2017 Candidate for President Elect - Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
University of Tennessee Health Science Center Nurse Alumna of the Year
Candidate Statement Related to Office:
There are many challenges facing midwifery today. Legislative issues continue to plague midwives. We must continue our efforts to assure that midwives have the ability to practice full scope midwifery without unnecessary legislative restrictions.
At the same time, we must build partnerships with other health care providers. We know team-based care involving many disciplines will provide the best outcomes. There continues to be a lack of understanding about the education and scope of practice of midwives. I am tired of explaining to the person sitting next to me on an airplane that yes, midwifery is legal and yes, midwives attend childbirth in hospitals as well as in birthing centers and at home. This lack of knowledge about who we are leads to reluctance of some health care providers to partner with us and the reluctance of women to use our services. We must continue our work to educate the health care system and the public about what is a midwife, our evidence-based practice and our outcomes.
A third issue is the lack of midwives. We need a large and diverse midwifery workforce so that every woman has access to culturally competent midwifery services regardless of the setting she chooses for birth or for her primary health care. We must develop a solid strategy for success in this area.
These are a few of the many challenges we face. We have made progress on all three issues, but still have much to do. Working together we can make a difference.