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Childbirth at Mercy Hospital

The staff at Mercy Hospital is dedicated to making the birth of your baby an experience that you and your loved ones will always cherish.

With an expert medical team on your side, in addition to our advanced technology, you can be confident that you and your baby will receive the best care possible in a comfortable and compassionate setting.

Maternity Care Excellence Award

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has been ranked among the top 10% of hospitals in the country for maternity care by HealthGrades (Mercy Hospital Awards). Click here for more information about this award.

Watch the video below for an overview of the amenities available at the Mercy Hospital Family BirthPlace.


At Mercy Hospital, nine birthing rooms – equipped for labor, delivery and recovery – provide for the health and comfort of our patients. Several offer a Jacuzzi whirlpool tub, giving mom a higher level of relaxation before delivery.

After delivery, moms rest comfortably in one of our private rooms featuring private showers and other amenities.

Certified Nurse Midwives

Seated: Marti Weislo, Kristine Sabatino, Sharon Nisengard, Kelly Vargo, Standing: Kim Mecca, Jennifer Field, Amy Lombardo, Linda Lillis

Seated (left to right): Marti Weislo, Kristine Sabatino, Sharon Nisengard, Kelly Vargo, Standing: Kim Mecca, Jennifer Field, Amy Lombardo, Linda Lillis; Not PIctured: Sarah Worell and Elaine Clutterbuck

Our midwives are certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. They are present nearly 24/7 to assist with the labor and birth process.

What is a Midwife?

The Certified Nurse Midwife undergoes rigorous training and education in regards to women's healthcare. They are experts in the care of women during the childbearing years, with a focus on labor, birth and the postpartum period.

The Role of the Midwife at Mercy Hospital

The midwife, along with our experienced nursing staff, is the initial and primary contact throughout your labor experience. The midwife manages your care independently or in conjunction with the plan of care set forth by your provider. In most instances, your provider will not be called to be present within the hospital setting until the birth of your child is imminent.

If you have a scheduled cesarean section, the midwife will admit you to the hospital and often times assist your physician in this surgical procedure.

Along with caring for labor and birth needs, the nurse midwife evaluates patients with pregnancy-related complications and manages patient needs.

Certified Nurse Midwives on Staff

The midwives below can be reached at (716) 828-2600.

  • Amy Lombardo, CNM 
  • Jennifer Field, CNM 
  • Linda Lillis, CNM 
  • Sharon Nisengard, CNM 
  • Kristine Sabatino, CNM 
  • Martha Weislo, CNM 

Affiliated Certified Nurse Midwives

Affiliated CNMs see patients in their office and deliver at Mercy Hospital:

  • Kim Mecca, CNM (3050 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, NY, 14224, (716) 675-5222)
  • Kelly Vargo, CNM (3050 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, NY, 14224, (716) 675-5222)


My doctor didn't arrive on time, and I was having a natural birth. The women who delivered my daughter helped me through my contractions, and they delivered my baby.

It was a good experience for me. The nurses in recovery were so helpful and kind. They gave me things to help with the pain and helped me into bed. They helped with everything! It was a great time for me and my family.

I wanted a home birth, but my husband wanted to go to the hospital, and I'm glad we did – best hospital I've ever been to.

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During labor and delivery, a nurse may care for only two or three patients in order to provide individualized attention to each mom.

Birthing Positions

Moms may deliver in a variety of positions (side-lying, traditional, and more), depending on the preference of their physician and if an epidural is used, which decreases sensation in the lower half of the body and prevents certain positions from being achieved.

We will work with our patients to meet their goals while ensuring that their delivery is as safe and as comfortable as possible.

My wife, Dawn, gave birth to our son Nicholas on April 30, 2014 at Mercy. We actually live out of town and very late in the pregnancy we decided to switch doctors and hospitals where we would deliver. I can honestly and confidentially say that this was the best decision my wife and I have made!

The facility and care that Mercy Hospital gave Dawn, myself and Nicholas was nothing short of phenomenal. From admission to discharge, we were blown away by the care, respect and knowledge that we received from each and every staff member we came in to contact with.

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Pain Relief

To reduce pain during labor, moms may choose to have an epidural, which reduces sensation in the abdominal and genital and pelvic areas.

