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American College of Nurse-Midwives Launches Team Midwife™

New Campaign Poised to Promote Awareness and Access to Midwifery Care

For immediate release: April 14, 2011

Contact: Cassie Moore
Phone: 240-485-1822
E-mail: cmoore@acnm.org

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) has launched Team Midwife, a new campaign to address longstanding misconceptions about the midwifery profession and to advocate for awareness of and access to midwifery care in the United States.

Largely powered by social media, Team Midwife asks consumers, legislators, and health care professionals to support midwives with two options for getting involved:

  • Become a Fan: Anyone can be a fan by liking Team Midwife on Facebook. Fans receive news and updates in their Facebook news feeds that make it easy to share the truth about midwives with their network of friends and family. It’s also a great way for fans to connect, advocate, and cheer for the team.

  • Join the Team: Supporters who want to go the extra mile can purchase an official Team Midwife membership for $15, which gives ACNM the financial resources to pursue our five strategic goals. Team benefits include a monthly women’s health e-newsletter, simple-to-follow advocacy alerts, and a Proud Member team badge.

“Team Midwife provides a way for our satisfied clients and their families to work with us to overcome antiquated misconceptions about who midwives are and what we do,” said ACNM President Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN. “We’re confident that our loyal supporters can play a key role in helping us remove the barriers that keep many women from accessing midwifery care in the United States.”

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) are primary health care providers to women throughout the lifespan. They perform physical exams; prescribe medications; order laboratory tests; provide prenatal, gynecologic, labor, birth, and newborn care; and provide health education and counseling to women of all ages. Learn more about midwives at www.midwife.org. Join Team Midwife at www.teammidwife.org.

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For more information, please contact Cassie Moore, ACNM Writer and Editor at (240) 485-1822 or via e-mail at cmoore@acnm.org.  

With roots dating to 1929, the American College of Nurse-Midwives is the oldest women's health care association in the United States. ACNM's mission is to promote the health and well-being of women and newborns within their families and communities through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives. Midwives believe every individual has the right to safe, satisfying health care with respect for human dignity and cultural variations. More information about ACNM can be found at www.midwife.org.

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