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Check out the 2014 National Midwifery Week Activities, Events, and Media Coverage!

National Midwifery 2014 (#NMW14) was a true success! Check out what your fellow members and colleagues were up to...


1. The Kansas Affiliate co-hosted a premier screening of Microbirth, from 6:15 - 8:30 pm on Friday, October 10 at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. North, Wichita, KS 67260. Microbirth examines how modern birth practices could be interfering with critical biological processes potentially making our children more susceptible to disease later in life.

2. In honor of Midwifery Week, the Connecticut Affiliate hosted a screening of the documentary Microbirth and a reception and discussion after the film. The event was held at YNHH St Raphael Campus Cronin Auditorium in New Haven on Sunday, October 5th from 3-5 PM.

"MicroBirth is a new feature-length documentary looking at birth in a whole new way; through the lens of a microscope. The film investigates the latest scientific research that is starting to link the way babies are born with health in later life."

3. Baylor Midwifery Program, Baylor University

The midwifery faculty shared highlights from The Lancet series on midwifery to students, faculty, and staff during National Midwifery Week by creating a Midwifery Tea Seminar – a program of bringing the midwifery students together to share with them vital aspects of the profession and midwifery practice that don’t always fit into the traditional curriculum. A second Midwifery Tea is scheduled to share Part 2 of The Lancet series after it is published.

Fall 2014 Nurse-Midwifery Week Calendar of events


Title of Topic



Target Group

Monday, October 6th

Midwives: Global Leaders

Emily Sloan SNM

SMU; Ballroom East in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on SMU campus

University students and faculty

Tuesday, October 7th

Young Women’s Health

Amy Payne, SNM and Jenn Light, SNM

Waxahachie Middle School

7th and 8th graders

Wednesday, October 8th

The “Lancet Series” on Midwifery-Part 1

Dr.’s Mary Ann Faucher and Barbara Camune

LHSON-Room 204-1 to 2:00pm

Midwife students; all students, faculty and staff


October 15th

Midwifery as a career

Elyse Murphy SNM

Sterling High School, Baytown, TX- 3pm

60 members of a drill team

4. Women's Specialists of New Mexico

After the Baby: Thriving in the First Year

Women's Specialists of New Mexico held an open house focused on the postpartum year. They held a baby massage demonstration, a discussion group on postpartum sexuality and another on birth storytelling (Pam England), a breastfeeding circle and chat, mamma chair massage, postpartum doula information, info table on family planning, baby wearing demonstrations, and a workshop on nourishing ourselves postpartum. Parenting and counselling resources were also available. It was free and open to the public and they personally invited all past clients from the past 10 months as well as soon-to-be moms.

5. Santa Cruz Monterey Bay Chapter


6. Minnesota Affiliate

During National Midwifery Week, the Minnesota Affiliate of ACNM gathered for the third annual Optimal Outcomes in Women’s Health Conference. This year the focus was on Supporting the Postpartum Journey. Penny Simkin, PT was a featured speaker. 

To learn more about the conference:

7. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing organized two events for National Midwifery Week. The first event was a tea at the School of Nursing Faculty Practice, West End Women’s Health Center. This tea was hosted by the practice for our midwives and for the student midwives at our school. We have also invited the other midwives who work throughout our medical center to join us. Our second event was a Munchies with Midwives that was hosted at the School of Nursing for our midwifery students as well as other faculty, students, and midwives.

8. California Nurse-Midwives Association held a discussion on Mapping Our Route to Autonomous Practice where they focused on tapping your expertise and creativity in small groups to develop "Next Steps." It took place on Monday, October 6 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at the California Endowment Oakland Conference Center,1111 Broadway, 7th Floor,Oakland, CA.

9. The Stony Brook Midwifery Practice in New York celebrated National Midwifery Week by holding an informational health day in the lobby of Stony Brook University Hospital. Posters were placed throughout the hospital and health sciences center using the tools from OMOT! We had a free raffle for lovely baskets donated by the midwives, pens with our practice logo and pins that say "Keep calm and call the midwife!" were handed out and we shared information with the community regarding the midwifery model of care, scope of practice and practice information. All in all, a successful and fun event giving all of us a chance to be together!

10. GW Midwifery celebrated National Midwifery Week during our monthly Meet the Midwife presentation. Pictured here, our Midwifery Fellows and Students greeted approximately 150 guests interested in midwifery.

We featured ACNM's new YouTube video about midwives and Tina Johnson joined us from ACNM's national office. A great evening!

MEDIA COVERAGECheck out the awesome coverage our members received during National Midwifery Week!

Santa Cruz Good Times

WCJB TV20 (Gainsville, FL)

Moms Everyday 13WIBW (Topeka, KS)

News-Press (Cape Coral, FL)

Central Jersey

New Haven Register (Opinion)


City of Santa Cruz (CA): Proclaiming the week of October 5 –11, 2014 as “National Midwifery Week” and encouraging all citizens to join in recognizing, appreciating, and celebrating the essential role that midwives perform for women in the Santa Cruz community.

City of Lexington (KY): 


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