Past Webinars

From Chaos to Calm: Developing a Self-Care Toolkit for COVID-19 and Beyond (5/5/20)
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a chaotic state, causing stress and anxiety through the disruption of most facets of our personal and professional lives. Self-efficacy and resilience are key to avoiding burnout and secondary traumatic stress. This webinar, jointly hosted by ACNM and AWHONN, will offer practical guidance and resources intended to promote mental health and well-being for care providers, their families, and the patients they serve. A panel of frontline clinicians will explore the personal and clinical challenges currently being faced by women’s health care providers, perinatal and neonatal registered nurses, midwives, and APRNs. Panelists will also discuss novel and proactive solutions used by hospitals and providers to support registered nurses, midwives, and APRNs. Participants will leave with a knowledge of the physiologic stress response and concrete, achievable ways to help move from chaos to calm.

Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing
Kansas City, KS

D’Anne Moon, MS, CNM
Certified Nurse-Midwife, Cache Valley Women’s Center
Logan, UT

Traci Richards, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW
Neonatal Program Manager, Medical City Lewisville
Lewisville, TX

Town Hall Webinar: COVID-19 Through the Lens of Equity (4/20/20)
The COVID-19 pandemic is not affecting all communities equally. The equity implications of its impact must be addressed to mitigate the harm. This webinar will provide the opportunity to discuss ongoing generational trauma, insight into the lived experience of marginalized communities and COVID-19, and use of an equity lens to review strategies to stand up against racial and ethnic discrimination, stereotyping, and assumptions. The coronavirus pandemic highlights the need for affordable, accessible, quality health care, a diverse healthcare workforce and an intentional commitment to listening to and restoring the trust in the women, individuals, and families who look to midwives for care. View the recording.

Michelle Drew, DNP, MPH, CNM, FNP-C C-EFM

Executive Director, Ubuntu Black Family Wellness Collective and Clinical Director, Delaware Center for Recovery in Pregnancy

Nicolle Gonzales, CNM

Founder/Executive Director, Changing Woman Initiative

Helena Grant, RN, BSN, CNM, MS, LM, CICP

Director of Midwifery, New York University Langone Hospitals and NYC Health + Hospital Woodhull Affiliate Division's Obstetric and Gynecological Service

Roberta Ward, CNM, FNP, DNP

Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner

Support Panelists:
Kathryn Carr, CNM, MSN, FACNM

Certified Nurse-Midwife, Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

Angy Nixon, CNM, FACNM

Certified Nurse-Midwife, Scenic Drive Midwives

ACNM Town Hall: Midwives and Telehealth (4/8/20)
The social distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic could have caused havoc in midwives' ability to provide prenatal and postpartum care. Instead, midwives are quickly adopting telehealth as an efficient and effective method of caring for their clients for these visits. Panelists discussed the benefits and challenges that midwives have encountered as they have rapidly adopted telehealth within their services. View the recording.

Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Frontier Nursing University
Berea, KY

Megan Danielson, CNM
Bronson Healthcare
Kalamazoo, MI

Abigail Eaves, CNM
Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center
Albuquerque, NM

Dolores (Dee) Polito, CNM, MSN
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Meet with the ACNM Presidents: Susan Stone, President; Cathy Collins-Fulea, President Elect; Carol Howe, Vice President (4/2/20)
We want to know how you’re doing, how you’re coping, and what you need during the global COVID-19 pandemic. This was a listening session to help drive our responses to best meet your needs. View the recording.

Connecting from Afar: What Did You Have for Breakfast? (3/31/20)
Whether you are tirelessly working on the frontlines against the COVID-19 crisis, practicing self-quarantine, self-isolating, or sheltering in place, things can get a little lonely out there! But remember that midwives know about the power of community. During this webinar, we switched off the headlines for a short while to share stories, music, breakfast recipes, and more, in an effort to stay connected. View the recording.

ACNM Town Hall: Perspectives on home and birth center birth during the COVID-19 pandemic (3/30/20)
Midwives in community birth settings are receiving a spike in requests for late transfer due to families who are concerned about accessing hospital care during the COVID-19 outbreak. Conversations are also taking place discussing the capacity of community birth to alleviate pressure on a potentially overloaded healthcare system. This webinar discussed challenges and possibilities related to home and birth center birth in a time of uncertainty. View the recording.

Sunita Iyer, ND, LM
Co-President, Midwives Association of WA State

Marsha E. Jackson, CNM, MSN, FACNM

Director, BirthCare & Women’s Health, Ltd.

Amy Johnson-Grass, ND, LN, LM, CPM

President, American Association of Birth Centers and Owner/Executive Director Health Foundations Birth Center + Women’s Health Clinic

Michelle Palmer, CNM, FACNM, MSN
Chair, ACNM Home and Birth Center Committee

Saraswathi Vedam, RM, PhD, FACNM, Sci D(hc)

Lead Investigator, Birth Place Lab and Professor of Midwifery, University of British Columbia

Update on Federal and State Regulatory Landscape for Midwives During the COVID-19 Pandemic (3/29/20)
In this interactive webinar, ACNM’s Government Affairs Team and members of the Division of Advocacy and Affiliate Support discussed the changing legislative and regulatory environment for CNMs/CMs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates were provided on the latest emergency orders and changes on both the federal and state level. While these federal and state initiatives are intended as temporary measures, there is potential for many of these changes to become permanent, thereby paving the way for midwives and midwifery to be better integrated into our health care delivery system. View the recording.

Lynne Himmelreich, MPH, ARNP, CNM, FACNM
Chair, ACNM Division of Advocacy and Affiliate Support

Helene Rippey, CNM, MS

Member, ACNM Affiliate Development and Support Committee

Suzanne Wertman, CNM, MSN

ACNM State Government Affairs Consultant

Amy Kohl

ACNM Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs

ACNM Town Hall: Midwifery education and student well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic (3/26/20)
Extreme disruption in continuity of clinical education is threatening the educational progress of many midwifery students across the nation, resulting in significant personal and economic stresses for our future colleagues. This webinar shared student stories, ways midwifery educators are responding to this challenge, and showed support for the midwives of the future and the educators preparing them. View the recording.

Cara Busenhart, CNM, FACNM, PhD, APRN
Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Midwifery & Advanced Practice, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Megan Johncox, RN
Student Representative to the ACNM Board of Directors

Amy Kohl
Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs, ACNM

Tonya Nicholson, CNM, FACNM, WHNP, CNE, DNP
Midwifery and Women’s Health Department Chair, Frontier Nursing University

Felina Ortiz, CNM, RN, DN
Chair, ACNM Midwives of Color Committee (MOCC) and Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico College of Nursing

Susan "Sukey" Krause, CNM, FACNM
Chair, Directors of Midwifery Education (DOME) and Midwifery Education Program Director, Baystate Medical Center

ACNM Town Hall: Clinical practice challenges and solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic (3/21/20)
In this webinar, midwives shared challenges, lessons learned, and innovative solutions to providing care to people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thought leaders and clinical experts answered questions and gave concrete examples of how practices are rapidly adapting to the evolving demands of this health crisis. View the recording.

Jessica Anderson, DNP, CNM, WHNP, FACNM
Director of Midwifery Services, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Karen Hays, CNM, DNP, ARNP
Co-Founder, ACNM Disaster Preparedness & Response Caucus

Cara Krulewitch, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN
Perinatal Epidmiologist

Robbie Prepas, CNM, MN, JD

Co-Founder, ACNM Disaster Preparedness & Response Caucus