Preparing for Your Stay

If you’re having your baby with us and haven’t received your welcome materials from your OB, or if you’re thinking about having a baby and are interested in our services and amenities, please click here to request a Welcome Kit or Pre-admission Packet, or call (207) 662-6132.

Our Welcome Kits include information about being and staying healthy, childbirth education and parenting preparation classes. Our Pre-admission Packet includes information about admissions, directions, maps, our services during your stay and additional information about your care while here. 

Birthplan

We encourage you to talk with your provider about what you feel is most important about your care. Consider attending Childbirth Education classes to better understand the choices you will have in the Family Birth Center. 

Choosing a Provider For Your Baby

You will need to choose your baby’s provider before your stay so the hospital can contact your provider after your baby is born. Most providers will come to the hospital to meet and examine the baby, but some providers do not. In this case, there are pediatricians at Maine Medical Center that will examine your baby and send the information to the provider you have selected.

Both family medicine doctors and pediatricians care for newborns. Family medicine doctors can care for both you and your baby. Pediatricians care for children and teens. Because your baby is so special, you will want to make your choice carefully.  Among other things, you should consider the provider’s reputation and qualifications, your health insurance coverage, and how close the office is to your home or work. 

To find one of our providers, visit our Online Physician Directory where you can search by name or specialty. You may also search for a Maine Medical Partners- Pediatrics practice near you.

What to Pack for Your Stay

You should plan to pack your hospital bag at least two weeks before your due date so that you aren’t rushing around when you discover you are in labor. Use this checklist to help you decide what to bring.

The hospital will have basic toiletries available for you to use such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, and comb, as well as pads and panties, a hospital gown, robe and nonskid socks for you. Many people bring these items from their home so they can wear clothes and use items that they are comfortable with. Please do not use heavy scented personal care products during your stay. Most chemicals used to create fragrances are also respiratory irritants and can trigger asthma, allergies, and migraines.

We will provide you with diapers, blankets, and t-shirts for your baby to use in the hospital. We ask you to leave items of great value at home. MMC cannot be responsible for them.

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.

Nurses and Nursing Support Staff

The nurses taking care of you are experienced in caring for all types of patients. Your nurse will explain all procedure to you and make sure that you and your family understands all aspects of your care. Your labor & delivery nurse will assist you through labor and the birth of your baby by showing you and your support person different comfort measures to use during labor. Your postpartum nurse will care for you and your baby after the birth. He or she will teach you and your family members what to expect postpartum and how to care for your baby after you go home.

The nurse may have a certified nursing assistant (CNA) working with her. The CNA performs basic bedside tasks for your comfort and care.

Attending & Resident Physicians

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.

Certified Lactation Consultants

We have a team of nurses who specialize in breastfeeding assistance. A lactation consultant can help with:
  • Choices for feeding your baby
  • Breastfeeding information
  • Breastfeeding nutrition advice before your baby is born
  • Nipple assessment
  • Make a feeding plan for your breastfeeding baby or babies

Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialists

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

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

Discharge Planner

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