Other Advocacy Initiatives
ACNM Physiologic Birth Initiative
ACNM provides clinical testimony to FDA on benefits and risks of pools/tubs indicated for use during the birthing process
ACNM representatives were invited to a meeting on November 16 to provide clinical information to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on the benefits and risks of pools/tubs indicated for use during the birthing process. Jenna Shaw-Battista, CNM, PhD, program director for the University of California at San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital Interdepartmental Nurse-Midwifery Education Program, and Tina Johnson, CNM, MS, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy, attended for ACNM. Also in attendance were representatives from the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), and the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Hospital Association (AHA), and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). More
ACNM and AWHONN urge MACPAC to address quality and cost of maternity care in the United States
ACNM and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) have joined together in urging the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to take action in addressing the quality and cost of maternity care in the United States today. In a joint letter, ACNM and AWHONN called upon MACPAC commissioners to focus on maternity care and make recommendations to Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services to improve outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries and reduce overall costs associated with the provision of unnecessary medical interventions.
ACNM urges consideration of CNMs/CMs in AORN proposed position statement on APRN first assistant
ACNM comments on proposed measures for perinatal and reproductive health care
The National Quality Forum (NQF) recently released its proposed measures for perinatal and reproductive health care. In official comments on the measures, ACNM recommended mandatory reporting of rates of elective and cesarean delivery and exclusive breastfeeding upon discharge. ACNM also recommended that future measures focus on promoting spontaneous vaginal birth and access to VBAC, breastfeeding education, early breastfeeding initiation, immediate skin-to-skin contact, and exclusive breastfeeding stratified by maternal intent.
ACNM Comments on the AMA Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Maternity Care Work Group on the Maternity Care Performance Measures Set
Midwifery in the United States and the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: This white paper developed by ACNM, the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), and the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) describes the impact of certain recommendations of the Consensus Model on the profession of midwifery and gives a brief overview of the evolution of midwifery in the United States.
Real Support for Birth Choices: ACNM Responds to Recent Infant Death During VA Home Birth
American College of Nurse-Midwives Launches Team Midwife™
Ob-Gyns and Midwives Seek to Improve Health Care for Women and Their Newborns : ACOG and ACNM Release New Joint Statement of Practice Relations Between Ob/Gyns and CNMs/CMs
Transforming Birth Fund Awards Grant to Convene Home Birth Summit
ACNM Responds to ACOG Home Birth Committee Opinion: ACNM welcomes ACOG’s shift from an absolute “no” on home birth to the recognition of a woman’s right to make informed decisions about birth setting. (attached)
ACNM Debuts Evidence-based Resource Highlighting Midwifery Approach to Maternity Care
ACNM Commends Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Report on the Future of Nursing
American College of Nurse-Midwives Responds to ACOG's 2010 VBAC Recommendations, Includes Official Statement with Background and References
Latest Review in the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health Challenges Long-held Friedman Curve of Active Labor
ACNM Joins in Support of International Call for More Midwives
ACNM and the APRN Consensus Model
ACNM's decision to join ANA as an organizational affiliate
AARP Issued a Policy Supplement on ARNPs’ Scope of Practice, Which Included Nurse-Midwives*For the past two years, ACNM has been a coalition member with AARP’s Center to Champion Nursing in America, and has been working closely with other organizations to educate AARP about the barriers that limit the ability of CNMs and others from practicing to the fullest extent of their properly recognized scope of practice. We discussed several specific areas in which AARP could be helpful, and a new policy statement was one of them.