Thursday, February 25, 2010

Time Out for Good News

by Melissa Garvey, ACNM Writer and Editor

It’s a busy week at ACNM. We’re getting ready to open registration for our Annual Meeting and staying on top of a flurry of midwifery advocacy. In the midst of the activity, it’s been especially gratifying to see a hefty amount of positive press about midwives pop up in my inbox each morning. It feels great to have a chance to pause and revel in interviews well done, stories well told, and an inspiring midwifery mission making a difference in Haiti.
  • Judith Rooks, CNM, MPH, FACNM, former president of ACNM, speaks up in the Portland Tribune about rising cesarean birth rates. It’s a balanced article that includes solid statistics and the midwifery perspective.

  • Debbie Boucher, CNM, of Illinois is interviewed in an excellent Fit Pregnancy article titled “Home, Sweet Home.” Kudos to Fit Pregnancy for balanced coverage of home birth.

  • ACNM Senior Practice Advisor, Eileen Ehudin Beard, CNM, FNP, helps women prepare for conception with straight-forward advice in the Vellejo Times-Herald, “Ready, Set Conception: 9 Steps to Prepare Your Body for Baby.”

  • Nadene Brunk, CNM, explains the background and mission of Midwives for Haiti, an organization making a difference in Haiti before, during, and after the earthquake.

1 comment:

womantowomancbe said...

...and some not-so-good news for midwives -- MS is poised to eliminate midwife-attended home birth through legislation (HB 695) which will restrict the practice of midwifery to CNMs only. This might not be so bad, except that there are only a few CNMs in the entire state, and they only work in hospitals, and are about 6 hours away from me. There are some CPMs and other midwives who are not credentialed (but probably would be, if it were recognized -- current law does not require credentialing of any kind) both in the state and in adjacent states who serve MS women, but this will be outlawed if the MS Senate approves the bill.

You can read more, including links to Senators to contact, by going to my blog and reading the most recent posts. http://womantowomancbe.wordpress.com

-Kathy