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Long Beach to Host Largest Gathering of Midwifery Professionals in the United States

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For Immediate Release:
May 31, 2012

Contact: Melissa Garvey
Phone: 240-485-1826
E-mail: mgarvey@acnm.org

Long Beach, CA — The California Nurse-Midwives Association, the state affiliate of the national American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), is pleased to welcome more than 1,000 certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives to Long Beach for the ACNM 57th Annual Meeting & Exposition.

The ACNM Annual Meeting draws the largest group of midwifery professionals in the United States and hosts numerous scientific sessions as well as poster and research presentations led by renowned women’s health experts. Speakers slated for this year’s meeting include International Confederation of Midwives President Frances Day-Stirk, MHM, ADM, DN, RM, RN, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists President James N. Martin, Jr., MD, FACOG, and James D. Byrne, MD, who sits on the Executive Committee of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative.

“We are so proud to host this year’s ACNM Annual Meeting & Exposition,” said B.J. Snell, CNM, PhD, a member of the Long Beach ACNM Program Committee and owner of Beach Cities Midwifery, which recently opened an office in Long Beach. “In the past, Long Beach area women seeking midwifery care have had to travel out of the area, and now our city will literally be filled with hundreds of midwives.”

In celebration of the ACNM 57th Annual Meeting and in an effort to raise awareness of their services for Long Beach area women and families, ACNM has placed advertisements on Long Beach Transit buses pointing to the College’s Find a Midwife practice locator at www.midwife.org. Local women and families are also encouraged to visit www.lamidwives.org/Midwifery_Practices.html for more information on women’s health resources in Los Angeles County.

“Midwives provide primary care services for women of all ages from puberty through childbearing and into menopause,” said CNMA President Monica Viera, CNM, WHNP. “Research shows that women who choose a midwife for their prenatal and birth care have lower rates of cesarean section, greater satisfaction with their birth experience, and higher success with breastfeeding. We want the women of Long Beach to know about our excellent care.”

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To learn more about ACNM and midwives or to obtain a press pass for the ACNM 57th Annual Meeting & Exposition, contact ACNM Communications Manager Melissa Garvey at 240-485-1826 or mgarvey@acnm.org.

The California Nurse-Midwives Association is the official California State Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Our mission is to facilitate the integration of nurse-midwives into the health care system of California, promote legislation and regulations supportive of maternal child health and nurse-midwifery practice, and provide a forum for interaction with other groups sharing common maternal-child health goals.

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.




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