Maternity Services

Frye Regional’s Birthing Center provides a variety of services for women and children from prenatal care and labor and delivery to pediatric care. The Center pampers moms and moms-to-be with educational classes, private labor and delivery suites, mom and baby rooming-in options, mommy massages, and much more. You can even expect an elegant dinner for two to celebrate before you leave.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina took note of our quality and awarded Frye Regional Medical Center a Blue Distinction Center+ in Maternity Care. This national award recognizes our expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care.

At Frye, we will help you along the way as you prepare for childbirth and motherhood. The Birthing Center offers the following services to care for you and your family:

  • A Highly Specialized Team of Women's Care Specialists
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Newborn Nursery
  • Neonatal ICU and Pediatric Care
  • Tours, Classes and Special Programs 

Prepared Childbirth Classes, Breastfeeding and Refresher Classes

Prepared Childbirth Classes, Breastfeeding and Refresher Classes are designed to prepare you for many aspects of childbirth. We want to help you be as prepared as possible for the arrival of your new family member. This class covers labor, delivery, postpartum care, inductions, pain control methods, cesarean sections and more. The class also offers up-to-date breastfeeding education based on evidence-based research.

The Prepared Childbirth Classes and Refresher Classes also include a one-hour tour of the obstetrical unit. The Expectant Parents Tour can be scheduled even if mom is not signed up for classes.  This tour, which begins in the lobby of the main hospital, is designed to help parents become more acquainted with the Frye Birthing Center.

For your convenience, Childbirth Classes (including a tour) are scheduled on weekends from 1:30 - 7p.m. on the following dates:

  • April 30
  • May 28
  • June 24
  • July 29
  • August 26
  • September 30
  • October 28
  • November 25
  • December 16

Breastfeeding Classes & Services

Breastfeeding classes cover a wide variety of topics designed to include working mothers who breastfeed their babies, NC Breastfeeding laws, pumping and storing breast milk, choosing a breast pump and other issues such as maintenance of milk supply and resources and products that are especially helpful. Partners are encouraged to attend.

This comprehensive breastfeeding program is available to everyone. Our classes are designed for any mom whether this is her first or fifth child. Our lactation consultants and educators keep up with information and studies to help prepare mothers with the most current teaching as we move toward a family care centered environment. Learn from the lactation educators about the natural process of breastfeeding, lactation and physiology of the breast, positioning, identification of infant feeding cues, nutrition and storage of breast milk.

Breastfeeding Classes are offered on the dates listed above. These classes are also offered separately from 6 – 9 p.m. on the following dates:

  • January 18
  • February 20
  • March 15
  • April 17
  • May 17
  • June 19
  • July 19
  • August 21
  • September 20
  • October 16
  • November 15
  • December 18 

Breastfeeding Support Group

Join the Breastfeeding Support Group scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Frye Regional Medical Center in the 3rd floor OB classroom on the following dates:

  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 8
  • December 13

Directions to the 3rd floor OB classroom: Enter the hospital through the valet entrance on 5th Avenue NE (Same Day Surgery/Birthing Center entrance). Once you arrive on the 3rd floor, walk through Labor and Delivery to the front of the nursery. The OB classroom is the first room on the left as you walk toward the elevators.

Breastfeeding Support Group is also offered in the evenings from 6 - 7:30pm on the following dates:

  • July 18
  • August 22
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 19

The Birthing Center entrance on 5th Avenue is closed by 6 p.m. For evening participants, park in the parking deck and take the elevator to the second floor to walk across the pedestrian bridge. Then take the next set of elevators once you have crossed the bridge to the 3rd floor and proceed to the OB classroom.

Breastfeeding Support Group offers:

  • Scales for baby weight checks
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Social time with other breastfeeding moms
  • Ongoing support during your breastfeeding experience

For more information, please call the Lactation Center at 828.315.3041.

Outpatient Lactation Services

Consult with a board-certified lactation consultant before or after you deliver. Outpatient lactation services are located in the Frye Birthing Center at Frye Regional Medical Center and offer a full range of programs and services to support lactation and breastfeeding. Breast pumps are available to rent.

