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We have a variety of resources related to pregnancy, birth, and parenting available to us in Central Maine. Sometimes, though, it can be overwhelming to try to locate them: Are there any good consignment stores for children's clothing and supplies? How can I find a homebirth midwife? Who provides breastfeeding support? How can I get involved in a playgroup in my area, once my baby is born?

Hopefully these lists will help you locate just the organization, item, or person that you're looking for! Do be aware, however, that this is just a list. It is NOT a recommendation or an endorsement - I am including people and places on this list whom I haven't contacted or used personally. Always ask lots of questions and get the information you need to make an informed decision!

I plan to be adding resources to this list regularly. If you know of a resource related to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, or parenting in the Central Maine area, send me an email. Thanks!

BIRTH PLACES OB/GYN SERVICES MIDWIFERY SERVICES
BIRTH & POST-PARTUM DOULAS FAMILY PRACTICE PRENATAL FITNESS
BREASTFEEDING PARENTING GROUPS SUPPORT GROUPS
PARENTING RESOURCES BIRTH & BABY SUPPLIES FUN THINGS TO DO
PAMPERING HEALTH FOOD STORES SHOPPING FOR BABY
ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS CPR CLASSES LIBRARY STORY TIMES
HOLISTIC HEALTHCARE CHIROPRACTIC CARE  



BIRTH PLACES

Inland Hospital
Birthing Center
Waterville
861-3100

Maine General Medical Center
Maternity Services
Augusta Campus: (888) 468-1347
Waterville Campus (Thayer): (800) 451-1638

Rumford Hospital
Special Delivery Family Birthing Center
Rumford
369-1000

Miles Memorial Hospital
The Women's Center
Damariscotta
563-1234

Central Maine Medical Center
Special Delivery Family Birthing Center
Lewiston
795-2530

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center
Family Birthing Center
Lewiston
777-8280

Mid Coast Hospital
The Baby Place
Brunswick
373-6525

The Birth House
[freestanding birth center]
Bridgton
647-5919

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OB/GYN SERVICES

Kennebec Valley OB/GYN
Doctors and a midwife - Rights at Maine General, Augusta Campus
Augusta
623-1322

Silvermount Women's Health Care
Doctors only - Rights at Inland Hospital
Waterville
872-5529

Waterville OB/GYN
Doctors only - Rights at Maine General, Waterville Campus
Waterville
873-5665

Waterville Women's Care
Doctors and Midwives - Rights at Maine General, Waterville Campus
Waterville
877-7477

Central Maine Medical Center OB/GYN
Doctors and Midwives - Rights at CMMC
Lewiston
795-5770

Women's Health Associates
Doctors and Midwives - Rights at St. Mary's Hospital
Lewiston
777-4300

The Women's Center
Doctors and Midwives - Rights at Miles Memorial Hospital
Damariscotta
563-4700

Mid Coast Medical Group
Doctors and Midwives - Rights at Mid Coast Hospital
[This group appears to include several offices at different locations with different phone numbers.]
Brunswick
729-4996


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MIDWIFERY SERVICES

Most of the OB practices listed above also include midwives.

Maine General Midwifery Services
Cathy Heffernan, CNM at Winthrop Family Practice
Victoria Evans, CNM at Winthrop Family Practice
Janet Beardsley, CNM at Winthrop Family Practice
Jennifer Drawbridge, CNM, MSN at Winthrop Family Practice
Julie Keen CNM, MPH, at Kennebec Valley OB/GYN
Erma Evans, CNM at Waterville Women's Care
Shannon Axelson, CNM, MSN at Waterville Women's Care
Winthrop, Augusta, and Waterville
377-2111

Heather Stamler, CPM
Vassalboro
873-5225

First Light Community Midwifery
Christine Yentes, CPM
Julie Havener, CPM
Monroe
525-7740

Morning Star Midwifery
Donna Broderick, CPM : 322-6464
Ellie Daniels, CPM : 338-0708
Belfast

