Compassionate care for every mother and newborn
the preferred birthing center in the region, delivering more than
6,000 babies per year, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center works to ensure that each mother, partner, family member and
newborn infant feel welcome and secure during their time with us. We
have many on-site and online resources available to provide any information required to learn more about pregnancy, labor and
delivery, and caring for your newborn.
learn more about maternity services, or to find a Forsyth Medical Center
comprehensive maternity services include:
- Use our Birth preparation guide to plan your birth experience at Novant Health Maya Angelou Women's Health & Wellness Center.
State-of-the art obstetrical services, including
antepartum and intra-partum care.
Newborn services, including hearing screening, newborn
nursery, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU),
premature infant care clinic, and newborn photography.
Support for parents of newborns in our NICU through
Family Support Network of North Carolina (336-924-5301) and the
Ronald McDonald House.
Prenatal assessment services to ensure a healthy
pregnancy, including diagnostic ultrasounds, first trimester
screenings, non-stress testing, and other diagnostic testing for
Maternity education. Call 336-718-7000 to sign up for
one of our classes.
Dedicated women’s surgical suites and post-anesthesia
Rooming in, where your baby remains in the maternity suite with you to better
prepare the family for the transition home.
education from our staff, to help you learn to properly care for
Breastfeeding resources. Call 336-718-5636 to sign up for a breastfeeding class.
A gift shop that includes a wide selection of gifts
for the new mom.
- Helpline: The Nursing Mother Helpline is available at any time: 336-718-5636 or 336-718-8233
Be sure to subscribe to our weekly maternity / parenting e-newsletter that offers customized details and tips to help you and your
baby as you prepare for pregnancy, delivery and going home. Sign up today »
Register for classes
Want to know what to expect during your pregnancy, the experience of childbirth and how to take care of your new bundle of joy? We have a variety of classes in the Triad area available to help you, your partner and family prepare for these experiences. Our classes are fun and informative and available in the evenings and weekends. Classes are open to everyone—whether you are a new parent-to-be or an experienced parent.
To pre-register for classes, visit our calendar »
Share your baby's first photograph with friends and family with Forsyth Medical Center's Day One Productions.
We will create that priceless keepsake of your baby's first photo to cherish and share. Posting and sharing of your baby's photos is available with a safe and secure log-in for families of babies born at the Novant Health Maya Angelou Women's Health & Wellness Center (for viewing, you will need to provide the family's password and mother's first name to access the photos.)
The Nursing Mother’s Place
The Nursing Mother’s Place, located on the first floor of the North Tower at the Novant Health Maya Angelou Women's Health & Wellness Center, is the most comprehensive lactation center in Winston-Salem, including education and support classes, personal consultations, equipment and exceptional services to make breast-feeding comfortable and accessible for the new mother and family. Ensuring you and your baby have a smooth transition into breast-feeding is of utmost importance.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday / Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Newborn hearing screening
Babies learn by listening. The most important years for speech and
language development are from birth to three years of age. Since babies
cannot tell us that they cannot hear, a hearing loss can go unnoticed.
If a child is unable to hear normally, speech and language may not
develop normally. Hearing problems are the most common birth defect. Six
out of 1000 babies are born with some type of hearing problem, but it's
one of the most treatable birth defects. Finding hearing loss early
helps to give your child the special attention needed to develop
language skills. It also aids in social, emotional, and educational
Trained staff members of the hospital use a procedure called
Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR). The screener sends sounds
through small earphones, which are placed over each ear. Small sensors are attached to your baby's skin to detect your baby's brain response to the sounds s/he hears. The screener analyses the brain response and the results are either a Pass or
Refer. The test is usually done in the mother's room.
What does Pass/Refer mean? A result of Pass can be an indication of
normal hearing. A Refer means additional testing is needed. Many things
can cause this result and it doesn't mean there is a problem. Since this
is only a screening, it may not identify very mild hearing loss.
An audiologist oversees the hospital's newborn hearing screen program
and is available for consultation to answer any questions or concerns.
You may also discuss any questions with your pediatrician or you may
call the Children's Special Health Services Helpline at 1-800-737-3028
or you may call a state-affiliated agency called Beginnings at
Perinatal Bereavement Services
Pregnancy loss, whether as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, is a time of sorrow and confusion for each member of the family. Coping with the loss and the vast array of confusing feelings is best managed by sharing in the common experience in a supportive setting. We have support groups and counselors available for individual or group sessions to help manage the grief process in a safe, open-arms environment.
The Perinatal Bereavement Services Coordinator provides guidance and counseling to families that have experienced a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or even newborn death. The coordinator ensures that our nurses have the training and supplies needed to comfort families during their hospital stay and also reaches out to these families post discharge.
learn more about these services or to find a Forsyth Medical Center
ob-gyn, call 336-718-7000.