Welcome to Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s New Life Center!
Having a baby is one of life’s most special events, and here at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, we are ready to be your maternity hospital partner.
We believe that each labor and delivery experience is unique and requires careful thought and personal attention, which is why we have a comprehensive team of caregivers ready to meet the needs of mom and baby, including doctors, nurses, anesthesia personnel, neonatologists and pregnancy specialists.
Here at Akron General, we:
- Focus on delivering safe and quality care, while creating the best experience possible
- Support the childbirth philosophy of the patient, whether it’s a natural birth or a scheduled cesarean section
- Have on-site maternal-fetal medicine specialists
- Support practices that keep our low-risk C-section rate low
- Are a Level III Perinatal Center, which means we are prepared for any type of delivery and need for the baby, including onsite NICU services staffed by Akron Children’s Hospital neonatologists
- Encourage kangaroo care, or skin-to-skin contact, regardless of the patient’s delivery method
- Value a family centered care model, keeping mom and baby together post-delivery
- Provide breastfeeding and lactation support during and after mom’s hospital stay
- Allow unlimited family visitation
Akron General is a designated Baby-Friendly birth facility, 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.
To explore our comprehensive childbirth class offerings and register for a free tour, visit our maternity events calendar.
- Download Advanced Registration Form
- Download Birth Certificate Worksheet
- Download Maternity Welcome Guide
For more information about Maternity Services, call 330.344.2229 (BABY).
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For some, conception requires special attention and care. Cleveland Clinic Akron General has doctors on staff who specialize in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and can assist with these special considerations. If you are having difficulties conceiving, talk to your doctor about infertility issues and to see if a specialist might be able to help.
Getting Healthy Before Baby
Every woman is aware of what pregnancy pounds are. And it may sound crazy, but being at a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet and taking part in regular physical activity can increase your chances for conception, a healthy pregnancy, less complications during delivery, and most importantly having a healthy baby.
With nationally recognized Health & Wellness Centers, Akron General offers comprehensive wellness services to help women improve their health in preparing for pregnancy, programs to help expecting moms stay fit during pregnancy and a motivating staff to help new moms maintain their energy and routine.
Health & Wellness Services:
- LifeStyles Fitness
- Nutrition Services
- Body Fat, Glucose & Cholesterol Screenings
Nutritional counseling is also offered at our Main Campus, with or without a doctor's order for women who are planning a pregnancy, especially those who have special needs or are at risk for diabetes or gestational diabetes. Appointments can be made through our Centralized Scheduling line at 330.344.5760.
One of the most important things a woman can do when she's pregnant is to see a doctor and then keep regularly scheduled prenatal doctor visits. The doctor will be able to monitor both your health and the baby's, helping to catch issues early on. If you do not have a doctor, see a list of providers who deliver at Akron General.
Testing and Counseling During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, testing helps ensure the health of both mom and baby. Akron General offers state-of-the-art ultrasound technology and specialized testing such as amniocentesis, RH sensitization and percutaneous umbilical sampling (PUBS). These tests are typically scheduled by your doctor's office. Your doctor will review the results with you.
We also offer nutrition counseling for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, especially those who have special needs or are at risk for diabetes or gestational diabetes. Appointments can be made with or without a doctor’s order through our Central Scheduling line at 330.344.5760.
Having a Baby – Where to Check In
OB Emergencies & Monitoring
All unscheduled arrivals should check in at OB Triage, located inside the Labor & Delivery Unit at Akron General. This includes emergencies related to pregnancy, early labor or monitoring that has been requested by your doctor.
The close location of our birthing rooms and ORs, should a delivery happen quickly, helps ensure greater safety for babies and moms. As a provider of Level III Obstetric Service, our patients receive the highest level of obstetric care available. They also have the reassurance of having the Children's Special Care Nursery - a partnership with Akron Children's Hospital - right in the hospital. Should babies need extra monitoring and care, transportation to Akron Children's Hospital can happen quickly and smoothly.
Scheduled Labor (Inductions) and C-Sections
If you are scheduled for an induction or C-section, you will check in at Labor & Delivery. Our nurses understand the anxiety expecting parents and families have. They are happy to help get you checked in, settled and comfortable.
Directions to Labor & Delivery
Enter through the Main Lobby of the hospital. Turn right, pass the cafe and follow the signs to the Brown Elevators. Just beyond the Brown elevators, you will enter the waiting area for OB Triage/Labor & Delivery through a double door. This double door is just left of the Akron General Visiting Nurse Service & Affiliates Retail Shop. Valet parking is available throughout the day for a nominal fee or low-cost parking is available in the Main Entrance Parking Deck.
If the main entrance of the hospital is closed for the evening, you can either ring the bell at the main entrance for security to open the door, or you may enter through the Emergency Department.
If you have any trouble finding your way, please don't hesitate to ask any Akron General caregiver for help. We are happy to assist our patients and guests.
Labor & Delivery
Your Hospital Stay
Whether your labor is scheduled or unexpectedly early, our staff is specially trained to help you and your family through the process. Planning ahead and being prepared for either type of delivery can be very helpful. To help you feel more comfortable, we offer tours of all our New Life Center areas, including the Special Care Nursery.
Labor and Delivery
From the routine deliveries to high-risk pregnancies, parents have the reassurance that Cleveland Clinic Akron General offers Level III Obstetric Service, the highest level of care available in obstetrics. Our specially trained staff, maternal-fetal medicine specialists and anesthesiologists are available 24-hours a day.
Expecting parents are also happy to learn that our private and spacious rooms are designed for labor and delivery while having special comforts. These features include the warm-water tub, rocking chairs, birthing balls, private bathrooms and showers and TVs for relaxation. Please feel free to bring in your own laptop, phone or portable device with preferred music playlists.
We offer a completely private birthing experience. After your little one arrives and your initial recovery in the labor and delivery unit, you will be moved to one of our mother-baby units for postpartum care. We offer 37 private rooms, each having a private bathroom. Our goal in creating a completely private birthing experience was to enhance our supportive environment for healing, restoration and family bonding.
During your stay in your mother-baby room, your infant will remain with you. We believe that new families should spend as much time as possible with their newborns while at Akron General. We also encourage breastfeeding and have staff available to help you meet this goal.
We encourage babies to be with their parents in the room. Your baby will remain with you as much as you wish unless the doctor determines the need for closer evaluation.
Specialized Care Before Delivery - A Service for High-Risk Moms and Babies
Akron General cares for mom and baby during high-risk pregnancies and for fragile newborns. Moms who are on bed rest or require additional monitoring stay in our Peri-natal Unit. Nurses are able to monitor mom and baby at the bedside, from our nursing station or offices. For added safety and reassurance, an alerting feature notifies staff should changes arise quickly. We strive to offer all the comforts of home during mom’s extended stay.
Newborns Stay Close to Mom, Even Preemies - Children’s Special Care Nursery at Akron General
Our very special partnership with Akron Children’s Hospital means that babies who need close observation can many times stay closer to mom in the Children’s Special Care Nursery at Akron General. When babies need an even higher level of care, they are transferred just a block away to Akron Children’s Hospital. Their parents can have confidence knowing that there’s a continuity of care with our special partnership.
To view and register online for our childbirth classes, or to register for a free tour, visit our maternity events calendar. If you have questions, please call 330.344.2229 (BABY).