Labor and Delivery patients,

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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:

  • Baby-Friendly® designated hospital by Baby-Friendly USA
    • Family-centered delivery room
    • Skin-to-skin contact
    • In-room nurseries
  • Customize your delivery experience and delivery plan
  • Rooming-in, where mothers and baby stay together
  • Many rooms with a relaxing view
  • Childbirth classes

Convenient Location

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:

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

Mission Health Accepts the Most Insurances Plans


  • 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.

"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 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 and lactation consultation and preparation for home for the new family. 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 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
  • Fertility
  • 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

Midwife Services

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.

Childbirth Classes

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.

Click here for Childbirth & Hospital Orientation Class times and registration

Breastfeeding Class

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.

Click here for Breastfeeding Class times and registration

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.

  1. Check that your doctor delivers at Mission Hospital. If not, find a Mission doctor who does.
  2. Attend one of our Childbirth & Hospital Orientation Classes
  3. Pre-register for labor and delivery here

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