Maternal and Child Health Unit

Family Birthing Unit MCH2019

Our Family Birthing Unit offers a natural homelike setting in which to give birth and get to know your new baby. At the same time, we offer the backup of high-tech equipment and the latest know-how to provide the highest quality care for both mother and baby.

Our Family Birthing Unit is designed so that a mother, baby, and father or significant other can sleep over in the same room.

The birthing experience for families who choose to deliver at Franklin Memorial Hospital begins well before the Big Event, with home visits by the nurses who will be with you during your labor and delivery, and a tour of the Family Birthing Unit.

The Family Birthing Unit offers you many choices. You can start your birth plan now and have everything ready for you when the big day comes.

We offer childbirth education classes to make your labor as productive and comfortable as possible. A warm-water soaking tub is also available in the Birthing Unit to ease the discomfort of labor.

If you choose to breast feed, we have specially trained nurses to help you get started and answer your questions while you're in the hospital and even after you go home.

Above all, we want you to have the most rewarding and fulfilling birthing experience possible, and we want your baby to have the best possible start. We offer our free Growing Healthy Families program to all first-time parents, supporting them in raising their children from birth to age five.

Pediatric Unit

Hospitalization of a child can be an emotional time for the family. Our dedicated staff are well trained to care for your child. Parents are encouraged to stay with their child at all times to be involved in their plan of care.

The pediatric hospitalist service at Franklin Memorial Hospital provides hospital care for general pediatric conditions and is designed to support office-based family practice physicians when their patients are hospitalized.

Families who use the pediatric hospitalist program are not giving up their regular doctor. While in the hospital, a child is seen by one of the pediatricians at least twice a day and the pediatrician keeps in close contact with the child’s doctor. Upon discharge from the hospital, the child’s primary care physician receives a complete report and will provide any necessary follow-up care.

The clinicians who staff the service are all board-certified pediatricians who practice at Franklin Health Pediatrics in Farmington. All have special skills in hospital-based pediatric care.

The most common illnesses associated with child hospitalizations are respiratory conditions such as asthma, pneumonia, and acute bronchitis. Dehydration and appendicitis are also common.;

Offering childbirth education classes

We offer childbirth education classes six times a year to accommodate all due dates. To register call 779-2295.

Parent Resources

Click here to see resources that may be helpful throughout your pregnancy and postpartum experiences.

Preparation for Childbirth Education Classes

Gain the knowledge and confidence you and your partner/support person need to have the birth experience you desire. This class is suitable for all first time parents as well as a refresher course. Come and prepare for your birth in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Class will cover evidence based information including:

  • Stages and phases of labor
  • How to prepare physically and mentally for your birth
  • Natural coping methods such as relaxation, massage, visualization, water therapy and many others
  • Cesarean births, and unexpected outcome
  • Questions and answers with an obstetric provider and a pediatrician
  • Medical pain management options, and making informed choices.
  • Plenty of time for questions and discussion

Class Instructor is Natasha Foster, BSN, CBE, a staff nurse on the Maternal/Child Health Unit who additionally teaches the organization’s childbirth education classes for expectant parents. Foster received her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2007 from Husson University. She has more than 12 years of extensive nursing experience.

Cost of the class is $40 payable by cash or check (made out to FMH).

To register for the classes, contact the family birthing unit at 779-2295

Nurse Home Visits

Preparing for and taking care of a new baby is a challenging job. During your pregnancy, our nurses provide visits for all mothers who are planning to give birth at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

First Time Mothers:

Your first visit will be at the Hospital, before you give birth. You will meet one of our registered nurses, who will introduce you to the program, give you a tour of the Family Birthing Unit, talk with you about your body's and your baby's changes in pregnancy, answer questions, and listen to your concerns.

All Mothers:

A Post Partum home visit will be offered to you after delivery, usually within 1-3 days after you go home. Your nurse will check you and your baby, support you with breastfeeding, discuss birth control, and review self and infant care and any other concerns you may have.

For more information about Nurse Home Visits contact Franklin Memorial Hospital at (207) 779-2295.

