Providing Comprehensive Care and Support for Pregnancy Loss

Our state-licensed and board-certified genetic counselors and board-certified physician geneticists at University Hospitals have distinctive training that enables them to treat a fetus at risk for infections, genetic diseases, growth restriction and more. In some cases, however, a woman may still suffer the loss of the baby. Perinatal loss, or pregnancy loss, may include:

Evaluation of Perinatal Loss

Loss of a newborn baby, stillbirth or miscarriage can be due to many causes including genetic problems, infections, placental problems and maternal illness. Our team of board-certified maternal fetal medicine specialists, genetic counselors and physician geneticists lends expertise in all these areas to help determine not only the cause for the loss, but also a treatment plan. University Hospitals also has expert fertility specialists if needed.

Services Help Families Through Perinatal Loss

Not all birth defects are preventable or survivable. If testing shows there is a slim chance of survival, our pediatric hospice and palliative care services empower parents to make the best decisions for their family. Our fetal care coordinator helps parents navigate appointments with subspecialty experts and prepare a birth plan that fits with their spiritual beliefs and emotional needs.

Support for Families Suffering Pregnancy or Infant Loss

University Hospitals is an accredited Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support chapter. Share is highly respected and acknowledged as the definitive resource on the needs and rights of bereaved parents and their families.

The mission of Share is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. The primary purpose is to provide support toward positive resolution of grief experienced at the time of, or following, the death of a baby. This support encompasses emotional, physical, spiritual, and social healing, as well as sustaining the family unit. To learn more, call 216-844-3754.

HEAL Program Provides Bereavement Support

University Hospitals has a perinatal and neonatal bereavement program, Helping Each Other After Loss, or HEAL. Services are available to patients and families during their hospital stay within UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, under the leadership from the Center for Family Planning, and extend beyond discharge through pregnancy and infant loss support groups. For more information call 216-844-1952.