Maine Hospitals & Providers Providing VBACs (as of 11/08)
|Hospital & Location||Indicates Provider who manages the VBAC|
|Acadia/Bangor||CNM - No||MD - Yes*|
|Aroostook Medical Center/Presque Isle||CNM - No||MD - Yes*|
|Blue Hill Memorial/Blue Hill||CNM - Yes||MD - Yes|
|Central Maine Medical Center/Lewiston||CNM - No||MD - Yes*|
|Eastern Maine Medical Center/Bangor||CNM - No||MD - Yes*|
|Franklin Memorial/Farmington||CNM - Yes||MD - Yes|
|Maine Coast Memorial/Ellsworth||CNM - Yes||MD - Yes|
|Maine General/Waterville||CNM - Yes||MD - Yes|
|Maine Medical Center/Portland||CNM - Yes||MD - Yes|
|Mercy Hospital/Portland||CNM - No||MD - Yes*|
|Mount Desert Island/Bar Harbor||CNM - Yes||MD - Yes|
* In these hospitals a small number of VBACs are done by MDs and not by CNMs. Different hospitals handle VBACs differently. In some of these hospitals the MD manages the birth for reimbursement or other reasons. When women refuse to have a C/section, some hospitals may consider this 'high risk' and then they are managed by a physician.
~ 'Yes' on the chart next to CNM means that the nurse midwife manages the VBAC labor & birth.
For more information click here to download a PDF provided by the American College of Nurse Midwives which provides basic information regarding Cesarean sections. It also charts examples of reasons to have/not have a C-section.
Should you have a repeat cesarean or try for a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).? The Childbirth connection web site explores the issue from both sides to help you make that decision. Click here for more info.