Midcoast Midwifery
Jenna Schmitz, CPM
Becky Pelchat, CPM
Central Location: Damariscotta
Serving the Midcoast area, Lewiston/Auburn, and the Augusta area
info@midcoastmidwifery.com
207-370-0071

Red Tent Midwifery
Susi Delaney, MA, CPM
Gray
329-4399

The Pregnancy Support Center
Jan Willson
Lewiston
777-3776

Northern Sun Family Health Care
Sarah Ackerly, ND, CPM

Topsham
798-3993

Birch Moon Midwifery
Holly Arrends, CPM
Bath
522-6043

Casco Bay Midwifery
Schyla St. Laurent, CPM
Falmouth
797-7463


Open Circle Midwifery Services
Robin Doolittle, CPM
Deirdre Sulka/Meister, CPM
Greater Portland
838-2157

Sacopee Valley Birth Services
Brenda Surabian, CPM and Lindsay Johnston, CPM
Parsonsfield, ME
329-2111

To search for more midwives in Maine, go to the Midwives of Maine website or the Find a Midwife section of the American College of Nurse-Midwives website.

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FAMILY PRACTICES

Here are some local family practices that include doctors and/or nurse midwives who attend births.

Maine Dartmouth Family Practice
Doctors - Rights at Maine General (Augusta & Waterville)
Fairfield
861-5000

Four Seasons Family Practice
Doctors - Rights at Maine General (Augusta & Waterville)
Fairfield
861-5100

Waterville Family Practice
Doctors - Rights at Maine General, Waterville Campus
Waterville
873-1181

Rosalind Waldron, MD
Rights at Maine General, Waterville Campus and Inland Hospital
Winslow
872-5139

Family Medicine Institute
Doctors - Rights at Maine General (Augusta & Waterville)
Augusta
626-1561

Swift River Health Care
Doctors and Midwife - Rights at Rumford Hospital
Rumford
369-0146

Sheepscot Valley Health Center
Doctors - Rights at Maine General, Augusta Campus
Coopers Mills
549-7581

Gardiner Family Practice
Doctors - Rights at Maine General, Augusta Campus
Gardiner
582-6608

Winthrop Family Practice
Doctors and Midwife - Rights at Maine General, Augusta Campus
Winthrop
377-2111


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BIRTH & POST-PARTUM DOULAS

13th Moon Birth Services
Jenn Currier
Central Maine
485-4303

Your Birth Connection
Evelyn Conrad
Brewer

945-9804

Pamela Thomas, CLD (DONA)
Belfast/Rockland/Waterville
Serving Waldo, Knox, and Kennebec Counties
eternity@fairpoint.net
342-4265

Mothers Moon
Dawnella Sutton
Freedom
382-3126


Deanna Sawtelle
DONA-trained birth doula
offering free doula services to gain experience
Albion: serving the Waterville, Augusta, Belfast, and Bangor areas
314-7315

Sunshine Jelly
Falmouth

Quinn Blaiklock
Serving the Bath, Brunswick, Wiscasset, Topsham areas
Arrowsic
522-2090

To search for more doulas, or to see an expanded list of their services, go to the Doula Network or the Maine Association for Independent Doulas website's referral page. Or attend a Doula Tea at Birth Roots in Portland and to learn about the many prenatal, birth, and post-partum resources they offer.

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HOLISTIC HEALTHCARE

Brett VanCott, L.Ac.
Licensed acupuncturist offering treatments for pregnancy and fertility
Hallowell

621-0985

Mother Bloom Botanicals
Anna Fernandez, Master Herbalist & Midwife
herbal consultations, fertility counseling & many herbal products
Blue Hill
326-4373

Mothers Moon Naturals - Reiki for Women
Dawnella Sutton
Specializing in Reiki for the childbearing year, birth, and infants
Freedom
382-3126

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CHIROPRACTIC CARE

Dr. Kimberly Bailey
Chiropractic Family Health Center
Webster Technique Certified
Winslow
873-5161

Dr. Ed Shepherd
Shepherd Chiropractic Wellness Center
Webster Technique Certified
Winthrop, ME
377-9344

Dr. Jennifer Johnson
Gardiner Family Chiropractic
Webster Technique Certified
Gardiner
582-2222

Dr. Tyson Shardlow
Atlas Family Health
Webster Technique Certified
Lisbon Falls
353-6310

Dr. Kelly Larson-Brunner
New England Chiropractic
Pediatric Certificate of Proficiency
Westbrook
939-0378

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PAMPERING YOURSELF!

