Mother & Baby
It all starts at Harris Women’s Care, with offices in Sylva, Bryson City, and Franklin where were are honored to provide you with the highest quality OB care. At Harris Regional Hospital the New Generations Family Birthing Center creates the perfect balance between the latest technology and beautiful surroundings for your new family, supported by the region’s best obstetricians, pediatricians, nursing staff, and other trained staff. We are with you every step of the way, before and after delivery, offering birthing and breastfeeding classes, and tours of the spaces where you’ll meet your new baby and spend those precious first moments. The pediatricians of Harris Pediatric Care and Swain Family Care are here to keep your children healthy from birth to booster shots and any bumps and bruises in between. Thank you for choosing Harris Women’s Care, the New Generations Family Birthing Center at Harris Regional Hospital, Harris Pediatric Care, and Swain Family Care for your family.
Labor & Delivery / Mother & Baby Care
Harris Regional Hospital leads western North Carolina in labor and delivery care, proudly delivering the highest number of babies west of Asheville, with an average of 650 babies each year. Our dedicated, compassionate, and expertly-trained labor and delivery staff offer years of experience and knowledge in caring for mother and baby, and a consistent reputation in local communities for providing expert care.
Our nursery is classified as a Level II, or ‘specialty care’ nursery, providing enhanced services and care for near-term and full-term newborns otherwise not found west of Asheville. In addition to the Harris Regional Hospital respiratory care staff, this classification also signifies that labor and delivery staff and physicians are trained to care for babies who are breathing on their own but have conditions that require close monitoring and additional medical treatment.
Last year, the technology that enables physicians and nursing staff to monitor a baby’s progress during labor was replaced with a new system outfitted with features that provide the most advanced upgrades in fetal monitoring. Physicians can log in from any computer to monitor the real-time progression of mothers and babies during labor, allowing them to instantly see important changes and manage their time efficiently on the unit with all of their patients.
The third floor at Harris Regional Hospital, which includes the labor and delivery, mother/baby, and pediatric inpatient units, is currently undergoing construction as we create New Generations Family Birthing Center, a state-of-the-art family care center, which will include a new Caesarean-section operating suite, new heating and air conditioning systems, updated flooring and cosmetic features, and more. Check for updates as we excitedly prepare for the completion of this new addition!
To make an appointment with the Harris Regional Hospital Lactation Services call 828-586-7907
Our care at the Harris Regional Hospital Women’s Center does not stop when you take your baby home. Research suggests that most mothers are in need of some breastfeeding support following hospital discharge.
Our Lactation Services can help you with breastfeeding throughout your breastfeeding experience.
- Early breast milk - Colostrum - is rich in protective nutrients.
- Mature breast milk has just the right amount of nutrients to help your baby grow.
- Breast milk is easier to digest than formula.
- Nutrients and hormones in breast milk protect babies from getting sick.
- Formula-fed babies have higher risk of:
- Ear Infections
- Lower respiratory infections
- Type 2 diabetes
- Physical contact helps newborns feel more secure, warm and comforted
- Breastfeeding can simplify your life.
- No bottles & nipples to sterilize
- No formula to buy, measure and mix
- Breastfeeding can save money.
- Formula & feeding supplies can cost over $1500 per year.
- Health care costs can be reduced because breastfed babies are sick less often.
- Physical contact boosts oxytocin levels, a hormone that helps milk flow and can have a calming effect.
- Breastfeeding can decrease the mother's risk of:
- Type 2 diabetesBreast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Postpartum depression
- Nursing mothers miss fewer days from work because infants are sick less often.
Breast milk is a unique nutritional source that cannot adequately be replaced by any other food, including infant formula. Consider exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months to benefit you and your baby.
To make an appointment with the Harris Regional Hospital Lactation Services, call 828.586.7907
Download Our Lactation Services Brochure (Printable PDF)
Harris Regional Hospital is proud to give new parents the opportunity to have their baby's photo on the Mom365 site for their enjoyment after discharge from the hospital. Ask your nurse for details about this feature. Parents are given a password and then can go to the site to view their baby's photo. Click here for more information.
The Lactation Service is attended weekdays from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
If you need breastfeeding support outside of these hours please contact the Harris Labor and Delivery Unit at
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