Birth Center

Pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding services at Pen Bay Medical Center.

2017 Childbirth Education Class Schedule

View our women's health and birthing classes and register online. 
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Labor and Birth Options

Birthing Rooms

There are two spacious birthing suites and one smaller triage room, all rooms are private and comfortable, where the mother and her partner can share the birth experience in the care of our nursing and medical staff.  All birthing rooms include state-of-the-art, fetal monitoring wireless technology, allowing the mother freedom of movement in labor.  The mother’s birth plan will help guide her care. 

Hydrotherapy/Tubs

Birthing suites have tubs where the mother can soak in the water for comfort in labor and/or use the tub to experience a water birth.  All rooms include private bathrooms with showers that can also be used for hydrotherapy.  Hydrotherapy utilizes the soothing properties of warm water immersion for the laboring mother.  A body in water weighs only a fraction of what it does out of water, which decreases tension, increases Oxytocin, and endorphins and creates a euphoric effect. 

Cesarean Birth

Pen Bay Medical Center offers a full spectrum of surgical services to support both the scheduled and the unscheduled Cesarean birth.  Mother’s can have a “Family Centered” surgical birth, which includes a clear drape for viewing of the birth and skin-to-skin in the operating room, to facilitate breast feeding. Partners are welcome in the operating room and recovery during and after the birth.  Nurses from the Women and Infants Unit will continue to care for you throughout the experience. 

Pain Management

The Birth Center offers a full spectrum of medical options to manage pain and discomfort in labor.  Including IV pain medication and Epidurals.  An anesthesiologist is on-call and available 24 hours a day to support these options.

Prenatal/Child Birth Education 

These classes are best taken when the mother is anywhere from 24-35 weeks pregnant. 

Prenatal Registration

A scheduled appointment with an RN/lactation consultant from the Women and Infants Unit. This is an opportunity to complete paperwork, ask questions and review your birth plan. It is ideal to schedule this appointment about a month before your due date. 
Cost: Free
Location: Birth Center at Pen Bay Medical Center
When: By appointment only, please call 207-921-8343 to schedule a time. 

Hypnobirthing

Mothers’ and their partner’s learn relaxation techniques to facilitate a safe and satisfying birth by using guided imagery, visualization, massage and breathing exercises. This class includes a tour of the birthing center at Pen Bay. The instructor is an RN on the Women and Infants Health Unit, Lactation Consultant, Certified Hypnobirthing Instructor and Certified Yoga Instructor. 
Cost: $120
Location: Pen Bay Physicians Building, Conference Room C. 
When: Thursdays for 5 weeks from, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Please visit the Event Calendar for class schedules and to register. 

Breastfeeding Basics

A two hour class that provides expectant mothers’ and their partner’s with an opportunity to ask questions about breastfeeding. As well as, learn coping mechanisms for returning to work, expressing, storing and handling breast milk. This class is taught by an RN on the Women and Infants Health Unit, who is also a board certified lactation consultant. 
Cost: $20
Location: Pen Bay Physician’s Building, Conference Room C.
When: First Thursday of the month, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Please visit the Event Calendar for class schedules and to register. 

Sibling Program

Class is for expectant big brother’s and sister’s ages 2-12 years old, to help them prepare for the new baby. Children attend this class with their parent(s). They will learn how to interact with their new sibling, as well as how to be safe with the new baby. Discussion of their new role as big brothers and big sisters are shared with the family. This class is taught by an RN at the Birth Center at Pen Bay Medical Center
Cost: $20
Location: Birth Center at Pen Bay Medical Center
When: By appointment only, please call 207-921-8345 to schedule a time. 

Car Seat Safety

Program is offered on the third Saturday of the month at Fuller’s Dealership in Rockland. This is an opportunity to confirm the correct placement of your baby’s car seat, 85% of all car seats are installed incorrectly. This program is facilitated by an RN, who works at the Birth Center at Pen Bay Medical Center and is certified in car seat safety. 
Cost: Free
Location: Fuller’s Dealership
When: Third Saturday of the month from 8 a.m.- noon, first come, first served. 

Postpartum

Post Partum Clinic

A scheduled appointment with 24-48 hours of discharge. This is an opportunity to be seen by an RN who is also a lactation consultant. The nurse will assess and evaluate how the baby is feeding and how mom is doing physically and emotionally. 
Cost: $100, charged to insurance. 
Location: Birth Center at Pen Bay Medical Center
When: Scheduled by appointment, at time of discharge. 

Lactation Consult

A scheduled consultation with an RN who is also a lactation consultant. This is a service that a mother may be referred to if she is in need of breastfeeding support, education and encouragement beyond the hospital stay. 
Cost: Charged to insurance
Location: Birth Center at Pen Bay Medical Center
When: Scheduled by appointment only, please call the lactation consultant at 207-921-8337, to schedule a consultation. 

Mother’s Milk Network

A support group for breastfeeding mother’s. This group is led by an RN who is also a lactation consultant. It is an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns around breastfeeding, growth and development with other mother’s in the community. 
Cost: Free
Location: Chapel at Pen Bay Medical Center, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., no registration required. 

 

Women and Family Clinical Counselor

Wendelanne Augunas, LCPC is a clinical counselor dedicated to women and family health. She has an office at the Women’s Health practice and visits with patients while they are staying on the Women and Infants Unit at Pen Bay Medical Center. She is available by appointment and referral. 
Cost: Charged to insurance. 
Location: Women’s Health or Birth Center at Pen Bay Medical Center

When: Scheduled by appointment or referral, please contact Wendelanne at 207-921-8911, to make an appointment. 

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