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National Midwifery Week, October 2 - 8, 2016

National Midwifery Week 2015 is October 2 - 8. See future dates here.

In early October, we took the opportunity to spread the word about midwives to even more women using the messages in the Our Moment of Truth campaign. We believe everyone has the right to know how much #MidwivesMakeADifference to women and families!

Thanks to all who participated on social media, our messages reached nearly a quarter of a million people. Let's keep the momentum going!

View a sampling of how ACNM members celebrated National Midwifery Week 2015.

National Midwifery Week was created by ACNM to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care. It’s time to display your pride in the hallmarks of midwifery that you deliver every day; this week is for you and about you. We need your help to keep spreading the word.

Whether you’re willing to throw yourself into hosting a full-scale midwifery-themed event in your community or only have time to share our stories on Facebook and retweet us on Twitter, every action from every individual builds our celebration and helps to raise awareness. Here’s what you can do to help.

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Share our Daily Action Plan

One of the simplest ways to participate in National Midwifery Week is to encourage clients, friends, and family to take part in our daily action plan. Each action of the day is geared toward creating a new understanding of midwife-led care and the importance of normal, healthy birth. And don't forget to use the official hashtag #NMW16 whenever you post or repost on social media.


Monday: Know Your Options!
When it comes to health care, you don’t have to settle. Commit to exploring your options for birth and women’s health care by signing the Your Health Promise pledge at Educate yourself about what the pledge really means and why taking this step is so important for you and your family.

Tuesday: Bust a Myth!
Misunderstandings keep many women from enjoying the benefits of midwifery care and normal, healthy birth. What myth about midwives or birth do you most often encounter? Check out the midwifery myths listed here, or think of your own. Then share the truth through your social media networks.

Wednesday: Spread the Word
Pick one thing you can do today to be a champion for midwives and healthy birth in your community. Check out the great tools here, and take one step forward by sharing an OMOT Facebook status, joining the OMOT listserv (for ACNM members only), or personalizing a resource in one of the OMOT Toolkits.

Thursday: Share Your Story!
Share your moment of truth. Did you have an “ah-ha!” moment when you realized midwifery care was right for you? Have you had a positive experience with normal, healthy birth? Have you discovered the advantage of using a midwife for your primary care needs? Share your story on the Our Moment of Truth website, and then share the link to your story with your social media networks.

Friday: Put Yourself First!
Self-care is always important, and National Midwifery Week affords the perfect opportunity! What will you take time to do for your health? Ideas include: get a flu shot from a midwife who provides primary care, enroll in that prenatal yoga class you’ve been putting off, or schedule your annual well-woman exam with a midwife. Let us know how you are going to put yourself first here, and how midwife-led care inspired you or helped play a direct role in putting your health first.


Go all-out: National Midwifery Week Planning Kit

This guide provides the basic tools necessary to plan, stage, and publicize your affiliate’s and practice’s events for the week. Plus, see what other midwives and their supporters have planned!

Click here to see the guide, which includes:

  • Ideas of ways to celebrate
  • Sample news release and media advisory, and ways to find your local media contacts
  • How to get a governor or mayor’s proclamation
  • Tips for exhibiting and developing materials for exhibits

Get the Graphics and Ads

Download print- and web-quality versions of the official National Midwifery Week 2015 logo, mini-posters of the Daily Action Plan, and social media icons for Facebook or your blog or website.

The 2015 logo, mini-posters, and icons, are available by clicking HERE!

Save the Date: Future National Midwifery Weeks

National Midwifery Week is held Sunday to Saturday, during the first full week of October. See future dates here.


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