Preparing for Your Stay
If you’re planning to deliver your baby at Maine Medical Center and have not yet received a pre-admission packet, please call 207-662-6132. We'll provide important information about admissions, directions, maps, our services and additional information about your care.
How do I make a birth plan?
We encourage you to talk with your provider about what you feel is most important about your delivery experience and care. Consider attending Childbirth Education classes to better understand the choices offered by the Family Birth Center.
How do I choose a doctor for my baby?
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.
You will need to choose your baby’s doctor (a pediatrician) before your stay so the hospital can coordinate with that doctor after your baby is born. Most pediatricians will come to the hospital to meet and examine the baby, but some do not. In this case, there are pediatricians at Maine Medical Center that will examine your baby and send the information to the doctor you have selected. Visit our provider directory to search MaineHealth doctors by name or specialty. You may also search for a Maine Medical Partners- Pediatrics practice near you.
What should I pack for my stay?
Pack your hospital bag at least two weeks before your due date so it's ready when when you discover you are in labor. Use this checklist to help decide what to bring. The hospital will have basic toiletries available for you such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, a comb, absorbent pads, panties, a hospital gown, a robe and non-skid socks. But some people bring these items from their home so they can wear clothes and use items that they are comfortable with. We will also provide you with diapers, blankets, and t-shirts for your baby to use in the hospital.
Please leave your jewelry and other valuables at home. Please do not bring or use scented lotions or other personal care products during your stay. Most chemicals used to create fragrances are also respiratory irritants and can trigger asthma, allergies, and migraines.
Who will take care of me during my stay?
Our team of physicians, midwives, nurses and educators will work with you and your family to create a safe, comfortable birth experience. If needed, consulting physicians in various specialties such as neonatology, cardiology, genetics, and nephrology are also available. You will also have access to the most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the state of Maine, if needed.
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