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Having your baby at Cleveland clinic

Having Your Baby at Cleveland Clinic

Adding to your family can be exciting, moving, thrilling and even a little scary.

No matter what emotion is racing through your heart or head, we’ll be there for you. Our caregivers are ready to help welcome a new life into your family.

Why Choose Cleveland Clinic?

There are a lot of steps between conceiving, carrying and cradling your baby. No matter what type of care you want (or need), a team of caregivers will be with you throughout your entire journey.

  • Ob/Gyns — Caring for you before, during and after pregnancy in a traditional medical setting. Your obstetrician-gynecologist is a specialist in the female reproductive system who can handle a wide variety of births and conditions during pregnancy.
  • Certified Nurse Midwives — Offering a supportive and compassionate birth experience for low-risk women, our certified nurse midwives work in tandem with our Ob/Gyns. You’ll get all of the tests and monitoring typical during pregnancy, along with support for a variety of birth experiences — including all-natural childbirth.
  • Maternal-fetal Medicine Specialists — Providing expert care for high-risk pregnancies, our maternal-fetal medicine specialists have additional training in more complicated pregnancies, including those who have used IVF, are experiencing preeclampsia or are expecting multiples. These caregivers focus on providing a safe pregnancy for both mom and baby.
  • Pediatricians — Cleveland Clinic Children’s has over 100 pediatric primary care providers who can care for your baby from birth to young adulthood at convenient locations close to home.

Read more about how to choose a healthcare provider for your pregnancy and childbirth.

How Do I Get Started?

Choosing a hospital for the birth of your child is not a zero to five-star rating decision. There are so many more factors to keep in mind.

Where is the hospital related to us on a map? Does the hospital offer an unmedicated birth experience? And is there a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in case my baby needs special medical care? These are all very important questions that are probably going through your head. Here are our answers.


We have five birthing hospitals — Fairview Hospital (on the West Side of Cleveland), Hillcrest Hospital (on the East Side of Cleveland), Akron General (in Akron), Mercy Hospital (in Canton) and Union Hospital (in the Greater Canton area). In high-risk situations, you could also have your baby at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

Neonatal Care

Our birthing hospitals are ready for anything — including complications. If your baby needs additional medical attention after birth, our teams can match their needs with several levels of care. From the Level II special care nursery at Mercy Hospital to the Level III neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) at Fairview, Hillcrest and Akron General Hospitals, our providers work as a large team to make sure your baby gets the best care. Newborns with the most complex medical issues can also receive care at the Level IV NICU at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

Types of Delivery

When you start thinking about labor and delivery, many questions swirl through your head. Do you want to receive an epidural or have a natural, unmedicated birth? What happens if there’s a complication or an emergency? What if your due date comes and goes, but labor never starts? Childbirth is a very personal experience. Picking the best option for you can be a big decision, but don’t worry — our providers will be there to guide you and answer all of your questions while you develop your birth plan. We’re ready to handle any type of childbirth, including:

  • Planned unmedicated vaginal birth.
  • Planned vaginal birth with an epidural.
  • Induction.
  • Planned C-section.
  • Emergency C-section.

No matter how you bring your little one into the world, we’ll be there for you and your child with experienced and compassionate midwives, physicians and nurses specially trained to care for you at each of our hospitals.

Our Birthing Hospitals

Our Birthing Hospitals


Fairview Hospital (West)

Choose any of our west-side locations for visits with your doctor.

Schedule a Tour at Fairview

Hillcrest Hospital (East)

Choose any of our east-side locations for visits with your doctor.

Schedule a Tour at Hillcrest

Akron General (South)

Choose any of our locations in the Akron area for visits with your doctor.

Schedule a Tour at Akron
Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital (South)

Schedule visits with your doctor at our Ambulatory Care Clinic or let us help refer you to an Ob/Gyn in the Canton area.

Union Hospital

Union Hospital (South)

Schedule visits with your doctor at our Medical Office Building in Dover.

Schedule a Tour at Union: 330.364.0853
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Have You Signed Up for Childbirth and Parenting Classes?

Let us help you get ready before the baby arrives, during your labor and delivery and when you finally bring your newborn home. Learn more about what classes are available and how to sign up.

Learn More About Our Classes
High-risk Pregnancy Care

High-risk Pregnancy Care

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Our high-risk pregnancy-related services include preconception planning, pregnancy management (primary or consultative) and delivery if you have an underlying medical condition or an underlying issue with your unborn child.

Learn More

Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU)

From the Level II special care nursery at Mercy Hospital to the Level III NICUs at Fairview, Hillcrest and Akron General Hospitals, our providers work as a large team to make sure your baby gets the best care. Newborns with the most complex medical issues can also receive care at the Level IV NICU at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

Learn More

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.

Learn More
Pregnancy Guides, Classes and Midwife Information

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Your Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Our Pregnancy Guide can help you prepare for the birth of your child, as babies don't come with instruction manuals.

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Your Guide to Prenatal Care

Our Prenatal Care Guide can help you as you begin to prepare for the pregnancy process and your first medical appointments.

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Your Guide to a Healthy Baby

Our Children’s Health Guide can help you learn what you should be asking your pediatrician during your child’s crucial periods of development.

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Still Trying To Conceive?

Cleveland Clinic fertility experts provide treatment in a caring environment, where major emphasis is placed on accessibility, personal attention, emotional support and technological excellence.

Visit the Fertility Center
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“We had a good experience at the Fertility Center. It definitely was a team effort! Our doctors were empathetic, explained everything, and never once said, ‘stop.’ They had to deliver hard news throughout our time, and Dr. Austin held my hand the whole time when I had a miscarriage after the first IVF. My main message to other women is, ‘Don't give up hope!' ”
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