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Northern Light Mercy Hospital announces new midwifery practice

Date: 09/10/2020

Northern Light Mercy Hospital has announced its newest medical practice, Northern Light Mercy Midwives, with the onboarding of three new providers. Formerly known as Back Cove Midwives, the new Mercy practice includes a dedicated team led by certified nurse midwives Eileen Grillo, CNM; Jennifer Gilbert, CNM; and Elsa Heros, CNM.
“This caring and talented group has been delivering babies at Mercy and working with local families for years, and we are excited that they will continue to do so as members of the Mercy Hospital team,” said Charlie Therrien, president of Mercy Hospital.
The team at Northern Light Mercy Midwives has been serving the greater Portland community for over 30 years, providing a comfortable, intimate, and caring atmosphere to patients. Certified nurse midwives work with pregnant and non-pregnant patients, focusing on developing a relationship of caring and trust with each and every woman they see. Information about each provider can be found below, and additional information about the practice can be found here.
Eileen Grillo, CNM
Grillo is a midwife and certified nurse specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. She moved to Maine from Seattle in 1984 where she completed her undergraduate studies in nursing at the University of Washington. Her first eight years in nursing were spent working with families during and following labor and birth at Mercy’s Birthplace. During this time, she pursued and completed her graduate education in midwifery at the Frontier School of Midwifery. In 1992, she helped bring midwifery care to Mercy’s Birthplace.
Since that time, Grillo has been caring for mothers and babies at Back Cove Midwives, now Northern Light Mercy Midwives, as well as starting a midwifery clinic for socially and financially challenged women through Mercy Hospital. She is a member of, and holds her certification through, the American College of Nurse Midwives.
Jennifer Gilbert, CNM
Gilbert is a midwife and certified nurse specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. She grew up in the greater Portland area and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing through Husson University in Bangor. After working for eight years as a labor and delivery nurse at Northern Light Mercy Hospital, Gilbert decided to pursue her dream to become a certified nurse midwife. She earned her certification in midwifery as well as a Master of Science with a concentration in midwifery through Philadelphia University in 2005, and she has been practicing at Back Cove Midwives since 2007.

Gilbert is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and is an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.
Elsa Heros, CNM
Hero’s journey into nursing began when she graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Spanish.
After receiving her Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Midwifery degrees from Yale University in 1996, she began caring for women in the clinical setting providing full care during labor, delivery, and postpartum. She has served on the faculties of the University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital as well as the University of Southern Maine. While at USM she precepted nursing students at Northern Light Mercy Hospital’s Birthplace in Portland.