Blue Hill Women’s Health Care takes pride in the tradition of highly personalized care that we have offered to pregnant women of the Blue Hill Pennisula and beyond. Women who are pregnant or planning to start a family can rely on Blue Hill Women’s Health Care for expert and compassionate prenatal care.
Who provides prenatal care?
There are physicians and certified nurse midwifes who provide prenatal care through Blue Hill Memorial Hospital.
Kathleen Ober, MD, provides prenatal care through Blue Hill Women’s Health Care. Dr. Ober delivers babies at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, where she also shares surgical call services Suzanne Norgang, CNM, and Aoife O’Brien, CNM work closely with Dr. Ober, providing midwifery services to women in the region. Suzanne and Aoife see patients at Island Family Medicine and Bucksport Family Medicine one day a week. Like Dr. Ober, they deliver babies in Ellsworth.
Stacey Walden, DO, provides prenatal care for women through Blue Hill Family Medicine. Like Dr. Ober, she delivers babies at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.
What are the benefits of receiving my prenatal care in Blue Hill?
Our prenatal care providers are women and many women prefer to receive prenatal and gynecologic care from other women.
Our patients will typically see the same provider for most visits. This allows expectant mothers to establish a strong bond with the women who will be delivering their baby. This continuum of care is valued both by first time mothers and women with children who are looking for a relationship with a provider who can meet both their needs during pregnancy and their gynecologic care into the future.
We offer a full menu of healthcare services that women typically require during their pregnancies, including ultrasonography and laboratory services. Local access to these services is more cost effective and convenient than traveling to distant hospitals for routine tests.
While Dr. Ober is experienced in high risk pregnancies, she and Dr. Walden are also able to make referrals as needed to specialists throughout Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and beyond.
Our prenatal care providers have extensive experience in caring for women at every phase of life. Our patients can develop a long-term relationship with a female provider before, during, and long after their pregnancies. Research suggests that such continuity of care leads to improved health outcomes.
Our providers can work closely with patients to help them meet the healthcare needs of their entire family through the many services offered at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and its Peninsula Primary Care practices.
Where will I deliver my baby?
While Blue Hill Memorial Hospital does not offer labor and delivery services, our prenatal care providers have priviledges at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and will deliver your baby there. Suzanne Norgang delivers at MDI Hospital in Bar Harbor on a limited basis. What if I have an emergency?
Our relationship with Eastern Maine Medical Center, our region’s largest and most comprehensive hospital, means that we are especially well-prepared to transition you to specialists should you have urgent needs during any phase of your pregnancy. Our Lifeflight service can typically transport patients from Blue Hill to Bangor in less than 15minutes; Lifeflight also serves the greater peninsula area, including Stonington.
All hospitals, including Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, are prepared to deliver babies in their emergency departments although such deliveries are rare.