Mother Baby Care
After your baby is born, you will be taken to the Mother-Baby Care Unit for the rest of your recovery and stay. The nursing staff will teach you about baby care, self care after you have your baby, breast or bottle-feeding, and they can answer any questions you may have. The Mother-Baby Care Unit has 32 State-of-the-Art private rooms for you and your newest addition. The design of the unit and the private rooms was purposefully created to ensure a comfortable home-like experience, where you could relax with your new baby in a quiet low stress environment.
We want you to have as much contact with your baby as possible, which is why we practice “rooming-in”, when mother and baby stay together in the same room. Rooming-in has many physical and emotional benefits for mother and baby. You will grow more comfortable with your baby’s needs by the time you go home together and will be more confident in your ability to care for your baby.
Maine Medical Center offers in-room private consultations with lactation specialists to all interested patients. We also offer various services before and after your stay. Learn more here.
Newborn Observation Procedure Area (NOPA)
Some babies need special monitoring or procedures that require him or her to stay in the newborn nursery under the continuous care of a nurse. Our newborn observation area staffed by a newborn care nurse is where tests and procedures such as circumcision, newborn hearing screening, and metabolic screening take place. It can also be used while mothers are sleeping, showering, or at any other time you need someone to watch your baby. You and the person you choose to wear the newborn identification ID band are allowed in the newborn nursery at anytime. Other visitors must be accompanied by you or your partner.
We practice “couplet care” in the Family Birth Center unless your baby needs the care of a specialized nurse such as in the NOPA, NICU, or CCN. This means that the same nurse that is assigned to care for you, also cares for your baby. This is important because it allows the nurse to strengthen the bond between mother and infant. Studies have shown that couplet care also increases maternal satisfaction with care as well as staff satisfaction.
Skin to Skin
Maine Medical Center has been at the forefront in the United States of implementing changes in newborn standard of care by promoting and practicing skin-to-skin (Kangaroo) care immediately after your baby is born and as often as possible throughout the post-partum period.
Skin-to-skin contact (typically the infant lying prone on the mother or father’s chest) is encouraged by the World Health Organization, American Association of Pediatrics, and Centers for Disease Control as it has many benefits including improved cardio-respiratory stability, breastfeeding rates, glucose stabilization, temperature regulation and parent-infant bonding.
In Maine Medical Center’s Maternal and Infant inpatient services, skin-to-skin contact is promoted and utilized in infants from the delivery room to the newborn nursery, as well as for infants intubated in the neonatal intensive care unit. View more information in the skin to skin handout.
Other services available during your stay:
- Nutrition Support
- Manipulative Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy (OMT)
- Pastoral Care
- Physical Therapy
- Social Work
We contract with Bella Baby to capture baby's first photograph with a natural, artistic style. They will visit you during your stay and you can have them take photos of baby.All photos in the online nursery are password protected. You can log in to view the pictures or share your login with friends and family. Log in to Bella Baby Photography online nursery