A maternity unit is distinct portion of a hospital in which inpatient care is provided to women during all or part of the maternity cycle.
A newborn care nursery may either located within a hospital maternity unit or a distinct portion of a hospital not offering labor and delivery services to women in which inpatient care is provided to infants and includes "neonatal intensive care units" (NICU) where intensive care is provided to infants.
ODH is responsible for the licensing and inspection of maternity units, newborn care nurseries, and maternity homes in Ohio pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 3711. of the Ohio Revised Code and the rules in Chapter 3701-7 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
Maternity units and newborn care nurseries must apply for licensure through the Ohio Department of Health and receive a Certificate of Approval from the local board of health in the area where they are located. Licenses must be renewed every three years and maternity units and newborn care nurseries are subject to inspection at a minimum of once every three years, but may be inspected as the Director of Health determines to be necessary. As part of an inspection, maternity units and newborn care nurseries must complete and submit a report to Ohio Department of Health staff detailing the facility staffing and services provided.
A maternity home is a residential facility for pregnant women where accommodations, medical care, counseling services, and educational and recreational opportunities are offered during the prenatal and postpartum periods. Maternity homes may provide nursery services for infants. ODH is responsible for the licensing and inspection of maternity homes in Ohio pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 3711. of the Ohio Revised Code and the rules in Chapter 3701-7 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
Maternity Newborn Advisory Council
The maternity Newborn Advisory Council (MNAC) was established in 2008 by section 3711.20 of the Revised Code, the Maternity and Newborn Advisory Council (“MNAC”) consists of seventeen licensed health professionals and a member of the public. Members are appointed to five-year terms by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The MNAC meets bi-annually and more often, if needed. You may access the agendas, minutes and reports of the MNAC here.
To obtain applications and forms for licensure or reporting, please select from the items below:
For additional assistance, please contact:
Ohio Department of Health
Maternity Licensure- Bureau of Survey & Certification
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 466-7857
Fax: (614) 564-2475