At Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care, our certified nurse midwives (CNM) provide expert, woman-to-woman care for expectant mothers through labor and delivery in a safe, home-like environment. All of our CNMs are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), and are licensed health care practitioners who hold advanced degrees.
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.
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.
Erin Everett is a 2016 MSN graduate from Frontier Nursing University. She began working as a Certified Nurse Midwife in the out-of-hospital setting. She has enjoyed being able to guide women through the course of their care to make their experience exactly how they want. Erin has also pursued her doctorate to better serve women and families in making sure that they receive the best evidence-based care. She graduated with her DNP from Frontier Nursing University in 2017.
From a young age, Erin was inspired by her mother, an obstetric nurse who was passionate about breastfeeding, advocating for women, and trusting the natural process of labor and birth. Erin cared for women and babies as a nurse in-hospital and out-of-hospital for five years prior to becoming a CNM. Erin joined the Mercy Birthing Center to truly enjoy the best of both worlds and supporting women throughout their lives.
During her free time, Erin enjoys burying herself in a good book, hiking in the dead of winter, and spending every second with her son, Logan, born in May 2018, and her husband, Will.
Michelle Gragg has always been interested in women’s health - as a child she asked for books about women’s health for Christmas. Working at Mercy Birthing Center is her dream job. She moved from Ohio to join the staff at the Birthing Center because from the moment she walked in, it felt like home. She loves that she can support women in making informed choices while getting to know them well over the course of their care. She has a passion to help women become more knowledgeable about their bodies, their pregnancies and motherhood.
Michelle has been involved with birth and mothers for the last 14 years. She has worked as a home birth midwife’s assistant, lactation educator and consultant, labor and delivery nurse, and now practices as a Certified Nurse Midwife. She obtained her Masters of Nursing from Frontier Nursing University and is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Michelle’s interests include camping, playing games, gardening, knitting, and reading. But her favorite thing to do is spend time with her four children.
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.
Laura Krummel joined the Mercy Birthing Center staff as a per diem midwife when we first opened four years ago, and recently transitioned to a permanent midwife position. Laura received her BSN from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her MSN from the University of Illinois-Chicago. After graduating from Mizzou, Laura moved to Chicago, where she worked as a labor and delivery nurse while obtaining her WHNP and CNM certifications.
Women’s health, particularly the life-changing event of pregnancy, has always been a passion for Laura. She believes in encouraging women to make informed decisions about their health care through evidence-based practice. She started her career as a labor and delivery nurse, and then spent seven years as a midwife split between the Mercy OB triage department (the Maternity Welcome Center), and an OBGYN office, before transitioning exclusively to the birthing center.
Laura is a St. Louis native. She and her husband have two children and two dogs. During her free time, she loves to cook and play card games, but mostly importantly spend time with her family.
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.