Labor and Delivery at Mission Hospital
More pregnant women select Mission Hospital for childbirth than any other hospital or birthing center in western North Carolina. We provide the best maternity hospital in Buncombe and Henderson counties for you and your growing family. Here’s what you can expect at Mission Hospital in Asheville.
Why Choose Mission Hospital in Asheville for Your Childbirth
There are many reasons why moms-to-be choose Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC, as their choice birthing hospital. Here are a few perks of our maternity ward:
- North Carolina 5-Star Breastfeeding-Friendly Maternity Center Designation:
- Family-centered delivery room
- Priority placed on mother-baby bonding immediately following delivery and throughout the hospital stay
- Rooming-in - mothers and babies stay together and are cared for in the same room
- Highly skilled nursing support for breastfeeding and bonding
- Specialized support from International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants
- WNC's ONLY Level III NICU
- Customize your delivery experience and delivery plan
- Many rooms with a relaxing view
- Prenatal Classes
We offer a variety of classes for expectant families who are considering delivering at Mission Hospital. Please view available upcoming classes at Mission Hospital below:
Expectant Parent Orientation Class
Whether you have already decided on us as your hospital choice, or if you are still in the decision-making process, our orientation class, taught by Mission Registered Nurses, can help. This class is designed to help you plan for your upcoming delivery. We will cover things like finding your way around the hospital campus, what to expect during your stay and even go over tips for preparing to bring your baby home, your first days with baby and caring for mom after delivery.
Breastfeeding Basics Class
Get breastfeeding off to the best start possible with our prenatal breastfeeding class, taught by Mission Lactation Consultants. Designed for expectant mothers, we’ll go over everything you’ll want to know about breastfeeding to help you be prepared for the first days and weeks of this very special time as a new family.
State-of-the-Art Facilities and Advanced Technology
Patients at our Asheville hospital have direct access to doctors specializing in high-risk pregnancies and our certified neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Benefits include:
- Only Level III NICU in the region
- State-of-the-art delivery suites
Mission Health Accepts the Most Insurances Plans
"We are there to bring gentleness and compassion to meet you where you are." – Taylor Alef, Mother Baby Unit Nurse
How We Care for Moms and Babies
Mother-Baby Unit at Mission Hospital
Mission Health’s Mother-Baby Unit offers comfortable private rooms where families comfortably bond after childbirth while receiving support from staff. Highly skilled and specially trained nurses are dedicated to family-centered care, providing education and support for feeding and caring for your newborn in preparation for going home. Mission Hospital is a designated North Carolina 5-Star Breastfeeding-Friendly Maternity Center and is a regional 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 our perinatal nurse navigator, nurses, social workers, dietitians and obstetric specialists, and is available to provide care for you and your unborn baby every step of the way at Mission Hospital. Learn more about our Perinatal Nurse Navigator for high-risk deliveries. Some of the most common high-risk pregnancies are:
- Moms of multiples
- Advanced maternal age
Low Intervention Birth
We encourage you to create your own unique and personalized birthing experience.
Our compassionate labor and delivery nurses are trained to support your low intervention birth plan with:
- Hydrotherapy for labor (labor tubs and showers)
- Wireless and water-submersible fetal monitors
- Labor and birth positioning support
- A variety of birthing balls
- Your Doula is welcome throughout the birthing process
- Immediate skin-to-skin contact
- Mother and baby bonding with rooming- in
- Create your own environment by bringing aromatherapy, music, birthing aids
Should you need additional support, Mission Hospital can provide:
- 24/7 OB Emergency Room (Entrance 9), staffed with labor and delivery nurses
- 24/7 Anesthesia
- Western North Carolina’s only Level III NICU
- Donor breast milk as medically indicated
- Nursing staff trained in lactation support
Many of our community OB offices offer midwifery services. Mission Hospital welcomes midwives that provide healthcare to women throughout their lives, including childbirth. We work together with midwives so that your delivery experience is safe and seamless.
We offer an array of childbirth and breastfeeding classes to our patients and those thinking of delivering at Mission Hospital. Please view all of our available classes at Mission Hospital below.
Childbirth & Hospital Orientation Class
Whether you have already decided on us as your hospital choice, or if you are still in the decision making process, our orientation classes can help. They are designed to help you plan for your upcoming delivery. We will cover things like finding your way around the hospital, what to expect during your stay and even go over tips for preparing to bring your baby home, your first days with baby and caring for mom after delivery.
Get breastfeeding off to the best start possible with our breastfeeding class. Designed for expectant mothers, we will go over everything you would want to know before your little bundle arrives. There is a $20 class fee for this class that is due upon the start of class. - The $20 class fee will be waived for any virtual classes due to coronavirus.
Be Ready to Deliver
Being ready to deliver helps not only give you a head-start on bringing your baby home, but it can also give you peace of mind as the day gets closer. Here are a few things that you can do to help your hospital stay go as smoothly as possible.