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.
Lori Hart, PhD, WHCNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
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
Traci Richards, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW
Neonatal Program Manager, Medical City Lewisville
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
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
Megan Danielson, CNM
Abigail Eaves, CNM
Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center
Dolores (Dee) Polito, CNM, MSN
University of Kentucky
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
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
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
Robbie Prepas, CNM, MN, JD
Co-Founder, ACNM Disaster Preparedness & Response Caucus