Childbirth at Duke University Hospital

Childbirth at Duke University Hospital

The Birthing Center

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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. The obstetrics team at Duke University Hospital delivers more than 3,000 babies each year. We provide compassionate, family-centered care to mothers, newborns, and their families throughout pregnancy, delivery, and the postpartum period. Our skilled staff is dedicated to ensuring your birth experience takes place in a safe, comfortable environment that is tailored to the needs of you and your baby.

Our Doctors

Duke obstetricians provide prenatal care to women who may choose to deliver their babies at Duke University Hospital's Birthing Center in Durham. View our doctors' profiles and select the one that’s right for you.

Preparing for Your Baby’s Birth

Classes to Prepare for Your Child's Birth
Our classes help you get ready for childbirth and cover what to expect afterward. They help you prepare for labor and delivery and C-sections, and offer an understanding of epidurals. We also prepare you for life as a new mom, with classes on breastfeeding, baby care, infant/child CPR, getting back in shape, and more. Our class offerings include:

  • Preparing for labor
  • Preparing for cesarean birth
  • Preparing for baby: boot camps for dads/coaches
  • Preparing for baby: sibling class and Duke birthing tour
  • Postpartum and newborn care
  • Preparing for breastfeeding

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.

Having Your Baby

Expert Care, 24/7
We know every woman’s childbirth experience is different. Our team includes general obstetricians, gynecologists, obstetric anesthesiologists, board-certified perinatologists, neonatologists, and highly experienced nurse practitioners. We are prepared day and night to handle every situation, from normal deliveries and C-sections to high-risk pregnancies and emergency situations.

Midwife Services
Our certified nurse midwives are nurse practitioners and experts in normal labor and birth. They also support you, your baby, and your family during your postpartum care.

High-Risk Pregnancy Care
As a regional referral center, the Duke Birthing Center 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 (miscarriage, preterm delivery, or cervical incompetence), or who have a pre-existing medical condition, such as heart disease, lupus, or a seizure disorder.

OB Anesthesiologists and Nurses
Our obstetric-trained anesthesiologists and nurses work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Locations

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

Gentle and Complex C-Sections
We maintain three dedicated operating rooms for C-sections. If you deliver your baby by Caesarean delivery, we may be able to make small changes to the procedure to allow you and your partner to feel part of the birth process. We are also a referral center for challenging cases involving women who require a Cesarean delivery for medical reasons that may pose a risk to you or your baby during delivery. We have decades of experience working with high-risk pregnancies and performing routine and complex C-sections. Our team is equipped to handle any childbirth situation.

Expert Care for Babies with Serious Conditions
If your baby needs complex medical care, our Level IV nursery is staffed by board-certified neonatologists and nurses who care for low-birth-weight infants, preemies, and infants with serious conditions such as heart defects. This breadth of expertise ensures you experience the highest quality care and best possible outcome from the minute you become pregnant through the delivery and care of your baby.

In-House Neonatologists
We work closely with a team of neonatologists who are ready at a moment’s notice to manage any complications with critically ill or premature newborns. We have several nurseries, including a Level IV NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), a transitional “step-down” nursery that helps infants transition from the NICU to home, and a special infant-care nursery that provides follow-up care for infants who need special medical services after birth.

Your Postpartum Recovery

24-Hour Rooming-In
We give you the support you need to start bonding with your baby right away and keep your baby with you at all times. Our labor and delivery suite includes 20 labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum (LDRP) rooms, so you can stay in one place from the moment you arrive on our floor. These rooms include whirlpool baths, TV/DVDs, and daybeds to make you and your loved one as comfortable as possible during your labor and postpartum period. Our unit also has 16 mother/baby rooms with private showers, recliners, and TV/DVDs.

Recognized Breastfeeding-Friendly Center
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. Their efforts to ensure your breastfeeding success have earned us recognition as a four-star NC Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Center.

Postpartum Support
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.

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

Consistently Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Hospitals

In addition to being one of the best in the country, Duke University Hospital is proud to be nationally ranked in 11 adult and nine pediatric specialties.