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Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital Opens Ohio's First Multi-disciplinary Special Delivery Unit

Feb. 10, 2012

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital has opened a Special Delivery Unit (SDU) on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus for patients whose pregnancies are complicated by serious, life-threatening maternal or fetal conditions. While many hospitals have units that cater to at-risk infants, the SDU at Cleveland Clinic is the first unit of its kind built to accommodate pregnant women in extremely critical condition as well as their newborns.

The SDU brings a multidisciplinary team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists, geneticists and pediatric surgery specialists into one setting that offers coordinated care for both mother and baby. Housing the SDU on the Clinic’s main campus also means pregnant women have access to a full spectrum of adult medical and surgical acute care specialists.

Moms-to-be with serious conditions such as lung cancer, heart failure, brain tumors or other serious illnesses are among the patients most likely to need services in the SDU, as well as those who develop critical health issues during their pregnancies that put their baby’s health at risk.

A collaboration between Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s Hospital and OB/GYN & Women's Health Institute, the SDU includes a delivery room, an operating room for emergency and planned Cesarean sections, and an adjoining Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Close proximity to a Level III NICU enables immediate lifesaving intervention to resuscitate and stabilize newborns with life-threatening conditions. Specialists from throughout Cleveland Clinic collaborated in the design of the unit and its operational plan.

The SDU medical team is a cross-collaboration of sub-specialists from throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and is tailored to each patient’s specific condition. The team offers patients support from initial consultation through delivery and the postpartum period, all while coordinating care for mom and baby.