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Unity Among All Midwives: Wednesday at the Annual Meeting

As I listened to the debate over the ACNM name change at today’s Closing Business Meeting, my optimism grows for the future of midwives. I am a brand new CNM; graduated in May and passed the boards less than a few weeks ago. I decided to become a CNM even though CPMs caught 2 of my 3 daughters in my home because I live in Illinois, a state that only recognizes CNMs.“If someone needs to go to jail to prove a point about home birth,” I thought, “I’m not your girl.” Women in areas like mine acros...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 7/2/2015 5:02:47 PM
 

My First ACNM: Lobby Day! Tuesday at the Annual Meeting

In case you were wondering what it looks like when about 600 midwives storm the US Capitol, the answer is impressive. I’ve been excited about Lobby Day for most of the Annual Meeting, since it isn’t always held in DC. But as a student who has met with exactly zero politicians ever I wasn’t sure what to expect—who does the talking? What do we say? To whom do we say it? I met with my fellow Georgia midwives and midwifery students, and we boarded the bus. We had a 3-part plan at the Capitol: Mee...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 7/1/2015 12:16:52 PM
 

Embracing our Past and Forging the Future: Monday at the Annual Meeting

As a future midwife, I find myself busy and excited and tired after my second day at our 60th anniversary Annual Meeting. There has been a lot to do, see, and experience. Since this was my first conference ever, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had been told that it would be exciting and a lot of fun, and that I would meet a lot of people – that description has proved accurate indeed! As I sat in the Opening Business Meeting, I overheard 2 future midwives say “I feel like I know everyone here,...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 7/1/2015 11:32:15 AM
 

Highlighting the work of midwives: IDM 2015 and the post-MDG future

By Suzanne Stalls, CNM, MA, FACNM, ACNM Vice President of Global Outreach The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draw to a close this year, and maternal and child health providers have much to reflect on for numbers 4 and 5. Millennium Development Goal 5 is to reduce maternal mortality by 75%. Unfortunately, the global rate of maternal mortality has been falling annually at less than half of what would be required to achieve the goal. While the number of deaths has fallen significantly, ...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 5/5/2015 3:06:20 PM
 

Taking stock of our individual health status

By Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, APRN, FACNM, ACNM President Lately I’ve been reading a great deal about fatigue and burnout, especially in the health care professions. For many of us, our careers began with high passion and energy, and a desire to “be all” for our patients, all the time. The health system we work in focuses reward on high patient satisfaction, perhaps at the expense of our happiness, while work environments and demands may have transformed our passion into feelings of exhausti...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 4/29/2015 3:11:31 PM
 
 

 

 



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