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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.

The Birthing Center staff at Fairview Hospital is dedicated to providing you with the exceptional medical care you deserve in the comfortable and secure birthing environment that you need. Our comprehensive expertise covers everything you and your growing family may need, from childbirth classes through delivery and beyond. We offer the only Level III NICU on the West Side, so you can feel confident knowing we’re prepared for the unexpected, and ready to respond with compassion and the highest level of care available.

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.

View the Zika Virus Patient Education Flyer

Your Birth Experience

Fairview'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..

For more information regarding maternity services at Fairview Hospital, call 440.356.0347 or explore the resources below. Use our "Find a Doctor" tool to locate an obstetrician or midwife in your area or to locate a pediatrician in your area for your new baby.

Attention: New Labor Drop-Off at Fairview Hospital

Tips for Establishing a Good Milk Supply

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.

Baby Friendly Designation

Fairview Hospital has received
Baby Friendly Designation
from Baby Friendly USA

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.

Lactation 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.

Family-Centered Care

Our Level III Birthing Center holds the highest medical care rating, and provides care for all types of pregnancies, from the normal to the most complex. We offer 24/7 Ob/Gyn coverage and are staffed with experienced nurses and lactation consultants who serve as coaches and confidants. As a result, families have the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing that, should a problem arise, we are trained and ready to handle the unexpected.

In addition to excellent medical care, families also benefit from our family-centered care, which gives mom and baby the best start possible.

Cleveland Clinic 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.

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
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.

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Kangaroo Care

We support Kangaroo Care, which is a bonding method of holding your baby that involves skin-to-skin contact.

Nurse Midwifery

Nurse Midwifery services are available at Fairview Hospital Birthing Center. For more information about this service or if you are interested in having a midwife-attended birth, please call 216.476.7142.

Birthing Center Tours

We invite you and your family to take advantage of the birthing center tours at Fairview Hospital prior to your delivery. This way you can meet some of our fantastic staff and become acquainted with the facility.

Tours are done on pre-set dates so call now to find out what times and dates are available!
Registration is required. For information or reservations call 440.356.0347.

Please note: For the health and safety of yours and the other new babies, children under the age of 10, other then siblings, are not permitted in the birthing center rooms.

Children's Health Essentials

Cleveland Clinic’s Children's Health Essentials MomsSM program will give you the information you need to optimize your weight and health before and during pregnancy, and after delivery. To welcome the healthiest possible baby into the world, you’ll want to do everything you can to enjoy a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery.

To schedule a shared medical appointment before, during or after pregnancy, call 216.444.6601 and ask for Children's Health Essentials Moms.

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.

Lactation Consultant Services

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.