Birthing

birthing.jpgAt Northern Light Mercy Birthing, we believe that birth is a special family event – a gentle time of celebration, intimacy, and accomplishment. Our nursing staff, physicians, and nurse midwives are committed to providing maternity care and family-centered deliveries that nurture mind, body, and spirit. Let us work with you to plan a birth experience that will best meet your needs. We encourage families to tell us about their cultural and family traditions related to birth that are important to them.

For a tour of The Birthplace at Northern Light Mercy Hospital, call 207-553-6300. Please note: All birthing classes include a complimentary tour.

Register online to have your baby at The Birthplace

What You Expect at Mercy

As one of the first hospitals to offer private childbearing rooms, Mercy knows how important it is to experience labor, delivery, and recovery all in the same room, surrounded by your loved ones. At our Fore River hospital building, we are committed to having you stay in the same private room from the moment you arrive until you take your baby home – a practice known as LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery, and post-partum care all in the same room).

We are also committed to one-on-one nursing care. During labor and delivery, your highly skilled nurse will take care of you, and only you.

What You Might Not Be Expecting

The Birthplace occupies the entire third floor of Northern Light Mercy Hospital at Fore River. For every family, we provide these comforts and conveniences:

  • Spacious private rooms
  • Jacuzzi in each room
  • Comfortable day bed in each room for your birth partner
  • Free wi-fi
  • “At Your Request” room service

Just in Case

There are two operating rooms devoted to 24-hour emergency care right in The Birthplace. If a C-section is required, we are ready – although we’re proud to point out that our C-section rate is well below Maine’s average.

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If you would like to arrange to have your baby at The Birthplace, Mercy offers online registration.

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The following Physicians and Midwives deliver at The Birthplace at Mercy:

Northern Light Mercy Women's Health (formerly All About Women)

195 Fore River Parkway, Suite 440
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 553-6920


Back Cove Midwives

527 Ocean Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 871-0666
  • Elsa Heros, CNM
  • Jennifer Gilbert, CNM
  • Eileen Grillo, CNM
  • Jerri Walker, CNM


Martin’s Point Health Care

10 Main Street
Gorham, ME 04038
(207) 839-2559
  • Martin Wesolowski, DO


Martin’s Point Health Care

331 Veranda Street
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 774-5801
  • Cathra Chappelle, MD
  • Patrick Connolly, MD
  • Jennifer Hine, MD

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Mercy offers an extensive program of childbirth education classes and support services. Led by certified childbirth educators, many of whom are registered nurses in The Birthplace, our comprehensive classes cover all aspects of labor and birth.

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Breast milk is the best nutrition for your baby. Its many benefits include fewer illnesses, decreased allergies and an enhanced immune system. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months of life.

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Through the years The Birthplace has welcomed many thousands of healthy babies into the world. Expectant couples feel secure knowing that at The Birthplace they will experience the best possible...

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The Birthplace at Mercy now contracts with Bella Baby to provide newborn photographs to interested new parents.

Bella Baby brings experienced free-lance photographers into hospitals to capture your baby’s first photographs with a natural, artistic style. They believe that babies look the most beautiful when held in their parents’ arms or cuddled in one of their own baby blankets. Bella Baby captures this beauty by “keeping it real”… natural window light, real photographers and professional-grade SLR digital cameras.

If you would like more information or already had pictures taken and want to share them with family and friends, please visit Bella Baby. All online photos are password protected.

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Contact us today to get help with your Birthing needs.


Practice City Contact
Northern Light Mercy Birthing
175 Fore River Parkway, Portland, ME, 04101-3795
Portland 207-553-6363