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ACNM Names New President-elect, Announces Incoming Officers

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For Immediate Release
March 15, 2012

Contact: Melissa Garvey
Office: (240) 485-1826
E-mail: mgarvey@acnm.org

Silver Spring, MD – Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, ARNP, FACNM, has been elected the next President-elect of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Election results are also in for incoming Secretary, Region IV Representative, Region V Representative, and two Nominating Committee members. New board members will be inducted at the ACNM 57th Annual Meeting & Exposition in Long Beach, CA, June 2 – 7, 2012.

As incoming ACNM President-elect, Breedlove will serve one year alongside ACNM President Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN, followed by a three-year term as ACNM President.

“This is an exceptionally promising and dynamic time to assume a leadership role in ACNM and the midwifery profession,” said ACNM President Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN. “I look forward to working with Ginger and the rest of the incoming officers as we assume our role in the national movement to improve health care quality and access to care.”

Breedlove is a professor of graduate nursing at the University of Shenandoah in Winchester, VA. She received her midwifery education from the Medical University of South Carolina and her PhD from University of Missouri. She co-founded the first free-standing birth center in Kansas and established the first nurse-midwifery practice in the greater Kansas City metro area. Breedlove is a volunteer leader of the Kansas March of Dimes, a charter member of the Kansas Maternal Child Health Coalition, and a consultant to AMOS Health and Hope in Managua, Nicaragua. She has served two previous terms on the ACNM Board of Directors as Secretary.

Kathryn S. Harrod, CNM, PhD, FACNM, ran unopposed and will serve another term as ACNM Secretary. She is the nurse-midwifery service director at Walworth Aurora Medical Group in Elkhorn, WI, and an assistant clinical professor at Marquette University, where she co-developed the nurse-midwifery program.

Mairi Breen Rothman, CNM, MSN, was elected Region IV Representative for Washington, DC, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. For the past four years, she has worked as co-director of a full-scope home birth practice called M.A.M.A.S, Inc. (Metro Area Midwives & Allied Services/Mujeres Ayudando Mujeres A la Salud).

Lynne Himmelreich, CNM, MPH, FACNM, was elected Region V Representative for Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. She is service director of the University of Iowa Women's Health Nurse-Midwifery Service and assistant professor at University of Iowa Department of OB/GYN.

Incoming Nominating Committee members are Julia Lange Kessler, CM, MS, RN, IBCLC, of New York City and Angelita Nixon, CNM, MSN, of Scott Depot, WV.

Learn more about ACNM’s incoming officers and their responsibilities at www.midwife.org/acnm-elections

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For more information, please contact Melissa Garvey, ACNM communications manager at (240) 485-1826 or via e-mail at mgarvey@acnm.org

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.

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