ACNM Members Celebrate National Midwifery Week
October 2 - 8, 2016, ACNM took the opportunity to spread the word about midwives to even more women using the messages in the Our Moment of Truth campaign. Thanks to all who participated on social media, our messages reached over 320,000 people! ACNM members across the country also pitched in with special events and marketing initiatives. Here’s a sampling of what took place throughout the week:
Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan celebrated National Midwifery Week and the 25th anniversary of their practice by showing The Mama Sherpas: Midwives Across America. They also celebrated 16,400 babies and counting.
Mountain Midwifery in Englewood, Colorado collected medical supplies for the Changing Woman Initiative, a Native American Women’s Health Collective based in New Mexico.
The Fort Drum Medical Department Activity OB/GYN Clinic published an article to recognize two active-duty personnel – Lt. Col. Brittany R. Speers and Maj. Kelli Wilson – and two civilian certified nurse midwives – Deborah Kaiser and Stephanie Jones.
Go Ask Mom published several articles spotlighting midwifery in North Carolina. A Tale of Two Deliveries is a Q&A with a mom who delivered at the UNC's N.C. Women's Hospital, the only medical center in the area with midwives on staff 24-7, seven days a week.
OHSU School of Nursing shared Midwives & The Care They Provide on their social media channels and invited visitors to view their exhibit on the history of CNM.
Baby + Co in Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrated National Midwifery Week with a Midwives Appreciation Station where people could share why they love midwives and send thank you notes. They also hosted a luncheon with staffed midwives.
Sue Holliday, CNM at Duke Regional Hospital posted a bulletin board to raise awareness of the availability of midwives in the community.
Huntington Hospital hosted a luncheon for labor and delivery patients, families and staff.
Birth Center of Northwest Kansas shared patient stories of how midwives helped during their pregnancy and birth.
For the fifth year in a row, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing celebrated National Midwifery Week by giving away 1,000 mini cupcakes—one cupcake for every 10 babies born annually into the hands of certified nurse midwives in Ohio.
Dittrick Medical History Museum posted a blog on Madame du Coudray, the "King's Midwife" in 18th century France!
Innovative Women's Health shared information about National Midwifery week, live on Good Day Columbus.
Kansas City area midwives celebrated midwifery week with an interstate digital billboard
Thank you to all who participated in the week. Let’s keep the momentum going! See how you can spread the word about midwifery with our many members-only resources at www.midwife.org/OMOT-Toolkit.