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Our philosophy is consistent with the American College of Nurse Midwifery (ACNM). It is our belief that birth is a life cycle event that should be nurtured not "treated". Midwifery care emphasizes continuity, compassion, partnership, advocates nonintervention in the normal process, and promotes health throughout life. It is through prevention and education health can be optimized.

History of Midwifery at St. John Medical Center

Since November 1997 Midwifery Care has been an integral part of Women's Services. Midwives provide care during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. Midwives are also available for gynecologic health concerns, including pap tests and breast exams. The midwives are committed to individualized care. In 1999 prompted by patient request a comprehensive Waterbirth program was initiated. The Midwives have assisted in over 200 waterbirths. In 2009 the first "in hospital" birth center opened at St. John Medical Center. A focus group of women was formed and the common theme was a homelike birth with a "safety net". The Holistic Birth Center is an extraordinary asset to families in the community.

Best of Both Worlds

Midwives are skilled in caring for low risk women. At St. John Medical Center the Nurse Midwives work in collaboration with a Board Certified OB/GYN. A physician is always available in the hospital in the event of an emergency. If the services of a physician become necessary, you do not lose the support of your midwife. The midwife will continue to provide educational and emotional support while the physician provides the medical expertise needed.

Meet the Midwives:


(L-R) Sharon Johnson, CNM, MSN, Colleen Zelonis, CNM, MSN, Maureen Stein-Vavro, CNM, MSN, Colleen Brezine, CNM, MSN, (Middle) Erin Callahan, CNM, MSN

Westshore Midwifery Associates

Colleen Brezine, CNM, MSN
Erin Callahan, CNM, MSN
Sharon Johnson, CNM, MSN
Maureen Stein-Vavro, CNM, MSN
Colleen Zelonis, CNM, MSN

29101 Health Campus Drive
Building 2, Suite 250
Westlake, Ohio 44145

Sharon Johnson, CNM, MSN
Colleen Zelonis, CNM, MSN

552 N. Leavitt Road
Amherst, Ohio 44001

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