Perinatal Health


Snuggle ME is a new resource with practice guidelines for the screening and treatment of pregnant women dependent upon alcohol or other prescribed or non-prescribed substances such as methadone, buprenorphine, and oxycontin for obstetrical and pediatric providers caring for pregnant women and their newborns in Maine. The resource was developed by the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with obstetric, pediatric, and substance abuse specialists across Maine, and Maine CDC.

Continuum of Care WorkgroupThe Maine CDC convened a multi-disciplinary workgroup to focus on high-quality obstetric and newborn care to assure that home birth families are provided full spectrum care in appropriate settings. Building on best practices, the group worked to enhance the choice, access, experience and safety of pregnant women and newborns.  The Continuum of Care Collaborative developed a communication tool for the transfer of care that has a potential impact for any transfer of care (home to hospital or community hospital to tertiary care center).

U.S. DHHS, Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA) brings state teams together to facilitate collaborative learning and adoption of proven quality improvement principles and practices to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes (Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network-CoIIN).  Maine has convened a group of stakeholders to review data surrounding infant mortality rate (IMR) and prioritize strategies to reduce the IMR utilizing 24 months of Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) cycles of change.

CoIIN Priorities for Maine: 

  • Increase the number of infants who sleep in safe sleep environments
  • Reduce the percent of pregnant women who smoke

FMI about CoIIN contact:

  • Christopher Pezzullo, DO, FAAP
    Medical Director | Division of Disease Prevention
    Maine CDC | DHHS
    Phone: 207-287-5044