrician care.
The American College of Nurse-Midwives is thrilled to share this second video about midwifery care produced as part of their “Our Moment of Truth” campaign. Please share this video about midwives in hospitals to help us #SpreadTheWord!