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Happening Baby DSC 8117WHEAT RIDGE MAYOR BUD STARKER, Wheat Ridge city councilman and Lutheran Medical Center Foundation board member Zach Urban, Wheat Ridge Chamber President Ralph Habben, and others attended a ribbon-cutting event for Lutheran Medical Center’s two new birthing-center style rooms on July 11. PHOTO COURTESY LUTHERAN MEDICAL CENTER.Lutheran Medical Center recently celebrated the opening of two new birthing-center style rooms, along with its Baby-Friendly designation.

Local dignitaries, including Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker, City Council member and Lutheran Medical Center Foundation board member Zach Urban, Wheat Ridge Chamber President Ralph Habben, attended a ribbon-cutting event on July 11.

Days later, the hospital held an Open House to celebrate with the local community. More than 200 people attended, touring the birthing suites and enjoying family-friendly activities such as a petting zoo, face-painting, car seat checks and informational booths.

Baby-Friendly is a global designation that recognizes birth centers that support the best healthcare standards for babies. Baby-Friendly USA is sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

The new birth center rooms will offer more options for low-risk patients that want a natural, un-medicated birth.

For more information about delivering a baby at Lutheran, visit http://bit.ly/2uD8EtK or call 303-632-9404.