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Midwives are attending a record proportion of US births, and the profession is poised for continued growth in the years to come. The ACNM 58thAnnual Meeting celebrates our diversity of practice, perspectives, and backgrounds, and calls on us to channel these strengths in new and more effective ways to enhance the health care of women throughout the lifespan.
The midwifery profession has a vibrant history of championing the unique gifts, rights, and needs of every individual woman. In 2013, ACNM will explore how best to build on this history to create an effective national diversity strategy for our profession. As a kick-off, we are pleased to welcome premier speaker Beverly Malone, CEO of the National League for Nursing and one of Ebony Magazine?s100 most influential African Americans. We are also proud to welcome closing premier speaker Ina May Gaskin. Thirty-five years after initial publication of her landmark work,Spiritual Midwifery, Gaskin continues to be an articulate champion for normal physiologic birth, midwifery, and for increased national focus on the persistent tragedy of maternal mortality.
Women need midwives more than ever before. Under the Affordable Care Act, more women will have access to care than ever before, and yet midwives still fight for the ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training, while, at the same time, half of US counties have no OBGYNs. A recent ACNM survey shows that most women aren?t getting the kind of health care they want and need. The evidence is clear that midwives, with our commitment to normal, physiologic birth and woman-centered care throughout the lifespan, will be an ever-more important part of the solution.
It?s a critical moment in time for our profession. Don?t miss this opportunity to add your harmony to the rising voice of midwifery!