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Improvements to WakeMed’s Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace at the Raleigh Campus

Each year, more than 7,500 babies are born at WakeMed’s hospitals in Raleigh and Cary – more than any other hospital system in Wake County.  Today, WakeMed unveiled plans for a significant remodel and expansion of the Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace at the Raleigh Campus that will benefit growing families for years to come.


The new birthplace, slated to debut in summer 2015, will feature a family-centered environment along with the most advanced technology in maternal care. The facilities are complemented by the expert teams of obstetricians, neonatologists, maternal-fetal specialists, nurses and other professionals. This expansion is a direct reflection of WakeMed’s patient- and family-centered approach to care which encourages rooming-in, allowing families to stay together throughout the celebration of new life and making it easier for mothers to have privacy.


The new family-centered design will include:

·         15 spacious Labor and Delivery Suites, ensuring privacy and comfort

·         3 state-of-the-art Surgical Suites for C-section and special needs deliveries

·         A new Antepartum High-Risk Unit specifically designed for the complex needs of high-risk pregnancies, featuring 8 private rooms with advanced technology

·         2,400-square-foot expansion

·         A comprehensive program of services and staff to protect both mother and child during pregnancy and immediately after birth


This expansion further complements WakeMed’s dedication to women’s services across the system as well as our tiniest patients and their families.  Earlier this year, we opened our expanded our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – the only one of its kind in Wake County – and introduced private rooms along with a beautiful new design and state-of-the-art upgrades. The new birthplace will maintain its vital proximity to the NICU, ensuring our most fragile newborns receive immediate special attention and care.


In North Raleigh, WakeMed’s new, 61-bed, full-service women’s hospital – designed with the unique needs of women in mind – will open on Mother’s Day 2015.  WakeMed North Hospital will feature amenities tailored to our patients and offer women of every age throughout northern Wake County and the surrounding communities access to a wide variety of exceptional health services.


The projected budget for the total expansion and renovation of the Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace at WakeMed Raleigh Campus is approximately $10.6 million.  The WakeMed Foundation has committed to raise $2.5 million through its Labor of Love campaign.  To learn more, visit