WNC's First Choice

for Labor and Delivery

Labor and Delivery at Mission Hospital McDowell

More pregnant women select Mission Health for childbirth than any other hospital or birthing center in western North Carolina. We provide the best maternity hospital in Burke, Rutherford and McDowell Counties for you and your growing family. Here’s what you can expect at Mission Hospital McDowell in Marion.

Why Choose Mission Hospital McDowell in Marion For Your Childbirth

There are many reasons why moms-to-be choose Mission Hospital McDowell in Marion, NC, as their choice birthing hospital. Here are a few perks of our maternity ward:

  • Customize your delivery experience and delivery plan 
  • Enjoy a special Celebration dinner to celebrate your new birth...complete with sparkling juice!
  • Low rate of C-sections
  • Mission Infant Transport Team and Level III NICU
  • Family centered delivery mindset, including skin to skin contact
  • All rooms have a relaxing view
  • Childbirth Classes

Convenient Location

Mission Hospital McDowell

430 Rankin Dr, Marion, NC 28752

Access to State-of-the-Art Facilities & Advanced Technology

While not located at the regional hospital, patients have direct access to our certified neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Patients at McDowell also can rely on our hospital-to-hospital medical airlift in the rare occasion that it is needed. Benefits include:

  • Only Level III NICU in the region- at Mission Hospital 
  • State of the art delivery suites
  • Smart room technology - increases the safety of your stay and gives you access to in-room movies and games. 

Ask your doctor if they deliver at Mission Hospital McDowell or find a doctor who does here

Accepting the Most Insurances

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  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • Crescent TPA
  • CWI Benefits
  • Healthgram TPA
  • Humana
  • Key Benefits Administrators TPA
  • MedCost
  • MedCost Ultra
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan PHCS
  • United Healthcare
  • WellPath
  • Western North Carolina Healthcare Coalition
Medicare Advantage
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • First Carolinacare Insurance
  • Gateway
  • Humana
  • United Healthcare
  • WellCare

Some insurers may offer plans with limited network and geographical restrictions;  however, emergency care is always in network. Consult your providers' office and/or insurance provider for your plan's specifics.

"My family and I wanted a little more holistic approach to delivering a baby." – Allie Webb, Preferred Midwife Delivery

How We Care for Moms and Babies

Mother-Baby Unit at Mission Hospital McDowell

Mission Health’s Mother-Baby Unit is a comfortable and private room where new mothers can bond with their new healthy newborns after childbirth and receive support from staff. Highly skilled and specially trained nurses are dedicated to providing family-centered care, including breastfeeding/lactation consultation and preparation for home. Mission Hospital was the first baby-friendly hospital in North Carolina and is a leader in breastfeeding support.

High-Risk Pregnancy Care and Support

Patient safety and satisfaction are our most important goals. Maternal-fetal medicine is Mission Hospital's antepartum high-risk unit providing care for women in the surrounding 19 counties. Our supporting team of caregivers includes nurses, social workers, dieticians and obstetric specialists, and is available to provide care for you and your unborn baby every step of the way at Mission Hospital McDowell. Some of the most common high risk pregnancies are:

  • Moms of multiples
  • Fertility
  • Advanced maternal age

Midwife Services

Our compassionate midwives provide healthcare for women throughout their lives. From family planning to pregnancy to menopause, your continuum of care can be provided by these caregivers at many of our practice locations.

Childbirth Classes

We offer and array of childbirth and breastfeeding classes to our patients and those thinking of delivering at Mission Hospital McDowell. Please view all of our available classes at McDowell below. 

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

Get breastfeeding off to the best start possible with our Prenatal Breastfeeding Class. Lead by a Board Certified Lactation Counselor, our class is designed to give expectant mothers the tools she need to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Classes are offered twice a month, please call us to learn more about our Prenatal Breastfeeding Class and to reserve a spot at 828-659-5330.

This class includes:

  • What to expect immediately following birth
  • Positioning and attachment
  • How to know if you baby is getting enough
  • What to expect after discharge from the hospital
  • Pumping and Storage of Milk
  • Returning to Work

Childbirth Education Class

Please call us to learn more about our Childbirth Education Class and to reserve a spot at 828-659-5330.

Take a Maternity Tour at Mission Hospital McDowell

Hospital Tours

Please call us to learn more about our Mission Hospital McDowell Hospital Tours and to reserve a spot at 828-659-5330.