Your Hospital Stay

Birthing Options

Six comfortable home-like birthing rooms are available to you for the labor and birth of your baby. The rooms are equipped with modern monitoring equipment, comfortable furnishings and special beds which convert to accommodate labor, birth and the time right after birth.


Highly-skilled nurses are always present to assist you with your special needs during this time. They are not only trained in the clinical aspects of birth, but are also warm and caring with each new mother. Your delivery is individual, and we try to honor any special requests you may have. A neonatologist and/ or neonatal nurse practitioner is present to attend infants at cesarean section and high-risk vaginal deliveries.

Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery

Should your infant require more specialized care, our Intensive Care Nursery is staffed by neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatal nurses.

Videotaping the Birth

While we understand the birth of your child is a time to treasure, we respectfully request that videotaping not begin until after the birth.

Room Accommodations and Amenities

Your room includes cable TV, telephone and electric breast pumps are available. Love seats and recliners are available for an adult who may wish to stay with you during your stay at Frye.

Rooming In

Mothers and babies stay together to promote bonding and breastfeeding. This is called "rooming in.” When mothers care for their babies in their room there is less crying, better bonding and better breast milk production. Studies show that mothers get more sleep with their baby in the room. Nurses assist by facilitating the care given which allow parents to feel confident in caring for their newborn before discharge. Your baby can learn to breastfeed faster and gain weight sooner.

Babies who need medical procedures such as circumcision will leave mom’s room for a short period of time. When you are sleeping, we ask that you put the baby in the crib next to your bed to be safe. Childbirth is a normal healthy life event and we strive to provide you the best possible experience. If you have any questions, please ask the nurse who is caring for you. Rooming-in is just one way of getting to get to know and bond with your baby.


General visiting hours on the Labor and Delivery unit are from 10 am to 9 pm. We recommend you limit your time in labor to just your support person. If you desire more visitors, you need to arrange this with your physician ahead of time. After delivery, there is no restriction on visitors in the birthing room to see you and your baby but we ask that you follow Frye Regional's safety and visitation guidelines. If you wish to have your visitors limited, please let us know.

Lactation Consultants

A certified lactation consultant is on staff to assist with your breastfeeding experience. The lactation consultant makes rounds during feeding and is available at other times for questions and consultations. After your hospital discharge, you may reach the lactation consultant by dialing (828) 315-3041 and leaving a message.

Quiet Time

It is important that during your hospital stay, you experience a quiet, healing environment. We realize that your new infant is awake during the night and you will require more time during the day to rest. It is our commitment to ensure that you get as much rest as needed.

We have outlined specific interventions on our labor & delivery unit to help reduce the noise, and provide a restful and quiet environment. If you would like to participate in Quiet Time, just inform your visitors and nurse that you will be taking advantage of our Quiet Time from 2 – 4 pm.


Skin-to-Skin care for mothers, fathers and babies is our way of providing exceptional care. Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of keeping babies on mother’s chest immediately after birth. Our goal will be to provide you time to bond with your infant. You can expect your baby to be dried at birth and placed skin-to-skin on your chest, covered with a warm blanket, hat and diaper. Your chest is the best place for your baby to transition to life. This special time will help your infant stay warmer, calmer, feed better and maintain their blood sugar. Mothers who keep their babies skin-to-skin have less bleeding. Skin-to-skin also encourages better milk production for breastfeeding moms. 

You may consider encouraging visitors to remain in the waiting room to allow time for bonding of your new family. We will also strive to avoid unnecessary procedures until after this special bonding time.

Find Us

Frye Regional Birthing Center
420 N Center St
Hickory, NC 28601

Phone: (828) 315.3272

Fax: (828) 315-4163

Hours of Operation: 24 Hours

For Frye Regional Birthing Center patients:
When you come to the hospital on weekdays between 5 am and 5 pm, come to the 5th Ave NE Same Day Surgery entrance and utilize our free valet parking service. After 5 pm and on weekends, you may be dropped off at the Same Day Surgery entrance and have a family member park your vehicle. If you have an emergency, please go directly to our emergency department (ED) and we will escort you to the labor and delivery unit if needed.