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.

Clinic Hours

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 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.

Tour the Birthing Center

Sign up online or call 919-403-4374 to register for a guided tour of our unit as you prepare for your baby's delivery.

Labor and Delivery in Durham, NC

Preparing for Childbirth Classes in Durham

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 about 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
  • 16 mother/baby postpartum rooms with private showers, recliners or couches, and TV/DVDs.

Our OB Team

Our team of obstetricians, ob anesthesiologists, perinatologists, pediatricians, neonatologists, 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 provide comprehensive care to women with high-risk pregnancies, including care for women who are carrying multiples, who have a history of pregnancy complications, or who have a pre-existing medical 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 a Cesarean delivery for medical 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.


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 board-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.

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 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 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 Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
  • 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
  • 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*
  • *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
  • 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*
  • *Duke Primary Care is considered an authorized, non-network participating provider.

  • 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)
  • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate with the plan.

Our Providers

Obstetrician and Gynecologist
4.87 out of 5
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
Obstetrician and Gynecologist
4.71 out of 5
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Specialist, Pediatrician
4.68 out of 5
Obstetrician and Gynecologist
4.80 out of 5
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practitioner - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Obstetrician and Gynecologist
4.80 out of 5
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
4.64 out of 5
Obstetrician and Gynecologist
4.73 out of 5
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgeon
4.77 out of 5
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
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Preparing For Your Visit

Getting Here

Duke University Hospital
2301 Erwin Rd
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.