Women's Health

About Us

The extraordinary medical staff of Mission Women’s Health will help guide you through your unique care needs and health choices with the most advanced and individualized attention. Our team includes OB/GYN physicians as well as specialists to make sure we not only provide the best care, but the best care for you. Our purpose is to provide the highest quality of care and support so that you may achieve your health and family goals through all of life’s seasons.

Featured Provider - Kendra Moore, NP, of McDowell OB/GYN


Kendra Moore is a nurse practitioner and newest addition to the care team at McDowell OB/GYN in Marion. Click here to learn more about Kendra or call (828) 659-3621 to make an appointment.


Gynecology and Urogynecology

The physicians and staff of Western Carolina Women's Specialty Center are dedicated to providing compassionate, effective care for women throughout the region who are experiencing gynecologic problems. We respect your privacy and will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will meet your needs. Our physicians have served women in western North Carolina for many years and continue to expand their specialty services. We offer complete care for women suffering from breast problems, abnormal pap smears, menopause, and issues related to bladder and bowel control and prolapse of the vagina.

For an appointment, please call (828) 670-5665.


High Risk Pregnancy

Maternal-fetal medicine is Mission Hospital's antepartum high-risk unit providing care for women in the surrounding 19 counties. Our supporting team of caregivers includes nurses, social workers, dieticians and obstetric specialists, and is available to provide care for you and your unborn baby every step of the way.

Labor and Delivery Units

The labor and delivery units at Mission Health strive to provide the care you want during one of the most memorable times of your life. We offer supportive care for patients that desire minimal intervention and the safety of a hospital setting. We also offer the most critical care when your health or the health of your baby is at stake. Patient safety and satisfaction are our most important goals. Come celebrate your baby's birthday at Mission Health.

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The compassionate midwives and physicians of Mission Women's Care provide healthcare for women throughout their lives. From family planning to pregnancy to menopause, your continuum of care can be provided by these caregivers at a location close to home.

Mother & Baby

Mission Health provides care for the new mother and infant in the same room following birth on the Mother-Baby Units. The family-friendly environment includes expert nursing care, lactation consultation and preparation for home for the new family. Mission Hospital was the first baby-friendly hospital in North Carolina and is a leader in breastfeeding support.

Survivor Services

If you are a sexual abuse survivor, you may have special fears and needs during your labor.   We have a program that can help.  Survivor Services at Mission Hospital gives you the opportunity to meet with a labor and delivery nurse during your pregnancy to discuss your special needs, fears or past birth experiences.  We can help you understand what happens during labor and delivery, and help you create a birth plan that addresses your specific needs and concerns to help you prepare for the birth of your child.  Our goal is to help you feel safe and comfortable working with your doctors and nurses to have a birth that leaves you feeling in control and involved in the decisions about your care.

Our 1-3 hour meeting at Mission Hospital’s Labor and Delivery Unit will begin with a tour of our labor rooms, where your baby will be born. We will talk about what happens during a typical labor, an induction of labor, and a vaginal and cesarean birth. We will then work together to create a birth plan that addresses your specific concerns. 

We cannot erase all of your fears, but we can find a way to work through them together to make your birth experience at Mission Hospital a positive one.

For more information about Survivor Services at Mission Hospital or to make an appointment with a resource nurse, call (828) 213-8473.


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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Pelvic Floor

Pelvic floor conditions such as pain, vaginal prolapse (weakening of the pelvic muscles) or incontinence can make life challenging and uncomfortable. Not only do these conditions cause physical discomfort, many sufferers lose interest in social activities or intimacy, which can have a negative effect on relationships. Fortunately, Mission Women's Health provides multiple treatment options for women who experience pelvic floor issues. Effective treatments include physical therapy, biofeedback, medication, urinary control devices and surgery. We provide individualized solutions to pelvic floor dysfunction by offering a range of specialists. These specialists work closely with other disciplines within Mission Health to ensure that our patients are receiving the most comprehensive care possible.

