Forsyth Medical Center


Compassionate care for every mother and newborn

mom and newbornAs 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 high-risk pregnancies.
  • Maternity education. Call 336-718-7000 to sign up for one of our classes.
  • Dedicated women’s surgical suites and post-anesthesia care.
  • 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 your newborn.
  • Postpartum care.
  • 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

Online nursery

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.

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.