LEWISTON — Central Maine Medical Center earned a “high performing” rating in U.S. News & World Report’s first list of Best Hospitals for Maternity.

To be recognized, hospitals needed to excel on multiple quality metrics that matter to expectant families, including complication rates, C-sections, whether births were scheduled too early in pregnancy and how successfully each hospital supported breastfeeding. Only one-third of the hospitals evaluated by U.S. News for maternity care earned a “high performing” rating.

The evaluation looked at hospital data relating to only uncomplicated pregnancies, not high-risk pregnancies. Participating hospitals responded to a survey from the U.S. News health analysis team in the spring of 2021 that reflects data from 2019. Participation was voluntary.

U.S. News anticipates updating Best Hospitals for Maternity in Summer 2022, to coincide with the release of the 2022-23 Best Hospitals for Procedures & Conditions ratings.


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