Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital recently opened four low-intervention birthing suites for patients with low-risk pregnancies who desire minimum intervention during labor and birth.
“For some women, having a baby is the first time they will be in a hospital setting as a patient,” says Niki Pearce, certified nurse midwife at Hillcrest Hospital. “These new low-intervention birthing suites are the ideal location for those seeking a comfortable, safe and natural birthing experience.”
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
“Our goal is to empower and support our patient and family unit through their birth and postpartum experience,” says Jennifer Eaton, D.O., chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hillcrest Hospital. “In our low-intervention birth suites, we’re able to accommodate a patient’s preference with a supportive birth experience for women and families that is meaningful and safe.”
Patients can talk to their Ob/Gyn provider if they are interested in using one of the suites, or request a room when they are admitted for delivery.