K.O. asks from Brecksville, OH on May 07, 2008
Delivery Experiences in Cleveland Area
I am new to the Cleveland area and OH. My husband and I are planning on having another child and I am looking for other moms who have had good, bad, indifferent experiences at the local hospitals - UH, Hillcrest, Fairview Park, Akron, or any others that I am not aware of. The main issue will be safety. It if very likely, due to my past history, that I will be going to the hospital on my own as my husband waits for childcare for our daughters. So, I would prefer a hospital that is in a relatively safe area. Again, not being from the area I am not sure what/where those areas are around Cleveland. We haven't been able to explore much. I want to make sure that the OB/GYN that pick can deliver at whatever hospital we choose.
J.E. answers from Cleveland on May 09, 2008
I delivered at Fairview. The experience was wonderful. Their Jacob's Women's Pavilion is brand new and the private rooms are like hotel rooms. There is a day bed for hubbies and family as well. My OB is Lizabeth Brooks. She's located in North Olmsted. She's wonderful!
M.M. answers from Cleveland on May 08, 2008
I delivered my baby at akron general and akron childrens is like #5 in the country. It is phenemal hospital.
M. in medina
L.G. answers from Cleveland on May 08, 2008
Welcome to the area! I have lived in Cleveland my whole life and know that although the immediate vicinity around a hospital is usually very safe and always patrolled, getting to it could be a little nerve-racking.
So, my recommendation is Fairview Hospital. The area is safe and there are plenty of different ways to get to it.
I delivered both of my sons there via scheduled C-section (both large and breech) and it is awesome!! The rooms are nicer than many hotels, the staff is friendly, the food is pretty good, and the care is TOP NOTCH!
As a side note, I live in Garfield Heights so it took me a good 25 minutes to get to Fairview. But, that is how much I loved it. I have a hospital nearby that I could walk to in 5 minutes, but will NOT go there.
S.K. answers from Cleveland on May 08, 2008
I highly highly highly recommend Dr. Mitchell Reider!!!! He is with UH.
I think most hospitals now have vallet for women in labor or being induced. i delivered at UH and loved it!! I had to be induced but still got to use the vallet. Good thing b/c we had to bring a lot of stuff like pillows and suitcase for clothes and stuff. Lots of luck to you. I highly recommend UH
T.M. answers from Cleveland on May 08, 2008
There are tours available at most of the hospitals in the area. check a few out. With the closure of the Maternity ward at the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic the surrounding suburbs have added on to their wards.
D.D. answers from Cleveland on May 10, 2008
I strongly recommend NOT going to Fairview Hospital!!!!!!!!! I hated everything about my experience. They did not put my epidural in right so I felt ALL the pain and if that wasn't horrible enough they didn't believe me!!!! They did not call my dr in time so she missed it! They gave me an episiomity with no pain medicine!!!! So my second daughter was born at Lakewood Hospital and it was wonderful!!!!!! The nurses were AWESOME!!! My sister in law likes Southwest Hospital also. Good Luck:) I was also told it is a teaching hospital so maybe that's why my epidural didn't work.
M.M. answers from Cleveland on May 08, 2008
K., first off congratulations! I live down toward Akron but you mentioned Akron so I will throw in my experience. To make a very long story short, I was supposed to give birth at Akron General but they were "closed" because they were totally full in the maternity ward. So, I unexpectedly had to go to Akron City (Summa). I had not heard one good thing about City hospital and was scared to death but I had no choice so we went. Other than not knowing exactly what door to enter from the parking garage everyone we encountered from the nurses smoking in the garage on break to the registration staff to the delivery nurses and the post delivery nurses - everyone was awesome. I really felt safe in the hospital and felt that they had a great security system in place for the infants and everyone followed procedures. Having been to Akron General on several occasions for classes and passing beside the maternity ward there doesn't seem to be as tight of security for the infants as I would like but I have never given birth there. All I can say is that I was pleasantly surprised at the wonderful care and treatment at Akron City Hospital and would go there again for another birth. Good luck with whatever hospital you choose!!!
S.P. answers from Cleveland on May 08, 2008
I just delivered a baby a few months ago at Hillcrest and it was a wonderful experience. I had to be induced due to going past my due date and I was so scared, but really, it was the easiest labor and delivery thanks to the nurses, doctors, and the facility in general.
It's not a huge hospital campus, so parking is so easy. My husband and family appreciated also that there is so much around that area in terms of restaurants and such. It's right off the highway, so easy to get to.
For a doctor, I highly recommend Dr. Ken Rao. I was new to the Cleveland area too when I found out I was pregnant and everyone I asked gave me his name. Everyone has wonderful things to say about him--even the nurses--and I was 100% pleased with the care I received from him. He practices out of the Cleveland Clinic's Beachwood office, which is right off 271 and in a very safe area, next to the Beachwood Mall.
Good luck with everything--let me know if you need any other info!
J.C. answers from Cleveland on May 08, 2008
I delivered at Southwest General Hospital in Middleburg Heights. I was VERY happy with my experience. I love my OB/GYN, and the staff there was very caring and attentive. My cousin is a lactation consultant at Southwest. She started out as an OB nurse there, and she also delivered both her children there.
If that hospital doesn't work out, I've had many other friends/family deliver at Fairview. They were all happy as well!
If you have any other questions, let me know! Welcome to the area! :-)
R. answers from Cleveland on May 07, 2008
I had both of my children at Metro. The only reason is that it is the closest hospital to my work and I didn't want to travel far in case I went into labor at work or on the way home. I was getting my prenatal care at one of their satelite clinics, the brooklyn medical group. I still go there for my children's pediatrician. The nurses are great and their call-back time is reasonable. Upon delivering I had a very positive experience. It's not fancy but you get all the care you need.
E.W. answers from Cleveland on May 08, 2008
You said south suburbs which would put in the area of Marymount Hospital and Parma General Hospital. I've had my kids at both and never felt unsafe. I live in a low crime south suburb so I am guessing I understand what you are looking for. Marymount has fast access off of 480. Parma is all side roads. I know I had the option of going to Hillcrest but it was in my opinion too far(Mayfield). But after all those worries about distance only one child came without help. I never considered any other hospitals and I am paranoid about safety.