Finding out that your baby has a complex, life-limiting, or life-threatening health problem does not mean that care for you, your baby, or your family is through. We can provide you and your family with comprehensive, coordinated care including specialized consultations with experts in your child's condition, birth planning, perinatal advanced directives, and counseling. Child Life Specialists can work with you and your other children. Families also benefit from connections with other families who have had similar experiences. Above all else, we are a team of professionals who will walk by your side throughout your journey. Cleveland Clinic's Fetal Care Center and our Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Palliative Medicine team focus together on family-centered perinatal hospice care as we work with you to preserve hope while preparing you for birth and your time together as a family.
From initial consultation through delivery and the postpartum period, the Special Delivery Unit team offers support and coordinated services for both mom and baby. As part of the Fetal Care Center, the Special Delivery Unit provides moms, unborn babies and newborns advanced diagnostic and treatment options from fetal MRI and in utero intervention, to immediate newborn surgery. And, a full spectrum of subspecialty care is available to moms with serious diseases that may complicate labor and delivery. The SDU has labor and delivery suites, triage, and a full operating room. There is also a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab across the hall for those newborns requiring immediate help for a life-threatening heart abnormality.