Pregnancy/Prenatal Care

The physicians at Franklin Health Women's Care look forward to taking care of you, your pregnancy, and your unborn baby!WomensCare060618web

Dr. Susan Kearing, Dr. Tara Aumand, Dr. Jennifer Zeliger, and nurse/midwife JennieLea Hanna recommend the following:

  • Please wear your seat belt!
  • Read about pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
  • Eat well. Enjoy five fruits and vegetable every day.
  • Go for a walk!
  • Nap as needed.
  • Drink 6–8 glasses of water a day.
  • No smoking, alcohol, or drugs. (If you need help quitting we can help)

Vaginal Labor, Delivery, and Recovery

Your room on the maternity floor is designed to meet all your needs during labor, delivery and recovery.

We want you to be informed about your options for pain management while in labor. Choices for pain control can be discussed with both your doctor and nurse. These may include use of a pain scale, relaxation techniques, unrestricted positioning, hot tub, IV pain medication, or spinal analgesia. You will be given a Personalized Birth Plan to fill out before delivery so we can meet and even exceed your expectations.

The baby warmer and all emergency equipment for baby and mother are present during delivery. A nurse and your physician will be attending you and your newborn at the time of delivery.

Your baby will be placed in your arms after delivery, unless his/her condition does not allow it.

Caesarean Delivery and Recovery

After delivery in the Operating Room you will go to the Recovery Room until you are ready to return to your room. Under normal circumstances, a nurse may accompany the father and baby to the Recovery Room where you will be able to be with your baby at all times.

Your physician will order pain medication for you to be given when you need it. When you feel the need for pain medication please inform your nurse. She will check your medication record and help you select the appropriate drug based on the pain scale you choose.

Equipment Upgrade

In September 2017 an investment for the Maternal and Child Health Unit came to fruition with the installation of two patient monitoring systems designed to provide comprehensive obstetrical coverage from the first prenatal visit through labor, delivery, discharge, and follow-up visits. A wireless monitoring system allows the laboring woman the freedom to move about as it monitors her vital signs, measures fetal heart rate, and alerts staff in cases of emergency. Another feature is the patient profile screen that gives clinicians the information they need—when they need it—so they can make informed decisions quickly.

What to Expect at your Appointments

6-10 Weeks

  • Blood pressure (BP), weight, urine check, blood work, education

10-12 Weeks

  • BP, weight, urine check, cystic fibrosis testing, internal exam, physical exam, routine appointment, vaginal ultrasound (see heartbeat and confirm due date)

16-18 Weeks

  • BP, weight, routine appointment, alpha feto protein (AFP) test offered

18-22 Weeks

  • BP, weight, routine appointment, AFP results, optional ultrasound at the hospital

20-24 Weeks

  1. BP, weight, routine appointment, instructions for Glucola (blood sugar) test

26-28 Weeks

  • Blood pressure, weight, routine appointment, Glucola (blood sugar) test, hematocrit (blood iron level)

30-32 Weeks

  • Blood pressure, weight, routine appointment, growth ultrasound with Dr. Belair, Dr. Kearing, Dr. Aumand, and Dr. Zeliger in the office or at the hospital.

34-36 Weeks

  • Blood pressure, weight, internal exam, Group B Strep vaginal culture (GBS)

37-40 Weeks

  • Blood pressure, weight, routine weekly appointments, check cervix internally each week.

Raising Readers

Franklin Memorial Hospital, Franklin Health Pediatrics, Farmington Family Practice and Livermore Falls Family Practice all participate in the Raising Readers program, thRaising Readers033017e statewide network of hospitals and medical practices that gives books to Maine children.

Giving a book to each child at birth and at all well-child visits from two months to five years presents providers with the opportunity to stress to parents the importance of reading aloud to their child, and to give suggestions about how to use the books. Research shows that reading to children daily helps their brains grow and develop, and promotes literacy skills and educational attainment.

Pediatrician Dr. Gabriel Civiello serves as a clinical advisor for this program funded by the Libra Foundation, led and administered by MaineHealth in collaboration with Eastern Maine Health System, and with support from the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

Group Pregnancy Visits

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)

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