Angela Chapman
pregnancy and infant massage
Manchester
621-0069

Mothers Moon
bellycasting & blessingways....relaxation & reflexology
Dawnella Sutton
Freedom
382-3126

Sunshine Jelly
massage, belly casting...
Falmouth
797-7493

Senator Inn & Spa
spa treatments & pregnancy massage
Augusta
622-3138

A Touch of Health
pregnancy massage
Shari Falcone
Winthrop
377-8910

Kennebec Theurapeutics
homeopathy, massage...
Manchester
621-2690

The Therapy Zone
Jennifer Polley
specializes in pregnancy massage
Gardiner
582-6785

Atlantis Day Spa
spa treatments, pregnancy massage
Auburn
777-1989

Cassiel's Skin Care
pregnancy massage
Lewiston
784-2827

Health to Wellness
massage
Diane Rohman
Auburn
784-5160

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PRENATAL FITNESS

Women's Fitness & Personal Training
certified personal trainers
Auburn
786-0674

Ascona Tennis & Health club
certified personal trainers
Augusta
622-6800

KV YMCA
Prenatal Fitness Programs - open for members and non-members.
Call for class schedule.
31 Union Street, Augusta
626-3488

Family Wellness & Fitness Center
certified personal trainers, yoga...
Livermore Falls
897-7004

Women's Fitness Studio
certified personal trainers, yoga, massage therapist
Brunswick
729-5544

Jai Yoga
Jennifer Nadeau
Baby & Me Yoga Tuesdays 10-11am (Sept 9-Oct28; Nov 4-Dec 9)
Prenatal Yoga Thursdays 4-5:15pm
(Sept 9-Oct 23; Oct 30-Dec 11)
Birth Preparation Workshops

Brunswick
725-7874

Mid Coast Hospital Prenatal Exercise Program
4-week aerobic program on Tuesday evenings
373-6525

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BREASTFEEDING RESOURCES

I have indicated meeting times whenever I could, but
always call ahead to confirm their accuracy! Look at the LLLI Groups in Maine page or LLLI Find a Group page.


La Leche League - Augusta/Gardiner Group
Katherine Kollman: 582-8250

La Leche League - Bangor Group
meets 1st Weds at 10am
Aimee 827-4364
Melanie 942-2362
Cindy: 866-2177

La Leche League - Lewiston/Auburn Group
meets 2nd Wednesday
Nancy: 782-6645

La Leche League - Brunswick
meets 3rd Monday at 9:30am
Linda
221-1479 or (617) 755-0999 (cell)

Maine General Breastfeeding Support Group
** also offers breastfeeding supplies **
daytime (Wed) and evening (Tues) groups - call for schedule

Jan Sirois
Augusta
877-2229

CMMC Breastfeeding Discussion Group
meets last Fri of the month at 9:30am
Lewiston
795-5559

Inland Hospital Breastfeeding Support
meets Fridays at 1pm
Waterville
861-3100

Mid Coast Hospital Nursing Mother's Tea
Jerri Walker
** also offers breastfeeding supplies **
meets 1st Wed at 7pm and 3rd Wed at 10am

Brunswick
373-6585

EMMC New Beginnings
support for pregnant & breastfeeding women
meets second Tuesdays at 10am

Bangor
973-8673

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PARENTING GROUPS

I have indicated meeting times whenever I could, but
always call ahead to confirm their accuracy!


