Our hospital was the first in Maine and the fifth in the nation to be designated Baby Friendly by the World Health Organization (WHO). Our mission is to create a safe and supportive atmosphere for childbirth. We recognize that birth is a normal and natural event. Mothers give birth in a relaxed, comfortable environment with the support of family and friends. Our goal is for you to have the best possible birth experience, with the information, education and supportive care you need as well as time to enjoy your new baby with family and friends.
We believe the support a family experiences during pregnancy and childbirth can have a life-long effect. That's why we focus on education, role-modeling and empowering parents to control their own birthing experience. We will help you understand process of pregnancy, childbirth, how to nurture your newborn and build strong, healthy bonds.
- You are involved in your health care decisions
- You labor, give birth and complete your hospital stay in a private room
- Your baby stays with you in your room
- Your nurse cares for both you and your baby
- A cot is provided for your support person
- Family and friends are welcome to visit on your schedule
LincolnHealth - Miles Maternity
35 Miles Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543
- Always place your baby on their back on a firm sleep surface that isn't inclined.
- Avoid overheating your baby. Don't dress them too warmly for sleep and keep the room they sleep in at a temperature that would be comfortable for adults.
- Dress your baby in a one-piece sleeper or wearable blanket instead of loose blankets.
- Remove all soft bedding, toys and bumpers from baby's sleep space. Use only a fitted sheet.
- Breastfeeding lowers baby's risk of SIDS by 50%
- Avoid exposing your baby to smoke and nicotine. Cigarette and other smoke can linger on clothing.
- Avoid alcohol, marijuana, opioids and illicit drugs during pregnancy and after birth.
- Share your room, not your bed. Your baby should sleep in your room, on a separate sleep surface that is designed for infants lie a crib, bassinet or portable play yard.
- Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime. If breastfeeding, you can offer a pacifier after 1 month.
- Take your baby to their pediatrician regularly and make sure all immunizations are up to date
Our team is pleased to offer free childbirth education classes each month on the obstetrics unit. Dates and times vary. Please call 563-4536 to get the current schedule and to sign up.