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 WestCare 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.
New Generations Family Birthing Center
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!
A full spectrum of gynecological care is also available, including routine gynecological health procedures, diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases, including cervical cancer, and gynecological surgery.
In the event that you should need cancer care, a network of skilled providers is available to guide you through the treatment process in a compassionate way, providing insight expertise during every level of treatment. Click here to learn more about cancer care at WestCare.
WestCare offers the latest advances in detecting and treating breast cancer at the earliest possible stage.
Digital mammography is available at Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital. Our breast care experts suggest that women over 40 years of age get a mammogram once a year to aid in the earliest possible detection of breast cancer.
To schedule a mammogram, obtain an order from your primary care physician or gynecologist. You or your physician’s practice may call the WestCare Scheduling Department at 586-7950 to schedule.
In the event that you should need cancer care, a network of skilled providers is available to guide you through the treatment process in a compassionate way, providing insight and expertise during every level of treatment.
WestCare offers a unique Breast Care Nurse Navigator, a registered nurse whose role is specifically to offer guidance through the breast cancer treatment process, from diagnosis to chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Carol Van Cleave, RN, currently serves as the Breast Care Nurse Navigator and brings years of clinical experience to the position. Carol is available to offer insight and education and answer questions about important topics related to your diagnosis and care, as well as to help schedule appointments, network with providers, and stay informed throughout the treatment process. Learn more about nurse navigation services at WestCare.