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2017 Candidate for Region IV Representative - Barbara Winningham, DNP CNM, WHNP-BC, FACNM

Barbara Winningham, DNP CNM, WHNP-BC, FACNM
Present Position: University of Indiana: Coordinator, Nurse-Midwifery Track & Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Track, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing-Graduate Program
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
ACNM Activities:
2016: Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives
2005: ACNM Excellence in Teaching Award

2014-present: AMCB Discipline Committee
2011-2013: ACNM Indiana Chapter-Member at Large
2007-2009: ACNM Indiana Chapter-Chair

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

It has been an honor to be a midwife and a member of ACNM for over 24 years. Rarely do I not attend our annual meeting. I find the collegiality of my peers invigorating. It is imperative to listen to women as ACNM’s logo emphasizes, and I believe this starts not only with the women and families we serve, but also with the midwives who provide such excellent, evidence-based care. My background includes co-director of the largest midwifery practice in Indiana and starting the nurse-midwifery program at the University of Indianapolis. I love providing CenteringPregnancy at a family practice residency for my clinical practice. I feel I have strong connections in Indiana and surrounding areas due to securing clinical placements for students and in my role as a consultant for CenteringPregnancy, and I would love to expand on this and collaborate with all midwives and student midwives in Region IV. We must connect at the local, state, and regional levels in order to advocate for what is best for all at the national level. I feel I am an active listener and strive to help people seek solutions that will help them in their everyday practices and in future goals, and align ourselves with ACNM’s national agendas. Effective communication is key, and I would strive to assist affiliates to have effective meetings and be their voice for concerns and suggestions to the ACNM board. I have seen first-hand growth of out of hospital midwives and birth centers and am a true advocate for midwives in every setting. With all of the changes in health care coverage and the recent research emphasizing that midwives are the answer to the shortage of OB/GYN providers, the time is now for us to forge onward with the goal of “a midwife for every woman.”

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