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Midwives Offer Helping Hands to Ensure Early and Small Babies Survive and Thrive

May 5—Today, as we celebrate International Day of the Midwife, thousands of families in Malawi recognize the important contributions midwives have made for improved maternal, newborn and child health. In partnership with other health care providers and communities, midwives helped Malawi reduce child mortality over the past fifteen years as part of the Millennium Development Goals. Malawi is only one of a handful of countries to boast this achievement. Yet, newborn deaths remain quite high in Ma...

Posted By Michele Lunsford | 5/5/2016 10:19:48 AM

The 9 Most Talked About Happenings in Women’s Health in 2015

A new year brings new facts, figures, and speculations as to what will be the top health care trends. We are optimistic about making women’s health a priority this year, but before we start predicting the future, let’s reflect on what took place this past year. 1. The Day the Supreme Court Saved Obamacare The Affordable Care Act is here to stay! On June 25, the Supreme Court made the decision in King v. Burwell to preserve access to subsidies for individuals who live in states where the he...

Posted By Michele Lunsford | 1/11/2016 2:44:17 PM

Midwife Mecca: Reflections of a Physician Leader

This post originally appeared on Burning the Short White Coat by Eve Shvidler, MD. Dr. Shvidler is apracticing physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. She is married, and they have 3children. While much of her writing is inspired by her experiences as a physician, it is not based on real people or events. In the interest of protecting patient and colleague privacy and confidentiality, all stories are fictionalized. You can read more of her writings at https://burningtheshortwhitecoa...

Posted By Melissa Garvey | 8/13/2015 1:02:54 PM

Unity Among All Midwives: Wednesday at the Annual Meeting

As I listened to the debate over the ACNM name change at today’s Closing Business Meeting, my optimism grows for the future of midwives. I am a brand new CNM; graduated in May and passed the boards less than a few weeks ago. I decided to become a CNM even though CPMs caught 2 of my 3 daughters in my home because I live in Illinois, a state that only recognizes CNMs.“If someone needs to go to jail to prove a point about home birth,” I thought, “I’m not your girl.” Women in areas like mine acros...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 7/2/2015 5:02:47 PM

My First ACNM: Lobby Day! Tuesday at the Annual Meeting

In case you were wondering what it looks like when about 600 midwives storm the US Capitol, the answer is impressive. I’ve been excited about Lobby Day for most of the Annual Meeting, since it isn’t always held in DC. But as a student who has met with exactly zero politicians ever I wasn’t sure what to expect—who does the talking? What do we say? To whom do we say it? I met with my fellow Georgia midwives and midwifery students, and we boarded the bus. We had a 3-part plan at the Capitol: Mee...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 7/1/2015 12:16:52 PM



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