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Duke Birthing Center

Type:Hospital

We know that having a baby is one of the most important milestones in your family’s life. As OB experts who deliver more than 3,400 babies every year, we do everything possible to ensure your delivery takes place in a safe, comfortable environment and is tailored to your and your baby’s needs.

Duke University Hospital is recognized as the best North Carolina hospital for maternity care by U.S. News & World Report for 2021. We received this recognition because of our low rates of C-section in people at low risk for pregnancy complications and other factors.

Clinic Hours

Open 24 hours a day.

Visiting hours for the general public are from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and are subject to visitor restriction policies.

Duke University Hospital
2301 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27710-4699

Clinic Hours

Open 24 hours a day.

Visiting hours for the general public are from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and are subject to visitor restriction policies.

Take an Online Class

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person classes and tours are canceled until further notice. Learn about our online classes that help you prepare for parenthood. 

Labor and Delivery in Durham, NC

As part of your prenatal care, we also offer the following classes to help you get ready for childbirth and learn what to expect afterward. Our classes help you prepare for labor and delivery and C-sections and gain a better understanding of epidurals. We also prepare you for life as a new mom, with classes that focus on breastfeeding, baby care, infant/child CPR, tips for getting back in shape, and more. Our unit includes:

  • 20 labor rooms with whirlpool baths, TV/DVDs, and couches or chairs
  • 28 mother/baby postpartum rooms with private showers, recliners or couches, and TV/DVDs.

Take a Video Tour of the Duke Birthing Center


Our OB Team

Our team consists of obstetricians, obstetric anesthesiologists, perinatologists, pediatricians, neonatologists, obstetric and pediatric nurses, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners. We are available day and night to handle every situation, from low-risk deliveries and cesarean sections to high-risk pregnancies and emergency situations.


High-Risk Pregnancy Care

As a regional referral center, Duke University Hospital offers a level of specialized experience not found at community hospitals. Our perinatologists, obstetric anesthesiologists, and nurses provide comprehensive care to women with high-risk pregnancies, including care for women who are carrying multiples, those who have a history of pregnancy complications, or those who have a pre-existing medical or surgical condition.


Gentle and Complex Cesarean Sections

We maintain three dedicated operating rooms for routine and complex C-sections.

  • We offer gentle Cesarean sections by providing clear drapes for the moment of birth and initiating skin-to-skin and breastfeeding in the operating room. Your healthy baby stays with you in the operating room and through your recovery.
  • We are also a referral center for women who require delivery for medical or surgical reasons that may pose a risk to you or your baby during delivery. Our team is equipped to handle any childbirth situation.

Care for Your Baby After Delivery

We give you the support you need to start bonding with your baby right away and keep your baby with you at all times.


In-House Pediatricians

A team of in-house, board-certified pediatricians provides care for healthy babies. Our in-house pediatricians will check your baby's heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflex response, and color after your baby arrives. Before your baby goes home, we will make sure you get help with feeding your baby and answer any infant care questions you might have. Our experienced pediatricians work closely with obstetricians and neonatal specialists if your baby needs more specialized care.


Level IV NICU

If your baby needs complex medical care, our Level IV NICU is staffed by in-house neonatologists and nurses who care for low-birth-weight infants, preemies, and infants with serious conditions. This ensures you experience the highest quality care and the best possible outcome.


Strict Infant Security System

We enforce strict infant security measures to protect your baby from unlikely harmful events, including abduction.


Breastfeeding Support

Our certified lactation consultants are available to see you within one day of your newborn's birth to help you begin breastfeeding. Nursing staff is available 24/7 to educate and assist you with your breastfeeding goals.


Postpartum Support

Our trained nurses offer feeding, bathing, and bonding support to aid in the transition of mom and baby in the immediate postpartum period. Our clinical social workers specialize in postpartum depression and can help you and your family locate community resources and adapt to the many changes that accompany the arrival of your newborn.

Our Providers

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Accepted Insurance

  • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
  • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS
  • Aetna Medicare Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
  • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
  • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
  • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
  • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
  • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
  • Aetna Select HMO
  • Aetna Traditional Choice
  • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
  • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
  • Aetna/CVS Health
  • Ambetter of North Carolina
  • Blue Advantage
  • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
  • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
  • Blue Select
  • NC State Employees Health Plan
  • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

Bright HealthCare
  • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
  • Cigna Choice Plus
  • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
  • Cigna Open Access
  • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

  • Duke Basic
  • Duke Select
  • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
First Health
Gateway Health Alliance
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization plans*
  • *This plan is only accepted at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, and Duke HomeCare & Hospice.

Healthgram
  • Humana Choice (PPO)
  • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
  • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
  • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
  • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
MedCost
  • First Medicare Direct
  • Medicare Part A
  • Medicare Part B
MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
  • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
  • Carolina Complete Health
  • Healthy Blue
  • NC Medicaid Direct
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • WellCare of North Carolina
  • FAMIS*
  • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)*
  • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
  • Optima Plus (PPO)
  • Optima Vantage (HMO)
  • *Duke Primary Care, Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital are not participating with this plan.

  • TRICARE Prime
  • TRICARE Prime Remote
  • TRICARE Select
  • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
  • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
  • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
  • All Savers Alternate Funding
  • All Savers Fully Insured
  • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
  • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
  • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
  • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
  • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
  • United Healthcare Option PPO
  • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
  • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
  • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
  • United Medical Resources (UMR)
  • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

Preparing For Your Visit

Accessibility Services

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We provide equal access for all people and offer a range of free accessibility services to patients and visitors who need them.

Interpreter Services

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Free interpreter services can be provided for patients who prefer to communicate in a language other than English.

Address

Duke University Hospital
2301 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27710-4699

Parking

Parking is available in the Duke Hospital Parking Garage, across Erwin Road from the hospital entrance. The cost is $2 per hour or a maximum of $8 per day. Discount parking coupons are available at Duke Hospital gift shops. Valet parking is available for $9 per day.

Public Transportation

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Plan your trip to Duke Birthing Center through GoDurham bus routes 61111B, and 20 or GoTriangle bus routes 400 and 405. The closest bus stops are Duke Hospital, Erwin Rd at Research Dr, and Erwin Rd at Emergency Dr. If you have trouble accessing these bus routes, visit GoDurham Access and GoTriangle Access to check if you meet the ADA eligibility for accessible transit programs.

Duke Transit provides free bus service to the Duke University Medical Center campus for students, employees, patients, and visitors. See maps of bus routes.