Newsweek recently ranked York Hospital as one of the “Best Maternity Hospitals” in the U.S. and among the top five in Maine. In partnership with the Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety, the 2021 listings were compiled from analysis of data provided by over 2,200 hospitals nationwide in 2020. York Hospital achieved this high standard for excellence in maternity care by maintaining low rates of Cesarean sections, early elective deliveries and episiotomies, along with targeted screenings throughout maternity care processes.

“I’m both pleased and proud of everyone on our birthing care team for passionately providing progressive and collaborative care for our patients, always keeping safety measures at the forefront, while working toward the best birthing experience possible for our mothers and their partners,” stated Director of Family Care & Education, Melody Narramore, MSN, RN, NPD-BC.

York Hospital’s Miracles Family Birthing Center provides a full array of obstetric services:  antepartum testing (a variety of tests performed late in pregnancy to verify fetal well-being), labor and delivery, postpartum and newborn care, as well as inpatient pediatric services. Physicians, experienced nurse midwives and specialized obstetric and pediatric nurses use state-of-the-art technology such as fetal monitoring surveillance, electronic documentation and medication administration. The Birthing Center provides a safe environment using the HUGS security system. Additionally, York Hospital’s newborn telemedicine partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital offers patients comprehensive and immediate access to world-renowned experts in neonatal medicine. The center is designated a Baby-Friendly© site, where lactation specialists are always available to assist breastfeeding mothers. The Centering Program has now become an integral service offered by the birthing staff. This innovative, evidence-based model of group care combines health assessment, interactive learning and community to deliver optimal health care to our expectant mothers and has maintained its member participation throughout the pandemic with the use of Zoom meetings.

Details about York Hospital’s Miracles Family Birthing Center can be found here. For more information about the 2021 Best Maternity Hospital listings, please visit If you have additional questions, please contact Community Relations at 207-351-2385 or [email protected].