Family Birthplace

The Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital

Having a baby is one of the most important and miraculous events in your life. The birth of a child is a precious moment for the mother and a joyous event shared by the entire family. Our Family Birthplace is here to guide and support moms and family members through every stage of childbirth, from pregnancy through delivery and into parenthood.

We understand that comfort is as important as our state-of-the-art facilities and offer a top-notch team that includes board-certified doctors and a caring and compassionate nursing staff. In The Family Birthplace, you will experience labor, delivery, recovery and post-birth care all in the privacy of your own room, which has a private bathroom, CD players, cable television, and room service. The careful attention our staff pays to your personal needs, and those of your family, provide the support and safety you expect and deserve during your stay here.

At the Family Birthplace, we pride ourselves on having the finest staff and the very latest birthing technologies. Being part of the MaineHealth® family we rely on our affiliation with MaineHealth, putting us directly in touch with experts at Maine Medical Center and Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, two of Maine's premier healthcare networks. It's part of our guarantee that you and your baby will get the very best care in Maine, right here at home.

Baby Friendly Designation

The Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility. How you feed your baby is a thoughtful process for new mothers. However you choose to feed your baby you are in good hands with us. As part of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, all our regularly employed RNs are certified Breastfeeding Counselors and have had training in Baby-Led and Paced Feeding methods which enables us to be a valued and knowledgeable resource for you and your baby's feeding needs. Should you need additional help, a lactation consultant is on staff to assist.

Gold Safe Sleep Champion

The Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital is recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion for our commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

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Childbirth and Parenting Education

Education and knowledge are a powerful part of preparing for your new baby whether you are getting ready for you first delivery or already have children. To help ensure babies and their families get off to the very best start a variety of pregnancy and parenting classes are offered at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

Preparing for Birth

The Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital offers Preparing for Birth Class for expecting parents.

Join a group of expectant parents as they have fun learning about the labor and delivery experience at Stephens Memorial Hospital’s Preparing for Birth Class.  Expectant moms will explore how to relax and allow themselves to flow with their labor through breathing and relaxation techniques. Their coach will learn how they can assist mom through the process of labor and share in the joy of birth. Information on making a birth plan, comfort measures, stages of labor, and cesarean delivery are all explored.  A question and answer session is always part of the class.   

For more information on upcoming classes please call 207-744-6151.

Breastfeeding Your Newborn

The Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital offers Breastfeeding education and support for new mothers. Learn skills for successful breastfeeding. This class will help make you aware of the support services available to breastfeeding mothers.

Classes are held monthly. For more information on upcoming classes please call 207-744-6151.

Infant CPR

The Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital offers Infant CPR classes. These classes are helpful to both new and experienced parents. Learn the skills to do CPR and choking rescue on an infant up to the age of one year. This is a hands-on experience with manikins where you'll have an opportunity to practices these skills. Come have fun and learn a valuable life-long tool.

Classes are held monthly. For more information on upcoming classes please call 207-744-6151.

Safe Sitter

The Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital offers Safe Sitter Classes throughout the year.

Safe Sitter® is a national organization founded in 1980 by Indianapolis pediatrician, Dr. Patricia A Keener, after a colleague’s 18-month old choked to death while under an adult sitters care. The program is a medically accurate, hands-on instructional program designed for young adolescents that teaches boys and girls how to handle emergencies when caring for children.

Stephens Memorial Hospital has Safe Sitter Certified instructors that offer classes during school vacations. Safe Sitters learn: Infant & child CPR, choking procedure, safety for the sitter, how to call for emergency help, babysitting business skills, basic child care skills, and how to entertain children and keep them safe. The classes are geared for students 11 -13 years old. 

For more information on upcoming Safe Sitter Classes please call 207-744-6151.

Child Safety Seat Inspection Events

Car seats, when installed and used correctly are extremely effective in saving children's lives. Proper use of a car seat reduces the risk of death by as much as 71% for infants. However, car seats are complicated to install and use and there are many models to choose from. It has been found that nine out of ten car seats are not installed or used correctly, and that only 5% of children who should use a booster seat actually do.

Stephens Memorial Hospital is a Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection and Distribution Site. We offer Child Safety Seat Inspection Events throughout the year and by appointment. At the events, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available to provide free hands-on seat inspections. Parents, caregivers and grandparents are encouraged to attend to ensure their child’s safety seats are properly installed, compatible with their vehicle, haven’t been subject to a recall, and are the appropriate seat for the child. As a Distribution Site, we offer free car seats to those who qualify, by appointment only.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 207-744-6151.

Safe Sleep and SIDS Prevention

The Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital is recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion for our commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. The cause of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is unknown, however there are things you can do to prevent it.

  • Have regular prenatal care during your pregnancy
  • Avoid first and second hand smoke. Babies whose mothers smoke are 3 times as likely to die of SIDS, while those babies who are exposed to second hand smoke are twice as likely.
  • Breastfeed when possible
  • Practice Safe Sleep Habits. Safe Sleep Habits:
    • Keep baby on their back for both nighttime and naps
    • Provide supervised tummy-time to promote neck strengthening
    • Remove all bumpers, blankets, toys, stuffed animals from cribs and bassinets
    • Use a firm infant approved mattress in the crib or bassinet
    • Sleep your baby in a “sleep-sack” rather than wrapped in a blanket
    • Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult in a T-shirt, a hot room allows the baby to go into a much deeper sleep from which they may not wake
    • Use of a pacifier once Breastfeeding is well established, 3-4 weeks is acceptable
    • Avoid the use of a home monitor rather than checking on your baby regularly

    For more information Safe Sleep please contact us at 207-743-5933 ext. 6951.

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