Maternity

For most people there is no greater joy than bringing a child into the world. And your job as a parent starts well before your delivery date even comes. We help parents bring more than 1,300 babies into the world each year. Onslow Memorial Hospital is prepared to welcome you, your family, and your new bundle of joy. We are ready to meet (and exceed) your expectations throughout your time spent with us. From the little things like free parking to the big things like advanced facilities and board-certified specialists, Onslow is ready to help you and your growing family. But don't just take our word for it. Click here to see what moms are saying about Onslow Memorial Hospital Maternity Services.

Pre-Registration

For your convenience and your best care, be sure to pre-register. Pre-registration is completed in our outpatient department. The best hours are between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. If you have additional questions about pre-registration, please call our patient access department at 577-2282Click here to view a list of OB/GYN physicians.

Creating Your Birthing Experience

We want your experience at Onslow to be special, beginning with your personalized birth plans. Click here to get started.

Our expert staff is ready to assist you and your baby every step of the way—we have board certified obstetricians and neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, lactation specialist, experienced nursing staff and support teams ready to meet the needs of you and your baby.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will labor last? 

Every labor and delivery is unique and babies have their own timetable. Many factors figure into the length of labor, such as the status of your cervix when labor starts, if you have had babies before, are you being induced etc. The average labor for a first time mom is 14-18 hours, which can include 3+ hours of pushing if you have an epidural in place. Moms delivering their second or greater baby can usually cut that time in half.

When can I get an epidural? 

Your doctor must order your epidural, then there are procedures to prep you for the epidural such as administering a liter of IV fluid, so you don’t want to wait too long before asking for one. With that being said, taking the epidural too early may make you feel like it is not working well at the end. A good rule of thumb is to ask for the epidural when you are unable to breathe through your contractions and other comfort measures are not helping with the pain. Generally this would be when you are 3 centimeters or more dilated and the baby’s head is engaged, although it could happen before this. One thing is for sure, all labors are different and unique in their own way and no set answer will fit everyone.

How many people can I have in the room with me? 

In order to have room to take care of you and the baby, we ask that you limit the number of people in the room to 3. Family and friends may switch in and out until you are prepped for the actual delivery, at which time we ask that only your primary care partners remain.

How long can I keep the baby with me after delivery? 

As long as your baby is stable, we encourage you to keep him/her with you as much and as long as possible. We encourage skin to skin contact immediately after birth and if you are breastfeeding, staff will assist you with putting baby to breast within the first hour of life.