Duke Birthing Center

Duke Birthing Center


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 3,000 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.

Appointments   No appointment needed Office   919-681-5741
Fax   919-681-8166

Clinic Hours

Open 24 hours a day.

Visiting hours for the general public are from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Open 24 hours a day.

Visiting hours for the general public are from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Duke University Hospital
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710-4699
Appointments No appointment needed Office 919-681-5741
Fax 919-681-8166


More than 3,000 babies are born annually at the Duke Birthing Center. Our obstetrics team handles all childbirth experiences, from normal deliveries and C-sections to high-risk pregnancies. Our board-certified maternal-fetal medicine specialists, obstetric-trained anesthesiologists and nursing staff are available 24-hours per day, 7 days per week. Our in-house pediatricians will check your baby's heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflex response, and color after your baby arrives.

After your delivery, our team of pediatricians, lactation consultants, and trained nurses can assist you with infant feedings and nutrition. Our clinical social workers specialize in postpartum depression, and are available to help you and your family locate community resources, and adapt to the many changes that accompany the arrival of a newborn.

Accepted Insurance

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below. Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

  • 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 HMO Open Access
  • Aetna Medicare Plan (HMO, PPO)
  • Aetna Medicare Premier Plan (PPO)
  • Aetna Medicare Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
  • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access 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
  • Ambetter of North Carolina
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
  • 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.

  • Cigna Choice Plus
  • Cigna Open Access
  • Cigna Open Access Plus
Duke Group Plans
  • Duke Basic
  • Duke Select
First Health
Gateway Health Alliance
Gateway Health Plan
  • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
  • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Humana Choice (PPO)
  • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
  • Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
  • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
  • First Medicare Direct*
  • Medicare Part A
  • Medicare Part B
  • *This is for Wake County only.

MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
NC Medicaid
  • NC Medicaid*
  • *Not all Duke locations and doctors participate in this plan. Please contact the location you will be visiting to determine what is accepted.

OneNet PPO
Optima Health
  • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)
  • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
  • Optima Plus (PPO)
  • Optima Vantage (HMO)
  • TRICARE Extra*
  • TRICARE for Life*
  • TRICARE Prime*
  • TRICARE Prime Remote*
  • TRICARE Standard*
  • *Duke Primary Care does not participate with the plan.

United Healthcare
  • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)
  • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)
  • All Savers Alternate Funding
  • All Savers Fully Insured
  • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
  • 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 of the River Valley
  • United Healthcare Option PPO
  • United Healthcare Options PPO with Harvard Pilgrim
  • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
  • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
  • United Medical Resources (UMR)

Our Providers

Obstetrician and Gynecologist
4.85 out of 5
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
Obstetrician and Gynecologist
4.76 out of 5
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Specialist, Pediatrician
4.54 out of 5
Obstetrician and Gynecologist
4.82 out of 5
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
4.63 out of 5
Obstetrician and Gynecologist
4.82 out of 5
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
4.78 out of 5
Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgeon
4.68 out of 5
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
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About Us

To maximize your comfort, safety and the well being of your child, we offer:

  • 3 operative delivery rooms
  • 2 recovery beds and 6 obstetric triage beds
  • 20 Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum (LDRP) rooms. These rooms include whirlpool baths, TV/DVDs, daybeds and telephones.
  • 16 mother/baby rooms with private showers, recliners, and TV/DVDs
  • Strict infant security system
  • The support to keep your baby with you at all times

Duke Birthing Center is adjacent to our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is staffed by experienced neonatologists and nurses. They are expertly equipped to care for high-risk and critically ill infants, including those born earlier than 34 weeks gestation and those requiring surgery or subspecialty medical care.

Preparing For Your Visit

Getting Here

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


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.