Caring for Your Baby

CMMC Birthing Center Helps New Moms with Baby Care

Whether you choose to breastfeed or formula-feed your baby, our nurses are here to help you. First-time mothers may need a few tips in adjusting to their newborn's needs.

If you have decided to breastfeed, we have two lactation consultants available to spend time with new moms, to help them with position and techniques. CMMC also offers free breastfeeding classes and has a breastfeeding support group that meets once a week.

Certified Lactation Consultants

Our lactation consultants are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultants and are also registered nurses. They are available for consultation prior to your delivery, during your stay and 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.

Tests and Procedures

Maine laws require that newborns are tested for health and hearing conditions. With newborns, these tests are critical as infants may not display obvious symptoms at birth. The Newborn Bloodspot Screening tests for rare but serious health issues that may impede development or be fatal. Hearing tests are important because speaking and language skills are dependent upon a child's ability to hear well.

Other Procedures

Hepatitis B Vaccination

Be sure to discuss your baby's hepatitis B cluster vaccinations with your doctor. Typically, the vaccination requires three injections given over the course of 18 months; you can start the series right after birth. Otherwise, it is recommended that the first injection be given as soon as possible, within the newborn's first two months. It's an important health precaution.

Other Vaccinations

Gather information about vaccinations from your healthcare provider before you give birth, so you can make the choices you consider best.

Birth Certificates

After your baby is born, you will be given a document to fill out for his or her birth certificate. The birth certificate will then be sent to your city or town office.

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 the Family Birth Center.

About Birth Certificates

A birth certificate is a valuable legal document. It is often required in order 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.

The Birth Certificate includes your child's:

  • Full Name (first, middle, last)
  • Place of Birth
  • Date of Birth
A birth certificate provides proof of age and identity. This is important for inheritance reasons and for obtaining rights to travel to foreign countries.

A birth certificate is also needed, in most cases, for the following:

  • Social Security
  • Entrance to school
  • Work permits
  • Travel
  • Driver’s license
  • Marriage license
  • Welfare benefits
  • Entrance to the Armed Forces
In addition, the Birth Certificate provides healthcare providers with vital information related to the health of your child. This is often used for planning future maternal and childcare programs as well as providing services to you.

Some of the information requested is personal. This information is considered confidential and is treated accordingly. The information is needed for statistical and medical research purposes.

It is important to both you and your child that the information in the birth certificate be as complete and accurate as possible. If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask for help.

Please review the worksheet for your child’s birth certificate carefully, to ensure that all the information is correct. It is important that the information provided is true and accurate, as there are penalties for providing false information. If an entry needs correcting, please contact your nurse immediately so changes can be made before the certificate is filed.

Legal questions sometimes arise at the time the birth certificate is being prepared. They may concern parents who are divorced or unwed, or involve the name to be given to the child, or the name of the father on the certificate. If you have a question, please ask for assistance. All legal matters need to be addressed.

If you discover an error on your child’s birth certificate at a later date, contact the municipal clerk of the city or town where the 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.)

Birth Announcement

After your baby is born, you may complete a birth announcement form to share the news of your baby's birth with your local newspaper.