Pregnancy and Birthing

Welcoming a new baby into the family is one of the most significant events of our lives. We understand this and provide you with a family centered approach to maternity care - this means each individual family's needs and preferences are respected.

Patients and families can count on sensitive, compassionate, and highly skilled care from both our nurses and providers to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs during this important time. In addition, our postpartum staff works with you and provides information on self care, infant care, and parenting skills, so that families feel confident and supported when they go home.

Our nurses and providers recognize that each birth is unique and parents have wishes and plans for the birth of their baby. We will support and guide you through your birth and with your input, help to make your experience as special and memorable as it deserves to be.


Birthing and maternity care services available at Northern Light Health

  • Prenatal care

  • Childbirth Care

  • Midwifery

  • Pain relieving medications in labor if needed

  • Postpartum care and encouragement

  • Private patient rooms for antepartum, postpartum or gynecologic patients, with sleeping accommodations for a significant other

  • Telemetry for fetal heart monitoring so mothers in early labor can be out of bed and walk around the unit

Click here to view the Pregnancy and Birthing Guide

Our Childbirth Education and Support Groups are designed to give parents the information and support they need to have a positive birth experience and a smooth adjustment to life with a new baby. Our philosophy of emphasizing family centered maternity care guides all of our programs, and we always encourage family participation.

  • Baby Massage Class

  • Twins and More Support Group

  • Boot Camp for Dads

  • Breastfeeding Support Group

  • Childbirth Class

  • Empty Arms

  • Lactation Consultant Warmline and Lactation Clinic

  • Nurturing Prenatal Connections

  • Safe Babies

  • Sibling Class

  • Tree of HOPE Postpartum Support Group

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There are many benefits of breastfeeding for both babies and mothers. Through education, assistance, and support, our Lactation Consultants can help you be successful in providing your baby with the best nutrition.

  • Lactation Consultants available by appointment for one to one consultations

  • Breastfeeding support group

  • Breastfeeding classes taught by the Lactation Consultants

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Most pregnancies follow a very predictable course, but some require more attention to give moms and babies the best chance for a safe and happy delivery. It is important for Northern Light Women's Health to provide services for those women whose pregnancies may be considered high-risk due to pregnancy related problems or special health conditions. For these mothers, prenatal care may include frequent visits with our special Maternal Fetal Medicine team.

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If your baby needs extra care, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center offers highly specialized care and advanced technology with personalized attention and a compassionate touch. 

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