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March for Midwives: Why We’re Walking

by Cassie Moore, Writer and Editor, American College of Nurse-Midwives We recently asked some midwives and their supporters why they are walking on May 5—International Day of the Midwife—during the March for Midwives. Here are two great answers from a midwife and a client: Suzanne Stalls, CNM, Director of Global Outreach at ACNM: "I am walking because being a midwife has been one of the greatest good fortunes of my life. I am walking in gratitude for that. I am walking because of all the ...

Posted 4/29/2011 8:50:08 AM

International Day of the Midwife on May 5: So Many Ways to Participate

by Cassie Moore, Writer and Editor, American College of Nurse-Midwives Will you be marching for midwives on Thursday, May 5? In preparation for the 29th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), June 19­–23 in Durban, South Africa, 5k events are being planned around the world to bring attention to the needless death of mothers and their babies, and the midwives working to save their lives. 5k Walks on International Day of the Midwife On May 5—International...

Posted 4/22/2011 3:21:14 PM

Team Midwife: Catch the Spirit

by Cassie Moore, Writer and Editor, American College of Nurse-Midwives Ever feel like some people just don’t “get” midwifery? Sure, your clients love you and, if you’re lucky, the nurses and doctors you work with understand your profession, but we all know there are those who think that midwives only attend all-natural home births. Some people think doulas and midwives are the same thing. Some believe midwives receive no formal education and training. And even people who are relatively inf...

Posted 4/15/2011 11:59:09 AM

Midwife Wisdom Goes Digital, Holds Potential to Change Hospital Birth Practices

by Cassie Moore, Writer and Editor, American College of Nurse-Midwives With a 32.9% cesarean rate, an increasing maternal mortality rate, and skyrocketing health care costs, the United States needs midwives now more than ever—but do most people know the benefits that midwives bring to health care? As we gear up for the May 5 Global March for Midwives, we’ll be featuring several posts about individual midwives who are making a big difference in our field. Let’s start the celebration with Whitne...

Posted 4/11/2011 1:06:30 PM

Building Relationships: My First ACNM Lobby Day

by Jenifer Poell, CNM, WHNP-BC Remember walking into your first job as a new midwife? If you’re anything like me, you felt very excited but intimidated. And then, day by day, you gained confidence and started to enjoy yourself and settle into your role. This parallels my experience at my first ACNM Lobby Day in Washington, DC, last year. I was a little uneasy and didn’t know what to expect. But it was so empowering to walk the halls of Congress with hundreds of other midwives to promote our imp...

Posted 4/6/2011 1:08:52 PM



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