Mom-to-Mom of Maine
Portland

GLBT Parents Support Groups of Maine
Timothy Richardson

Birth Roots
New Parent Drop-in; lots of parenting resources
Portland
772-4784

EMMC New Beginnings
support for pregnant & breastfeeding women
meets second Tuesdays at 10am

Bangor
973-8673


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PARENTING RESOURCES

Maine Healthy Families
859-1580

Car Seat Installation

Is your carseat installed properly? Over 90% aren't! To learn how to properly install your child's seat, consider attending one of these inspections.
Waterville: Central Maine Chrylser, every first Wednesday, 10am to 2pm.
Auburn: Auburn Police Department, every second Monday, 2pm to 6pm.

Mainely Parents
Portland
842-2984
Parent Talkline: 800-249-5506

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program
Head Start and HomeStart programs
Augusta
859-1599

Augusta Family Planning
pregnancy tests; prenatal consultation; adoption referrals
43 Gabriel Drive, Augusta
626-3426

Kennebec County Crisis & Counseling
800-400-2506

Child Development Services of Southern Kennebec
screening, evaluation, early intervention services
for children birth to five

Augusta
623-4989

Central Maine Pregnancy Support Center
Augusta: 622-7422
Waterville: 872-5070

Health Reach Network
WIC Nutrition Program
Augusta
621-6202

Western Maine Community Action Program
WIC Nutriton Program
Auburn
795-4016

Cub Care (Health Insurance)
Augusta: 624-8200
Lewiston: 795-4300

Family Violence Project
Augusta Crisisline: 623-3569
Nights/Weekends: 800-498-1930

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SUPPORT GROUPS

I have indicated meeting times whenever I could, but
always call ahead to confirm their accuracy!


Fertility Center of New England Support Groups

Massachusetts and New Hampshire offices
603-501-4500

Post Partum Depression Support at MMC
every Tuesday 1-2pm
Portland
871-2827

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support at MMC

Portland
871-2827

SIDS Support at MMC
Portland
871-2827

Maine SIDS Foundation
Maine: 657-2220
Nationwide: 800-221-SIDS

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support at EMMC
Bangor
Cassie Wallace: 973-8548
Joan Anderson: 973-8660

Maine Tobacco Helpline
800-207-1230

Nicotine Anonymous - Lewiston
meets Wednesdays at 7pm
Family Health Center
292 Bates Street
Lewiston

Nicotine Anonymous - Waterville
meets Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Waterville-Thayer Hospital
Kit Alexander: 872-1192


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BIRTH & BABY SUPPLIES

Peaceful Beginnings
home birth kits & lots more
29 School Street
Limerick, ME
793-2458

Everything Birth
pick-up & deliver hot tubs in S. ME
29 School Street
Limerick, ME
793-2458

Mother's Moon Naturals
Dawnella Sutton
382-3126

Your Water Birth
3 pool kits - all under $200
509-488-1439

Earth Mama Angel Baby
products for pregnancy & beyond
503-638-0487

Aqua Doula
rent or buy birthing tubs
800-275-6144

The Nurture Center
rent or buy birthing tubs
888-998-2229

Waterbirth International
tub rentals
800-641-2229


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FUN THINGS TO DO

Maine Discovery Museum

74 Main Street, Bangor
262-7200

Kindermusik of Central Maine
Ann Forsing
Kindermusik and Signing Smart gives you Sign and Sing- using research proven methods to speed language development in hearing children, you'll see how sign language can ease frustration, and enhance long-term
learning abilities for your child. Ages 6 months-3 years.

794-2881
Bangor

Kindermusik
music and movement classes for ages 0-5
Waterville, Skowhegan
634-2180

Inside Out Playground
Waterville
877-7707

Rising Sun Dance Studio
Creative Movement classes (2-5years): This class uses costumes, props and musical instruments to help children develop rhythm and musicality. Creativity will be enhanced through pantomime, silly songs, and games.

Also offered: Ballet, Jazz, and Tap (5yo to adult)
Jennifer Van Valkenburgh
Winthrop
377-3184

Ricker Hill Orchards
apple-picking, petting zoo, tractors and more!
Turner
225-5552

Below is information for two of our favorite apple orchards. To find a farm to pick fruits or vegetables, go to pick-your-own farm. Both sites are part of the Get Real Get Maine website, which is an excellent resource of agricultural-type events andactivities.

