At Fairview Hospital, we know all about the joys and anxieties of pregnancy, birth and parenting. After all, we help over 4,000 expectant families bring their babies into the world each year, and we're ready to help you. We know that you have many questions and concerns and we are prepared to help in every way. From the time you learn you're pregnant, the physicians and staff of Fairview Hospital will be beside you, working to make your experience as healthy, pleasant and memorable as possible.
Expectant mothers should talk to their doctor about where to deliver their baby and what type of care can be provided if complications occur. If necessary, our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is available with a medical staff trained and ready for the unexpected.
Choosing an OBGYN at Fairview Hospital
Our obstetricians and gynecologists offer specialized care for women, including comprehensive prenatal care, labor and delivery, preventive health screenings and general gynecology.
Your Birth Experience
Fairview Hospital's Birthing Center provides a comfortable environment that features private rooms, low lighting, infant warmers, television and all of the necessary monitoring equipment. Additionally, we offer specially equipped operating rooms for Caesarean births. Our delivery services, including anesthesia, are available 24/7 to ensure that we'll be ready when you are.
The nursing and professional staff can accommodate your birthing preferences and needs by working closely with your private obstetrician and/or midwife. You and your baby will also receive individual care and teaching from highly experienced obstetrical nurses and lactation consultants.
Baby Friendly Designation
Fairview Hospital has received Baby-Friendly Designation from Baby-Friendly USA. Baby-Friendly USA is the national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding.
Fairview Hospital is one of only a few hospitals in Northeast Ohio to receive this designation.
Your Natural Birth Experience
For women who desire a natural birth, the Fairview Family Birth Place includes six newly-renovated suites for labor, birth and post-partum care, as well as three additional post-partum rooms.
The new suites are light and bright, with sleek contemporary furnishings and hydrotherapy options for water labor.
Learn More About the Family Birth Place
Watch an interview from FOX 8's New Day Cleveland with Fran Jackson, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife at Fairview Hospital, discussing how the Family Birth Place is the ideal location for those seeking a more comfortable, safe, and natural birthing experience.
The rooms and services of this holistic birth center offer:
- Classes tailored to those who choose to have a natural, un-medicated childbirth
- Ample space for comfort measures, movement and positioning options during labor
- Midwives, physicians and nurses specially trained to provide individualized, patient-centered care during labor, birth and recovery
- Practice guided by straightforward birth principles and natural labor management
- Large, freestanding labor tubs and showers for alternative labor pain relief
- Nitrous oxide available for additional analgesia that is managed by the patient
- Queen-size beds allow for enhanced labor support and recovery options
- Labor, deliver, recovery and spend your post-partum stay in one room
- Lounge area, including rockers, birth balls, TV and aromatherapy, designed to provide comfort and privacy to the patient and her support person during the early part of labor
- High touch, low intervention birth with the security of a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) just steps away
Meet Our Midwives
- Yelena Beregovskaya, CNM
- Cassandra Distefano, CNM
- Dawn Dulin, CNM
- Sue Hudson, CNM
- Fran Jackson, CNM
- Susan Klein, CNM
- Renae Shire, CNM
For more information about maternity services, birthing options and the Fairview Family Birth Place at Fairview Hospital, or to schedule a tour, call 440.356.0347.
High-risk Pregnancy Care
Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
At Fairview Hospital, we offer the highest level of care for neonatal diagnosis, surgery and rehabilitation. A Level III NICU is on-site at Fairview Hospital, as well as Cleveland Clinic Children’s main campus.
The Perinatal Department is made up of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists which are available to see through referral only by other physicians. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment please call, 216.476.7144.
Perinatal physicians include:
Childbirth & Parenting Education
Childbirth & Parenting Education Classes
Fairview Hospital offers an extensive listing of childbirth and parenting education classes to help you prepare before the baby arrives, during labor and delivery and for when you bring the new addition home. We have classes for the expectant parents, siblings, grandparents and even your family pet!
For more information regarding maternity classes or services at Fairview Hospital, call 440.356.0347 or explore the resources below.
CenteringPregnancy is group prenatal care that prepares women for the challenges and excitement of labor, delivery and parenting. These two-hour appointments are conducted over ten sessions and offer expectant mothers one-on-one care with a provider as well as group time with eight to ten other women in similar stages of pregnancy. To learn more or to find out if a group is being offered near you, email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail at 216.491.0141.
Prenatal, Infant and Postpartum Health Webinar
Watch our "A Healthy Start for Mom & Baby!" webinar to hear from Fairview Hospital caregivers and community partners as they discuss various issues facing new and expectant mothers and their families. Topics include: prenatal and postpartum education, preterm labor and birth, maternal health, infant development, social determinants of racial and ethnic disparities and much more.
Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Children's Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic in Lakewood provides comprehensive breastfeeding care and support to families in need to help them reach their personal breastfeeding goals. If you’re worried you’ll have issues breastfeeding, or are looking for additional support from breastfeeding experts, our team can assist you with various issues. Learn more.
For an appointment during business hours (Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.), call 216.228.3232. During non-business hours, call 216.444.KIDS(5437).
Cord Blood Banking
Fairview Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital, is one of two birthing centers in Ohio to give new parents the opportunity to contribute their newborn baby’s cord blood to the Cleveland Cord Blood Center (CCBC) – Ohio’s first and only public cord blood bank.
With over 4,000 births each year, Fairview Hospital is expected to boost the number of cord blood stem cell units that will ultimately be distributed to help treat leukemia and other blood-borne diseases, as well as support research efforts.
By donating your child’s cord blood you are providing the lifesaving opportunity for someone else. The process of cord blood donation for expectant parents is safe for both mother and child. At the hospital, you will be asked to complete appropriate paperwork to indicate your consent. After your baby is born, the cord blood will be collected by your doctor, along with the delivery of the afterbirth. If you do not choose to donate your newborn's umbilical cord blood, it will be discarded.
For further information, please visit CCBC's website or call 216.896.0360.
Upon admission to your room you will receive a welcome folder with an information packet regarding the birth certificate process. Included is the packet is a form you'll fill out in order to complete your baby's birth certificate. The information requested will be your baby's full name and information on the parents (education, social security number, medical history pertaining to pregnancy and more). A Birth Certificate Assistant is available to assist with any questions regarding the birth certificate process and their contact number is included in the packet.
Also included in the packet are instructions for ordering your baby’s birth certificate, and again, the Birth Certificate Assistant will be able to answer your questions or help explain the process to follow, like whether it'll be a paper or electronic process.
The Bureau of Vital Statistics is the only agency that can issue a birth certificate. Fairview Hospital is not able to order or provide birth certificates.
Proof of Birth Letter
A copy of the Proof of Birth Letter will be available in the birth parent’s MyChart account so that it's readily available for insurance and other purposes. It can also be printed, if necessary.
Federal tax law requires all children, including infants, to have a Social Security number. There are two options for obtaining a Social Security number:
- Fairview Hospital will apply for the number and parents will be given a questionnaire upon admission to the post-partum unit. Simply check "yes" to the question pertaining to the Social Security card and it will be mailed directly to your home within two months.
- You may apply directly to your Social Security Office for the card.
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