National Midwifery Week, October 6 - 12, 2013
National Midwifery Week was created by ACNM to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care. We are continuing to spread the word about midwives through the Our Moment of Truth™ campaign. A new survey of women will be released during National Midwifery Week and a toolkit to promote OMOT at the grassroots level is being promoted among ACNM affiliates.
During National Midwifery Week, we need your help to keep reaching even more women about midwife-led care. Our 2013 theme, “Midwives Make a Difference,” encourages you, your colleagues, friends, clients, and partners to help show how midwives make a difference in the lives of women every day.
By participating and encouraging others to take one simple action each day of the week, we’ll take one collective stride towards creating a new understanding of midwife-led care in the United States. Here's what you can do to help.
Daily Action Plan
Monday: Know Your Options!
Sign the Your Health Promise pledge at www.ourmomentoftruth.com.
Take the time to educate yourself about what the pledge really means
and why taking this step is so important for you personally and/or your
Tuesday: Bust a Myth!
What is misunderstood or
simply incorrect about your perception of your health, women's health
care in general, or the care midwives provide? Check out the myths listed here, or think of your own. Then share the truth through your social media networks.
Wednesday: Spread the Word!
Help spread the word about midwife-led care in your community. Check out the great tools here, and
take one step forward by personalizing the press release found in the
members-only toolkit and sending it to your local media. Be sure to
check with your affiliated practice, education program, group, or ACNM
affiliate to see if plans are already in progress for local media
outreach that you could join. We would also appreciate a copy the
personalized release! E-mail it to us at email@example.com.
Thursday: Share Your Story!
Share your story,
positive or negative, about a health care experience. If there are
things you are going to do differently in the future, let us know. Did a
midwife play a role in your health care? What was the impact? We would
appreciate hearing your health care story to learn about how it has
Friday: Put Yourself First!
It’s always important
to make time for yourself, and National Midwifery Week affords the
perfect opportunity! Tell us how you are going to take time for your
health. Ideas include getting a flu shot from a midwife who provides
primary care, getting your mammogram, and exercising. Tell us how you are going to put yourself first here, and how midwife-led care inspired you or helped play a direct role in putting your health first.
For more simple ways to get involved and spread the word about Our Moment of Truth™, check out our free awareness toolkit, which contains a comprehensive social media guide, template blog post, template email, and printable campaign fact sheet for easy mass distribution.
- National Midwifery Week Planning Kit
This simple guide provides the basic tools necessary to plan, stage, and publicize your affiliate's and practice's events for the week.
- Activities and Events
See what midwives and their supporters have planned for the week. Add your activity or event by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- National Midwifery Week 2013 Logo Art
Need a logo for your National Midwifery Week Promotions? Download it here!
- Future National Midwifery Weeks
National Midwifery Week is held Sunday to Saturday, during the first full week of October. See future dates here.