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May 24, 2013
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Comprehensive midwifery practice opens at Upstate’s Community Campus

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Midwifery—long associated with just delivery—offers women specialized care that reaches both obstetrical and gynecological needs. Now, women in Central New York have a new option for accessing this care. The recently opened midwifery office at Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus offers women of all ages primary care, obstetrical/gynecological care, family planning, labor and delivery, as well as perminopause/ menopause management.

The office is staffed by director of the Upstate Midwifery Program Heather Shannon, M.S., C.N.M., N.P., M.PH., and Lesli E. Warren, M.S,. C.N.M., both of whom are certified nurse midwives and are nationally accredited. Together, they work with a team of clinical staff, including Brian Thompson, M.D., who serves as the medical director of the program and sees patients for consults as needed.

“Many people do not realize that midwifery offers patients care beyond labor and delivery,” said Shannon. “The Upstate midwifery team prides itself on its comprehensive program of gynecological care for women of all ages.”

In addition to gynecological care, Upstate’s midwives also specialize in pregnancy care, including perinatal care before, during and after childbirth, as well as care of the newborn. Delivering exclusively at the Jim and DeDe Walsh Birth Center on the Community Campus, Upstate’s Midwifery Program offers the option of vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC).

“We understand that patients need and deserve long-term relationships with their health care providers,” said Shannon. “With that in mind, we strive to host an environment where collaboration comes first and we work with the patient to make the best health care decisions for her based on her own needs.”

The new office—located in the Physician Office building North—is relaxing, comfortable and offers patients the convenience of in-office treatments, minor surgeries and prenatal non-stress tests for expecting mothers.

Call 315-492-5875 for more information.
Caption: Staff members of the Midwifery Program, now open on the Community Campus, include, back row from left, Michelle Strom, Lisa Christian, Michael Longo, Lesli Warren, Diana Engler and Antonise Capers. Seated, from left, are Heather Shannon, Kris Dupra and Christine Fowler.

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