The Certified Nurse-Midwives at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center are experts in women's health. We provide prenatal, childbirth and postpartum care, as well as women's health care throughout life. We believe in personalized, holistic care and we want you to take an active role in your health care decisions. Our Certified Nurse-Midwives have graduate degrees in Advanced Practice Nursing, so you can feel confident we have the experience and knowledge you need. Click here to read about our Midwives in a recent edition of Catholic Health World: Ministry providers respond to demand for midwife services.
Are you pregnant or thinking about having a baby? We'd be happy to meet with you to discuss your options for midwifery care. We are here to help you have the best experience possible. And we pride ourselves on partnering with you in an open and supportive environment.
We offer an intimate, individualized approach. Our goal is to help healthy women with a low-risk pregnancy have an optimal birth experience. And we are here for you every step of the way - before, during and after birth. We specialize in comfort measures designed to support a natural birth. But for those who desire it, pain medication and epidurals are available.
Our Certified Nurse-Midwives deliver babies at The Family Birthplace at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. Here you'll find a family-friendly, comfortable and safe place to give birth. The Family Birthplace offers outstanding care and great features like private labor/delivery/recovery suites. There is also a private bathroom and shower, a guest chair that converts to a bed, and a large, heated water birth tub for laboring women (water birth is available for selected, healthy patients). If there are any unexpected complications, obstetricians, neonatologists and anesthesiologists are available around the clock. We also have advanced special care Level II+ nurseries with state-of-the-art monitoring and neonatal care if needed.
As your partner in health, we manage and treat common health issues from puberty through menopause. We are trained to offer complete physical exams and order labs, screenings and other diagnostic tests, such as mammograms and pap smears. We also offer health care education and counseling for women at every stage.
Mary E. Bauer, MS, CNM
MS, Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
I was always fascinated with pregnancy and birth and after I became a mother, something tugged at my soul, a yearning to be with other women in birth. I discovered midwifery as a calling - giving me the ability to care for women and babies, to celebrate life and mourn their losses. After a long career in healthcare and while raising my own five children, I went back to school and am now the practice director. I believe each woman has the power to give birth the way she knows best, and I am in awe with every birth I witness. My special interests include breastfeeding support, creating families and sharing the power of midwifery. On a personal level, I enjoy traveling and spending time with family.
Amy Wasserman, MS, CNM
MPH, MS, Nursing, UIC
After a number of years in school, I decided to pursue nursing ultimately leading to an advanced practice degree in midwifery. My main interest is in supporting women to have a positive birth experience regardless of if they have an unmedicated birth, epidural, vaginal delivery or Caesarean delivery. Other interests include improving breastfeeding duration, increased support for postpartum women and infertility. When I'm not "catching babies," I am blessed to be a mom to two beautiful children, Cole and Callie. I also enjoy yoga, cooking, long walks and time with family and friends.
Mary Lentz, CNM, FNP-C
I found my way to midwifery in a large lecture hall as a confused undergraduate college student. The first midwife that I ever met was a women’s health professor who emphasized individualized, person-centered healthcare. We discussed women’s health not solely by anatomy but in the context of their lives. With this background, I became a midwife who strongly believes in the strength and power of women and the beauty of birth. I am passionate about caring for women during all stages of their lives. I work to help my clients feel empowered to make the health care decisions that are best for them and their families. I am a Vanderbilt University graduate and happy transplant to Chicago. Outside of attending births (one of the greatest privileges), you can find me running along the lakeshore, practicing yoga, and spending time with family.
Sherri Wiley-Benson, MSN, CNM
BSN from Viterbo College, MSN from Case Western Reserve
Midwifery from Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing
As a teenager I read a story about a midwife in the Appalachian Mountains which peaked my interest about being a midwife. My mom encouraged me to become a nurse and to work in obstetrics. While working as a nurse in obstetrics I realized that I wanted to have the ability to give women more choices in their own prenatal care and their births. After the birth of my children I went back to school to be a midwife in those same mountains I read about as a teen. Over the past 30+ years as a nurse and as a midwife, it has been my pleasure to educate women about their bodies, pregnancies and birth so they can have the birth experiences they want in a safe environment. I believe that knowledge gives a woman the power to make healthy choices for herself and her family. My 2 children are now grownup and have careers of their own. My husband and I spend our free time outdoors working with our animals, gardens and honey bees.