Your Medical Family
Our team of physicians, midwives, nurses and educators work with families to support the birth experience in a safe, comfortable setting. Should you or your newborn need more advanced care, Maine Medical Center has access to consulting physicians in various specialties such as neonatology, cardiology, genetics, and nephrology. And for the occasional high-risk birth, we have the most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the state of Maine. After all, a miracle like childbirth should be delivered in the proper setting.
The nurse may have a certified nursing assistant (CNA) working with her. The CNA performs basic bedside tasks for your comfort and care.
Maine Medical Center is a teaching hospital. We have resident doctors who are closely guided by attending physicians. A resident is a doctor who works at the hospital while being trained to be an obstetrician/gynecologist, pediatrician, or family practice physician. An attending physician has completed a residency (at least four years in their specialty) and may have done some additional training (a two or three year fellowship).
You may meet medical students during your stay also. They are here to learn about pregnancy and childbirth. They may do your physical examination and take your medical history.
We have a team of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) who specialize in breastfeeding support. A Lactation Consultant can help with:
- Breastfeeding advice before your baby is born
- Creating a feeding plan for your baby or babies
- Milk supply concerns
- Suggestions to address discomforts or challenges during breastfeeding, pumping and infant feeding
- Information about pasteurized donor human milk from the Mothers Milk Bank Northeast (MMBNE)
- And any other questions related to human milk feeding and lactation
The Department of Nursing has two advanced practice mental health clinical nurse specialists. They can help with issues related to your birthing experience. They can help with:
- Stress management during a long hospital stay
- Postpartum anxiety or depression
- Coping with the birth of an baby with special needs
- Talking about past birth experiences
- Pregnancy loss
- Dealing with the stress of new parenthood
Social workers can provide support and counseling to help you and your family with the hospital stay. They can help with:
- Financial (money) help and information
- Finding a place for family to stay
- Support from other parents
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit tours
- Referral to your community or home hospital resources
- Planning for your discharge
If you or your baby should have special health care concerns that need attention after you are discharged, our Discharge Planners will work with you to be sure that you are connected with the services you need postpartum.
Other services available during your stay:
- Nutrition Support
- Massage Therapy
- Pastoral Care
- Physical Therapy