One of the most tiring things about being a midwife is having to justify and explain your profession. It’s not common knowledge that most midwives can provide primary care, write prescriptions, and even handle complications in childbirth. It’s frustrating as a midwife supporter, too. We need to keep up our efforts to get the word out!
Part of ACNM’s role is to update midwifery fact sheets that educate consumers, media professionals, policymakers, and others about the profession. While the Childbirth Connection’s Evidence-Based Maternity Care report and a recent Cochrane Review gives us a nice new pool of information to draw from, we still need more data to advocate for the profession and for improved maternity care.
Whether you’re a midwife or a midwife supporter, please help mainstream midwives by donating your data. Imagine what we could do in health care reform, media outreach, and public education if we had proof that midwifery care leads to X% less cesarean sections, X% lower health care bills, and X% higher patient satisfaction.
If you’re an ACNM member, you have until Wednesday, April 15, to complete the Benchmarking Survey, which tracks interventions, maternal health, infant health, and practice information. And you have the remainder of 2009 to take the Core Data Survey, which keeps track of current trends in CNM/CM practice.
If you’re a woman who has given birth, donate your data to the Transparency in Maternity Care Project by taking The Birth Survey—a comprehensive survey designed to give the public access to accurate information about maternity care providers and institutions.