Happy National Midwifery Week! What better opportunity to highlight some of the exciting things that are going on in the field?
ACNM and ACOG Call For Papers: Collaborative Practices Involving Obstetrician-Gynecologists and Nurse Midwives
This is tremendously important for so many reasons. Families deserve real collaboration and continuity of care among both low-risk and high-risk pregnancy providers. And both midwives and doctors deserve mutual respect in their shared field.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Nurse-Midwives are calling for papers describing successful and sustainable models of collaborative practice involving obstetrician-gynecologists and certified nurse-midwives/certified midwives. The impending maternity care workforce crisis necessitates focusing on best practices across the US; therefore, preference will be given to papers about successful collaborative practice and outcomes. Discussions of how physician and midwife collaborative practice models have affected maternity and women’s health care in both community and academic settings are being sought.
The authors of each paper must include both a doctor and a midwife, and they will be asked to speak at both ACOG and ACNM conferences about their findings. The selected papers will be featured in an upcoming issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Midwives and Healthcare Reform
Check out this great post from RH Reality Check about how midwives will benefit from healthcare reform. The piece is the first in a series of posts to highlight National Midwivery Week.
This video, from about a year ago, provides some first-person insight from consumers about why healthcare reform for maternity care is important.
National Midwifery Week Roundup
ACNM has put together a great package of resources for National Midwifery Week. The Midwife Connection blog will have a series of guest posts, get active with 20 Things You Can Do to Celebrate National Midwifery Week, and learn more about midwifery here.