Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care - St. Louis

615 S. New Ballas Road
Suite 1400
St. Louis, MO 63141
Fax: (314) 251-7797
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Welcome to the Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Mercy recognizes that many women are looking for a natural childbirth experience with midwives, so we opened the Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care, the area’s first in-hospital low-risk birthing center managed by certified nurse midwives.

Our first baby was born on opening day, Labor Day, 2014. We now have helped deliver more than 1,000 babies at the Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care.

The Birthing Center is on the first floor of the hospital, next to the yellow elevators. The four birthing suites are decorated in warm, beautiful colors, creating a calming ambience, resembling bedrooms in your home. Each suite has a queen-size bed, showers and large tubs for labor. 

The Birthing Center also includes a central living room area for family members, a kitchen, a large room for natural childbirth classes and a separate clinical area where you will visit your midwife each month of your pregnancy to prepare for your natural birth. You may want to view our Virtual Tour of the Mercy Birthing Center.

If you are looking for a natural childbirth experience, we offer childbirth classes for you and your partner to learn more about it. You’ll also be encouraged to take nutrition and fitness classes at the Birthing Center to help you prepare throughout your pregnancy. View available dates and times of all our birthing center classes. View a list of all maternity classes offered at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

A Home-Like Birth

The Birthing Center offers women a home-like birth, with high touch and low intervention. Certified nurse midwives help women deliver their babies in a more natural environment. Doulas and family members are welcome to be part of the birthing experience. We have several new offerings for moms seeking a more natural childbirth:

  • VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean section) after one previous cesarean delivery, with or without one previous vaginal delivery
  • Well Women Care - this has been requested by our moms who have previously given birth in our Birthing Center
  • Nitrous oxide to help women get over the hump of discomfort during labor - controlled by mom when she needs it. For more information, visit the story about nitrous oxide in our newsroom.
One of the birthing suites in the Mercy Birthing Center, which opened on Labor Day 2014.

One of the birthing suites in the Mercy Birthing Center, which opened on Labor Day 2014.

The Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care is run by midwives with masters and doctoral degrees - all certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). They attend your baby's birth and provide prenatal care, postpartum care and early newborn care. You will receive the same testing opportunities, such as genetic screening and ultrasound, as you would with a physician. In the event of a medical need, our nurse midwives collaborate with Mercy obstetricians. If you need to transfer to our regular Labor and Birth suites during your labor, your nurse midwife with go with you upstairs and continue your care.

Most mothers and babies go home with their families four to 12 hours after giving birth and return 48-72 hours for follow-up care. We will check on both of you after you go home. Your baby receives the same testing after birth that all newborn babies receive at Mercy.

The cost of this type of natural birth is similar to a traditional birth, and it is covered by most insurance plans. We also have self-pay options for those without health insurance.

Director Elizabeth Cook, CNM, does a newborn baby exam in the Mercy Birthing Center.

Director Elizabeth Cook, CNM, does a newborn baby exam in the Mercy Birthing Center.

Learn More

Elizabeth Cook, CNP discusses the Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care - St. Louis

Find out more about our guidelines for a low-risk birth at Mercy Birthing Center. For more information on Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care, please call 314-251-7955 or contact the program director, Elizabeth Cook, at elizabeth.cook@mercy.net.

Attend a one-hour Meet and Greet session and register for classes especially created for our Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care families.

These sessions are held every other Wednesday at 6 p.m. Please call 314-251-7955 to make a reservation. 

In the News

Our Mercy Birthing Center Director, Elizabeth Cook, was recently interviewed by Blythe Bernhard of the Post Dispatch as part of a series of podcasts about hot topics for pregnant moms. Please click on the links below to see what Elizabeth had to say:

Making Babies - Episode 4: Prenatal Care: Do we really need so many medical appointments?

Making Babies - Episode 7: Cutting the Cord: How long should baby keep their umbilical cord for maximum benefit?

Meet our Certified Nurse Midwives

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Elizabeth Cook
DNP, CNM, WHNP, CPM

Elizabeth Cook is a midwife with Midwestern roots and a passion to serve women and babies. She counts it a privilege to help women and safely support their desires for care, particularly during the life-changing events of childbearing. She loves being part of Mercy Birthing Center because of the opportunity patients have to receive high-touch, low-intervention care in a home-like setting, yet within the safety net of a hospital.

Elizabeth initially trained to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) to serve clients seeking out-of-hospital maternity care, which grounded her in physiologic birth. She then obtained her master's degree as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and her post-master's as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) from Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky. She also completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a focus in midwifery, through the University of Minnesota.

She most recently worked in Iowa as a faculty midwife in an academic medical center, providing full-scope midwifery care, instructing medical students and interns, and collaborating with senior residents and staff physicians. She worked as a nurse and as a doula instructor while in midwifery school. Her love for medical missions has been fueled by the opportunities she had providing midwifery care in Bangladesh, Mexico and Cameroon.

Elizabeth's interests include hiking, traveling, baking and spending time with her family.

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Jennifer Killeen
BSN, MSN, CNM

Like many midwives, Jennifer Killeen feels her profession is more a calling than a job. Raised in Wisconsin, she received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. She was drawn to the field of women’s health early in her nursing career for the ability to connect with women through various stages of their lives. 

She pursued a career in midwifery and received a master’s degree in Nursing from Marquette University in 2008. Over the next seven years, she gained experience in a high-risk, urban midwifery practice managing a number of obstetrical and gynecological issues and welcomed over 600 babies, but maintained a love of physiologic labor and birth. Her own journey to motherhood further fueled the desire for women to be supported in their choices.

The Mercy Birthing Center model of care is the perfect combination of high-touch, low intervention but practicing in close proximity of the hospital setting allows for ultimate patient safety. 

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Maria Roeber
BSN, MSN, CNM

Maria Roeber is delighted to join the staff of the Mercy Birthing Center and to help increase access to midwifery care for women and babies in the St. Louis area. She considers midwifery to be both an art and also a science, combining strong social and emotional support of women and their families with the most current evidence-based care. She is passionate about ensuring that her clients are well-informed about their health care options and feel empowered to make decisions about their own care and that of their babies.

Maria completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Penn State University and spent seven years as a labor and delivery nurse at an academic medical center in Washington, D.C. While in D.C. she volunteered at a birth center where she developed an interest in working with underserved and minority women. Maria spent two years as a medical missionary in Tanzania, East Africa, where she learned to appreciate physiologic birth as well as the appropriate use of medical intervention when it is needed. She completed her master’s degree (MSN) as a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) through Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky.

Maria’s interests include singing in her church choir, gardening, hiking, cooking, reading, traveling and volunteer work.

 
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Samantha Eubanks
ARPN, CNM

Samantha Eubanks is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She has been a registered nurse caring for women and infants for nearly 20 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at The University of Texas at Tyler, Texas, and a master of science in nursing from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Samantha has worked as a bedside nurse, a nurse supervisor, a nurse educator, a nurse manager and a nurse administrator.  She has been interested in evidence-based care for women and infants throughout her nursing career. She considers it a joy and privilege to care for families during the process of birth.

While Samantha has been a long time Texas resident, she is looking forward to experiencing life in the Midwest. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, camping, music and spending time with her dogs Mavis and Cleo.

Our Providers

Elizabeth Lorraine Cook, DNP, CNM, WHNP, Mercy
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mercy Clinic
Samantha Dawn Eubanks, CNM, Mercy
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mercy Clinic
Jennifer Killeen, CNM, Mercy
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mercy Clinic
Angela Lynn Reidner, CNM, Mercy
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mercy Clinic
Maria Theodora Roeber, CNM, Mercy
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mercy Clinic