Local Mom and Entrepreneur Opens Freestanding Birth Center



Littleton, Colo. March 25th, 2016


Denver Center for Birth and Wellness opened in Littleton as the Denver-metro area’s third freestanding birth center on March 3rd, 2016, just days before Owner and Founder Karen Loughlin gave birth to her second son on-site at the new facility. The center comes to fruition after Loughlin, who had been working for Apple Inc. for nearly 13 years, returned to her hometown of Denver and saw an opportunity in the community to provide a small, intimate and private birth and care option to bridge the gap between home and medical environments.

“I wanted to share the amazing experience that I had delivering my first child at a birth center with other mothers in my own community. I feel strongly that the support and experience that families have during their prenatal, birth, and postpartum periods has a huge impact on rates of depression, breastfeeding, and infant and maternal outcomes”, Loughlin says. In May, 2015, she left her corporate job to work full-time on the center. After nearly a year of planning and renovations, she opened the center on South Broadway just in time to deliver a healthy baby boy in one of the center’s three private birth suites, complete with built-in tubs for water birth, queen-sized beds, and access to a home-like kitchen and living area provided for the use of birthing families.

Responding to an increasing demand from the community, the center offers natural birth, water birth, childbirth education, parenting classes, women’s healthcare and other family care services with a holistic approach to achieve lasting health and wellness. The center is staffed by Certified Nurse Midwives, a Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurses, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, Licensed Massage Therapists, and more. The low-volume birth center provides a unique opportunity for women to develop a lifelong relationship with their midwives and birthing team leading up to, during and after their birth.

Birth centers are increasingly being recognized as a great option for healthy, low-risk mothers  and babies, as reflected by a consensus statement issued in 2015 by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. A recent review of studies published by the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health titled “Maternal Outcomes in Birth Centers: An Integrative Review of the Literature” found that outcomes for women receiving birth center care were positive and that rates of spontaneous vaginal birth and perineal integrity were higher for women beginning care in a birth center compared to women in hospital care. Rates of cesarean birth were also lower for women planning birth center care. With national rates of cesarean sections at double and in some areas nearly three times the recommended rate of 10-15% as established by the World Health Organization, some women are seeking a return to low-intervention and more natural birthing practices in an effort to reduce the additional risks that can be posed by unnecessary medical interventions and/or medications.

The clinical staff at Denver Center for Birth and Wellness boasts a broad range of expertise, and is headed by Diana Buckwalter, a Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner who has served families in the metro area as a midwife for nearly 15 years. In addition to pioneering hospital privileges for midwives in Littleton, Diana most recently returned from St. Louis where she headed the development and opening of a new birth center.

Interested families or professionals are encouraged to contact Denver Center for Birth and Wellness to learn more about their scope of services, model of care, and to tour the space. Visit the center’s website to register for a Meet and Greet at  or call 303-999-0234.

Denver Center for Birth and Wellness is located at 7261 S. Broadway, Suite 103 in Littleton and is thrilled to expand Colorado’s offerings for families who are looking for safe, evidence-based care in a comfortable, personal setting.



Media Contact:

Karen Loughlin, Founder and Administrative Director


Additional Information:

American Association of Birth Centers:

American College of Nurse Midwives: