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ACNM Recognizes Its Outstanding Leaders for 2018

This year at the 63rd ACNM Annual Meeting &
Exhibition, hosted in Savannah, Georgia, ACNM honored certified nurse-midwives
and certified midwives (CNMs/CMs) who are leaders, innovators, and visionaries
in the field of midwifery. Named as the 2018 award-winners are the following:

Hattie Hemschemeyer Award
Named in honor of ACNM's first president and a pioneer of
the profession, the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award is ACNM's most prestigious. It is
given annually to a member who has been certified for at least 10 years and has
made continual outstanding or historically significant contributions to
midwifery, ACNM, or maternal child health.

Nancy K. Lowe, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN 
Nancy Lowe is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and ACNM. She is
Editor in Chief of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
and a professor with the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado. Her
legacy in the midwifery field will span generations due, in part, to her
service as a teacher and a mentor to midwifery scholars. She has been described
as "a woman of impeccable character and graciousness" and is known for her "brilliance, eloquence, and meticulousness." The recipient of multiple teaching
awards and a Distinguished Professorship, Nancy was named one of the 20 Outstanding
Professors of Women's Health Nursing by She has
authored or co-authored more than 100 publications, more than 75 presentations,
and more than 80 invited papers and presentations.

Kitty Ernst Award

Affectionately known as the "Young Whippersnapper Award," this award is named
after the college's fourth and youngest president, a dynamic living legend. It
honors a member who has been certified for fewer than 10 years and who has
demonstrated innovative, creative endeavors in clinical practice, education,
administration, or research relating to midwifery and women's health.

Char'ly Snow, CNM

Detroit resident Char'ly Snow, is a certified nurse-midwife at Henry Ford
Hospital and founder of Metro Detroit Midwives of Color, a nonprofit
professional organization and network designed to increase access to resources
that will enhance the care of women and families through community-based
programs, mentorships, and professional support. Char'ly is a proven leader
whose resiliency and courage are acknowledged by all. "She leads by example
with humor, friendship, and passion," and, as a team member stated, "any
obstacle put in front of her, she jumps over." After serving as a registered
nurse for 10 years, Char'ly obtained her master's degree in midwifery and began
strongly advocating for minority outreach in the field. Her work demonstrates
deep commitment, and she strives tirelessly to reduce the prevalence of health
disparities among people of color.

Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award

The most distinguished honor bestowed by the A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc., the
Lang Award honors exceptional "unsung heroes" who have demonstrated
pioneering vision and innovative leadership in midwifery. It is named in honor
of ACNM and A.C.N.M. Foundation past president, the late Dorothea M. Lang, CNM,

Barbara Hughes, CNM, MS, MBA, FACNM, NE-BC

Barbara Hughes is a true pioneer in the midwifery profession. She not only
started three practices, she did so in two facilities with no prior CNMs. She
also served as the first nonphysician president of the Colorado Perinatal Care
Council, the first CNM in the state to serve on a Medicaid Managed Care Health
Quality Improvement Committee and was the only CNM to serve on both the
Governor's Collaborative Care Committee and the Colorado Medicaid Medical
Assistance and Advisory Council. Barbara currently serves as President and CEO
of Wilson Hughes Consulting in Denver. She specializes in supporting and
educating health professionals about to run an effective midwifery practice.

Anne M. Richter, CNM, MPH

With more than 40 years of professional accomplishments in both domestic and
global midwifery, Anne Richter defines the word passionate. Her international
work continued through the 1970s with her service as a midwifery advisor in
Afghanistan and the Gambia. Throughout the next decade, she was one of the
early promoters of Frontier Nursing University's Community-based
Nurse-midwifery Education program, serving as its education coordinator and
negotiating student clinical experiences in Florida. After retiring, she
traveled to war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan, as a consultant, teaching and
providing direct care. She has bettered the lives of families around the world,
and her energy inspires countless new midwives.

Louis M Hellman MD Midwifery Partnership Award

The Louis M Hellman MD Midwifery Partnership Award is given by the A.C.N.M.
Foundation, Inc., ACNM, and the Midwifery Business Network to recognize an
obstetrician gynecologist and Fellow (or junior Fellow) of ACOG who champions
midwifery practice.

