“Aprons & Bibs” is a new cookbook produced by the Birth Center and Women’s Health at Pen Bay Medical Center. The book’s 350 recipes were contributed by maternity and women’s health employees and other colleagues at Pen Bay.

Annette Smith, RNC, a maternity nurse, worked tirelessly to bring this cookbook into the world.

The recipes range from appetizers, soups and salads, to main dishes (including many vegetarian offerings), breads and desserts. Proceeds from the book sales will go to the education fund for the Birth Center and Women’s Health. This will assist the nursing staff, including the lactation consultants and childbirth educators, to acquire educational materials covering neonatal resuscitation, stabilization of high-risk newborns and mothers, electronic fetal monitoring, car seat safety, breastfeeding support and childbirth education. It will also help the staff to attend more conferences and programs to help them maintain continuing education requirements and certifications.

Longtime community residents may recall that “Aprons & Bibs” is, in fact, the second cookbook to be compiled by Pen Bay Medical Center maternity nurses. Twenty years ago the maternity unit produced “Ambrosia.”

“Aprons & Bibs” costs $15. For more information and to order by phone, please call 596-8343. Checks should be made out to Pen Bay Medical Center. The cookbooks can also be purchased at the Gift Shop at Pen Bay as well as from the following retailers: in Camden, the Village Shop and the Owl & Turtle; in Rockland, Maine Gold and the Reading Corner; in Rockport, Fresh Off The Farm and All Creatures Veterinary Hospital; in Thomaston, the Personal Book Shop and Elizabeth’s Cuts & Styles; and in Warren, Scuttlebutt Antiques. Any other businesses interested in selling the books may contact Annette Smith at 596-8343.