June 21, 2018
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Cookbook to benefit Birth Center, Women’s Health

Courtesy photo | BDN
Courtesy photo | BDN
Margaret Kiley, a maternity nurse who has worked at Pen Bay Medical Center for 27 years, proudly displays a copy of “Aprons & Bibs,” a new cookbook on sale in the renovated Pen Bay Gift Shop, which moved recently to a new location down the hall in the hospital. “Aprons & Bibs” contains 350 recipes from maternity nurses and others at Pen Bay, and is on sale at many locations in the community.

ROCKPORT — “Aprons & Bibs” is a new cookbook produced by the Birth Center and Women’s Health at Pen Bay Medical Center. The book’s 350 recipes were contributed by maternity and women’s health employees and other colleagues at Pen Bay. Annette Smith, a maternity nurse, worked to bring the cookbook into the world.

The recipes range from appetizers, soups and salads to main dishes, including many vegetarian offerings, breads and desserts. Proceeds from the book sales will go to the education fund for the Birth Center and Women’s Health. This will assist the nursing staff, including the lactation consultants and childbirth educators, to acquire educational materials covering neonatal resuscitation, stabilization of high-risk newborns and mothers, electronic fetal monitoring, car seat safety, breast-feeding support and childbirth education. It will also help the staff to attend more conferences and programs to help them maintain continuing education requirements and certifications.

Longtime community residents may recall that “Aprons & Bibs” is, in fact, the second cookbook to be compiled by Pen Bay Medical Center maternity nurses. Twenty years ago, the maternity unit produced “Ambrosia,” an instant best-seller.

“Aprons & Bibs” costs $15. For more information and to order by phone, call 596-8343. Checks should be made out to Pen Bay Medical Center. The cookbooks also may be purchased at the Gift Shop at Pen Bay, as well as from the Village Shop and the Owl & Turtle in Camden; Maine Gold and the Reading Corner in Rockland; Fresh Off The Farm and All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Rockport; the Personal Book Shop and Elizabeth’s Cuts & Styles in Thomaston; Scuttlebutt’s Antiques in Warren. Other businesses interested in selling the books may contact Annette Smith at 596-8343.

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