Overview

Overview

Welcome

It’s your special day, and 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.

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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:

  • Midwife Services: for low-risk obstetrical services
  • Ob/Gyn Physicians: for low-and medium-risk obstetrical services
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists: for management of high-risk pregnancies

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

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.

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. Fairview, Medina and Hillcrest hospitals are all designated as Baby-Friendly.

Special Delivery Units

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.

Our Birthing Hospitals

Akron General

Personalized care is our philosophy at Akron General.

  • Take comfort in knowing you have access to Cleveland Clinic care at Akron General Hospital
  • 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
     

Fairview Hospital

Fairview Hospital’s Level III 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

Learn about the new suites designed to provide for a more comfortable, natural birthing experience. This television interview features Sue Hudson, CNM, Director of Fairview Hospital Midwifery Services and Dusty Burke, Birthing Center Nurse Manager. Watch the interview.

Hillcrest Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital’s Level III 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
  • Newly-renovated family maternity center (to be completed 2014)

Medina Hospital

Personalized care is our philosophy at Medina Hospital.

  • Take comfort in knowing you have access to Cleveland Clinic care at Medina Hospital
  • Conveniently located close to home
  • Our 15 private LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum) suites are in a secured environment
  • Specialists in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Neonatology are now available for our high-risk moms and babies
  • Specially-equipped operating rooms for Cesarean births
  • Anesthesia service is available 24-hours a day
What We Treat Midwife Services

Midwife Services

Download the Cleveland Clinic Midwife Services Flyer

Qualifications of Midwives

Today's midwives are university-educated professionals providing care for women within the context of modern health care systems. Midwives offer care throughout the pregnancy cycle, as well as routine gynecologic care for women of all ages.

All Cleveland Clinic midwives are registered nurses (RN) who have continued their education in graduate programs with a focus on women's health and midwifery. All midwives must successfully complete their graduate programs, and must pass a national certification exam to use the title "CNM" (certified nurse midwife). In Ohio, the Board of Nursing re-examines the nurse's qualifications before issuing a license to practice within the state.


Benefits of Midwifery

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.


Midwifery Services

Cleveland Clinic midwives offer:

  • Well-woman care through the reproductive years and beyond.
  • 24-hour availability for all patients and their families.
  • Involvement of the patient in health-care decisions so patients can make choices best suited to their needs.
  • Labor support and management, including support of the woman and her family through the labor process. Special attention is paid not only to the physical status of the woman and her baby, but also the emotional status of the expectant family.
  • Availability of full range of pain relief options, including natural childbirth, water therapy, analgesics, or epidural, according to the patient's preference.
  • Monitoring of the labor process and status of mother and baby. If complications arise, the midwife has immediate access to the obstetrician on call. The midwife may consult with the physician, or refer the patient to physician care if deemed necessary by the team.
  • Post-delivery care and attention to physical and emotional needs of the new mother as well as the adjustment of the whole family.

A Team Approach

Midwives provide you with personalized care throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery. Midwives work together with Cleveland Clinic board-certified obstetricians. This teamwork assures you the best care possible. If a complication develops and the services of an obstetrician becomes necessary, you do not lose the support of your midwife. The midwife and obstetrician work together to provide you with "the best of both worlds."


Midwifery Staff

Below is a list of Cleveland Clinic's certified midwives:

Download the most current Midwives Information insert


For More Information

Midwifery services are available at the following locations:

Additional Services

Additional Services

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).

Lactation and Breastfeeding Help

Lactation consultations are private outpatient appointments where mom and baby receive one-on-one breastfeeding support. Individual patient needs are addressed, such as latch comfort, engorgement, milk supply, growth spurts, effective pumping, weaning, and more.

Breastfeeding Support Group is a support system for breastfeeding mothers. It offers a group setting, but individual advice and attention from a lactation consultant is available. Participants will learn problem solving for engorgement, latching on, weaning, pumping, storing milk, growth spurts, etc.

Classes

  • Hillcrest Hospital Breastfeeding Basics Class 216.445.BABY
  • Fairview Hospital Breastfeeding Basics Class 440.356.0347

Educational Materials

Lactation Consultants

  • Lactation Consultant Service at Cleveland Clinic: 216.445.7919
  • Lactation Consultant Service at Hillcrest Hospital: 440.312.5332
  • Lactation Consultant Service at Fairview Hospital: 216.476.7222
Our Doctors

Our Doctors

Appointments

Appointments

Call us for an Appointment

  • Obstetrics & Family Maternity Center at 800.223.2273
  • Medline at 866.733.6363

Cleveland Clinic Family Maternity Centers are conveniently located at the following locations:

Resources

Resources

Childbirth Education/Lactation Support

We’ll help you prepare for the big “birth day” with a range of courses that address baby care, labor and delivery, breastfeeding and more. And once baby arrives, our experienced nurses and certified lactation consultants are by your side to make sure you and baby get the best start possible.

Hillcrest Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital offers an extensive listing of childbirth and parenting education classes. For more information, call 440.312.4647.

Fairview and Medina Hospitals

See our wide array of classes:

For information, call 440.356.0347.


Newborn Care


Well-baby Care


Classes & Support Groups

Classes

Support Groups

Boot Camp for New Dads

Every 3rd Saturday of the month | 9 a.m. - Noon
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center
13944 Euclid Avenue
East Cleveland, OH 44112 
For more information call: 216.761.4447

New Moms' Discussion Group, East Side

Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free
Hillcrest Hospital North Campus
6777 Mayfield Road
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
For more information call: 440.312.4647

  • Superior and Ontario Rooms
  • Bring your baby, blanket and toys

Stork's Nest

Every 3rd Saturday of the month | 9 a.m. - Noon
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center
13944 Euclid Avenue
East Cleveland, OH 44112
For more information call: 216.761.4447

For information about pediatric services at Cleveland Clinic, visit Cleveland Clinic Children's Website.


Healthy Pregnancy Guide

It is not unusual to have questions during your pregnancy. We hope this guide will provide you and your family members with answers to common questions about your pregnancy and delivery. Also remember that your health care providers are here to assist you with any questions and concerns.


Health Chat Transcripts

Healthy Expectations: Achieve the Right Weight for a Healthy Pregnancy

7/26/2013 - Karen Cooper, DO, Director of the Healthy Expectations program answers your questions about how optimizing your weight before and during pregnancy and continuing on a healthy path after delivery will create a brighter future for you — and your child.

My Not So Planned Birthing Plan

7/19/2013 - David Vexler, MD, Member of Cleveland Clinic's Regional Ob/Gyn department answers questions about creating an effective birthing plan that helps you get ready for the expected and unexpected while preparing for your new little one.

Your Birthing Experience: Understanding and Embracing Best Practices in Birthing Care

9/10/2012 - Rebecca Starck, MD, Chair of the Department of Regional Ob/Gyn answers your questions about the significance of Baby-Friendly designation, best practices in birthing care and how they impact you and your baby during your birthing experience.