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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

Why Vaccines are a Natural Choice

My first son was born in a freestanding birth center. He was not circumcised. He wore cloth diapers. On his second visit to the pediatrician, he received his first vaccine. My mother’s partner disapproved. It’s not good for him, she said. In the haze of those first few newborn days, I wondered if I was doing the right thing. I rolled with the standard vaccine schedule because I wanted to be able to put my son in childcare and eventually kindergarten. Fighting the system seemed to be too much ...

Posted By Melissa Garvey | 2/23/2015 9:44:05 AM


A Conversation with Walker Karraa, PhD, on Perinatal Mental Illness By Barbra Elenbaas, ACNM Writer & Editor Be sure to check out the other half of my interview with Walker on page 32 of the Fall 2014 issue of Quickening. In your words, what is Stigmama? is a writing site. It is a creative space. It is dedicated to sharing writing about the stigma of mental illness in motherhood. It’s not a resource site or a support site. If you have a client or patient needing treatment, as...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 10/27/2014 4:59:42 PM

DI in Denver

A shorter version of this piece can be found in the Diversification and Inclusion (D/I) column in the Fall issue of Quickening. If you are interested in reading future pieces related to diversification and inclusion, please look for the D/I column in Quickening. Catchers in Training: Lions and Tigers and Diversity What went wrong, and right, with the 59th Annual Meeting’s Opening General Session By Liz Donnelly, Anna Tran, and Jyesha Wren Student Nurse Midwives at the University of Ca...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 10/21/2014 11:56:49 AM



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