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Midwife Mecca: Reflections of a Physician Leader

This post originally appeared on Burning the Short White Coat by Eve Shvidler, MD. Dr. Shvidler is apracticing physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. She is married, and they have 3children. While much of her writing is inspired by her experiences as a physician, it is not based on real people or events. In the interest of protecting patient and colleague privacy and confidentiality, all stories are fictionalized. You can read more of her writings at https://burningtheshortwhitecoa...

Posted By Melissa Garvey | 8/13/2015 1:02:54 PM | Comment

Unity Among All Midwives: Wednesday at the Annual Meeting

As I listened to the debate over the ACNM name change at today’s Closing Business Meeting, my optimism grows for the future of midwives. I am a brand new CNM; graduated in May and passed the boards less than a few weeks ago. I decided to become a CNM even though CPMs caught 2 of my 3 daughters in my home because I live in Illinois, a state that only recognizes CNMs.“If someone needs to go to jail to prove a point about home birth,” I thought, “I’m not your girl.” Women in areas like mine acros...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 7/2/2015 5:02:47 PM | Comment

My First ACNM: Lobby Day! Tuesday at the Annual Meeting

In case you were wondering what it looks like when about 600 midwives storm the US Capitol, the answer is impressive. I’ve been excited about Lobby Day for most of the Annual Meeting, since it isn’t always held in DC. But as a student who has met with exactly zero politicians ever I wasn’t sure what to expect—who does the talking? What do we say? To whom do we say it? I met with my fellow Georgia midwives and midwifery students, and we boarded the bus. We had a 3-part plan at the Capitol: Mee...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 7/1/2015 12:16:52 PM | Comment

Embracing our Past and Forging the Future: Monday at the Annual Meeting

As a future midwife, I find myself busy and excited and tired after my second day at our 60th anniversary Annual Meeting. There has been a lot to do, see, and experience. Since this was my first conference ever, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had been told that it would be exciting and a lot of fun, and that I would meet a lot of people – that description has proved accurate indeed! As I sat in the Opening Business Meeting, I overheard 2 future midwives say “I feel like I know everyone here,...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 7/1/2015 11:32:15 AM | Comment

Highlighting the work of midwives: IDM 2015 and the post-MDG future

By Suzanne Stalls, CNM, MA, FACNM, ACNM Vice President of Global Outreach The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draw to a close this year, and maternal and child health providers have much to reflect on for numbers 4 and 5. Millennium Development Goal 5 is to reduce maternal mortality by 75%. Unfortunately, the global rate of maternal mortality has been falling annually at less than half of what would be required to achieve the goal. While the number of deaths has fallen significantly, ...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 5/5/2015 3:06:20 PM | Comment



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