Early Pregnancy Teaching

A detailed 1st and 2nd-trimester education session is available to discuss how to keep you and your baby healthy. Some topics of this class include food safety, medications, exercise, healthy weights, healthy habits, the importance of your prenatal care and communication with your doctors. 

Early Pregnancy Education for 1st & 2nd Trimester Classes are offered from 6 – 9 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 14
  • April 11
  • June 13
  • August 8
  • October 10
  • December 12

Sibling Tours

Becoming a sibling for the first time is a very special event. We have a class designed just for the big brother or big sister in your family. This fun and interactive class for children ages 3-7 teaches them what it is like to have a new baby in the home. Your child will learn how to hold and diaper their new sibling using demonstration dolls. Each child will receive a certificate upon completion. We encourage a parent to attend with the child.

Sibling Tours are offered from 9 - 10 a.m. on the following Saturdays:

  • February 4
  • April 1
  • June 3
  • August 5
  • October 7
  • December 2

Car Seat Safety Classes

Car Seat Safety classes are offered from 11am – 12:30 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

  • February 4
  • April 1
  • June 3
  • August 5
  • October 7
  • December 2

Infant CPR Classes and Baby Care and Baby Safety Classes

Infant CPR classes and Baby Care and Baby Safety Classes review bathing, circumcision care, cord care, feeding, positioning and safety issues such as car seat safety and infant CPR. Car seat safety is taught by the Safe Child Coalition. Infant care CPR is taught by one of our certified CPR instructors and nursery nurses. 

These classes are offered from 1 – 3 p.m. on the Saturdays listed below:

  • February 4
  • April 1
  • June 3
  • August 5
  • October 7
  • December 2

Please call the Perinatal Education Office at 828.315.3104 for more information or send a message to

You can trust us to care for you and your new baby. We have physicians available 24/7 and a Level II Neonatal ICU for babies and mothers with special needs. Our specially trained, compassionate nurses will help you every step of the way through your delivery and post-delivery needs.

Ask about the benefits of skin-to-skin care for mothers, fathers and babies. It 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.

Frye Regional’s Birthing Center is located inside the hospital (420 North Center Street in Hickory) on the 3rd floor. To learn more about maternity services at Frye, take a tour or to contact our Lactation Consultant about classes or outpatient services, please call 828.315.3041.

Our Highly Specialized Team

Frye Regional’s OB providers would like to say “Congratulations” on your upcoming happy event. Deciding to have a baby is one of the most important decisions you will make during your lifetime. Above all else, you will want your baby to be as healthy as possible. Regular checkups with your OB provider are an important part of taking care of you and your baby’s overall health.

Our experienced team can assist you through this exciting time in your life.

The Woman’s Clinic and FryeCare Piedmont OB/GYN provide you with comprehensive women’s healthcare, close to home. Please call 828.315.3301 to make an appointment with an OB provider.

  • Azra Ayubi, MD
  • F. Alice Bishopric, MD
  • J. Robert Goins, MD
  • Steven R. Merta, MD
  • Ryan N. Richardson, MD
  • Melinda Daves, WHNP-BC
  • L. Kimball Royster, PA-C
  • Nancy Sciara, OGNP

Frye’s highly skilled OB/GYN providers offer excellent quality women’s care. Consider contacting a physician if you require any of the following services:

  • Pregnancy Care
  • In-office Ultrasound
  • Labor and Delivery
  • 3D / 4D Ultrasound
  • Annual Exams and Screenings
  • Infertility
  • Contraceptive Care

Office Locations

FryeCare Piedmont Obstetrics & Gynecology
210 13th Ave. Pl. NW • Hickory 28601
P: 828.322.3017 • F: 828.322.1087

3060 Hickory Blvd. • Hudson 28638
P: 828.728.7241 • F: 828.728.6457

FryeCare Woman’s Clinic
1781 Tate Blvd. SE, Suite 201 • Hickory 28602
P: 828.328.2901 • F: 828.327.6223