Perinatal Outreach

The Perinatal Outreach Education and Consultation (POEC) Services grant is a program designed to provide services to health care providers who care for Maine's pregnant women and their newborns. Activities of the POEC program are provided to all perinatal care providers including physicians, nurses, certified nurse midwives, certified professional midwives, and other individuals or groups with interest in healthy outcomes for pregnant women and infants, in Maine on request.

Perinatal Outreach Education & Consultation Services Grant

Funded by: Maine CDC
Grant award: Competitive bid every six years. Awarded for two years. May be renewed up to two cycles.
Current cycle: Through June 30, 2020
Service area: Statewide

All activities, conducted through POEC and collaborations will contribute to the following goals:

  • Reducing maternal, fetal and infant mortality and morbidity in Maine
  • Strengthening the factors that contribute to safe and healthy perinatal outcomes
  • Promoting and sustaining a statewide system of high quality perinatal services that are accessible to all resident

Services

  • Formal and Informal Education on a by-request basis, examples include:
    • NRP Provider and Instructor
    • Electronic Fetal Monitoring
    • Perinatal Substance Abuse
    • Obstetric Emergencies and Neonatal Resuscitation Simulations
    • STABLE
    • Others upon request
  • Perinatal Transport Case Conferences-a multi-disciplinary review of transported mothers and babies
  • Individual case reviews
  • Consultation, including literature reviews, on any perinatal topic
  • Liaison with community partners such as March of Dimes, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Office of Child and Family Services, Maine Families, Public Health Nursing
  • Work Plan includes:
    • Snuggle ME Guidelines (perinatal addiction and newborn narcotic withdrawal guidelines) completion and dissemination
    • Collaborate with hospitals on safe prevention of the primary c-section
    • Collaborate with hospitals to support breast feeding initiatives
    • Reduce the number of infants dying in unsafe sleep conditions
    • Promote high quality safe home and hospital birth practices
    • Maternal and Infant Mortality and Resiliency Review
    • Coordinate meetings with Perinatal Leadership Coalition of Maine four times per year
  • Liaisons with Professional Organizations include:
    • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses)
    • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • American College of Certified Nurses Midwives

Maine Medical Center is accountable for the components of the grant, with Northern Light EMMC responsible for the northern and eastern sections of the state, as outlined below. MMC will coordinate and oversee the components of the grant including quality of programs and activities, budget and required state reporting.

Hospital Name

Maine Medical Center

Northern Light EMMC

Northern Maine Medical Center

 

X

Cary Medical Center

 

X

AR Gould Hospital (TAMC)

 

X

Houlton Regional Hospital

 

X

Down East Community Hospital

 

X

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

 

X

Mount Desert Island Hospital

 

X

Mayo Regional Hospital

 

X

Redington Fairview Hospital

 

X

Inland Hospital

 

X

Waldo County General Hospital

X

X

Maine General Medical Center

X

 

Franklin Memorial Hospital

X

 

Central Maine Medical Center

X

 

Rumford Community Hospital

X

 

Bridgton Hospital

X

 

Stephens Memorial Hospital

X

 

St. Mary’s Regional Med Ctr.

X

 

Mid Coast Hospital

X

 

Lincoln Health Care, Miles

X

 

Penobscot Bay Med Ctr.

X

 

Mercy Hospital

X

 

Southern Maine Health Care

X

 

York Hospital

X

 

Regional Outreach Nurse Educators

Northern Light Health Eastern Maine Medical Center
Ann Boomer, RN, MN, NNP-BC
Lead Neonatal Nurse Practitioner , STABLE Lead Instructor, NRP Instructor/Mentor
Office: 207-973-8648 Fax: 207-973-5163
aboomer@northernlight.org

Carol Giggey, RNC, MSN, CNS,
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Labor & Delivery, OB/GYN
Office: 207-973-8759 Cell: 972-571-8771
cgiggey@northernlight.org

Maine Medical Center
Kelley Bowden, MS, RN
Perinatal Outreach Education Coordinator
Office: 207-662-2696 or 207-662-2167
Cell: 207-805-4366
BOWDEK@mmc.org

Kara Kaikini, MS, IBCLC
Breastfeeding Consultant, Perinatal Outreach
Office: 207-662-3619
KAIKIK@mmc.org

Kathleen N. Taylor
Administrative Support for Perinatal Outreach Education
Office: 207-662-2696 Fax: 662-3001
ktaylor@mmc.org