Becoming a new parent can be overwhelming, especially as you’re just getting to know your baby and dealing with a bit of sleep deprivation in the process. We want you to feel confident and successful at parenting your newborn, which is why we offer support for learning about caring for your infant.
Learn Before Birth
Infant care is covered in in our , which adds another great reason to attend the class. You can also do lots of reading in books and online, watching videos, and talking with your friends and family about what they did to provide the best care to their babies. Just make sure to check with your doctor about anything that you find that’s confusing or concerning.
Helping You Breastfeed
We have many resources available to help you as you adjust to feeding your baby. New mothers might like to take a breastfeeding class consider joining a breastfeeding support group offered through our hospital system.
State and Community Resources
Several state and federally-funded agencies offer special programs to families with newborns. The Advocates for Children website lists many free programs for parents. The Maine Families Home Visiting Program provides a home visitor who will visit with you and your family from pregnancy until your child is three years old. This program is free and is available to all. The home visitor is there to offer guidance and assistance for a range of issues. Another program provides free Visiting Nurse visits. The nurse can help you by providing healthcare, resources and information about your baby’s wellness.