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Noah Toothaker

In 2012, Molly Toothaker was pregnant with her first child and living in Rangeley, Maine. She selected Franklin Women’s Health Care and Dr. Tara Aumand as her provider. Molly was enjoying a healthy, uneventful pregnancy and was one week overdue at her last regularly scheduled appointment. At the appointment, she asked Dr. Aumand about an issue her sister-in-law had experienced with low fetal fluid levels and how someone would detect a low fluid issue if it occurred. Her doctor explained that the condition was identified through ultrasound, and offered to examine Molly further to check.

It quickly became clear that Molly’s fluid levels were extremely low, and her baby’s were even lower. She was rushed to the Emergency Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital and an emergency C-section was performed. Noah was in acute distress at birth and not breathing. His pediatrician gathered a team to resuscitate and prepare him for transport to The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center by way of the Angel 1 ambulance. Molly herself followed in another ambulance, also in need of emergency care.

Even though Noah experienced a glycemic seizure and a blood transfusion was required, he survived because of what Molly describes as “unbelievable care.” He spent 28 days at The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where his strength was restored. After six months, Noah’s health was fully recovered through the support of his care team which included MaineHealth pediatric specialists and nephrologists.

Today, Noah is a vibrant 4-year old who is an avid athlete and sports fan. He loves baseball, soccer and being outdoors, especially the beach! He has a hearty appetite, and is an early riser. The Toothaker family, including Noah’s brother David, moved back to Molly’s hometown of Falmouth, where they are patients of Maine Medical Partners Falmouth Family Medicine.

Franklin Memorial Hospital

Franklin Memorial Hospital is part of the Franklin Community Health Network, a locally-controlled, not-for-profit, integrated network of rural health care providers. Affiliates include Franklin Health medical practices, Evergreen Behavioral Services, Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County, and NorthStar EMS, the region's ambulance service. We have been part of the MaineHealth system since October 2014. Our mission is to work cooperatively with others to achieve the highest level of health and wellness possible for the people of West Central Maine.

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.