Perinatal Outreach

Perinatal Outreach Education & Consultation Services Grant

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. POEC program services are provided upon request to all Maine 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.

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 and collaborations conducted through POEC 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 residents

Services

Formal and Informal Education

Education is available on a by-request basis, examples include:

  • NRP Provider and Instructor Mentorship
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring
  • Perinatal Substance Abuse
  • Obstetric Emergencies and Neonatal Resuscitation Simulations
  • STABLE
  • Breastfeeding Skills
  • Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
  • Others upon request

Recorded Webinars

Consultation/Quality Improvement

Perinatal Transport Case Conferences are a multi-disciplinary review of transported mothers and babies.

  • Literature reviews on any perinatal topic
  • Individual case reviews

Collaboration and Connections

Perinatal Outreach Work Plan and Activities

The work plan includes several areas intended to improve perinatal outcomes throughout the state of Maine. Activities and goals include:

  • Completion and dissemination of the Snuggle ME Guidelines (perinatal addiction and newborn narcotic withdrawal guidelines) 
  • Collaborating with hospitals on safe prevention of the primary c-section
  • Collaborating with hospitals to support breastfeeding initiatives
  • Reducing the number of infants dying in unsafe sleep conditions
  • Promoting high quality safe home and hospital birth practices

Activities include:

  • Member, Maternal and Infant Mortality and Resiliency Review
  • Coordinator, Perinatal Leadership Coalition of Maine four times per year
  • Planner, the MCH Annual Conference

Contacts and Work Oversight

Maine Medical Center (MMC) is accountable for the components of the grant, with Northern Light EMMC responsible for helping the northern and eastern sections of the state with the grant's components, 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

 

Breastfeeding Support & Resources

Goals

  1. Support quality improvement initiatives in Maine to increase prenatal breastfeeding education, breastfeeding initiation, and exclusive breastfeeding through six months
  2. Assist in improving the breastfeeding education and services you provide for new moms and babies.

Goals over the next 18 months are to:

  • Increase % of infants ever breastfed (from 85.3%, according to the 2018 CDC BF Report Card)
  • Increase % of infants exclusively breastfed at six months (from 34.1%, 2018 CDC BF Report Card)
  • Increase # of milk depots (two in Maine in 2018)
  • Increase access to Pasteurized Donor Human Milk (PDHM) in Level one and Level two nurseries for medically-indicated supplementation 

Sample Policies

MMC’s Use of Pasteurized Donor Human Milk Policy on the Mother Baby Care Unit (Maine Medical Center, Nov 2018)

ABM’s Model Maternity Policy Supportive of Breastfeeding (Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, 2018)

MMC’s Supplementary Feedings in the Term Breastfed Neonate (excluding NICU) (Maine Medical Center, Oct 2018)

ABM’s Supplementation Policy (Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, 2017)

ABM’s Position Statement on Informal Breast Milk Sharing for the Term Healthy Infant (Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, 2017)

Resources

State

National

Patient Education Resources

Perinatal Breastfeeding Newsletters

Breastfeeding Educational Opportunities

Contact 

Contact Kara Kaikini at kaikik@mmc.org with ANY breastfeeding questions. She is ready to help you on your path to improving breastfeeding support in your hospital, practice or community.

 

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

Upcoming Classes & Events

View a list of upcoming classes & events. View Events

Perinatal Clinical Guidelines

View perinatal clinical guidelines and protocols. View Guidelines