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The Latent Phase: Walking and Talking the Profession at the Annual Meeting

By Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN If you are a current midwifery student or recent graduate attending the ACNM Annual Meeting in Nashville, you are about to have an incredible time. From the celebrity midwife sightings, to the feeling of the global reach of midwifery work, to the latest research, to talking with abandon about vaginas and meconium and nipples: there is magic that happens at ACNM that rejuvenates a midwifery soul. First, the research and the experience. I attended my firs...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 5/24/2013 9:30:03 AM

Itís Time to Stop and Savor the Full Bloom of Modern Midwifery

By Melissa Garvey, ACNM Senior Writer-Editor Itís hard to imagine a time when the midwifery community isnít brimming with action and forward momentum. Even so, I feel compelled to stop and savor what is turning out to be a particularly momentous spring for ACNM and the broader midwifery community. Midwives received significant air time last week leading up to Motherís Day. ACNM member Patricia Loftman, CNM, told the world she was a midwife on the May 8 episode of Wheel of Fortune (she also ...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 5/16/2013 1:52:26 PM

Finding My Kind

Discovering the midwifery community at the ACNM Annual Meeting By Susana Vega, CNM I do not lack love. I do not lack joy. I do not lack companionship. But when one of my roomies at last yearís ACNM 57th Annual Meeting & Exposition started pouring out Vagina Warrior buttons across our cheap, somewhat pungent hotel bed, I knew I had found the missing piece in my life. I knew it again while overhearing passionate debates over which education session was most interesting; breast cancer ...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 5/14/2013 12:51:48 PM

The Latent Phase: From Student to Saveur, and the Argument for Hiring New Grads

By Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN I have come to believe that one of the hallmarks of a great midwifery practice is ability to integrate new midwives. As a recent graduate, I was thankful for the six weeks of outpatient orientation and ten births my new practice required before the experienced midwives ďcut the cordĒ and sent me out on my own. Despite feeling adequately supported clinically, the warmth and kindness I had found in my classmates while in midwifery school did not carry over into th...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 5/10/2013 10:47:55 AM

Speak out for Midwifery: Deliver your Message to Congress

By Kathryn Kravetz Carr, CNM, Chair, ACNM Government Affairs Committee May is a big month for midwives! ACNM Virtual Lobby Week is coming up next week, May 13 Ė 17, right on the heels of International Day of the Midwife (May 5) and Motherís Day (May 12). This year, ACNM and the Government Affairs Committee are rallying midwives to support the Moms for the 21st Century bill (scheduled to be re-introduced to Congress on May 21) and the Quality Care for Moms and Babies bill (S. 1969 / H.R...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 5/7/2013 11:40:58 AM



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