Overview

Overview

Obstetricians and gynecologists offer specialized care for women, including comprehensive prenatal care, labor and delivery, preventive health screenings and general gynecology. If necessary, the expertise of other gynecologic specialists is available in areas such as infertility, high-risk obstetrics and gynecologic cancer.

When it's time to bring your baby into the world, we’re with you every step of the way. That includes providing comfortable rooms with state-of-the-art technology to monitor and treat any problems that might arise during labor. We provide an environment where you can comfortably give birth with low lighting, lounge chairs, birthing balls and water-birthing tubs in some centers.

A Range of Birthing Options

Women and babies benefit from world-class medical expertise in a family-focused environment. Cleveland Clinic offers three tiers of obstetrical services:

Our birthing hospitals support mothers who opt for a natural birthing experience. Hypnobirthing and tubs for water laboring are available options, and we provide birthing balls, experienced labor coaches and a tranquil environment to cater to your birth plan needs.

Baby-Friendly Hospitals

Among our birthing hospitals, you can choose a center with a Baby-Friendly designation, an initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals that offer optimal care for infant feeding. Akron General, Fairview and Hillcrest hospitals are all designated as Baby-Friendly.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s

Cleveland Clinic Children's, provides world-class care for our littlest patients at 40+ convenient locations throughout Northeast Ohio. Children and families receive compassionate care from nationally and internationally renowned pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists.

To find a pediatrician near you and to conveniently self-schedule online, visit clevelandclinicchildrens.org/pediatricians.

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Birthing Hospitals

Birthing Hospitals

Fairview Hospital

Fairview Hospital’s Birthing Center offers the highest level of birthing care, so you can feel confident that we are prepared for the unexpected. Our state-of-the-art facility offers exceptional medical care in a comfortable environment.

  • Only Level III NICU on the West Side
  • Staffed with 24/7 Ob/Gyn coverage, experienced nurses and lactation nurses who are coaches and confidants
  • Specially-equipped operating rooms for Cesarean births
  • We accommodate birthing preferences by working closely with your obstetrician and/or midwife
  • We also offer natural birthing suites in our Fairview Family Birth Place designed to provide a comfortable, natural experience

Schedule a Maternity Tour at Fairview Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital’s Family Maternity Center provides a range of birthing experiences and the highest level of birthing care.

  • Only Level III NICU on the East Side
  • Staffed with highly skilled nursing professionals and lactation consultants
  • Specially-equipped operating rooms for Cesarean births
  • Renovated family maternity center

Schedule a Maternity Tour at Hillcrest Hospital

Akron General

Akron General's New Life Center is prepared for any type of delivery and need for the baby, including onsite Level III NICU services, staffed by Akron Children’s Hospital neonatologists. Our Maternity Services provide personalized care, so that each labor and delivery experience is unique.

  • Take comfort in knowing you have access to Cleveland Clinic care at Akron General
  • Special Care Nursery and Level III NICU services
  • Labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum suites are located in a comfortable, secure environment
  • Specialists in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Neonatology are available for high-risk moms and babies
  • Specially-equipped operating rooms for Cesarean births
  • Breastfeeding and lactation support
  • Variety of childbirth and parenting classes for moms and dads

Schedule a Maternity Tour at Akron General

Union Hospital

Union Hospital’s Maternity Center is designed for the needs of mothers and their babies with a warm, family-centered environment. From prenatal education to the time the new family goes home, the staff of the Maternity Center is committed to making childbirth a rewarding experience for you and your family, including:

  • Board-certified physicians to deliver and care for your new baby
  • Knowledge and experience to manage routine and high-risk pregnancies
  • Friendly, caring staff who make you feel at home
  • Family support through Childbirth Education, Lactation Consultation and Orientation Tours

Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital is your partner in childbirth and values your wishes before, during and after labor, giving you as many choices as possible. The staff at Mercy Hospital strives to give you the birth experience you want, which may include:

  • Developing your own birth plan
  • Different labor and birthing positions
  • Innovative techniques and supportive devices during labor, including hydrotherapy, peanut balls, birthing balls, and more
  • Delayed umbilical cord clamping
  • Delayed newborn bath, which helps with thermal regulation, blood sugar stability, and breastfeeding
  • Focus on the Golden Hour immediately after birth, giving your baby the best progression to life outside of the womb
  • Full-time lactation consultant who offers free breastfeeding guidance and consultation before and after discharge
  • A variety of childbirth and newborn classes for expecting and new parents
What We Treat

What We Treat

Common Pregnancy Concerns

There are several conditions that can affect your baby's development. Please select a condition to learn more about it.

High-risk Pregnancy Care

High-risk Pregnancy Care

Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Among our birthing hospitals, we offer the highest level of care for neonatal diagnosis, surgery and rehabilitation. Level III NICUs are on-site at Fairview and Hillcrest hospitals, as well as Cleveland Clinic Children’s main campus.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine (High-risk Pregnancy)

We realize that pregnancy can be a stressful and emotionally challenging time for many families, and we have the expertise and resources to help, whether you have an underlying medical condition, problems with poor pregnancy outcomes, or a suspected or known problem with your baby (fetus).

