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The Latent Phase: Maintaining your License, Crunching the Numbers

By Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN Understanding the specific requirements needed to maintain your midwifery license, including continuing education, is a numbers game. Here is how I have come to understand the system, and keep track of seemingly complex requirements in a clear fashion. Just when I thought I had all the numbers crunched in my list of certification, licensure, and maintenance requirements, I learned the true depths to which the numbers-game of maintenance goes: I encountered...

Posted 3/21/2014 4:41:14 PM

ACNM Benchmarking: Defining our contribution

Jessica Schwarz CNM, MSN Practicing midwifery in a tertiary or quaternary care environment can be challenging. At the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), midwives are members of an interdisciplinary team comprised of health care professionals from many fields, from pediatric surgeons to respiratory therapists to maternal-fetal medicine physicians. We care for women whose pregnancies have been complicated by a prenatally diagnosed birth defect or genetic condition. What is the role of...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 2/19/2014 1:03:55 PM

The Latent Phase: Finding your first impression

By Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN Lost for words when introducing yourself as a new midwife? Stumbling over the explanation of your recent role change while simultaneously trying to instill confidence in your care? Here are a few suggestions for how to make the best first impressions with clients and coworkers. “Are you sure you’re a midwife? You don’t half look young.” - Ingrid “Don’t worry Ingrid. You’re quite safe.” - Jenny Lee - Call the Midwife, Season 1 Episode 2 I remember in...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 1/15/2014 1:21:55 PM

A New Way Forward

by Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, ARNP, FACNM, ACNM President As the year ends, we often reflect on the highlights as well as the challenges we’ve faced, while looking forward to the new opportunities. In my first 6 months as President of ACNM, I quickly learned that I had not fully realized the extent of my role until the day I took office, when questions, requests, and travel obligations began to emerge in rapid-fire succession. I’m not sure anyone can fully prepare for this whirlwind pace....

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 12/20/2013 12:39:36 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



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