Maine Families Franklin

A free voluntary program of classes, playgroups, newsletters and/or home visits. A family support visitor will partner with you on this exciting and challenging new journey as a family, throughout the first five years of your baby's life.

* Practical tips on taking care of baby and yourself
* Learn more about your baby's healthy development, from birth to five years old
* Enjoy the up-to-date information from the nationally acclaimed parents as teachers curriculum
* Learn how nurturing your baby stimulates baby's brain development
* Have fun with your baby with games and activities to enjoy together
* Put you in touch with community resources for you and your family: child care, housing, job training, medical/dental care, baby furnishings
* Share with others the joys and challenges of parenting
* Join a play group with your baby -- meet other parents and develop your skills for observing your baby's growth and development
* Get linked to a medical home for your family to help you all stay healthy

For more information about Family Support Visitors contact Franklin County Children's Task Force at (207) 778-6960.

Breast feeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk as the ideal food for infants. At Franklin Memorial Hospital our nursing staff includes lactation consultants who can help you get started with breast feeding, answer any questions you may have, and work through any problems you may encounter. They are happy to meet with you before your delivery to help you weigh the pros and cons of both breast and bottle feeding.

Many of our nurses are Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs). We offer lactation consultation visits here at our Family Birthing Unit to any mothers who need additional breastfeeding support after they go home. One of our Certified Lactation Counselors will set up an appointment to work with you and your baby to identify ways to help you be successful. We understand that breastfeeding isn’t always easy, and we are available 24/7 to help every family achieve their breastfeeding goals!

For more information contact a Lactation Consultant at (207) 779-2295

Visiting a Patient

Franklin Memorial Hospital’s Maternal and Child Health department (MCH) is a locked unit with secure doors to manage the entrance of staff and visitors into patient treatment areas. This new protected unit was created to improve the safety of staff, patients, and newborns and is the standard throughout the state.

Unit visitors push a button near the unit’s main door on the second floor to be allowed entrance onto the unit. MCH staff will respond to the ring by looking at the camera screen and asking “May I help you?” The visitor will then identify who they are visiting before staff will unlock the door to gain entrance.

Group Visits Supporting Pregnancy

Expectant moms can participate in their prenatal care as never before, thanks to group visits supporting pregnancy, a new approach to pregnancy care at Franklin Health Women’s Care.

You will be in a group with several other women whose due dates are close to yours. The groups form around 16 weeks of pregnancy. In each of the ten sessions, you will have a private examination with your health care provider. Then you’ll have refreshments and meet as a group to discuss questions, concerns, and solutions. Each woman is encouraged to bring her partner or another support person.

Certified nurse midwife JennieLea Hanna will facilitate the groups along with a Franklin Health Women’s Care office nurse. Being able to meet together with the same group of expectant parents allows for continued sharing and development of a support network, which often extends well into the child rearing period.

A Sampling of Topics of Discussion

  1. Changes of pregnancy
  2. Nutrition
  3. Prenatal testing
  4. Exercise
  5. Childbirth
  6. Infant care
  7. Breast and bottle feeding
  8. Relationship issues
  9. Abuse
  10. Parenting
  11. Postpartum concerns

to learn more download the Group Visits brochure (pdf)

Take a Tour of our Family Birthing Center

Take a tour of our family birthing center! Our family birthing center offers free tours of our unit to any expecting family. We welcome both first time and experienced families. For many families, we can integrate this experience into our first time mother prenatal education program. Please call us any time at 779-2295 to schedule your tour.

Learning about When to call your Doctor During Pregnancy

It's common to have concerns about what might be a problem during pregnancy. Although most pregnant women don't have any serious problems, it's important to know when to call your doctor if you have certain symptoms. Below are general guidelines. Your doctor may give you some more information about when to call.

Learning about When to call your Doctor During Pregnancy (Up to 20 weeks)

Learning about When to call your Doctor During Pregnancy (After 20 weeks)

If you think you may be in labor, please call our Family Birthing Unit at 779-2295.