Judith Kimelman, MD

Judith Kimelman, MD, has shown exemplary dedication and advocacy for women's
health. Throughout her career, she has been a powerful champion for women and,
subsequently, a driving force for legislative change. Dr. Kimelman's goals are
not only to provide optimal health care to her patients, but also to provide
them with education. Dr. Kimelman has been an invaluable mentor to many,
including midwives. She currently practices as at the Seattle Obstetrics &
Gynecology Group and serves as ACOG District Officer of the Northern and
Western States.

Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes a CNM/CM or other professional for an unusual and
exemplary effort in the field of community service, innovation in midwifery
practice, education, or research.

Linda Chong-Tim, CNM
Kim Garcia, CNM, DNP
Pandora Hardtman, CNM, MSN, DNP
Nikki May, CNM, MS

Clinical Star Awards

This award honors midwives in clinical practice for 25 years or more who have
demonstrated excellence in clinical practice and positive mentorship.

Susan Cockburn, CNM
Judith Fry, CNM
Joani Slager, CNM, DNP, CPC, FACNM
Patti Smith, CNM

Best Research Podium Presentation

Jeremy Neal, CNM, PhD
"Retrospective Use of a Physiologic Partograph Protocol to Identify
Opportunities for Safely Decreasing Cesareans among Nulliparous Women with
Spontaneous Labor Onset"

Best Research Article Award

Nicole S. Carlson, CNM, PhD; Elizabeth J. Corwin, PhD, RN, FAAN; Nancy K. Lowe,
CNM, PhD, FACNM "Labor Intervention and Outcomes in Women Who Are Nulliparous
and Obese: Comparison of Nurse-Midwife to Obstetrician Care"

Best Review Article Award
Loren Fields, WHNP-BC, MSN :Alison Hathaway, WHNP-BC, MSN
"Key Concepts in Pregnancy of Unknown Location: Identifying Ectopic Pregnancy
and Providing Patient-Centered Care"

Mary Ann Shah New Author Award

Katie Page, CNM, MSN; Co-authors: William F. McCool, CNM, PhD; Mamie Guidera,
CNM, MSN "Examination of the Pharmacology of Oxytocin and Clinical Guidelines
for Use in Labor"

Immunization Champion Award

Michelle Collins, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN;  Amy Langenfeld, CNM, MS, SANE, PHN; Pamela
Meharry, PhD, CNM;  Linda Sloan-Locke,

Outstanding Preceptor Award

Debra Adams, CNM, APNP; LaTonya Armstrong, CNM; Jacqueline Cleland, CNM; Amy
Cutting, MS, FNP; Kelly Ellis, CNM; Allison Forbes, CNM; Amy Giles, CNM, MS; Alicia
A. Huntley, CNM, MSN, APN; Christina Jacobson, CNM, MSN, WHNP, BC; Shawna King,
CM; Sheila Lorentzen, CNM, NP; Phyllis Lynn, CNM; Nancy MacMorris-Adix, CNM; Christina Majszak, CNM; Mary Anne
Markowski, CNM; Anne Miller, CNM; Denise Smith, CNM, PhD; Leslie Stroud, CNM; Diane Utz, CNM; Trinisha Williams, CNM; Edith Ziegler, CNM; The Grandy Hospital Midwifery Service, (Emory); The Birth
Center at Lifecycle WomanCare, (Penn)

Excellence in Teaching Award
Alliman, CNM, DNP, FACNM; Nicole Carlson, CNM, PhD; Angela Deneris, CNM, PhD,
FACNM; Cindy Farley, CNM, PhD, FACNM; Heather Findletar-Hines, CNM, DNP; Sukey
Krause, CNM, MSN, FACNM; Barbara Hackley, CNM, PhD; Lisa Hanson, CNM, PhD, FACNM; Tonia Moore-Davis, CNM, MSN, FACNM; Elizabeth Niederegger, CNM; Barbara Reale,
CNM, MSN; Judith Schlaegar, CNM, PhD, LAC

Exemplary Affiliate Award
Region I:
New York; Region II: Washington DC;  Region III: Florida;  Region IV: Michigan;  Region V: Kansas;  Region VI: New Mexico;  Region VII: Washington
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