ACNM staff have been out of the office due to two major snowstorms that hit the DC area last week. Now that power is restored and major roadways are cleared, it’s time to catch up on all the midwifery news I missed.
- ACNM volunteers and telecommuting staff put the finishing touches on our newest Position Statement: Nitrous Oxide for Labor Analgesia. Stay tuned for more information on why this is so exciting and important.
- A new service named Text4Baby is now available for expectant moms. The free service delivers messages about physical and emotional health to women who may not have Internet access. ACNM’s staff midwives had a chance to review the messages in advance and pushed for more provider neutral language. Amie Newman has posted her take on the service at RH Reality Check.
- Last Friday, midwife supporters rallied to demand that midwifery services return to St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, CA. Watch the Birth Action Coalition for continuing developments.
- A new certified midwife (CM) program has been announced at the University of Philadelphia. They are now accepting applications for fall 2010. For Midwife Connection newcomers, the certified midwife credential is a direct-entry route to midwifery designed for applicants with bachelor’s degrees in disciplines other than nursing. CMs are educated to meet the same high standards that every state in the US has recognized as the legal basis for nurse-midwifery practice. Learn more in this QuickInfo document.
- The California Dental (CDA) Foundation published Oral Health During Pregnancy and Early Childhood: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Health Professionals. (Did you know February is National Children’s Dental Health Month?)
- Science and Sensibility had its fourth healthy birth blog carnival. This round addresses how to avoid interventions that are not medically necessary.