Silver Spring, MD - Every year, more than 300,000 US women partner with midwives to navigate birth, puberty, menopause, and other life stages. But millions more don't have midwives in their area or are simply unaware that midwives are an option.
"The United States is one of the few developed countries in the world that does not rely on midwives to care for healthy women," said Michelle Collins, certified nurse-midwife and professor at Vanderbilt University. "In large part, this is because myths and misunderstandings overshadow the facts about today's midwifery profession."
During National Midwifery Week, October 3 - 9, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is raising awareness of the unique care and excellent results that midwives provide. This year, women and their families can get involved, too, by joining Team Midwife-a social media driven campaign that empowers women and their families to spread the facts about the profession in their sphere of influence.
In honor of National Midwifery Week, Collins offers these little-known facts about today's midwife:
The vast majority of midwives in the United States are certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives-credentials that require a master's degree.
While midwives are well-known for delivering babies, they also write prescriptions and provide primary care services, such as annual exams, basic nutrition counseling, and family planning.
Midwives practice wherever women go for care, including hospitals, birth centers, and homes.
For more information, please contact Melissa Garvey, ACNM communications manager at (240) 485-1826 or via e-mail at [email protected].
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives in the United States. With roots dating to 1929, ACNM is the oldest women's health care organization in the United States. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress. Learn more at www.midwife.org.