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Labor and delivery

Just as every baby is unique, so is every delivery. As your trusted care partner, we work to provide a personalized birthing experience that begins long before your first contraction and continues well after delivery.

Pregnancy and childbirth

Our hospital-based birth centers offer high-quality, compassionate maternity care.

More than any other hospital system in Western North Carolina, over 4,000 people choose to have their babies with Mission Health every year. Our maternity services are here to support you and your growing family during this exciting time.

How to register for delivery

Registering in advance for your childbirth is a great way to get prepared and ready for your baby's arrival. We offer this time-saving feature via our simple registration form.

Registering in advance for your childbirth is a great way to get prepared and ready for your baby's arrival. We offer this time-saving feature via our simple registration form.

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Our maternity services

We honor your desired birth plan through personalized labor and delivery services. Our hope is to provide options for childbirth, all while keeping you and your baby's health and safety in mind.

Labor and delivery care

Our hospital-based birth centers provide the care you want during one of the most memorable times of your life. We offer a range of supportive services, all in the safety of a hospital setting, including pain management, as well as care for low-intervention, unmedicated births. A healthy birth for you and your baby is our most important goal, so we are also extremely attentive when your health or the health of your baby is at stake.

Maternal fetal medicine (MFM) services

For women with high-risk pregnancies or complications that require advanced prenatal care, Mission Health’s MFM doctors, also called perinatologists, are right by your side every step of the way, working collaboratively with other clinical specialists on your team. Our perinatologists support women with complex conditions before, during, and after pregnancy. Learn more about our perinatal nurse navigator for high-risk deliveries.

Mission Health is home to Western North Carolina’s only Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where neonatal experts provide around-the-clock care if your baby has an illness or is born prematurely. Should you need it, our infant transport team provides service for babies requiring transfer to the NICU. The ability to travel by air and ground allows the team to travel in any type of situation or weather.

Register for labor and delivery

To start the process, you can easily register online by completing the form below.

Unmedicated birth services

Our certified nurse midwives (CNMs) provide low-intervention birth support using unique features and amenities. CNMs can offer hydrotherapy for laboring, birthing balls and tips for helpful birth positions. We also provide skin-to-skin contact immediately after you give birth and rooming in with your baby after birth to encourage bonding. Additionally, we welcome you to bring music and aromatherapy, and your doula is welcome to be at your side during labor and delivery.

Postpartum care and services

After a safe and healthy birth, you and your newborn will be transitioned to our mother-baby unit, a quiet and family-centered environment where you and your baby can bond. Postpartum nurses and lactation consultants can offer breastfeeding support. Highly skilled and specialized nurses will provide newborn care information so you feel prepared and ready for when it’s time to leave the hospital.

Once you are home, you can call our “warm line” for answering your questions from home. Outpatient services are also available. For an appointment or questions related to our services, please call (828) 213-1103.

In-hospital breastfeeding support

Our internationally board-certified lactation consultants are available to meet with you during your postpartum stay and teach breastfeeding basics through one-on-one sessions. They can answer your questions and help you be prepared for a confident transition home with your newborn. You'll find expert help and individualized planning for issues such as:

  • Collection and storage of breast milk
  • Latch-on difficulties
  • Milk supply concerns
  • Sleepy babies or issues where babies are unable to nurse well
  • Sore nipples
  • Swelling of the breast (engorgement)
  • Your baby is not feeding or wetting enough
  • Your baby is not gaining enough weight

Survivor services

We want to support you throughout your journey to parenthood. If you've experienced a pregnancy-related trauma, you likely have specific fears and needs that require specialized support. Our survivor services program at Mission Hospital is designed to help you address your concerns and fears by creating a birth plan with one of our labor and delivery nurses. We strive to create a safe, calm environment where you feel cared for.

Maternity classes

Our hospital offers helpful classes for parents who are expecting. We strive to provide you with helpful, free educational resources that will support you on your journey. You can search for our classes on our events calendar and register online.

Breastfeeding class

Get breastfeeding off to the best start possible with our virtual breastfeeding basics class, taught by our international board-certified lactation consultants. This class is designed for expectant mothers where we prepare you for breastfeeding before your newborn arrives. It is a free class, and is held online.

Expectant parent orientation

Whether you have already decided on us as your hospital choice, or if you are still in the decision-making process, our orientation class, taught by our registered nurses, can help. This virtual class is designed to help you plan for your upcoming delivery. We will cover topics, such as finding your way around the hospital campus, what to expect during your stay and even go over tips for preparing to bring your baby home.

Low intervention birth options

Delivery care should be tailored to you. We have wireless fetal monitors, birthing balls, water options and even advanced technology and expertise for potential high-risk deliveries.

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