New women’s health practice opens

ELLSWORTH — Anchored Women’s Health is a new women’s health practice on Main Street. Its owner, Kristen Hayward, is a doctorally prepared certified nurse-midwife. She has been dedicated to women’s health for eight years and is excited to be in private practice.

“My business name is a metaphor. I am anchoring myself to a health care model that I believe in, which is woman-centered care,” she said.

Hayward offers reproductive and preventive health care to teenagers and women of all ages. This includes visits such as family planning, annual exams and breastfeeding support.

Anchored Women’s Health offers online appointment booking, ample time during appointments, and flexible hours. Hayward encourages women to contact her directly either by phone, email, or through her website if an early morning or even weekend appointment is desired. Hayward is passionate about evidence-based care, access to care and shared decision making.

Hayward is a licensed, independent health care provider with prescriptive authority. Her practice is unique in that she has no employees. “I do everything from checking patients in, to checking patients out, and everything in between.” She has found this allows for more privacy, efficiency, and time during appointments.

Hayward has been board certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board since 2016. She was born and raised in Downeast Maine. “I feel I connect so well with the women in this area because I grew up here. The women are hardworking, down to earth, and inspire me every day.” Anchored Women’s Health is in-network with most major health insurance companies.

For more information, visit or call 573-0270.