Women's Health - Maternity Care

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time in many women’s lives, but it can also be challenging or stressful, depending on your situation. No matter where you are in your journey, we can help you create the best pregnancy experience for yourself and your family.

Our team offers high quality maternity care for both routine and high-risk pregnancies at each of our locations. We’re with you through every stage of your pregnancy. You will have one primary obstetrician for your prenatal care as well as a team of physician assistants and other professionals , such as certified nurse midwives (CNMs), to assure continuity of care. For your convenience, we have:

  • One primary obstetrician or CNM assigned to you for all prenatal visits
  • Electronic Prenatal Records that eliminate disorderly paper documents and give you convenient, immediate access to all your information from computers in the Family Center and ER
  • Free maternity tour, childbirth education classes, including infant CPR classes and breastfeeding classes

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge provides quality maternity care at every step of routine and high-risk pregnancies. Call us to learn about our 24-hour neonatology service.

Our specialists have experience with both routine and high-risk pregnancies as well as conditions such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and anemia. We’ll help you work through any issues that arise to provide the best care and experience available.

Learn more about the services we offer at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge as well as what you can expect at each stage of pregnancy by downloading our Prenatal Guide.

To schedule an appointment call: 828-580-4341

Pregnancy Fitness and Wellness

Phifer Wellness Center, part of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, can help you meet your personal fitness goals during pregnancy. PWC members gain access to services and amenities such as pregnancy massages, strength training, and more.

Download the Maternity Health and Wellness flyer to learn more.

Maternity Classes

We believe the best way for you to be prepared for your baby’s arrival is by being well informed. To help you understand what to expect at every stage, we offer free tours and classes on childbirth and childcare.

Every class is taught by registered labor and delivery nurses, and contains detailed information in various areas, such as childbirth, infant care, and breastfeeding. Registration is free, but we recommend scheduling childbirth classes no later than 20 weeks into your pregnancy to ensure you’re ready for your new addition.

Maternity Wing Tour

See the labor and delivery suites at our Morganton location with a tour led by one of our expert staff members. We’ll show you our 24-hour Level II NICU, which will be available for your baby if needed.

Prepared Childbirth Classes

This class provides information about the last months of pregnancy, the birth process and labor-coping skills, along with the early postpartum period. Classes are offered as a three-week evening series. We also offer a limited Saturday class.

Daddy Boot Camp

A unique father to father class that inspires and equips men to become confidently engaged with their infants and support their mates.

Sibling Tours

Take your family for a tour of the Family Center to help prepare your children for the birth of your new baby.

Baby Care Class

In this class, you will learn the basics of caring for an infant including diapering, cord care, bathing, understanding newborn characteristics and more.

Breastfeeding Class

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding when possible because studies have shown that breastfeeding has a positive impact on an infant’s general health, growth and development. This class will teach the basics of breastfeeding.

Infant CPR

Would you know what to do if your infant suddenly began to choke or stopped breathing? This class is taught by American Heart Association instructors.

For more information on our classes, see page 11 of our Prenatal Guide.

To register for a class, call us at: 828-580-6333

Labor and Delivery

Our modern labor and delivery suites at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge-Morganton are comfortable and inviting as well as equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

  • Modern, high-comfort birthing suites
  • Rooming in – mom and baby stay together
  • Dedicated surgical suite on the unit for emergencies and cesarean sections
  • Private hours for bonding between moms and newborns, as well as open visitation allowing family and friends to share in baby's arrival
  • Board-certified lactation consultants
  • Lactation Store located on the floor
  • Sibling activity center with games and entertainment for your other children
  • Newborn kit with diapers, Blue Ridge onesie, and other essentials

Labor and delivery services are available only at our Morganton location with our Level II NICU facility should your baby need specialized care. Whether you have a routine or high-risk pregnancy, our specialists provide high-quality, personalized care.

Schedule your appointment today: 828-580-4341

 A mother and newborn together in a maternity suite at  Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge in Morganton.

Neonatal Care

We feature 24-hour in-house care for your newborn. Our Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Morganton is equipped to care for infants born as young as 32 weeks, treating premature birth conditions such as jaundice or trouble eating.

Our NICU is staffed by neonatologists who are specially trained in caring for babies, especially premature newborns. We are also affiliated with Atrium Health and Levine Children’s Hospital, which has a Level IV NICU that provides the highest level of care for babies, including those with birth defects and disorders. If needed, we can arrange transport, giving you peace of mind that high-level care is readily available for your infant.

Lactation Center

We’re here to support every mother reach her personal goal of providing breast milk for her baby for as long as mom and baby so desire. Our Lactation Center provides breastfeeding help in a comfortable, supportive environment to asses any issues you may have. We’ll develop an individualized care plan and teach you and your family about breastfeeding before you give birth and in the hospital. We’ll continue to support you as long as necessary, including after you go home.

Our Lactation Center services include:

  • Individual instructions and assistance with positioning and latch
  • Assistance with breastfeeding challenges, both in the hospital and after you go home
  • Prenatal breastfeeding appointment
  • Baby weight checks
  • Breastfeeding and lactation classes
  • Telephone helpline
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Back to work appointments
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We have breast-feeding supplies available in our Lactation Store, located in Room 301.

For your convenience, we provide:

  • Medela pumps and products (manual, fully-automatic electric, or hands-free pumping)
  • Breast pump and breast pump cleaning accessories
  • Milk storage bags
  • Soothing gel pads
  • Lanolin
  • Breast shells
  • Special-needs feeding aids
  • Postpartum support belts
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing camisoles
  • Pumping bustiers

For more information or to register, call 828-580-6333.

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