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SMHC Birthing Suite

York County’s only Level II neonatal intensive care
SMHC is the only hospital in York County that provides care to newborns at this advanced level of care. As parents, this means that if your baby is born premature or sick and requires specialized care and monitoring after birth, he or she can be cared for here by one of our pediatricians and our specialty trained nurses just steps from your room. You can rest assured knowing that your baby is in the best hands around and that we are committed to providing a nurturing, nonstressful environment for your baby to heal and grow.

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.

24-hour pain management services
Your baby may arrive at any time of the day or night, so our pain management staff are available around the clock to meet your needs. Obstetrical pain management including intrathecals and epidurals are delivered by trained anesthesiologists who are available 24 hours a day. 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.

24-hour helpline
We've set up a 24-hour helpline answered by nurses to help you before and after your baby's birth. The hotline number is: (207) 283-7350.

Lactation consultants                             
Breastfeeding is identified as the ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants by the American Academy of Pediatrics. A certified lactation consultant is a specialist in breastfeeding with the skills necessary to help families from birth through weaning. Nursing Mothers Support Services at SMHC can help you with your breastfeeding challenges, questions and concerns. Call us at our "breastfeeding warmline," (207) 283-7335.

Online nursery photos                                                                                         
Meet our newest arrivals! Join us in welcoming the latest SMHC babies by clicking on the baby’s name or the thumbnail photo. There’s even a special page for each child that can be printed out by all your friends and relatives.

Comfort measures/Whirlpools
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.

Follow-up visits
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.

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