2020 Greater Cincinnati Birthing Facilities Guide

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Congratulations! You are expecting a new bundle! Now to find the right hospital - we rounded up the best local hospitals in the area with helpful information to get you started.

UC Health University of Cincinnati Medical Center
234 Goodman St., Cincinnati; 513-584-1000; uchealth.com

Births per year: 2,400+ 
LDR or LDRP: LDRP 
Certified Nurse-Midwife: Yes
Certified Lactation: Yes
NICU Level: Level III
Additional Features: Region’s only Level IV Regional Perinatal Health Care Center. Family-centered care; private, spacious birthing suites; maternal fetal medicine specialists on-staff; OB Emergency Services available 24/7; Centering Pregnancy and Daddy Boot Camp programs provided; Perinatal Certified by The Joint Commission; and baby-friendly designation by the World Health Organization.

UC Health West Chester Hospital
7700 University Dr., West Chester; 513-298-3000; uchealth.com

Births per year: 980
LDR or LDRP: LDR and LDRP
Certified Nurse-Midwife: No
Certified Lactation: Yes
NICU Level: Level II special care nursery
Additional Features: Family-centered care; private, spacious birthing suites; maternal fetal medicine specialists on-staff; Level IIB Special Care Nursery; weekly Baby Café breastfeeding classes; special dinner for parents the night before discharge; and birthday cakes for newborns.

Premier Health Atrium Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive, Middletown; 513-424-2111; atriummedcenter.org/Maternity

Births per year: 907
LDR or LDRP: LDR
Certified Nurse-Midwife: Yes
Certified Lactation: Yes
NICU Level: Level II special care nursery 
Additional Features: Offer rooming-in; childbirth and family education classes; birthing options and birthing aids; private, relaxing place for labor and birth; post-delivery massage therapy. Offers Natural Beginnings, the only natural birth center in the greater Cincinnati area.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare
1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood; 859-301-2000; stelizabeth.com

Births per year: 4,400+
LDR or LDRP: 
Certified Nurse-Midwife: Yes
Certified Lactation: Yes
NICU Level: Level III NICU
Additional Features: Birthing suites with your comfort in mind; high-risk patients cared for in unit; Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission; certified nurse midwives on staff; board certified lactation consultants on staff; certified clinical aromatherapists on staff.

Kettering Health Network
Fort Hamilton Hospital, 630 Eaton Ave., Hamilton; 513-867-2000; ketteringhealth.org

Births per year: 600
LDR or LDRP: LDRP
Certified Nurse-Midwife: No
Certified Lactation: Yes
NICU Level: Level II special care nursery
Additional Features: Spacious rooms to accommodate mom, baby and support person; two c-section birthing rooms; inpatient lactation support; wireless fetal monitoring. A newly renovated Special Care Nursery with eight private rooms for 24-hour access to neonatologists, specialized nurses and state-of-the-art equipment.

The Christ Hospital
Mt. Auburn Birthing Center, 2139 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati; 513-585-2000; thechristhospital.com

Births per year: 3,161
LDR or LDRP: LDR
Certified Nurse-Midwife: Yes
Certified Lactation: Yes
NICU Level: Level II NICU special care
Additional Features: Private rooms, hydrotherapy, free sleep sack, gentle C-section, seven-day lactation support, nitrous oxide, 24-hour neonatologist, natural childbirth supported, classes, wireless fetal monitoring, Baby Café – free breastfeeding support group, room service style nutrition.

The Christ Hospital Liberty Township Birthing Center
6939 Cox Road, Liberty Township; 513-585-2000; thechristhospital.com

Births per year: 425 
LDR or LDRP: LDRP
Certified Nurse-Midwife: Yes
Certified Lactation: Yes
NICU Level: Level II special care nursery
Additional Features: Special care nursery rooms; two dedicated C-Section birthing rooms; the region’s only C-Section viewing room allowing families to watch from adjacent room window with prior permission; hydrotherapy, large showers with seats for natural childbirth; lactation services; room-service style nutrition; free sleep sack; classes; wireless fetal monitoring; Baby Café – free breastfeeding support group.

Trihealth – Bethesda North Hospital
10500 Montgomery Road; 513-865-1111; trihealth.com/womens

Births per year: 3,500
LDR or LDRP: LDR
Certified Nurse-Midwife: Yes
Certified Lactation: Yes
NICU Level: Level II special care nursery
Additional Features: A level II special care nursery, one step below the Level III NICU at Good Samaritan.

Mercy Health Anderson Hospital
7500 State Road; 513-624-4500; mercy.com

Births per year: 1,650
LDR or LDRP: LDRP 
Certified Nurse-Midwife: Yes
Certified Lactation: Yes
NICU Level: Level II special care nursery
Additional Features: One hundred percent of our physicians and certified nurse midwives and all eligible labor and delivery nurses are certified in Electronic Fetal Monitoring. All of our nurses are cross trained to deliver exceptional mother-baby care. Outpatient lactation services available by appointment for in-person consultation with an IBCLC certified lactation consultant.

Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital
3000 Mack Road, Fairfield; 513-870-7000; mercy.com

Births per year: 1500
LDR or LDRP: LDR
Certified Nurse-Midwife: Yes
Certified Lactation: Yes
NICU Level: Level II B
Additional Features: Special care nursery, four bed triage unit, 100 percent of labor and delivery staff certified in external fetal monitoring, many staff certified in inpatient obstetrics and neonatal nurses are also certified in low-risk neonatal care, prenatal clinic staffed by nurses, all staff cross-training excellent care to mother and baby.

Mercy Health West Hospital
3300 Mercy Health Blvd., Cincinnati; 513-215-5000; mercy.com

Births per year: 700-800
LDR or LDRP: LDRP
Certified Nurse-Midwife: Yes
Certified Lactation: Yes
NICU Level: Level II special care nursery
Additional Features: Mercy West is a five-star hospital. Voted Most Supportive Breastfeeding Hospital two years in a row. The birthing center is home to five Daisy Award recipients. Our natural childbirth suite offers nitrous, birthing balls, a Swedish birth chair and hydrotherapy. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional, family centered, memorable care.

Good Samaritan Hospital
375 Dixmyth Ave., Cincinnati; 513-862-1400; trihealth.com/womens

Births per year: 5,200 
LDR or LDRP: LDR
Certified Nurse-Midwife: Yes
Certified Lactation: Yes
NICU Level: Level III special care unit
Additional Features: A newly renovated and expanded L&D unit with valet parking, bedside registration and concierge services. All private rooms with spacious birthing suites and room-service style nutrition services. We provide Family-Centered Care and promote hydrotherapy and natural birthing options. We specialize in patients with congenital or acquired heart disease. We are a Magnet Hospital and have received Perinatal Certification by the Joint Commission.

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, a military wife and mom of two. If you don't see her writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.

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