Duke Birthing Center

Duke Birthing Center
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Duke Birthing Center

A Level 3 regional referral center that delivers about 3,000 babies each year, the Duke Birthing Center provides skilled, compassionate care to our mothers, newborns, and families throughout pregnancy, delivery, and the postpartum period.

Our 24-hour multidisciplinary team includes an attending physician, dedicated OB specialists from Women's Anesthesia, Level 3 neonatal specialists, and lactation consultants. 

A component of the acclaimed Duke University Hospital, we are equipped to serve the healthiest low-risk moms to those who require the most specialized care -- from women with normal spontaneous vaginal deliveries (with and without complications) to those with conditions that include:

  • Preterm labor with and without complications
  • Cesarean section with and without complications
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension and preeclampsia
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple gestation
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Fetal anomalies/syndromes
  • Metabolic complications of pregnancy
  • Cardiac disease
  • Placenta previa with and without complications
  • Intrauterine fetal demise

The experienced neonatologists and nurses in our Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit care for high-risk and critically ill infants, including those born earlier than 32 weeks gestation and those requiring surgery or subspecialty medical care.

In addition to three operative delivery rooms, two recovery beds, and six obstetrics triage beds, the Duke Birthing Center houses the Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum (LDRP) Unit, which comprises 20 well-appointed, comfortable rooms with whirlpool tubs, TV/DVDs, daybeds, and telephones. The unit uses a strict infant security system.

We also offer 16 mother-baby rooms (with private showers, recliners, and TV/DVDs). Prior to and after delivery, we care for many mothers on the 7700 Women's Health Unit of Duke University Hospital.