First baby is welcomed into Cary’s renovated delivery room


Jenna and Matthew Lombard from Easton welcomed their daughter Ryleigh Jean on April 6. Jenna was the first mom to give birth in the newly renovated delivery rooms at Cary Medical Center, part of a larger renovation project in the obstetrics wing.

CARIBOU and EASTON, Maine — Jenna and Matthew Lombard from Easton welcomed their daughter Ryleigh Jean on April 6.

Jenna was the first mother to deliver in the recently renovated delivery rooms at Cary Medical Center, as part of a larger obstetrics wing renovation project.

Jenna and Matthew chose the hospital to deliver their second child based on recommendations from family and friends and their own experience with the birth of their son.

“The new delivery room provided a quiet atmosphere,” Jenna said. “It was comfortable in there and didn’t feel like I was in a hospital room.”

Matthew added: “It was spacious, even when there were a lot of people in the delivery room, it didn’t feel stuffy.”

So far, two new labor and delivery rooms have been completed. The new delivery rooms are more spacious, have ADA-compliant bathrooms with larger showers, and electronic overhead lighting. One of the new delivery rooms has an optional birthing pool for eligible mothers while in labor.

Jennifer Plante, senior obstetrics charge nurse, stands next to the available birthing pool in one of Cary Medical Center’s newly renovated delivery rooms.
(Courtesy of Cary Medical Center)

“Hydrotherapy, the use of water to soothe pain, is beneficial for mothers in labor,” said Jennifer Plante, senior nurse in charge of obstetrics.

“It often helps to reduce the desire for analgesics by reducing maternal perception of pain, encouraging the mother to control her own labor and providing an excellent non-pharmacological option for discomfort. Being able to move freely during labor can also help the birthing process happen faster than if a patient stays in bed during labor,” Plante said.

Other completed areas include a new examination room with attached bathroom, a duty room for providers, a lactation room, a nursery and a nurse’s station. The nurse’s station and nursery are attached for better workflow and more safety for infants, although Plante said most mothers choose to house. Hospital administrators expect the full renovation project to be completed by the end of June.

“The pride we have in our department has not changed with the renovation. We provide the same compassionate care and personalized birthing experience that we have always offered,” Plante said. “We treat every patient like family, especially during COVID when they could only have one support person with them, we stepped in to become their new friends and family.

“Each member of staff is handpicked to be the best at caring for patients, and everyone goes above and beyond to provide a positive experience. Renovation just means that our facilities match that quality of care,” Plante said.

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Dora W. Clawson