Susan M. Yount, CNM, PhD, WHNP-BC
Candidate for Treasurer
See Susan M. Yount's CV here
Question: What strategies would you suggest for increasing the influence of ACNM, and how would you support them?
Answer: ACNM has implemented new strategies of interest toward increasing the influence of ACNM, Representatives and members of ACNM's community of midwives build relationships with families and physicians at the local level. At the national level, midwives are seeing more enticement toward involvement and networking. Promotion of the profession requires persistence, education, and visibility. The ACNM Web site does and excellent job of keeping all midwives informed of associations with other organizations and attended events, all lending to increasing exposure. I think ACNM should continue to reach out to other women's health care associations, pediatric and geriatric associations, and international organizations to spread the word about the strength of midwifery care.
Midwifery Works! is a newly-launched project to help increase interaction, networking, and problem solving among midwives focused on the business end of providing care. Team Midwife is a great way to educate and public correctly about midwives. These two venues are great support for the clinical midwife to increase his or her practice. The ACNM action alerts and Quick eNews are excellent reminders to keep midwives up-to-date and informed. The Web mail information makes me feel more involved in ACNM.
Education and research are another important area for increasing the influence of the organization. More published research findings by midwives or about midwifery reaches beyond our borders. Support of research is vital to strengthening the profession and subsequently ACNM's influence. Education at the graduate level produces more midwives. The more midwives our profession has, the more exposure to women and families, and the stronger the organization.
I would support these strategies at a couple of levels. First, as an Arizona affiliate board member, I would work closely with our affiliate members to increase out visibility in Arizona among health professionals and policy makers. Second, I am an educator for midwifery, and this is a great place to instill the love of midwifery and reinforce midwifery's clinical strengths through knowledge while promoting ACNM membership and support. Third, I provide full-scope midwifery care at a birth center. The birth center has very dedicated clientele who sing the praises of midwifery. I would like to get them involved in Team Midwife and have a drive at the birth center to increase support locally. The birth center may be involved in Strong Start, which could bring light to midwifery and increase visibility.