Women's Surgery

At Mission Health, our surgical teams are committed to providing leading-edge, holistic, compassionate care for women facing gynecological, urogynecological and cancer surgery. To minimize fear and anxiety about surgery, we inform our patients about their situation and treatment choices in order to promote a positive surgical experience. We provide you and your family with an experienced nurse to answer questions and share concerns, as well as the opportunity to address specific needs and desires during your hospital stay.

Our care team provides support and education as it relates to the unique needs and questions our patients may have, including:

  • Concerns related to modesty or privacy
  • Loss of ability to bear children
  • Fear of losing control, related to anesthesia and pain medication
  • Anxiety or fear related to a diagnosis or potential surgical outcome
  • Fear of needles, hospital environment or other stressors
  • History of sexual abuse or domestic violence

Breastfeeding Center and Boutique

Our internationally board certified Lactation Consultants teach breastfeeding basics through one-on-one sessions, and will talk to you about breastfeeding safety, including foods, medicines and physical activities. You'll find expert help and individualized planning for issues such as:

  • Latch-on difficulties
  • Sleepy babies or issues where babies are unable to nurse well
  • Sore nipples
  • Milk supply issues
  • Swelling of the breast called engorgement
  • Collection and storage of breast milk
  • Your baby is not feeding or wetting enough
  • Your baby is not gaining enough weight

Our breastfeeding boutique also features items and services that will assist you in breastfeeding including:

  • Bra fittings and nursing bras in all sizes
  • Various baby carriers
  • Cloth diapers
  • Breast pumps, pump parts and rentals
  • Nursing pillows, apparel and stools
  • Natural lotions for moms and babies
  • Gifts and toys

For an appointment or questions related to our services, please call (828) 213-1103 or toll free 1-800-572-6664 and ask for the Breastfeeding Center.

Childbirth Education

The women's health education program includes classes and learning opportunities both live and virtual in the areas of childbirth, safe infant care, breastfeeding, orientation to delivery at Mission Hospital, and women's health topics for self-care and care of the family.

Our team uses virtual and live presentations to facilitate access for all families in the region even if at a distant location. The virtual component may be accessed anywhere in the world.

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Preconception Health

If you are a woman of childbearing age, you should take a multivitamin with folic acid every day. That's the primary message of the NC Folic Acid Council, an outreach program of Mission Fullerton Genetics Center. And now, thanks to funding from the state legislature, health departments throughout the state offer these at no cost. A full-time coordinator manages the 27-county western region. We focus in the community primarily on college campuses. We reach healthcare providers through presentations to private practice offices and health departments.

For information on our services, please call (828) 213-0022.

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Women's Health Locations

Mission Women's Care - Franklin
190 Riverview Street, Suite 2
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: (828)349-8288
Fax: (828)349-8289
Monday-Friday 8:40am-5:00pm

Mission Women's Care - Sylva
111 Central Street
Sylva, NC 28779
Phone: (828)586-6990
Monday-Friday 8:40am-5:00pm

Mission Community Obstetrics and Gynecology - Spruce Pine
125 Hospital Drive
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Phone: (828)766-3001
Fax: (828)766-3787
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Mission Community Obstetrics and Gynecology - Burnsville
800 Medical Campus Drive
Burnsville, NC 28714
Phone: (828)682-0200
Fax: (828)682-2023
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

McDowell OB/GYN
1633 Sugar Hill Road, Suite 1
Marion, NC 28752
Phone: (828)659-3621
Fax: (828)659-7945
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Western Carolina Women's Specialty Center
2100 Ridgefield Boulevard
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828)670-5665
Fax: (828)670-5663
Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm
Friday 8:00am-1:30pm

Western Carolina Women's Specialty Center - Burke
149 West Parker Road
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: (828)670-5665
Fax: (828)670-5663
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Transylvania Women's Care
87 Medical Park Drive, Suite B
Brevard, NC 28712
Phone: (828)884-8860
Fax: (828)885-7164
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

McDowell Women's Care
472 Rankin Drive
Marion, NC 28752
Phone: (828)659-5700
Fax: (828)659-9518
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm