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Announcing the ACNM Healthy Birth Initiative (TM): Resources for Promoting Physiologic Birth

By Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, FACNM, ACNM President and Tanya Tanner, CNM, PhD, MBA, RN, Healthy Birth Initiative Task Force Chair As midwives, we’ve known forever that birth is a natural process and not a medical emergency, that women’s bodies are best left to do what they were built to do, and that physiologic birth gives the best start to moms and babies. Warnings about unnecessary intervention in childbirth date back nearly 20 years, to 1996, when the World Health Organization first call...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 10/8/2014 1:26:16 PM
 

Combat Burnout and Negativity with SHIFT: A Midwifery Works! Workshop Preview

We hope you’re as excited as we are about Midwifery Works! 2013—a major midwifery business conference coming to Tampa, FL, October 3 – 6. As a special treat, here’s an interview with one of our workshop speakers Barbara Hughes, CNM, MS, MBA, FACNM, NE-BC, a professional with more than 28 years of experience as a certified nurse-midwife. Barbara has been active in numerous professional organizations, including ACNM, AWHONN, Lamaze International, the National Perinatal Association, and the ...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 9/24/2013 1:17:54 PM
 

Communicating the “Why” of Midwifery

By Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, APRN, FACNM, ACNM President It’s the first week of October, a special time each year when we celebrate midwifery! National Midwifery Week provides an opportunity for each of us to reach out to someone uncertain or confused about our scope of practice, the types of midwives, or the safety of midwifery care in a variety of settings. I challenge everyone to engage in at least one conversation this week about the emerging role of midwifery in the United States –...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 10/6/2014 10:58:31 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 By Melissa Garvey | 4/11/2011 1:06:30 PM
 

The Midwifery Profession Gets a Global Boost at ICM

This is a big week for midwives, women, and infants around the world. Once every three years, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) holds a Congress that attracts more than 3000 international midwives. ACNM is in on the action. If you’re one of our many members in attendance, be sure to stop by our booth—stand 23—and chat with members of the ACNM Division of Global Health. Why is the ICM Triennial Congress such a big deal? This is the first time ever that the Congress has been held ...

Posted By Melissa Garvey | 6/20/2011 5:01:48 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
 
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