A Mapleton family had a very special reason to celebrate the 2013 holiday season with the birth of a new baby girl that represented the 200th delivery at Cary Medical Center for 2013. With Lydia’s birth, it was the second year in a row Cary has achieved this milestone, as the hospital had not had 200 births in one year, prior to 2012, for the past 17 years.
Lydia Anne Braley was born at 8:22 a.m., on Monday, December 23rd, to Isaac and Kristina Braley, and big sister, Emily, of Mapleton. Lydia weighed 8 lbs. 1.2 ounces and was 22 inches long. Dr. Brian Wall, Senior Obstetrician and Gynecologist with Pines Health Services and Pines Certified Nurse Midwife, Kim Martin, performed the delivery.
“Cary has a tradition of delivering babies that goes back almost 90 years”, commented Kris Doody, RN, Cary CEO. “We are a family centered organization and childbirth is a very special part of who we are as a hospital. We truly have an exceptional and collaborative partnership with Pines and a high quality nursing service for maternal and child care. We are thrilled and honored by families throughout our service area who choose Cary as the birthplace for this life changing experience.”
The Braley family received some special gifts from the hospital after going home that were presented by Jennifer Plante, RN, Primary Charge Nurse for the Maternal/Child Unit at Cary.
“We received wonderful care and everyone was so great, ” commented Kristina. “And they treated me just like a patient too, with meals, a cot in Kristina’s room for me to stay; they were so accommodating for my family. It was awesome care,” Isaac concurred.
“We are very proud of our nursing staff here on the Maternal Child Unit”, said Plante. “Our patient satisfaction surveys give us a 5-Star rating and this demands our best efforts.” Plante also noted that the growth in the variety of delivery options at Cary has also attracted pregnant couples.
“We have really seen some great advancement in the entire birthing process at Cary over the years”, she said. “From two home-like birthing rooms with birthing beds to the option of a water birth, our obstetrical team has really sought to respond to the desires of their patients. We also provide both Epidural and Intrathecal Anesthesia, and we have a rooming in program for new dads and siblings. We strive to make the entire birthing experience focused on the patient, the family and the newborn.”
Cary also offers free childbirth education classes and provides child car-seat training for new parents and grandparents.
About Cary Medical Center:
Cary Medical Center is a 65-Bed general acute care hospital which was opened in 1924 thanks to a bequest by Dr. Jefferson B. Cary one of Northern Maine’s first physicians. The hospital provides comprehensive in-patient and outpatient care and is the home of the first Veterans Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic in the nation. The Maine Veterans Home and Residential Care Center are also located on the Cary Campus.
About Pines Health Services:
Pines Health Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center based in Caribou, Maine with satellite locations in Van Buren, Limestone, Washburn, Fort Fairfield and Presque Isle. Pines offers primary care as well as specialty Physician services including surgical specialties. Pines also provides out-patient case management and a prescription assistance program.