One quiet night after midnight, in a lull between labor patients,
my midwifery preceptor took me on a tour of the hospital where I was doing my
clinical rotation. I had been there for a few months but coming and going
through the OB doors I had no idea how the rest of the hospital was laid out.
Like Nancy Drew investigating quiet corridors with soft steps and
lowered voices, we made our way over to the med surg floor. We introduced
ourselves to the nurses who were surprised to learn that midwives were working
in their facility. These registered nurses who worked just one dark, drafty
passageway away from labor and delivery didn’t even know that midwives could attend births in a hospital.
My preceptor was well known in our small town. All I had to do
was mention that I worked with Helene and young mothers would start
fan-girling. “You work with Helene?” they’d ask me as they boasted that Helene had been their midwife.
Not only did she have a busy, thriving practice full of highly
satisfied clients, but Helene had been working there for 15 years! She had two
CNM partners in the practice with her, all doing full-scope midwifery care. How
was it possible that other nurses in the same small town, working in the same
hospital NOT know that this outstanding women’s health care provider was catching a good chunk of the babies?
I felt so disappointed – and defensive. I was proud to be a
student midwife, and proud of my amazing preceptor and the work she was doing.
It hurt that other health care professionals didn’t appreciate her gifts. She was the most
popular midwife in that part of the state. What more could she do to get the
word out about midwives?
We walked on to the ED without taking the time to educate the
nurses about our training and scope of practice. If only I had had a pocketful
of Our Moment of Truth cards ready to hand to these nurses. Our Moment
of Truth (OMOT) is an initiative by the American College of
Nurse-Midwives that encourages women to become aware of their health care
options. With award winning videos, handouts, and social media tips, OMOT would’ve helped us explain to the nurses
that midwives and midwifery care are important options that should be the norm
for women’s health care
OMOT business cards are conveniently sized and have enough detail
to highlight the education, scope, and benefits of midwifery care. This
attractive, professional card looks just like your personalized business cards.
OMOT is about public education and change. It’s about care options.It encourages women to become
aware of their own health care options and make informed decisions. It’s also an invitation to help. Our Moment of Truth’s mission is to improve women's
health and maternity care in the US by re-introducing midwives and midwifery
care as important options that should be the norm for women's health care
OMOT business cards are an easy way for midwives to market
themselves and their practices. Take some of the
mystery out of health care by printing some OMOT cards for your practice
and begin sharing them with your family, friends and clients…and your coworkers
on med surg.
By Karen E. Ady, CNM, MSN