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.
Register Online for Classes
View our Childbirth Education Calendar to find upcoming events and to register online for classes.
We are pleased to offer Birth eClass an online Childbirth & Parenting Class for moms who are on bed rest or parents whose schedule cannot accommodate traditional classes. The eClass offers simple, easy-to-use, self-paced classes with engaging videos, animation, quizzes, and fun activities that will help you and your partner become educated on what to expect during childbirth.
For more information about how to register for the Birth eClass, please contact us at 440.356.0347.
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 [email protected] 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: How to Establish a Good Milk Supply
Am I going to make enough milk for my baby? That’s a common worry of many new moms who’ve just returned home from the hospital.
Lactation Services and Lactation Consultant Services at Fairview Hospital
We offer a Breastfeeding Help Line, Support Groups, and Private Lactation Consults. To find out more information regarding these services, please call 440.356.0347.
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. Expectant mothers may also take advantage of private lactation consultations.
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.
Outpatient Lactation Consultation
Private, billable to insurance, by appointment. Please call your insurance company to verify your coverage. Our services are staffed by our internationally board certified lactation consultants (IBCLC's) and located at Fairview Hospital Wellness Center.
Please call 216.476.7222 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
We are dedicated to help you meet your goals for breastfeeding!
To speak to one of our experts, please call 216.476.7222 and leave a voice message. Calls are returned during daytime hours 7 days per week.
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.
Birth Certificate & Social Security Number
A Birth Certificate Assistant will come to your room within 24 hours of delivery to interview you for information to complete the birth certificate. The information requested will include baby's full name, information on parents including, education, social security number, medical history pertaining to pregnancy and more.
- The birth certificate may be obtained by sending an application, the required fee and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. The Birth Certificate Assistant will give you the application during the interview.
- The Bureau of Vital Statistics is the only agency that can issue a birth certificate. The hospital is not able to order or provide birth certificates.
- The birth certificate takes at least six weeks to process and may not be obtained prior to this time.
Proof of Birth Letter
Fairview Hospital will provide a proof-of-birth letter to all parents for insurance and other purposes.
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.
When you are expecting a baby, you are filled with excitement and expectations. We understand your feelings and that's why we've taken steps to add extra touches to ensure that your birthing experience is both wonderful and memorable.
Please Note: Newborn portraits are provided by an outside service. Please contact them directly if you have questions.
The Zika virus is an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes. The Zika virus is thought to be linked to a rise in the cases of a birth defect called microcephaly. This defect leaves a baby with an abnormally small head and a shorter life expectancy. The baby’s brain is also small and is not completely developed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) performed lab tests that suggest a link between the Zika virus and some of the more than 3,500 babies born in Brazil with microcephaly in 2015. The CDC is advising women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant to avoid going to countries in South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, where the virus is rapidly spreading.