Lakeside Orchards
wonderful early apples (Paula Red our favorite for first apple pies) and a very nice shop with other local fruits andveggies; inexpensive perenniels and pumpkins too
318 Readfield Road, Manchester
622-2479

Country fairs are another fun fall tradition. See a complete list. Our favorites are:
Windsor Fair (great animal exhibits)
Common Ground Fair (veggies, music, great kids' stuff!)

Maine State Museum
83 State House Station, Augusta
287-2301

Kennebec Music Together
Joanna DiMeo
Music Together classes are for children from newborn to Kindergarten and their parents or caregivers. The goal of the program is to teach children to sing in key and keep a steady beat. We sing, dance, play instruments, do chants, and small to large movement. Classes held in Waterville, Augusta, Gardiner and Winthrop on Mon, Tues & Sat.
582-3027


Children's Discovery Museum
171 Capitol Street, Augusta
622-2209

Longfellows Greenhouses
a great place to walk in the winter time; fun seasonal festivals "Cabin Fever Art Show" in winter and the Fall Festival with corn maze, pony rides, tractor rides, crafts, games etc.
81 Puddledock Road, Manchester
622-5965

Mr. Harley
leads children in singing & dancing fun
Central Maine area
465-9925

DEW Animal Kingdom
Rt. 41, Mt. Vernon
293-2837

The Toy Library
Lewiston
777-4753

Maine Wildlife Park
Rt. 26, Gray
657-4977

Jai Yoga
Jennifer Nadeau
Baby & Me Yoga
Brunswick
725-7874


The Children's Museum of Maine
124 Free Street, Portland
828-1234

Marine Resources Aquarium
McKown Point Road, West Boothbay Harbor
633-9542

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LIBRARY STORY TIMES

Waterville Public Library
73 Elm Street, Waterville
872-5433
Check website for programs.

Lithgow Library
45 Winthrop Street, Augusta
626-2415
Check website.

Bailey Public Library
39 Bowdoin Street, Winthrop
377-8673
Check website.

Cumston Public Library
Monmouth
933-4788
Call for programs.

Auburn Public Library
49 Spring Street
333-6640
Check website for programs.

Lewiston Public Library
200 Lisbon Street, Lewiston
784-0135
Call or check website for programs.

Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick
725-5242
Call or check website for programs.

Patten Free Library
33 Summer Street, Bath
443-5141
Call or check website for programs.

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HEALTH FOOD STORES

Harvest Time Natural Foods
144 Western Ave, Augusta
623-8700

Uncas Farms
98 Townhouse Road, Whitefield
549-5185

Red Hill Natural Foods
228 Waldo Street, Rumford
369-9141

Better Living Center
181 Front Street, Farmington
778-6018

Axis Natural Foods
250 Center Street, Auburn
782-3348

Morning Glory Natural Foods
60 Maine Street, Brunswick
729-0546

Bath Natural Foods
26 Centre Street, Bath
442-8012


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SHOPPING FOR BABY

Bearly Used Boutique
consignment
104 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville
872-5022

Diddos for Kiddos Consignment Sale
Augusta
Fall/Winter
Sale at the St. Paul Center, 136 State Street
Sat, October 3rd from 8:00am-6:00pm
Sun, October 4th from 8:00-4pm (1/2 price!)
For more details and a link to the pdf, visit my blog.

Mother's Moon Naturals
Dawnella Sutton
382-3126

Maine Cloth Diaper Company
Tuesday-Friday 9-3:30 & Saturday 9-1:30
Diapers, slings and carriers, baby shower items and more!

