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An Inside Look at the ACNM National Office

by Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, FACNM, ACNM President

I spent a few days last week in Silver Spring, MD, working at the ACNM national office.

On my first day Jesse Bushman, ACNM director of advocacy and government affairs, led the monthly all-staff meeting. I was excited to observe the diversity and inclusivity within our staff; young association staffers comfortably engaged with more seasoned leaders in candid discussions that encompassed various viewpoints. The camaraderie, caring, and team support was palpable. I also noted that many staff members regularly keep extended work hours, dedicated to advancing the priorities, mission, and vision of ACNM. Thank you−to ALL members of the ACNM staff!

The next day, ACNM hosted members of ACOG’s leadership for a discussion of shared interests to advance the health of women and infants. Dr. Hal Lawrence, ACOG Executive Vice President and Dr. Jeanne Conry, ACOG President, as well as 2 other ACOG senior staff members joined a delegation from ACNM to explore initiatives with potential for collaboration. Both groups emphasized the mutually-agreed need for future focus on interprofessional education and collaboration initiatives, between our associations and our members alike. Progress is only possible with collaboration and cooperation. We were excited to share ACNM’s vision with our ACOG friends.

My last day involved working with staff member Damaris Hay, ACNM media relations, social media, & marketing specialist, to try a new form of media outreach. I was asked to hold a live, one-hour Twitter chat on the topic of midwifery and the Affordable Care Act. My initial reply was “sure;” however, my knowledge of Twitter was sorely lacking. After some evening homework, I set up a Twitter account in preparation and can now be followed at the handle @gingerbreedlove. My goal on Twitter is to monitor, comment about, and disseminate, with Damaris’ help, information related to childbirth and women’s health through the lifespan. Fortifying ACNM’s online presence by connecting on social media is increasingly important if we want to reach our target audiences in relevant ways: we know from many surveys, including Listening to Mothers III, that every week “nearly two-thirds (64%) of pregnant women access online information from a smartphone…and 82% go online from a computer.” We should all work toward improving our social media literacy, and participate on the platforms that make the most sense for our individual purposes. I am excited use Twitter to engage with many of our midwifery colleagues worldwide, follow other organizations with similar missions, and talk to women interested in midwife-led care.

I want to encourage our members and students to reach out to your ACNM affiliate officers, region representatives, or ACNM staff whenever you have a question. Your concerns are important, and we extend our sincerest desire to help. And, if you are ever in the Washington, DC metro area, consider stopping by the ACNM office at 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1500, Silver Spring, MD, to get to know your ACNM staff and thank them for their work on behalf of our profession!

Posted 11/20/2013 2:46:57 PM
 

 

 



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