Practice Locations

Birth Center at Anschutz Medical Campus
12605 E. 16th Ave 5th Floor, Aurora, CO 80045


Denise Colter Smith, PhD, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Board Certified


Practice Locations

UCHealth University Nurse Midwives - Anschutz Medical Campus
1635 Aurora Ct, Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd Fl, Aurora, CO 80045


Birth Center at Anschutz Medical Campus
12605 E. 16th Ave 5th Floor, Aurora, CO 80045


Provider Expertise

Care Philosophy

My philosophy of care is best reflected in the American College of Nurse-Midwives Hallmarks of Midwifery: "The art and science of midwifery are characterized by the following hallmarks: -Recognition of menarche, pregnancy, birth, and menopause as normal physiologic and developmental processes -Advocacy of non-intervention in normal processes in the absence of complications - Incorporation of scientific evidence into clinical practice - Promotion of woman- and family-centered care - Empowerment of women as partners in health care - Facilitation of healthy family and interpersonal relationships - Promotion of continuity of care - Health promotion, disease prevention, and health education - Promotion of a public health care perspective - Care to vulnerable populations - Advocacy for informed choice, shared decision making, and the right to self-determination - Integration of cultural humility - Incorporation of evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies in education and practice - Skillful communication, guidance, and counseling - Therapeutic value of human presence - Collaboration with other members of the interprofessional health care team."


  • Certified Nurse Midwife ( 2007 , 2015 )
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Education & Training

Undergraduate Schools

BSN, Georgia Southern University (1997)

Graduate Schools

MSN, East Carolina University (2007)

PhD, University of Colorado College of Nursing (2015)

Professional Memberships

American College of Nurse-Midwives, member

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Educational Affiliate

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, member

Research & Grants

Research Interests for Patients

Reducing Cesarean Section Rates; Outcomes of Midwifery Care; Teamwork

information for referring providers

Referral Contact Phone


Research Interest for Referring Providers

Interprofessional Collaboration, Teamwork, Health Care Outcomes, Perinatal Quality Measurement, Health Systems Research