Gift registry services
157 Main St (lower level)
Damariscotta
563-2333
1-866-586-MCDC

KB Toys
730 Center Street, Auburn
784-8009

Play and Learn
140 Main Street, Freeport
865-6434

Oshkosh B'Gosh
200 Lower Main Street, Freeport
865-4881

Carter's Childrenswear
US Route 1, Freeport
865-3904

The Children's Place Outlet
42 Main Street, Freeport
865-1247

Kids Unlimited
consignment
352 Warren Avenue #9, Portland
878-5028

Northern Sky Toyz
388 Fore Street, Portland
828-0911

Tiny Totland
284 Western Avenue, South Portland
774-2229

Babies R Us
200 Running Hill Road, South Portland
773-4861


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ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS

Listed below are some parks that I've enjoyed with my family, as well as some links to websites with trail maps in our area. Please keep in mind that the notes I've included here are simply my observations at the time I visited the parks and may no longer be accurate as trail conditions etc. can change rapidly. Enjoy!!

Mt. Blue State Park
Weld
585-2347

MT. BLUE STATE PARK
FALL 2002


 

 


Kennebec Highlands
Rome, Vienna, Mount Vernon
For a map of these trails, call 495-6039 .
We went on a beautiful, well-marked hike here.

Pine Tree State Arboretum
153 Hospital Street, Augusta
621-0031

 

 

 

PINE TREE STATE ARBORETUM, FALL 2003 & SUMMER 2002


Kennebec River Rail Trail
Augusta, Hallowell, Gardiner
I often use the Hallowell portion of this trail, which is especially picturesque in the fall as the leaves change color. Easy to navigate with a stroller.

KENNEBEC RAIL TRAIL - HALLOWELL FALL & SPRING 2003


Vaughn Woods
Hallowell
Located at the Junction of Middle Street and Litchfield Road you'll see a small parking lot for Vaughn Woods. This is a beautiful walk that has always seemed peaceful and more "remote" than it actually is. Not suitable for strollers.

Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary
182 Highland Spring Road, Lewiston
782-5238
Nice loop trails. Not suitable for strollers.

Auburn Parks System
A great descriptive listing of parks in Auburn.

Range Pond State Park
Poland
998-4104
Pronounced "rang" for those of you like me who are "from away" and may not know... nice place for a picnic and a swim, though it can get crowded. Also nice for cross-country skiing in the winter.

RANGE POND STATE PARK, SUMMER 2002

 

 


Bradbury Mountain State Park
Pownal
688-4712
We've done the loop trail up Bradbury several times - a nice trail that provides a beautiful view at the top (can even see the ocean!) without much elevation gain.

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
Freeport
865-4465
This great little park is only five minutes from Freeport. A nice place for a picnic after/before hitting the outlets. Lots of room for little ones to run around. Also a nice place for cross-country skiing.

Androscoggin River Bicycle Path

Brunswick
Haven't used this one...

Popham Beach State Park
Phippsburg
389-1335
We love this beach! It never gets too crowded and is very family-friendly. There is a large rock "island" that you can walk to when the tide is low. Our favorite beach. Keep in mind: when the parking lot is full, it's one car out/one car in, so if it's supposed to be a nice day during peak season, you may want to get there early.

 

 

 



POPHAM BEACH STATE PARK SUMMERS 2003, 2004


Reid State Park
Georgetown
371-2303
Another awesome beach, with beautiful dunes and pine trees. Has a "lagoon" that the little kids I've seen there enjoy, a snack bar, and flush toilets (Popham has none of these). Also sometimes has mosquitos... Same one car out/one car in policy as Popham.

 

 

 

 

REID STATE PARK SUMMER 2003


Trails in the Portland area
Maps and descriptions

Healthy Maine Walks
Check out this great website to find walks near you. Lists walks (with descriptions and maps), organized by region. Lots in the Central Maine area.


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LOCAL CPR CLASSES

American Red Cross
Portland
874-1192 Ext. 294

Mid Coast Hospital/Citizens for CPR
Bath
729-0181

Tri County EMS
Lewiston
795-2880

Central Maine Medical Center
Infant/Child CPR
Lewiston
Contact: Dee Forgues 795-5559

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center
Infant CPR
Lewiston
777-8100

Kennebec Valley Community College
Fairfield
453-5119 Ext. 5119

American Red Cross
Fairfield
453-8029


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