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Marchese Birthing Center

Watauga Medical Center
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Prepared Childbirth and Breastfeeding classes

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Visitation, personal belongings, support & more


Inside Watauga Medical Center
Open 24 hours
336 Deerfield Road
Boone, NC 28607

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(828) 262-4100
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Watauga Medical Center Construction Update

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Beginning March 3, the Emergency Department (ED) waiting room will be relocated to the Watauga Medical Center (WMC) lobbyPatients will enter the hospital using the main entrance, and go to Emergency & Outpatient registration ahead on the right. 

  • ED patients should register at Patient Bay 1 and wait in the main lobby until placed in an ED room. Due to limited space, ED visitors will wait in their car and will be called when their patient is in a room.
  • Outpatients will enter using the main entrance and register at Patient Bays 2 and 3.


COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions are in place and masks are still required. Learn more >

Personalized care for mother and baby

The John R. Marchese, MD Birthing Center features nine birthing rooms. Two rooms have a tub that women may labor in, however they may not give birth in the tubs. Non-medical and medical pain management options are available. Our experienced, expert labor and delivery staff will be with you every step of the way to make your birthing experience a safe and healthy time for all.

Harmony Center for Women obstetrics and midwifery providers work together with our highly-trained nursing staff, anesthetists, nutrition department and environmental services to provide a top-tier childbirth experience. Pediatric hospitalist physicians are onsite to care for your newborn, and we make every effort to have newborns in the room with the mother.

A full time lactation consultant is available to Birthing Center patients, and all nurses are trained to assist mothers in learning to breastfeed their babies.

Your Birthing Center Experience

Registration: When you arrive for your birthing experience, enter through Watauga Medical Center’s main entrance or the Emergency Entrance and check in at Patient Registration. Even if you are sent over from Harmony Center for Women, go first to Patient Registration and a member of the birthing center staff will come down and escort you. When you register, let our staff know if you would like a room with a labor tub.

Visitors/Companions: COVID-19 Visitation Restrictions are in place. Learn more >

Length of Stay: 24 hours is the typical length of stay for a routine birth with a full-term infant (37 weeks or later). If the baby is born at 36 weeks or earlier, or a C-Section is needed, the length of stay is at least 48 hours.

Infant/Mother Rooming: We encourage your baby to stay in the room with you as much as possible to facilitate bonding and breastfeeding success. As long as mother and baby are medically stable, you can be together at all times.

Onsite Pediatricians: Our Pediatric Hospitalists will examine your baby in your room, and be available for any care he/she needs while in the hospital.

Cesarean Section: Our Operating Room Suite is in the Birthing Center. Babies born by C-Section will be cared for in the infant nursery until the mother has recovered and then will be moved to the mother’s room.

Birthing Services

Hospital Visitors
  • Childbirth
  • Cesarean Section
  • Infant/Mother Co-Rooms
  • Newborn Nursery
  • Labor Tubs (when available)
  • Lactation Consulting
  • Level 2 Newborn Nursery
  • Pediatric Hospitalists

Birthing Center Classes

Doctor Exam

Our classes ensure that expectant mothers and partners can be as prepared as possible for the childbirth experience.

  • Prepared Childbirth Class
  • Breastfeeding Class

View descriptions and dates, and sign up for classes >

Safety Precautions

Birthing Center Safety

Pink Staff Badges: Anyone who works in the Birthing Center will have a pink staff badge, including their photo, clearly displayed.

ID Bracelets: A newborns is immediately given an ID bracelet on his/het wrist that match the mother’s ID bracelet. She may also designate her significant other to receive a matching bracelet.

Infant Monitoring System: A monitor will be put on your baby’s ankle. If the monitor loses contact with the baby’s skin or gets too close to the Birthing Center exits, an alarm will sound.

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Birthing Center Room


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