Midwifery Program

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Midwifery & Gynecology
Upstate University Hospital - Community Campus
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POB North, Suite 4H
4900 Broad Road, Syracuse, NY 13215
Phone: 315 492-5875
Fax: 315 492-3623

Upstate Midwifery Program

Upstate University Hospital's Midwifery Program offers personalized care options for women at all ages and stages of life. As licensed independent health care providers, our Certified Nurse Midwives are nationally accredited and work with collaborating physicians within the Upstate University Health System. These modern day midwives are recognized under federal law as primary care providers.

Our midwives understand the importance of developing long term relationships with patients. And they encourage an atmosphere of collaboration when it comes to health care decisions—offering care options and assisting in making choices that work best for each patients' individual needs.

In addition to addressing primary care needs of a woman, our Upstate team offers gynecological care, family planning, perimenopause and menopause management, among its services.

Personalized Pregnancy Care

While midwifery has traditionally been associated with child birth and home delivery, things have changed dramatically as this age-old practice has evolved into its modern day counterpart. Contrary to what many think, about 99 percent of all babies birthed by midwives are born in a hospital or birth center.

Upstate's midwives 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 our Community Campus, Upstate's Midwifery Program offers the option of VBAC, or vaginal birth after cesarean section.

Our midwives offer personalized care throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery with the support of a team of board-certified obstetricians. In the event a complication develops and the services of an obstetrician becomes necessary, our midwives and obstetrician work together to address your individual medical needs.

Midwifery Team


Heather M. Shannon, MS, CNM, NP, MPH
Director of Academic Midwifery


Heather M Shannon, MS, CNM, NP, MPH
Heather M Shannon, MS, CNM, NP, MPH
315 492-5875
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Midwifery; Gestational Diabetes; Heavy or Extended Menstrual Bleeding; Hot Flashes; Labor and Delivery; Menopause; more
Associations/Memberships: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Member, Patient Safety Committee; Safe Motherhood Initiative Steering Committee; American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), Inclusion Member, Inclusion And Diversification Task Force; New York State Associatin of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM)

Brian W Thompson, MD
Brian W Thompson, MD
315 464-5162
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Obstetrics and Gynecology; Abnormal Uterine Bleeding; Cervical Dysplasia; Menstrual Disorders; Uterine Fibroids; Obstetrical and Gynecological Services
Education: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine
Clinical Interests:

Native American Health Care

Underserved patient populations

Associations/Memberships: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Fellow

Lesli E Warren, CNM
Lesli E Warren, CNM
315 492-5875
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Midwifery; Cervical Dysplasia; Contraceptive management; Gestational Diabetes; Gynecologic Problems; Labor and Delivery; more
Clinical Interests:

Centering Pregnancy, Integrated Medicine