labor & delivery

NEW! Gentle C-Sections at TMH

The Memorial Hospital is pleased to join a growing movement in the United States to make C-sections less like major surgery and more like natural birth. The result is what’s known as a gentle C-section, or family centered cesarean. TMH is the only hospital in the region that offers family-centered C-sections.

During a typical C-section, babies are often removed for care rather than given a chance to have skin-to-skin time with mom. An opaque curtain is placed across mom, blocking her view. In some hospitals, her hands are sometimes strapped down, making holding her baby impossible.

The hospital made little adjustments, such as replacing a regular drape with a clear one so mom can see the birth, and moving equipment to allow the baby to be placed on the mother’s chest immediately after birth, enabling her to hold her baby and even start breastfeeding.

“Moms tell me it’s wonderful, especially those who have had a traditional C-section in the past. They really appreciate the chance for early bonding with their baby. Many studies show that skin-to-skin time right after delivery improves bonding and breastfeeding success,” says Dr. Eileen Joyce, OB/GYN with the hospital.

Simply put, it makes the birth less of a surgical procedure and more of what it should be—bringing a new baby into the world.

All C-sections at TMH from here on out will be performed in this leading edge, gentler way. The Memorial Hospital is pleased to join this relatively new movement to ensure a pleasant birthing experience for moms in the region.

TMH Birthing Center Mini-Tour

Take a look at what TMH has to offer in our labor and delivery rooms. We are all equipped to deliver your baby with love and care.

What to Expect Video

What's it like to be pregnant? What are the first signs and what are some red flags to watch for?

If you are curious about the pregnancy journey--and what it's like to deliver at TMH, watch this informative video featuring our Babies Happen Here moms and OBGYN doctors--Dr. Scott Ellis and Dr. Eileen Joyce.

Labor and Delivery

Doctors Scott Ellis and Eileen Joyce are bringing the future of women’s health to Craig and the surrounding communities.

Whether you’re planning on having a baby soon and need an obstetrician, or you need a gynecologist for preventive screenings and annual exams—you have more women’s health options than ever before.

Read a patient's story about her experience delivering a baby at The Memorial Hospital.

  • Dr. Scott Ellis

  • Dr. Eileen Joyce

Women's Health and OB/GYN

Dr. Scott Ellis

Dr. Eileen Joyce

To Make an Appointment: 970-826-2420

Birthing Tour, Meet Our Physicians

If you’re expecting a baby, The Memorial Hospital offers a What to Expect presentation along with Birthing Center Tours each quarter (February, May, August and November). Moms and dads are both encouraged to attend.

Call 970-824-9411 for details.

What to Expect Brochure

What to Expect Brochure (Spanish)


The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic

785 Russell Street, Craig, CO 81625

Phone: 970-826-2400

Fax: 970-826-2429

Be Part of the Journey!

Daina and Wayne Wagner and Kelsey and Trini Loya generously allowed us to share their pregnancies and the birth of their children here at The Memorial Hospital.

Read their insights during the pregnancy and see how they enjoyed their baby's first year of life.

Childbirth Classes

Birthing classes are the second Saturday of each month. Call Enterprise Wide Scheduling to reserve a space in an upcoming class 970-826-3150.

Childbirth Classes Brochure