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Immunizations: Encouraging Supermoms with Evidence-based Conversations

By Carol Hayes, CNM, MN, MPH Immunizations are a hot topic, right? There, I have opened Pandora’s box! ACNM has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve vaccination rates among women, especially ethnic minorities and pregnant women. At this year’s ACNM Annual Meeting & Exhibition, there were exhibitors promoting vaccines and some opposing them. Comments swirled about why ACNM would let an anti-vaccine group exhibit, while some complaints protested ...

Posted 6/9/2014 10:23:40 AM

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, an...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 11/20/2013 2:46:57 PM

Leadership in Action: Considering the "Why"

By Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, ARNP, FACNM, ACNM President The Board of Directors convened in Washington, DC this weekend for our fall quarterly meeting. What did we accomplish? Many of us charged the Hill and visited Congressional representatives to discuss a variety of topics: midwives as primary care providers in ACA implementation; establishment of a maternity care shortage designation placing midwives, through the National Health Service Corp, in under-served areas; full access and eq...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 9/17/2013 2:36:02 PM

The Window is Open for Transforming Maternity Care

By Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, FACNM, ACNM President Last week, Diana Mason, PhD, RN wrote a blog post for the Journal of the American Medical Association titled “Transforming the Costly Travesty of US Maternity Care.” It is an articulate chronology of the issue, which has reappeared frequently in national headlines over the past month. Mason advocates for immediate change, outlining 4 compelling factors that stand in the way of improving maternal-newborn outcomes while reducing costs: ...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 8/7/2013 4:53:17 PM

It’s Time to Stop and Savor the Full Bloom of Modern Midwifery

By Melissa Garvey, ACNM Senior Writer-Editor It’s hard to imagine a time when the midwifery community isn’t brimming with action and forward momentum. Even so, I feel compelled to stop and savor what is turning out to be a particularly momentous spring for ACNM and the broader midwifery community. Midwives received significant air time last week leading up to Mother’s Day. ACNM member Patricia Loftman, CNM, told the world she was a midwife on the May 8 episode of Wheel of Fortune (she also ...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 5/16/2013 1:52:26 PM



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