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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.

Delivery

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.

At its core, the word midwife means "with woman." The midwife respects the uniqueness of each woman, her belief system, her family structure, and her individual desires for the birth experience. 

Midwives believe that:

  • every woman deserves complete and accurate information to assist in making healthcare decisions
  • labor and birth is a natural and dynamic process
  • all women benefit from labor support and encouragement

Women and their families deserve a trust-filled atmosphere in which to birth their babies to their fullest potential. We hope that you find that atmosphere within Catholic Health.

To learn more about midwives, visit the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

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

  • 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)

News


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.

Even after I was discharged, they sent me home with a nurse who was caring and made sure I was feeling okay and that my daughter was okay.

I could go on and on about how great my stay was there and how helpful and friendly the nurses were, but I'd end up sitting here for hours writing! Just amazing.

I will be coming to Mercy Hospital for any of my hospital needs, and I live an hour away. There's a hospital  down the street from me, but they couldn't top mercy if they tried. I'd drive 5 hours to go to Mercy, it's that good!

Thank you so much for your hospitality, caring, help, and everything else. The people here really do care about the paitents!

Thank you again so much. It couldn't have been any better!

– Jessica Fulmer

Nurses

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.

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. 

Like most first-time moms, I had a vision of what I thought my labor would be like. After receiving cervadil on Sunday night, I had hopes that my body would naturally go into labor on its own and I could avoid being induced further with petocin. Early Monday morning, after the change of shifts, I met Kathy who was my new nurse and who would likely help deliver my baby. After meeting her, I explained my wishes of avoiding petocin and mentioned how I would have loved one of the birthing rooms with a jacuzzi so I could labor in there. Within minutes, Kathy came back, grabbed our bags, and helped us move into a room with a jacuzzi. I was absolutely thrilled! 

Luke SuminskiAlthough my water broke, I was only a fingertip dilated after several hours, and my doctor insisted I start petocin. Although I was crushed and disappointed to not be able to use the jacuzzi and walk around during labor, Kathy did everything she could to make me feel comfortable. 

Once the petocin kicked in, so did my back labor. It wasn't until my son was born that we realized he was posterior and weighed 9.4 pounds, which likely contributed to the painful back labor. Kathy was never far away, consistently massaging my back, putting warm towels on my back or simply talking me through the contractions. Her presence and demeanor alone provided my husband and I peace and made us feel more comfortable.  As time went on, and the back labor became more painful, I asked for an epidural. Once again, Kathy was right there, literally holding my hands as the doctor inserted the needle. Unfortunately, Kathy's shift ended before my son was born but her time with me so was incredibly appreciated and valued. She truly made my first labor, one that came with many unexpected twists and turns, as comfortable as she possibly could and for that I am extremely grateful and appreciative. <

After my son was born, we were taken to a the room that we would stay in until we were discharged on Thursday. Once again, we saw many nurses, who were all kind and helpful, but one especially stood out:  Margaret "Peggy" Comerford. She was one of the kindest nurses my husband and I have ever met, and her demeanor was so calming and peaceful. Our first few days as new parents were filled with worry and anxiety in caring for our son, and Peg took so much of that away, constantly caring for us and him, telling us we were doing a great job, and attending to our every need. She was always asking if there was anything she could do for us, whether it was bringing my medicine, providing a drink, changing the bedsheets, etc. There were even moments when Peg would just stop in to talk with us and our family to be sure we were doing ok and answer any questions we may have had, of which we had many. As we packed our bags to depart for home, we joked with Peg that we honestly wished she could come home with us; that's how kind and sweet she was.

While the vision I had imagined for my labor was anything but, I still clung to my other hope to be able to breastfeed. After ultimately having a c-section and not being able to see my son right away, I had many fears that breastfeeding would not be successful. Because Luke was born at 11:33 on Monday night, there weren't any lactation nurses available to help me get started, so I just did the best I could until someone was available. The first few days were filled with doubt and worry, worry that it wasn't working, that he wasn't getting enough, etc. 

Eventually, we met Tammy, a lactation consultant, and she, like Kathy and Peg, truly put our minds at ease and gave me the confidence (as well as some incredibly helpful information and tips) to know that we were going to have success in breastfeeding and that this was going to work. Tammy was so helpful in our short time together that I asked her if she could check in on my son and I the following day, and without hesitation, she said yes. I only later learned that she was not scheduled to see patients the next day, as she only had some internal meetings scheduled. However, she made time to come see Luke and I and once again provided invaluable advice and support that unquestionably helped to lay the groundwork for successful breastfeeding. When I also asked Tammy, like Peg, if she could come home with us, she smiled and quickly wrote down her cell phone number and told me to call her any time. While I haven't had to call Tammy, I was beyond impressed and appreciative that she would go to such lengths to help me.

My quiet time has ended and I'm now finishing typing this email one handed as I hold my son in my arms. I was so impressed and appreciative of the actions of these three nurses that I simply had to write to you. I regret not knowing the last names of Kathy or Tammy but hope that they can still be identified and acknowledged for their superior efforts and willingness to go above and beyond. All in all, I had a tremendous experience at Mercy and thank you for all your efforts and for the team of doctors and nurses on staff.

– Rachel Suminski

NICU

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

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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