Patients who do not have an epidural may use one of four jacuzzis to provide pain relief and promote relaxation during labor. This technique, known as hydrotherapy, relaxes the muscles and decreases the pain of contractions. To be eligible for hydrotherapy, patients must meet certain medical criteria and both mom and baby must be medically stable.

Our four jacuzzi rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the jacuzzi rooms are occupied, each of our birthing rooms has a shower, which makes hydrotherapy possible.

Birthing balls may be used in any of our birthing rooms. If you are interested in using birthing balls to assist with your labor, please notify your nurse.

Birthing Coaches

We generally allow two visitors/coaches in the birthing room to support mom. However, the number of coaches depends on the preference of the patient's physician.

Video Chatting with Military Spouses / Partners

If the father of your baby will be overseas during your delivery, you may bring a laptop equipped with a webcam so that he may share in the birthing experience. For patients without access to a computer, arrangements can be made to borrow a laptop. Please make arrangements two weeks before your due date by contacting Mary Ann Murphy at (716) 828-2895.

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Post-Partum Care

The Family BirthPlace completed a major renovation in August 2009 that converted all patient rooms to private status and created luxurious Celebration Suites and a new family waiting area. 

At Mercy Hospital, patient rooms feature exclusive amenities such as a private shower and bath. A sleeper sofa enables loved ones to visit in comfort while they offer their support and encouragement during this memorable occasion.

Celebration Suites

The Celebration suites, available at an additional charge of $100 per night, offer patients and their families all the comfort and amenities of upscale "hotel-like" accommodations to celebrate the arrival of their newborn. These rooms include:

  • Flat screen TVs
  • Private closets
  • Showers and baths
  • Dining areas complete with a refrigerator and hot beverage dispenser
  • Double sleeper sofas for loved ones

Availability of Celebration Suites

The Celebration Suites are available on a first come, first serve basis to our patients. When you arrive in Labor and Delivery, let your nurse know of your preference.

After you deliver, we will let you know if a Celebration Suite is available and your husband or a family member will be asked to pay the suite charge at the business office.

If a suite is not available, you will have the option of being added to a waiting list and transferred should one become available during your hospital stay.

Care and Recovery

Two nurses' stations are located near patient rooms, placing your healthcare team closer to you and your baby.

A registered nurse dedicated to caring for you and your baby will help your new family embark on what will be a memorable life-long journey. Because this nurse coordinates your care as well as your baby’s, she can explain infant care techniques and point out different aspects of infant behavior right from the start. More importantly, she is there to address your healthcare needs, alleviate your concerns, and offer valuable encouragement and support.

Babies are encouraged to room with their parent, although they may be returned to the nursery, where they will receive care from the same registered nurse who cares for mom.

As a new parent, sleep and some quiet time come at a premium, but instead of taking advantage of a few moments of peace, I simply had to write to you to tell you about the very positive experience we had delivering our first born at Mercy Hospital.

I arrived at Mercy on Sunday, October 13, 2013 to be induced and was discharged on Thursday, October 17. Throughout my stay, there were many great nurses who cared for my son and I, but there were three nurses in particular that went above and beyond, so much so that I felt compelled to write to you. 

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The Family BirthPlace is a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit equipped with state-of-the-art technology to provide exceptional care for your baby.

Our NICU sets us apart from other hospitals who cannot provide this level of care and who must transport actutely ill or premature babies to a different facility, separating mom and baby. At Mercy Hospital, both mother and child receive care at the same place and in a matter of minutes, resulting in the best outcomes possible.

The hospital also maintains a specialized perinatal testing unit and the latest in security technology.

In 2006, my son was born on his actual birth date but was having issues with his temperature regulating.

The nurses in Mercy Hospital's NICU were wonderful. They let me come in and sit with him and helped me to walk around with him.

When my daughter was born in 2010, the care was wonderful again. I was scared because she was born a month early, but the nurses on the floor really supported me through the process.

– Erin


Tours of the Family BirthPlace at Mercy Hospital should be arranged several weeks in advance of your due date. Please call HealthConnection at (716) 706-2112 to schedule your tour of the Family BirthPlace at Mercy Hospital.

If you are attending one of our Prepared Childbirth classes, you do not need to arrange a tour of the maternity department, as it is included as part of the program.

Becoming a Patient

To find a doctor who delivers at Mercy Hospital, click here to search our physician directory or contact our HealthConnection representatives at (716) 706-2112 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday - Friday.

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