SMHC Birthing Suite
We have created this site to help guide you through the process from pregnancy to labor and delivery and into parenthood. Having a baby can feel overwhelming. We want you to feel confident and prepared so that your birth experience will be a truly special one. A full array of pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care community education classes are available throughout the year to prepare you for your experience.
The Birthing Suite family centered approach to care recognizes that each family is unique, and we support the vital role your family members play in ensuring your health and the health of your baby.
No matter what birthing path you choose, the experienced physicians and nursing staff are here to provide you with compassionate, warm, and individualized care. The Birthing Suite provides an array of services and amenities designed to meet your health care needs and support your wishes for a safe and joyful birth.
Private rooms are designed with a cottage flare and create an experience that provides for privacy and bonding with your new baby. If the father of your newborn or your significant other wishes to spend the night, we provide a sofa bed in each room for comfortable sleeping arrangements. Understanding that this is a special time to be together as a family, we are pleased to provide room service meals for both you and your partner.
Your comfort is important to us throughout your stay. 24-hour pain management services are delivered by trained anesthesiologists. At SMHC, the staff of physicians and nurses will work to provide you with a safe and secure experience whether you want a pain free or medication free birth process. The nurses on the Birthing Suite believe that all women should have support throughout their labor and birth and are committed to providing this meaningful benefit to both mother and baby. You will be offered a variety of amenities to help you through your labor process comfortably.
We provide a safe and secure environment for your newborn through the use of our advanced “Hugs” infant protection system. After your baby is born, we encourage “rooming-in” with your baby to promote bonding and improve breastfeeding success. Should complications arise, you can be assured that your newborn will be provided with the most up to date care using advanced technology delivered by experienced neonatal nurses and physicians. If a higher level of care is needed, we work with our MaineHealth partner, MMC Neonatal Transport Team to ensure safe transport to their Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all newborns be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life. We have certified lactation consultants (IBCLC’s) available seven days a week to support your goals. The IBCLC is a specialist in breastfeeding with the skills necessary to help families from birth through weaning. If you would like to know more about the benefits of breastfeeding you can call our “Breastfeeding helpline” at (207) 283-7335.
Here at the Birthing Suite, we care about your experience. Our goal is to exceed your expectations. If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to tell us about someone who made your experience special, please call and speak to our manager. We’ve set up a 24-hour helpline answered by nurses to assist you before and after your baby’s birth. The hotline number is: (207) 283-7350 - The staff of the Birthing Suite
Doula service referral available
The word Doula (pronounced Doo-lah) is taken from the Greek word referring to an experienced woman helping another woman in the childbirth process. It is the goal of the doula to support the parents in achieving their goals of a safe, positive birth experience. Parents can be connected with a certified doula in the community who will contact them to arrange this service.
Women’s perceptions of labor pain vary, so do their choices about pain management and comfort measures. Warm baths in one of our two relaxing whirlpools, showers, massage, position changes, relaxation techniques and the use of the birthing ball all are offered as options to allow you to cope with labor pain and experience the positive sensations of birth.
Postpartum Health Promotion Visit offered to all new parents within 3 days of discharge through the Birthing Suite. An SMHC obstetrical nurse will have you return with your newborn to the Birthing Suite to do a routine exam, weight check, provide you with health education, and answer any questions you have at that time.
For more information regarding the SMHC Birthing Suite, educational classes, tours, or support, please call us at (207) 283-7350 or toll free at 1-866-SMMC-4-ME.