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Isla Roberts

In 2015 Arundel, Maine residents Danielle and Brad Roberts were preparing to welcome their first child. They wanted the best care, close to home, and chose to have their new baby at Southern Maine Health Care’s (SMHC) Birthing Suite. It was an added bonus that Brad’s mother, Jan, was the Nurse Manager of the Birthing Suite. The obstetricians and staff at the Birthing Suite guided Danielle through a healthy pregnancy and uneventful delivery, and Isla was born on September 2, 2015. Within 24 hours, however, the care team realized that Isla was having challenges maintaining consistent glucose levels.

Low glucose levels in newborns can result in seizures and long-term neurological damage, if the condition isn’t managed in a timely manner. Their SMHC Pediatrician quickly reached out to her Neonatal colleagues at Maine Medical Center (MMC) to determine the best plan for baby Isla. Within an hour, the MMC Neonatal Transport team had arrived to transfer Isla to the MMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for specialized care, where she was stabilized and returned to a healthy status. Every step of the way the entire family was reassured and supported through an experience that they never expected to happen as first-time parents.

Today Isla is a healthy and active three-year-old. She has a new baby sister, Emerson, who was also born at SMHC’s Birthing Suite. Isla loves to ride in her grandparent’s golf cart around their wooded property, where she enjoys playing outside and discovering nature.  

Southern Maine Health Care

Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a nationally-accredited, award-winning, not-for-profit healthcare system offering a comprehensive array of medical care and services including: a full-service medical center in Biddeford and emergency departments in Biddeford and in Sanford. A multi-specialty physician services group, SMHC Physicians, comprised of more than 125 physicians provides comprehensive primary care and specialty services.

Neonatal Intensive Care at MMC

When a baby is born prematurely or with a serious health condition that requires intensive care, our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (part of Maine Medical Center) provides immediate care by an extensive team of doctors and staff specially trained to care for newborns. The largest and most comprehensive program of its kind in Maine and New Hampshire, our NICU cares for more than 900 newborns a year.