Special Delivery Unit

The Special Delivery Unit at Cleveland Clinic Children's offers women with serious health conditions and women who are carrying babies with known birth defects a compassionate, family-centered setting for labor and delivery. The unit has labor and delivery suites, an operating room for Cesarean sections, an advanced newborn resuscitation and treatment room, and an adjoining Interventional Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Lab. A pediatric surgical suite is located nearby.

Midwife Services

Midwife Services

Today, midwives are educated, licensed professionals who provide quality, "client centered" health care within a mainstream health care delivery system. Midwives provide comprehensive maternity care from the first visit through labor and delivery and after birth. They lend a sense of compassion, mutual respect and companionship to the birthing experience. They encourage parents to participate actively in all aspects of their care and to prepare themselves physically and emotionally for the birth of their child.

Midwives recognize that birth is a natural process, not a disease. They strive to facilitate labors so that few, if any, interventions will be necessary. Midwives respect the decisions made by each family about the birth experience and make every attempt to abide by those decisions, as long as the safety of the mother and child are preserved.

Throughout the pregnancy, midwives and expectant mothers have the privilege of getting to know each other on a personal level. Midwives are always available to listen to the many concerns of an expectant family, and respond to those concerns. They encourage the involvement of the expectant father or other support person in all aspects of prenatal care, delivery and support after birth.

Midwives provide instructions on many aspects of childbearing, including mother and infant care, nutrition, exercise and breast-feeding. They offer advice on family-related issues, such as birth control methods, introducing siblings to a new baby and what to expect during the first few weeks at home with a newborn.

Our Doctors

Our Doctors

Appointments & Locations Childbirth & Parenting Classes

Childbirth & Parenting Classes

Adding to your family can be exciting, moving, thrilling and even a little scary. Let our caregivers help you prepare before, during and after the birth of your child. Classes are not limited to which hospital you have chosen to give birth at.

CenteringPregnancy® Groups

CenteringPregnancy® Groups

CenteringPregnancy is group prenatal care that prepares expectant patients for the challenges and excitement of labor, delivery and parenting. These two-hour appointments conducted over ten sessions offer expectant patients one-on-one care with a provider as well as group time with eight to ten other patients in similar stages of pregnancy. Centering offers significantly more time with a provider than traditional prenatal appointments and allows expectant patients to learn and share experiences in a relaxed and supportive environment.

For more information about CenteringPregnancy or to find out about current Centering groups and locations, email [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 216.491.7200.

Locations

CenteringPregnancy groups are currently offered at:

Akron General Akron Health Center
676 South Broadway St.
Akron, OH 44311
330.344.7666

Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Medical Office Building
1450 Belle Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
216.237.6300

Cleveland Clinic Lorain Family Health Center - CenteringPregnancy and CenteringPediatrics Group Location
5700 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053
Schedule from Amherst Family Health Center
440.282.7420

Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Medical Office Building A
4200 Warrensville Center Rd. Suite 215
Warrensville Heights, Oh, 44122
216.491.0141

Cleveland Clinic Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center
13944 Euclid Ave., East
Cleveland, OH 44112
216.767.4242

Cleveland Clinic Westlake Medical Campus
850 Columbia Rd.
Westlake, OH 44145
440.835.3883

Cleveland Clinic Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
2570 Som Center Rd.
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
440.943.2500

Resources

Resources

Health Essentials

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Support Groups

Breastfeeding Support Groups

Hillcrest Hospital North Campus (Virtual)
Days:
Thursdays and Fridays
Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For an appointment, please call 440.312.5332.

Independence Family Health Center (In-person)
Day:
Thursdays
Time:
10 to 11:30 a.m.
By appointment only, to schedule call 216.986.4000.

Melanin Rich (Virtual support for black and brown moms)
Day:
Wednesdays
Times:
10 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.
For an appointment, please call 440.312.5332

New Moms' Discussion Group (East Side)

Day: Thursdays
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location:
Hillcrest Hospital North Campus
Superior and Ontario Rooms
6777 Mayfield Road
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

For more information about attending, please call 440.312.4647. Remember to bring your baby, blanket and toys.

Stork's Nest

A Free Prenatal Health Education Program for Women and their Partners

Learn about yourself and your baby, while earning points for new baby items at the Stork’s Nest Store.

Day: 3rd Saturday of the month
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Cost: Free
Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center
13944 Euclid Avenue
East Cleveland, OH 44112

For more information about attending, please call 216.761.4447.

Boot Camp for New Dads

Day: 3rd Saturday of the month
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Cost: Free
Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center
13944 Euclid Avenue
East Cleveland, OH 44112

New and expectant dads will be taught by the experts – veteran dads:

  • How to support mom and form a parenting team
  • How to bond with baby
  • The best way to hold, feed, cuddle your new baby
  • Child safety and child abuse prevention tips
  • The importance of maintaining a “father” in the family

For more information about attending, please call 216.761.4447.

This program is for new fathers only.

Zika Virus

The Zika virus is an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes. The Zika virus is thought to be linked to a rise in the cases of a birth defect called microcephaly. This defect leaves a baby with an abnormally small head and a shorter life expectancy. The baby’s brain is also small and is not completely developed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) performed lab tests that suggest a link between the Zika virus and some of the more than 3,500 babies born in Brazil with microcephaly in 2015. The CDC is advising women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant to avoid going to countries in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.