Your Birth Experience

Your Birth Experience

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.

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 or explore the resources below.

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.

Cord Blood Banking

Hillcrest 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 approximately 3,600 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, 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.

Zika Virus Information

A number of conditions can affect the development of your baby. One of the most recent being researched is the Zika virus, which is thought to be linked to a rise in the cases of a birth defect called microcephaly.

Childbirth & Parenting Education

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

CenteringPregnancy® Groups

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 or leave a voicemail at 216.491.0141.

Lactation & Breastfeeding Help

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.

Breastfeeding: How to Establish a Good Milk Supply (Infographic)

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. Here Cleveland Clinic lactation consultant Suzanne Forsgren, RN, BSN, IBCLC, offers 12 tips for establishing a good supply in your baby’s first weeks.

Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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 located in the Hillcrest Atrium.

The team in maternal-fetal medicine consists of:

  • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Medical Geneticists
  • Neonatalogists
  • Pediatric Surgical Subspecialists
  • Licensed sonographer
  • Perinatal nurses

An extensive range of high-risk services include:

  • Glucose tolerance test
  • Treatment of Preeclampsia/Eclampsia
  • Amniocentesis
  • Antepartum Testing
  • Preconception Counseling
  • Cordocentesis
  • Fetal Care Center
  • Fetal Doppler
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Nuchal Translucency
  • Quad Marker Check
  • Targeted Ultrasound
In Support of Women Retail Boutique

In Support of Women Retail Boutique

In Support of Women Retail Boutique is committed to supporting breastfeeding mothers by providing breast pumps and accessories along with certified lactation consultation and support groups for stay at home & working mothers.

6777 Mayfield Road (Hillcrest North Campus)
Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124

Store Hours
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free delivery to your hospital room during boutique hours

Speaking of Women's Health

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.