At Hillcrest Hospital's Family Maternity Center, we know all about the joys and anxieties of pregnancy, birth and parenting. After all, we help nearly 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 Hillcrest Hospital will be beside you, working to make your experience as healthy, pleasant and memorable as possible.
Your Birth Experience
Hillcrest's Family Maternity 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.
For more information regarding maternity services at Hillcrest Hospital, call 440.312.4647.
Low-Intervention Birthing Suites
We have four low-intervention birthing suites for patients with low-risk pregnancies who desire minimum intervention during labor and birth.
The suites and services 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
- Certified nurse midwives, physicians and registered nurses trained to provide individualized, patient-centered care during labor, birth and recovery
- Labor support services such as doula, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, reiki, music therapy and acupressure
- 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
High touch, low intervention birth with the security of a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) just steps away
Baby Friendly Designation
Hillcrest 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.
Healthy Pregnancy Guide
It is not unusual to have questions during your pregnancy. We hope this guide will provide you and your family members with answers to common questions about your pregnancy and delivery. Also remember that your health care providers are here to assist you with any questions and concerns.
- First Trimester
- Second Trimester
- Third Trimester
- Baby Care
- Mother Care
- Safe Sleep For Your Baby
Cord Blood Banking
Hillcrest 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 approximately 4,000 births each year, Hillcrest 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, www.clevelandcordblood.org or call 216.896.0360.
Hypnobirthing is a unique, holistic method of childbirth that teaches women how to work with their birthing bodies and in the absence of fear and tension. Severe discomfort does not have to be a natural accompaniment of the birthing process. The technique includes:
- Hypnosis, imagery and relaxation
- Stress management techniques
- Releasing the fear and tension which accompany pain
- Breathing techniques synchronized for birthing
For more information on Hypnobirthing or our Family Maternity Center, call 440.312.4647.
Childbirth & Parenting Education
Childbirth & Parenting Education Classes
Hillcrest 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 your new addition home. We have classes for expectant parents (including foster and adoptive), siblings and grandparents. Classes may vary by location.
Register Online for Classes
View our Childbirth Education Calendar to find upcoming events and to register online for classes.
For more information, call 440.312.4647 or email email@example.com.
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 CenteringPregnancy@ccf.org or leave a voicemail at 216.491.0141.
Lactation & Breastfeeding Help
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.
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.
To schedule a lactation consultant or for other breastfeeding questions, please call 440.312.5332.
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Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Children's Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic 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 440.473.0010. During non-business hours, call 216.444.KIDS(5437).
High-risk Pregnancy Care
If your physician deems your pregnancy high risk, you can feel confident knowing that we have access to the Cleveland Clinic Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
The team in maternal-fetal medicine consists of:
- Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Medical Geneticists
- Pediatric Surgical Subspecialists
- Licensed sonographer
- Perinatal nurses
An extensive range of high-risk services include:
- Glucose tolerance test
- Treatment of Preeclampsia/Eclampsia
- Antepartum Testing
- Preconception Counseling
- Fetal Care Center
- Fetal Doppler
- Genetic Counseling
- Nuchal Translucency
- Quad Marker Check
- Targeted Ultrasound
Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Hillcrest Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a division of Cleveland Clinic Children's. This state-of-the-art 35-bed Level III nursery unit accommodates the special needs of babies such as breathing problems and problems associated with very low or extremely low birth weight.
Covered 24/7 by in-house neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners and specially trained neonatal nursing staff, this NICU boasts designated pediatric respiratory therapists, an on-unit pediatric pharmacy and a variety of pediatric subspecialty support services. Patients are cared for in private, individual rooms that were specially constructed to facilitate family-centered care. Light and sound levels are designed and modified to meet the neurodevelopment needs of the babies.
- For more information on Hillcrest Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, call 440.312.5588.
Birth certificates for babies born at Hillcrest Hospital are obtained from the Bureau of Vital Statistics at Cleveland City Hall. They can be ordered via internet, mail, telephone or with walk-in service. For more information call 216.664.2000.
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.
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Speaking of Women's Health
Hillcrest Hospital, in association with Cleveland Clinic, offers Speaking of Women's Health. This women's health program is designed to educate women about health, well-being and personal safety for themselves and their families. Membership is free, and includes a monthly e-newsletter with helpful tips and resources.
- To learn more, visit speakingofwomenshealth.com 440.312.4804.