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For Immediate Release
May 23, 2014

Contact: Damaris Hay
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Office: (240) 485-1856

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American College of Nurse-Midwives Honors Leaders of Midwifery Community

Silver Spring, MD – Midwives and other health care clinicians were honored with awards in various categories last week at the American College of Nurse-Midwives’ (ACNM’s) 59th Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Award winners are chosen by ACNM and by the A.C.N.M. Foundation.

The 2014 award winners are:

Hattie Hemschemeyer Award

The Hattie Hemschemeyer Award, named in honor of ACNM’s first president and a pioneer of the profession, is ACNM’s most prestigious award and is given annually to an ACNM member who has been certified for at least 10 years and has made continuous outstanding and/or historically significant contributions to midwifery, ACNM, and/or maternal child health.


Judith Mercer, CNM, PhD, FACNM

Kitty Ernst Award

The Kitty Ernst Award, affectionately known as the “Young Whippersnapper Award,” is named after the College’s fourth and youngest president, and one of its most dynamic living legends. The Kitty Ernst Award was established in 1998 to honor an ACNM member who has been certified for less than 10 years and has demonstrated innovative, creative endeavors in clinical practice, education, administration, or research relating to midwifery and women’s health.


Kim Q. Dau, CNM, MS

Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes a CNM/CM or other professional for an unusual and exemplary effort in the field of community service, innovation in midwifery practice, education, or research.


Ellen Martin, CNM, MS, FACNM

Susan R. Stapleton, CNM, DNP, FACNM

Kimberly A. Couch, CNM

Outstanding Preceptor Award


1. Margaret Holcomb, CNM, DNP

2. Group Health Tacoma Midwifery Practice

3. OB/GYN Associates of Kerrville Texas Midwifery Practice

4. Pamela Auman, CNM

5.Jalana N. Lazar, CNM, WHNP

6. Theresa Gay, CNM

7. Tanya McDermott, CNM

8. Amber Evans, CNM

9. DeAnna Griebenow, CNM

10. Heather Paar, CNM

11. Kathleen Harmon, CNM

12. Sukdai Mangru, CNM

13. Kate Harrod, CNM, PhD, FACNM

14. Kara Myers, CNM

15. Richard Jennings, CNM, MSN

16. Megan Donaghy, CNM

17. Eliza Burelle, CNM, MSN

18. Elaine Rosenwach, CNM

19. Tom Chappell, CNM, MSN

20. Sylyna Kennedy, CNM, RN, MSN

21. Rebecca Garrett-Brown, CNM

22. Connie Swentek, CNM, MSN, FACNM

23. Teresa Damery, CNM

24. Monica Newby, CNM

25. Carla Morrow, CNM

26. Linda Gillet, CNM

27. Lisa Mattke, CNM

Fellow Award


1. Tanya Bailey, CNM, MSN, FACNM

2.Patricia Burkhardt, CM, LM, DrPH, FACNM

3.Victoria Henderson Burslem, CNM, MSN, FACNM

4.Michelle Reneé Collins, CNM, PhD, FACNM

5.Connie Dewees, CNM, DrPH, MN, FACNM

6.Michelle Grandy, CNM, MN, FACNM

7.Milree Keeling, CNM, MS, BCSI, FACNM

8.Julia Lange Kessler, CM, RN, DNP, FACNM

9.Gwen Amber Latendresse, CNM, PhD, FACNM

10.Elaine M. Moore, CNM, MSN, FACNM

11.Whitney Ann Pinger, CNM, MSN, FACNM

12.Connie Swentek, CNM, MSN, FACNM

13.Ruth E. Zielinski, CNM, PhD, FACNM

Media Award


C. Margo Mowbray,An Answering Flame: Horseback Nurse in an Adverse Land

Organizational Partner


Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Best Book of the Year Award


Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA

For the book entitled: Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond

Patricia Harman, CNM

For the book entitled: The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife

Exemplary Affiliate Award


North Carolina State Affiliate of ACNM

ACNM Video Contest Winner(s)*


1. Emily Fitzgerald, “Midwifery Moment of Truth”

2. The University of Pennsylvania Midwifery Class of 2014, “Choose a Midwife”

*These videos can be viewed on ACNM’s YouTube channel

2014 A.C.N.M Foundation, Inc. Awards and Scholarships

Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award

This award honors midwifery’s “unsung heroes” who have demonstrated pioneering vision and innovative leadership. Award winners are exceptional CNMs or certified midwife (CMs) who are members of ACNM, have been certified for at least 10 years,and have not previously received the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award.The Lang Award is award is aptly named for Dorothea M. Lang, CNM, MPH, FACNM – past-president of the ACNM and the A.C.N.M. Foundation, whose visionary leadership has advanced the profession of midwifery in countless ways.


