Dr. Hellman was a respected, and well known physician pioneer in the development of midwifery practice in the US. The intention of this award is to present a national award of recognition to a physician who has been a champion/supporter of midwifery practice. This is a joint award given by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the A.C.N.M. Foundation (A.C.N.M.F), and the Midwifery Business Network (MBN).
Eligibility: Nominees for this award must be a fellow or junior fellow of ACOG.
They must also demonstrate:
1. Excellence in clinical practice, education, administration and/or research focused on the health care of women
2. Leadership in health care for women through the collaboration of physicians and midwives
3. Advocacy for vulnerable and/or underserved women
Nomination process: Nominations may be made throughout the year. Nomination forms are available on the ACNM/A.C.N.M.F/MBN websites. If possible, they will also be available via link from ACOG website.
Selection process: A committee composed of members of the ACNM/A.C.N.M.F/and MBN will review all applications and select the recipients. A.C.N.M.F will chair the committee and maintain responsibility for organizing the selection meeting each year.
Presentation: The award will be a symbol of the award (to be determined), name on the two plaques. The award with be presented at a high profile event at the ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting. The Presidents (ACNM/ACNMF/MBN) or their representatives will attend and present the award in person.
Cost and Funding: All costs will be managed within the Foundation. The award will be housed within the Foundation to permit individuals to donate tax free in honor of the recipients. The symbol of the award (statue, etc) will be purchased and a supply maintained in the national office. Duplicate plaques with recipient’s names will be hung in the ACOG office and ACNM. The Intent is that the plaque that will hold many brass name markers. Costs for the award will include the symbol of the award; certificate, the two plaques, phone calls, and administrative costs in A.C.N.M.F. Travel of presenters to ACOG meeting could be considered in the future.
Funds Received: Funds received in honor of the recipients will be kept in the A.C.N.M.F fund line item for this award and used to support the award. Funds in excess of the need of the award will be allocated to programs of the Foundation consistent with the intent of the award: collaboration of midwives and physicians, collaborative care models.
Events and Publicity: ACOG as well as the awarding organizations are encouraged to publicize the award and the recipients. Press releases are encouraged. ACNM public relations staff will be asked to provide a press release for the award each year. Midwives and physicians in the “home” of the recipients are encouraged to develop local events to honor the recipient.