Use these facts and
from ACNM’s Our
Moment of Truth™ campaign to spread the truth about
True or False? Midwives
have no formal education.
FALSE. Most midwives in the
United States have a master’s degree and are required to pass a national
certification exam. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives
(CMs) attend approximately 93% of all midwife-attended births in the United
States, and as of 2010 they are required to have a master's degree in order to
True or False? Midwives only focus on pregnancy and birth.
FALSE. CNMs and CMs provide
health care services to women in all stages of life, from the teenage years
through menopause, including general health check-ups, screenings and
vaccinations; pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care; well woman gynecologic
care; treatment of sexually transmitted infections; and prescribing
medications, including all forms of pain control medications and birth control.
Share Your Story
Since September, 100 women have shared their My
Moment of Truth stories. Read about their experiences with health care and
find out what made them decide to choose a midwife. Visit www.ourmomentoftruth.com to read real women’s stories and share your own!
Take the Pledge
Have you taken the Your Health Promise pledge? Join
the nearly 800 women who have already pledged to become informed about their
women's health preferences and choices. Start your mission to improve your
health, and make Your Health Promise now at www.ourmomentoftruth.com!
Midwifery-led Birth Centers
Provide Equal or Better Care
A recent study released by the Center for Advancing
Health found that low-income women who gave birth under the care of a certified
nurse-midwife at a birth center experienced outcomes equal to or better than
women under the care of hospital-based obstetricians.
Connection Releases Major Survey of US Mothers
Listening to Mothers surveys compare actual experiences of childbearing women and
newborns with mothers’ preferences, as well as with evidence-based care and
optimal outcomes. View the results of Childbirth Connection’s third national US
survey of women’s childbearing experiences.
approves first morning sickness drug in 30 years
The US Food and Drug Administration approved Diclegis to
treat women who have nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. The 2 active
ingredients in the drug are Vitamin B6 plus an
Women’s Hall of Fame Welcomes Ina May Gaskin, Nancy Pelosi
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and
pioneer of modern American midwifery Ina May Gaskin are among the women honored
this year with induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. An induction
ceremony will be held on October 12 in Seneca Falls, NY, the birthplace of the
US women’s movement.
Issue Home Birth Policy Statement
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement on home birth
recommending that there be a certified nurse-midwife, certified midwife, or a
physician present, as well as a caregiver who is present solely to take care of
Improves Preemies’ Vital Signs
A recent study found that different types of music can actually have an effect
on premature babies’ vital signs and feeding and breathing behaviors. Positive
changes in sucking behavior, eating, sleeping behaviors, and heart rate occurred in the babies when they heard different
Parents' Saliva on Pacifiers Could
Ward Off Baby's Allergies
Researchers say that children
whose parents clean their pacifiers by sucking them might be less likely to
develop allergic conditions because of how their parents' saliva changes their
microbiomes—the collections of bacteria that live in and on our bodies.
Women Should Not Take Valproate Medication for Migraines
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising women that the anti-seizure
medication valproate sodium (and related products valproic acid and divalproex
sodium) should not be taken by pregnant women to prevent migraine headaches.
There is evidence that these medications can cause decreased IQ scores in
children whose mothers took them while pregnant.
Study: No Harm in Occasional Drink During Pregnancy
A new study found that drinking up to 2 alcoholic beverages per week
during pregnancy is not linked to developmental problems in children. However, even
the study's authors caution that abstaining from alcohol is still best for
Mammograms Tied to Worse Breast Cancer Outcomes
Older women diagnosed with breast cancer years after their last
mammogram, and those who never had a mammogram, have an increased risk of dying
from their cancer, a new study suggests.
are Safe for Teens, Too
According to a new study,
intrauterine devices are just as safe for teenagers to use as older women. Researchers
found that serious complications—such as ectopic pregnancies and pelvic
inflammatory disease—occurred in less than 1% of all the women, regardless of
It’s Only Natural Breastfeeding Support
The US Department of Health and Human Services’ new breastfeeding
campaign It’s Only Natural helps
African American women and their families understand the health benefits of
breastfeeding—not just for babies, but for moms too.
help understanding the ACA
These free educational brochures and presentations help explain
the new health care law for women and a variety of other groups that will be
significantly impacted by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
and Pregnancy Vaccines Flyer
This flyer from the CDC shows women what vaccines to get before, during, and
Our Moment of Truth™ Toolkit
Use ACNM’s public awareness initiative to help raise awareness of midwifery in
your community. Our free toolkit includes a social media guide with sample
posts, a template article and e-mail, and a printable fact sheet.