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Summa Akron City Hospital

Maternity Services

Summa Akron City Hospital
525 East Market Street
Akron, OH 44309

(234) 312-5194

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Cribs for Kids Safe Sleep ChampionEvery birth is special. We hope you choose Summa Akron City Hospital’s Birthing Center to welcome your special delivery into the world.

Our team’s goal is to provide the comfort, convenience and peace of mind you expect from one of the region’s safest places in which to give birth, as demonstrated by three consecutive awards from the Ohio Patient Safety Institute. With 24/7 house physician and anesthesia coverage, we’re ready to provide the support you need when you need it.

Proud to be Baby-Friendly®

As the first hospital in the Akron-Canton area and one of just nine throughout the state of Ohio that holds Baby-Friendly® status, Summa Akron City Hospital delivers on its pledge to support a healthy beginning for mothers and babies by providing the best possible breastfeeding support for new moms and their infants.

Summa Akron City’s Maternity Services earned the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation from Baby-Friendly USA, this country’s authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The five-year designation comes after a rigorous review that is based on the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding,” a specific set of evidence-based criteria that are proven to improve breastfeeding success and, ultimately, health outcomes.

Summa’s initiatives in this area extend beyond Baby-Friendly, as the hospital has participated in the “Best Fed Beginnings” program supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Summa Health is also well-known for its skin-to-skin program, wherein a newborn remains in close contact with the mother for the first hour after birth, which helps regulate body temperature, slows the baby’s heart rate and promotes a smooth transition for babies from the womb to the outside world. Summa is also a major advocate of 24-hour “rooming-in” with the mom and her newborn.

For women who choose to bottle-feed formula to their newborns, Summa also provides a very supportive culture, encouraging, among many things, skin-to-skin contact, rooming in and feeding on hunger cues.

Thanks to the commitment of our nurses, we have achieved Magnet® status at Summa Akron City Hospital. Magnet® status is considered the "gold standard" of care, and only 7% of hospitals nationwide achieve this credentialing.

The Summa Akron City Hospital Birthing Center rooms feature:

  • Private mother/baby rooms
  • Ceramic-tiled showers (in suite)
  • Hydrotherapy tubs (in unit)
  • Convertible chair/sofa/bed (in suite)
  • Gourmet dining (order from on-site restaurant)

The following birthing options are offered:

  • Midwifery
  • Low-risk birthing room with little medical intervention
  • Level III perinatal center for high-risk pregnancies
  • Maternal-fetal diagnostic center
  • Neonatal ICU staffed by Akron Children’s Hospital neonatologists and nurses
  • Birthing balls
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Kangaroo care (skin-to-skin contact of mother/baby)
  • On-site lactation specialist support

Support services offered at the Center include:

To communicate your wishes during labor and delivery of your baby, we encourage you to complete Summa's birth preferences form.

If you have additional questions, contact our Childbirth Specialist at (234) 312-5194 .