ACNM Members Celebrate National Midwifery Week
October 4 - 10, 2015, 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 nearly a quarter of a million 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:
West Suburban Midwife Associates in Oak Park, Illinois celebrated National Midwifery Week with a social media campaign featuring one of their 4 midwives each day of the week. The posts receivedupwards of 100 likes perpost and 2-4K reach per post.
The Oregon Affiliate of ACNM hosted their second annual Miles for Midwives fun run and walk, a successful fundraiser and community event. They also did a diaper drive for the Nurse-Family Partnership.
The New Jersey Affiliate of ACNM celebrated National Midwifery Week and ACNM’s 60th Anniversary with a Diamond Jubilee Gala. A highlight of the event was a presentation by ACNM CEO Lorrie Kaplan.
University of Vermont Medical Center midwives hosted a birthday party for all the babies born in their practice in 2015. The event featured a photo booth, chair massages, cake and balloons, and door prizes (many local businesses donated big ticket items!). View the Facebook album from the event and a blog post of patients talking about the best advice their midwife shared with them.
Yale midwives hosted an open house inviting doulas, childbirth educators, chiropractors, lactation specialists, naturopaths, pediatricians, and current patients. They marketed the event on social media and several mom Facebook groups.
Women’s Care of Upstate New York published an ad and made onesies to give to their babies born during National Midwifery Week.
University of California San Diego Nurse-Midwifery Service celebrated National Midwifery Week and the 15th anniversary of their practice with several events—an ice cream social for hospital Women and Infants staff, a showing of The Mama Sherpas film, and a grand rounds presentation about Centering Pregnancy. They also celebrated the 5,000th birth in their birth center at the end of September.
The Women’s Center at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida put up a display in the lobby highlighting the 10 midwives who work at its 3 midwifery practices. They used ACNM display materials as well as the Share With Women handouts from the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. They also organized a showing of the documentary film Dark Side of the Full Moon about perinatal mood disorders for clinical providers in hopes of starting a dialogue about better recognizing, screening, and treating women with perinatal mood disorders.
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.