Whether you choose to breastfeed or formula-feed your baby, our nurses are here to help. First-time mothers may need a few tips to adjust to their newborn’s needs.
If you have decided to breastfeed, we have lactation consultants available to help new moms learn effective breastfeeding positions and techniques. We also offer free breastfeeding classes and a breastfeeding support group that meets once a week to ensure that you’ve got all the help you need to be successful.
Certified Lactation Consultants
Our lactation consultants are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE) and are also registered nurses. They are available for consultation prior to your delivery, during your stay, and can also be available to help after you go home. The lactation consultants work closely with the nurses in labor, delivery, and in the NICU to ensure a positive breastfeeding experience for you and your baby.
Newborn Health Tests and Procedures
We want the best for your baby and that means ensuring that they are healthy. We follow the Maine law requirement to test newborns for health and hearing conditions, to help provide the best care for your new baby. Newborns don’t always display symptoms of issues at birth, so these screening exams help us detect problems early when they can be corrected the most easily. One of the tests we offer is the Newborn Bloodspot Screening test, which can detect serious health issues that are thankfully rare but may impede development or even be fatal. The hearing tests that we offer are important because speaking and language skills are dependent upon a child’s ability to hear well.
Hepatitis B Vaccination
This vaccination is an important health precaution that can be started right after your baby is born. Make sure to have a chat about it with your doctor before or right after birth. Typically, the vaccination requires three injections given over the course of 18 months. It’s recommended that the first injection be given soon after birth or at least within your new baby’s first two months.
Other vaccinations will need to be given in the first year of your baby’s life, so it’s important to start learning about them now while you’re pregnant. Talk to your healthcare provider about what vaccinations are recommended and when they should be given so that you know how to make the best choices for your baby.
Your Baby’s Birth Certificate
Filling out your baby’s birth certificate can be an exciting experience as it is the first legal documentation of their birth and new name! After your baby is born, we will provide you with the necessary paperwork that you can complete. For your convenience, we will then send in the paperwork for you to your city or town office, and then you can get back to enjoying your new little one.
If you need to fill out paternity papers, both parents must sign the paternity form in front of a notary public. You may get the papers notarized at your hospital’s birthing unit. We would be happy to help you with this process, if needed.
All About Birth Certificates
Your baby’s birth certificate is a valuable legal document. It is often required to obtain other documents, as a person goes through life. The birth certificate shows that a person is a natural-born citizen of the United States of America. A birth certificate provides proof of age and identity. This is important for inheritance reasons and for obtaining rights to travel to foreign countries.
Your baby’s birth certificate will include the following information:
- Full Name (first, middle, last)
- Place of Birth
- Date and Time of Birth
- Parents’ Names
A birth certificate is also needed, in most cases, for the following:
- Social Security number
- Entrance to school
- Work permits
- Driver’s license
- Marriage license
- Welfare benefits
- Entrance to the Armed Forces
Your newborn’s birth certificate also helps healthcare providers by providing vital information related to the health of your baby. This information can be used for planning maternal and child health programs and to provide quality care for your own child and family. Some of the information requested when you complete the birth certificate form is personal. This information is considered confidential and will help with statistical information and medical research.
Please try to make sure that the information in the birth certificate form is as complete and accurate as possible. We would be happy to answer questions and help you as needed.
Sometimes when the birth certificate form is being filled out, parents can have legal questions about the information needed. You might be divorced or not married, causing you to feel concern about what legal name to give your child or how to include the name of the other parent on the certificate. We would love to help you puzzle out legal issues so that you can get all the information correct.
If you discover an error on your child’s birth certificate later, contact the municipal clerk of the city or town where your child was born. The clerk will assist you in the proper procedures for making corrections.
Copies of your child’s birth certificate may be obtained from the city or town clerk at the birthplace, from the city or town clerk where the mother was residing at the time of the child’s birth, or from the state’s Office of Vital Records (1-800-606-0215). A fee is charged for copies.
This copy has been adapted from the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Health Office of Vital Records, State House Station 11, Augusta, ME 04333-0011.
Congratulations – you just had a new baby! Share the joyous news with your community by filling out a birth announcement form while you’re staying here with us. We can help you get it submitted to your local newspaper so that your family, friends, and neighbors can celebrate right along with you.