The Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield
General Obstetrics and Gynecology
Christopher Mills, MD
Linda Polonsky, MD
Julie A. Stanitis Thompson, DO
Deborah A. Billings, CNM
Holly Ann Christensen, CNM
Cathryn Kokonowski, CNM
Laura Maycock, CNM
Mary Paterno, CNM
Susan Peck, CNM
Vicki Marnin, CNM
Baystate Medical Practice — Pioneer Women's Health - obstetricians and nurse-midwives who deliver at The Birthplace will see you at their offices in Greenfield and South Deerfield.
Find an Obstetrician or Nurse-Midwife
Call Baystate Health Link at 1-800-377-HEALTH. A marketing representative can help you find a physician, nurse-midwife or practice in your area or enroll you in one of our programs for expectant parents.
Learn About Midwifery
Certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses with advanced training in routine obstetrical and gynecological care. They complete an accredited course of study and pass a rigorous examination administered by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Nurse-Midwives counsel you throughout your pregnancy to:
Help you make more informed health care decisions
Prepare you for a safe and satisfying birth experience
Cope with any pain during delivery
Offer guidance about nutrition and newborn care.
|National health care studies report that nurse-midwife/physician teams have significant advantages over facilities where nurse-midwives are not available. These collaborative teams incur lower health care costs, maintain higher birth weight figures and lower infant mortality rates. There is also a reduce need for episiotomies, anesthesia, and cesarean sections. Studies have shown that women who use nurse-midwives have a high rate of vaginal births compared to cesarean births. The cesarean birth rate for women who use nurse-midwives is 5-6 percent, comparable to that in Europe. The U.S. average is about 20 percent. Our nurse-midwives counsel you throughout your pregnancy to help you make more informed decisions about your health care, prepare you for a safe and satisfying birthing experience, help you best cope with the pain of delivery and offer guidance about nutritional, newborn and postnatal care. Our nurse mid-wives care for women before, during and after pregnancy; deliver babies; provide regular ongoing gynecologic care such as pap smears and breast exams; offer advice about reproductive health; and provide information about birth control options, nutrition and exercise, childbirth methods, and infant health. Nurse-midwifery services are covered by most insurance carriers.