Experience the Magic of Midwifery: Kicking Off 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife!
Dear ACNM Member or Consumer,
The holiday season is upon us and before we close out an amazing 2019, ACNM would like to remind our midwifery and consumer communities that the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife (2020 YNM). To say we’re ecstatic about this designation is an understatement, especially since it speaks to the professions we so proudly represent. ACNM is busy working on an exciting new 2020 YNM campaign which will be rolled out in the coming weeks. The WHO 2020 YNM designation comes at both an opportune and critical time and provides us with a unique opportunity to inform the public – future consumers, women, individuals, families, policymakers, potential stakeholder partners – about the magic of midwifery-led care as provided by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs).
In the spirit of continuing to brand midwives and midwifery, ACNM has been presented with an opportunity to be featured in USA Today centerfold for their “Men in Nursing Campaign” which will be published on December 24, 2019
. The magazine will be available in select markets including but not limited to New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. Baltimore, and Chicago. This presents an excellent opportunity to discuss our role and more specifically, the role our male midwives play in our nation’s midwifery workforce. This feature will help kick-off our impending YNM 2020 campaign and as such we are asking our dear members and consumers of midwifery to nominate a male midwife or male student. We are looking to highlight male midwives who are making a difference in the lives of women, individuals, families, and communities.
It’s no secret that the United States is in the midst of a growing maternal health crisis. The statistics are staggering. Maternal mortality rates continue to rise in the U.S. while decreasing globally. More women die from pregnancy-related complications in the U.S. than in any other developed country, and the rate of preventable maternal deaths continues to rise. Major disparities in maternal mortality exist, with black women three to four times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to die during pregnancy or shortly after birth. Moreover, for every maternal death that occurs, an estimated 100 other women suffer severe complications of pregnancy or childbirth. There are many factors contributing to these statistics, including a shortage of qualified maternal and women’s clinicians.
We know that better integration of midwives and the midwifery model of care into health systems is fundamental to reducing primary and maternity care provider shortages, improving maternal health outcomes and addressing racial and ethnic inequality deeply rooted in our country’s foundation.
ACNM works to support the practice of midwives by promoting accredited education, research, and advocacy that advances clinical excellence and the expansion of a diverse midwifery workforce. Through initiatives such as the Healthy Birth Initiative: Reducing Primary Cesareans Project and our role in developing interprofessional education (IPE) models that lead to an increase in the interprofessional maternity workforce, ACNM is working to promote optimal pregnancy, physiologic birth, postpartum care, expand access to midwives and brand midwifery care as an important option for healthcare services throughout the lifespan. Afterall, EVERYONE deserves to experience the magic of midwifery!