Maternity Care Recognized Nationally, Expanded DBC Unit Opens

Duke Recognized: Best Hospitals for Maternity Care

The maternity care teams at Duke University Hospital and Duke Regional Hospital have earned recognition in Newsweek’s 2022 Best Maternity Care Hospitals. Using quality data from the firm Statista, Newsweek identified the top 350 leading hospitals in the U.S. based on an analysis that examined medical key performance indicators relevant to maternity care including cesarean birth rate, patient satisfaction data and a survey of maternity healthcare professionals. Based on this analysis, both DUH and DRH received the highest recognition of five ribbons.

U.S. News and World Report recognized the hospitals as Best Hospitals for Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) earlier this year.

DBC Expansion

An expanded Duke University Hospital Duke Birthing Center unit officially has opened, with a limited number of beds (6-10) in the newly refreshed 5300 wing in Duke North.

This wing serves patients with babies in higher level nurseries, patients readmitted postpartum (without their infants), and antepartum patients (less than 23 weeks gestational age) admitted for medical care.

The long-term goal is to expand the postpartum unit into the 5300 wing. 

Duke Birthing Center's leadership includes faculty Jennifer Bushman Gilner, MD, PhD, medical director; and Estela DiFranco Field, CNM, MSN, associate medical director.