Compassionate care for every mother and newborn
As 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 feels welcome and secure. We have many onsite and online resources to help you learn more about your pregnancy, labor and delivery, as well as caring for your baby.
Learn more our maternity services or find an OBGYN:
Our 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 screenings, 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 with you in the maternity suite to better prepare the family for transition to home.
One-on-one 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 new moms.
- Helpline: The Nursing Mother Helpline is available at any time: 336-718-5636 or 336-718-8233.
Take a virtual tour of the Nursing Mother’s Place
The Nursing Mother’s Place
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. It includes education and support classes, personal consultations, equipment and exceptional services to make breastfeeding comfortable and accessible for new mothers and families.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5 PM; Saturday - Sunday, 9 AM - 1 PM
Share your baby's first photograph with friends and family through Forsyth Medical Center's Day One Productions.
We will create a priceless keepsake of your baby's first photo to cherish and share with a safe and secure login for families with babies born at Novant Health Maya Angelou Women's Health & Wellness Center. To view and access your photos, you need to provide the family's password and mother's first name.
Babies learn by listening. Hearing problems are the most common birth defect with six out of 1,000 babies born with hearing problems. It's one of the most treatable birth defects, but since infants are unable to tell us they can't hear, it often goes undiagnosed. This is significant since the most important years for speech and language development are from birth to age three. Early detection of hearing loss helps give your child the special attention needed to develop language skills. It also aids in social, emotional, and educational development.
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 or you may discuss any questions or concerns with your pediatrician. Other helpful resources are the Children's Special Health Services Helpline at 1-800-737-3028 and a state-affiliated agency called Beginnings at 1-800-541-HEAR.
Perinatal Bereavement Services
Pregnancy loss, whether a result of miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, is a time of sorrow and confusion. Coping with loss and the vast array of confusing feelings is best managed by sharing in a supportive setting with others who have the same experience. We offer support groups and counselors for individual or group sessions to help manage the grief process in a safe, open-arms environment.
Learn more about these services or find an OBGYN, call 336-718-7000.