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Announcing the ACNM Healthy Birth Initiative (TM): Resources for Promoting Physiologic Birth

By Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, FACNM, ACNM President and Tanya Tanner, CNM, PhD, MBA, RN, Healthy Birth Initiative Task Force Chair As midwives, we’ve known forever that birth is a natural process and not a medical emergency, that women’s bodies are best left to do what they were built to do, and that physiologic birth gives the best start to moms and babies. Warnings about unnecessary intervention in childbirth date back nearly 20 years, to 1996, when the World Health Organization first call...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 10/8/2014 1:26:16 PM

The Birth of a Mother: An Innovative Model for Providing Midwifery Care to Women in the Postpartum Period

By Jenifer Fahey, CNM, MSN, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine As I reviewed the final draft of the article I had prepared for the upcoming postpartum special issue of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, it became clear that while I had briefly touched on the psychosocial needs of women following the birth of a child, I had focused almost exclusively on physical recovery. I sat at my computer, contemplating my final edits prior to submission, and rea...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 12/11/2013 5:39:50 PM

Planned Cesarean and Postpartum Well-Being: A National Study

By Walker Karraa, MFA, MA Previous studies conducted by Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2011), and Lobel and Deluca (2007) suggested that some women benefit from a planned cesarean delivery compared to women who do not plan for interventions – particularly in lower rates of depression and anxiety. A recent study, Mode of birth and women’s psychological and physical wellbeing in the postnatal period (Rowlands & Redshaw, 2012) sheds light on the growing lit...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 2/5/2013 11:49:21 AM

New Study Shows Success of Midwife-led Birth Centers

By Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FAAN, FACNM, President, American College of Nurse-Midwives Today ACNM’s peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health (JMWH) released the long awaited and much anticipated National Birth Center Study II (NBCS II). The first study of this magnitude since 1989, NBCS II features the outcomes of 15,574 births to women who sought care at midwife-led birth centers. As midwives, we know our unique, woman-centered style of care leads to excellent...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 1/31/2013 10:29:32 AM

Group Prenatal Care and Meaning to Mothers

By Walker Karraa, MFA, MA In 2010, ACNM published a position paper supporting group prenatal care which states that “group prenatal care offers an evidence-based model of prenatal care that can improve health outcomes for childbearing women and their infants.” Combining prenatal care and childbirth education into one setting has garnered increased attention in recent years, adding to the growing literature on alternative models of prenatal care beyond the 2.0 model. For example, the Centering...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 10/31/2012 11:35:55 AM



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