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The Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield



General Obstetrics and Gynecology

Timothy Lepore, MD

Linda Polonsky, MD

Julie A. Stanitis Thompson, DO



Deborah A. Billings, CNM

Holly Ann Christensen, CNM

Anne Kilroy, CNM

Cathryn Kokonowski, CNM

Laura Maycock, CNM

Mary Paterno, CNM

Susan Peck, CNM

Vicki Marnin, CNM




Medical Practice

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 Northampton.


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.

The Nurse-Midwife Childbirth Experience


Nurse-midwives help women create a caring, comfortable birthing environment that caters to each woman's personal needs. You are encouraged to make decisions about everything from the need for or type of anesthesia you prefer, to the labor position in which you are most comfortable. You can rest assured that, should you need it, we have the most appropriate modern technology at our disposal. Baystate's Wesson Women and Infants' Unit is the premier provider of obstetrical services in the region, and offers the latest medical advances in neonatal care, including the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the area.


Our certified nurse-midwives work in collaboration with physicians to provide primary care to women with low risk pregnancies. Obstetricians are immediately available for consultation during labor or delivery.


Visit the website of the American College of Nurse-Midwives

Contact Us

The Birthplace
164 High Street
Greenfield MA, 01301
Phone: 413-773-2359