Childbirth at Duke Regional Hospital

Childbirth at Duke Regional Hospital

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Having a baby is one of the most important milestones in your family’s life. Choosing where you give birth is an equally important decision. Duke Regional Hospital provides a personalized birth experience in a safe, comfortable environment. Our staff delivers more than 2,000 babies each year. We consider it our job to work closely with you to make sure you have the birth experience you choose.

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Preparing for Your Baby’s Birth

Please tour our labor and delivery unit, and see why Blue Cross Blue Shield has named us a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care. This distinction recognizes the high quality of our maternity 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.

  • Preparing for Labor
  • Preparing for Cesarean Birth
  • Tour Duke Regional Hospital's Labor and Delivery Unit
  • Preparing for Baby: Boot Camp for Dads/Coaches
  • Preparing for Baby: Sibling Class and Duke Regional Hospital Labor and Delivery Unit Tour

Our Locations

Duke Health offers ob-gyn clinics throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.

Having Your Baby at Duke Regional Hospital

The Best of Both Worlds
As a community hospital, we offer both high-tech and low-tech care options. Because we work primarily with women who expect to have routine deliveries, we offer you the opportunity to have a birthing experience with fewer interventions and procedures and more nonmedical amenities. We want to help you be as comfortable as possible during your labor. We do everything we can to ensure you have your baby in a comfortable, safe, and supportive environment. We offer:

A Cozy Setting
Our comfortable delivery suites are designed to make you feel as much like you are at home as is possible in a hospital setting. Four of our eight birthing suites have whirlpool baths, for hydrotherapy and relaxation and to help you manage your labor pain.

More Freedom of Movement During Labor
Our lightweight, cordless fetal monitors give you more freedom of movement and flexibility to find a comfortable position during your labor.

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Pain Management Options
In addition to your obstetrician, our anesthesiologists are always in the hospital and available to you 24/7. We offer IV medicine and epidural, as well as nonmedicine options such as birthing and peanut balls, birthing stools, and pushing bars to help you be as comfortable as possible during your labor.

Midwives Can Assist in Delivery
You can choose to work with a certified nurse midwife for pregnancy care; assistance with your in normal labor and birth; and support for you, your baby, and your family during your postpartum recovery.

Dedicated Operating Rooms for C-Sections
We have two dedicated ORs in our labor and delivery unit for deliveries by cesarean section. We may be able to make small changes to the procedure to allow you and your partner to be part of the process through what some call a “gentle C-section.”

Your Postpartum Recovery

24-Hour Rooming-In
Once your baby arrives, we help you start that bonding process right away by having you room-in with your baby. All healthy babies stay with their healthy moms in one of our 36 private postpartum recovery rooms as part of our family-centered care. And, one nurse helps you ease your transition from hospital to home.

Help with Breastfeeding
Our lactation consultants give you the support you need to begin breastfeeding within one hour of your newborn's birth and continue after you leave the hospital.

Immediate Access to Specialized Care
If your baby is delivered at less than 32 weeks gestation or requires surgery or a higher level of care, he or she will immediately be transported to the Level IV nursery at Duke University Hospital. There, board-certified neonatologists will ensure your baby gets the best possible care as quickly as possible.

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

Postpartum Support
Our clinical social workers specialize in postpartum depression. They are available to help you and your family locate community resources and adapt to the many changes that accompany the arrival of a newborn.
 

Reviewed: 08/21/2008