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.
With three levels of caregivers available, we can tailor your experience during this exciting time.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Please note: This video was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic. We now follow added protocols (including social distancing and masking) to protect our patients and caregivers.
High-risk Pregnancy Care
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.
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.
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.
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.
Childbirth & 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.
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