Laraine Guyette, CNM, PhD, FACNM

Therese Dondero Memorial Lecture


Sonia Hassan, MD

Louis M. Hellman Midwifery Partnership Award


Thomas Moore, MD

Bonnie Westenberg Pedersen International Midwife Award


Paulina Fenahas Akanet – Nigeria

A.C.N.M. Foundation Graduate Education Fellowship


Laura Manns-James, CNM, PhDc, WHNP-BC, Kent State University

W. Newton Long Award


Erin George, CNM, MSN – Boston, Massachusetts

Ellen Tilden, CNM, MS – Portland, Oregon

Basic Midwifery Scholarships


GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health Care Scholarship

Morgan De Kleine, SNM (Vanderbilt University)

Midwives of Color-Watson Scholarship

Tina Moore Braimah, SNM (East Carolina University)

Makeda Rambert, SNM (Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia)

Danika Severino Wynn, SNM (Stony Brook University)

The Edith B. Wonnell CNM Scholarship

Susan E. Way, SNM (University of California, San Francisco)

A.C.N.M. Foundation Memorial Scholarship

Melissa Creighton, SNM (Stony Brook University)

Devon Swanson, SNM (Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia)

Varney Participant Award


Melissa Creighton, SNM (Stony Brook University)

Ali Sevilla de Cocco, SNM (Vanderbilt University)

Excellence in Teaching Awards


Cynthia Belew, CNM, MS (University of California, San Francisco)

Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, FACNM (Shenandoah University)

Anne Z. Cockerham, CNM, PhD (Frontier Nursing University)

Cathy Emeis, CNM, PhD (Oregon Health & Sciences University)

Mary K. Guidera, CNM, MSN (University of Pennsylvania)

Joyce Hyatt, CNM, DNP (University of Medicine and Dentistry – New Jersey)

Sherry Kari, CNM, MSN (San Diego State University)

Kate Koschoreck, CNM, MSN (University of Colorado)

Karin Larson, CNM, MS (University of Minnesota)

Judy Lazarus, CNM, MSN, ARNP (University of Washington)

Lisa Kane Low, CNM, PhD, FACNM (University of Michigan)

Jessica Ann Nelson, CNM, MSN (University of Utah)

Monica Newby, CNM, MSN (East Carolina University)

Julia Phillippi, CNM, PhD FACNM (Vanderbilt University)

Nancy Jo Reedy, CNM, MPH, FACNM (Georgetown University)

Midwifery Legacies Project 20th Century Student Interview Awards


1st Place: Stephanie Kleven, SNM (University of Pennsylvania)

2nd Place Victoria Mayfield, SNM (Oregon Health & Science University)

3rd Place: Jennifer Rudnik, SNM (Frontier Nursing University)

Allison Scholl, SNM (Frontier Nursing University)


Mention: Koren Corbett, SNM (Oregon Health and Science University)

Amy Dixon, SNM (East Carolina University)

Emily Fitzgerald, SNM (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Jill Gustafson, SNM (East Carolina University)

Kristin Johnson, SNM (Oregon Health and Science University)

Gretchen Scott, SNM (Frontier Nursing University)

Erin Stein, SNM (Case Western Reserve University)

A.C.N.M. Foundation Staff Appreciation Award


Rebecca Feldbush, Graphic Designer for the American College of Nurse-Midwives

Foundation Leadership Development Awards:

Thacher Fellowships (late 2013) **


Holly Christensen, CNM, MSN

Sharon Holley, CNM, DNP

Sheila Mathis, CNM, MSN

Jessica Schwartz, CNM, MSN

Karen Swift, CNM, MSN.

Thacher Community Grants (late 2013)*


· Vanderbilt Volunteer Doula Program at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing

To assemble “doula bags” for their new doulas – many of whom are nursing students – who provide doula services free of charge to low income women in Nashville.

· Choices in Childbirth

To provide an undergraduate in New Jersey a fellowship to promote The Business of Being Born: Classroom Edition (BoBB – CE) and engage fellow students to discuss the challenges of the American maternity care system.

* Supported by the Frances T. Thacher Midwifery Leadership Endowment

** Supported by the Frances T. Thacher Midwifery Leadership Endowment with matching funds from the Midwifery Business Network (MBN).


To learn more about ACNM and the award winners, or to receive a photo for press purposes, please contact Damaris Hay, ACNM Media Relations Specialist at (240) 485-1856 or via e-mail at [email protected].

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. With roots dating to 1929, ACNM sets the standard for excellence in midwifery education and practice in the United States and strengthens the capacity of midwives in developing countries. Our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM reviews research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, and works with organizations, state and federal agencies, and members of Congress to advance the well-being of women and infants through the practice of midwifery. More information about ACNM can be found at

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The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote excellence in health care for women, infants and families worldwide through the support of midwifery. All donations to be tax deductible as allowed by law.

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