Special Delivery Unit opens at the Cleveland Clinic

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital announced the opening of a Special Delivery Unit on Cleveland Clinic's main campus Tuesday. The unit will be for patients whose pregnancies are complicated by serious, life-threatening maternal or fetal conditions.

This new unit is the first of its kind built to accommodate pregnant women in extremely critical condition as well as their newborns. A team of specialists will team together to help moms-to-be with serious conditions as well as those who develop critical health issues during their pregnancies that put their baby's health at risk.

"Offering special delivery services on main campus allows us to build on the exceptional maternal-fetal care currently offered at our community hospitals and adds another level of care to our capabilities," said Jeff Chapa, M.D., Section Head of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Women's Health Institute in a press release. "This unit is meant for the sickest of the sick and for moms with the most unique and complex conditions that require care from a number of specialists in order to have a successful delivery and healthy baby."

Made possible by collaboration between Cleveland Clinic's Children's Hospital and OB/GYN & Women's Health Institute, the SDU includes a delivery room, an operating room for emergency and planned Cesarean sections, and an adjoining Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Lab. The SDU's close proximity to a Level III NICU will enable immediate lifesaving intervention to resuscitate and stabilize newborns with life-threatening conditions.

"The opening of this unit has brought Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital's maternal-fetal care to a new level of excellence, and we are very proud and excited to be the first to offer this vital type of service to ultra-high risk moms," said Ricardo Rodriguez, M.D., Interim Chairman of Cleveland Clinic's Children's Hospital and Chair of Neonatology in a press release.

The services provided at the SDU will complement the Clinic's two primary delivery hospitals--Hillcrest and Fairview. Fairview and Hillcrest hospitals delivered over 8,500 babies in 2011, with Cleveland Clinic hospitals delivering over 11,000 babies system wide, the most in Ohio.

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