obstetrics, obgyn, ellsworth, bar harbor, down east

Down East Community Hospital
11 Hospital Drive, Machias, ME 04654
Phone: 207.255.3356


Obstetrics

Provider of obstetric, OBGYN, and gynecology services to the Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Down East regions of Maine.

0-93A.jpgBefore Baby Is Due
You may wish to arrange a tour of the Obstetrical Department. Our staff is delighted to provide expectant families with a personal tour of our department. This can be arranged at your prenatal visit with your obstetrician or by calling the unit at 255-0242.

Childbirth classes are offered monthly through Family First.This free class provides expectant parents with a tour of the Hospital’s Obstetrics Department, information on what to expect during labor and delivery and tips for taking care of that new bundle of joy. In the afternoon, a special “Boot Camp for Dads” is presented by a seasoned father who helps expectant dads understand what to anticipate. For more information or to register, call Jane Brissette at 255-0438.


Labor and Delivery
Helping new babies into the world is one of the most enjoyable events at our hospital. The spacious, private birthing suites in our Obstetrical Department provide a home-like atmosphere where expectant moms can share the birthing experience with their loved ones. Mothers labor, deliver, recover and receive postpartum care from specially trained obstetrics nurses in the same comfortable, home-like room. You may see us smile when “the Brahms Lullaby” is played each time we welcome a new life to Washington County. It is a constant reminder that each new life is unique and special!

Cesarean Births
You will be carefully monitored and coached during your labor by our professional nursing and medical staff. All our staff is certified in emergency care of the newborn and mother. While most births occur without complications, for those rare moments, cesarean births take place in our operating suite. Dad, or a designated support person can accompany you into the surgery to be present for the birth.

After Baby Arrives
Afterwards, parents and their newborns take as much time as they like to get to know one another. The private birthing rooms are designed so friends and family can enjoy the new baby in the privacy of one room and mom can relax and rest comfortably. And, if they wish, mothers and babies can even choose to share a room throughout their hospital stay.

If mom needs rest, there is a secure nursery for the baby and a family waiting room available for the comfort of visitors.

There is a special celebratory meal offered for the parents during your stay at Down East Community Hospital. Our nurses will take baby’s first formal picture in our nursery. And at your request, we will post baby picture and birth announcement on the web nursery page.

Nursing your baby can be a rewarding experience. Our nurses and certified lactation counselors will support and guide you through this experience with your newborn.

Before You Go Home
Our nurses will provide you instructions on….
  • Nutrition and care of your newborn and yourself
  • Bathing of your newborn
  • Immunizations
  • What to expect after delivery

A nurse will call you after you return home. We encourage parents to call the obstetric unit with any concerns and the nurses will direct your concern to the appropriate provider.

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Down East Community Hospital located in Machias, Maine provides obstetrics, obgyn, and gynecologist services to the Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Down East regions of Maine.