Region II Update (Jul-Dec 2019): Sharing the Value of Midwifery-Led Care

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In this update, we’ll highlight the Virginia and DC Affiliates. The next will feature Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Virginia Affiliate:

  • In October, the mayor of Lynchburg gave a proclamation for Midwifery Week 2020, recognizing CNMs and CPMs serving the community.
  • In November, we held our annual education day in Norfolk. We had great attendance and heard from dynamic speakers about collaborative practice, labor dystocia prevention, compassion fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and education and strategies to promote midwifery and get CMs licensed in Virginia.
  • In December, we elected our new secretary, Rebecca White, CNM.

District of Columbia Affiliate:

  • In September, Zoe Gutterman, CNM, Katie McDevitt, RN, BSN, and Evette Hernandez, CNM presented on behalf of the affiliate at the second annual Maternal and Infant Health Summit, hosted by Mayor Muriel Bowser. The session, “Midwifery in DC: An Evidence-Based Solution,” discussed midwives’ scope of practice, how they can provide low cost, high impact care, and how they collaborate with other healthcare professionals to address health disparities and maternal mortality in DC.
  • In October, we hosted our second annual Miles for Midwives, a 5K run/walk raising awareness of the maternal mortality crisis in DC and highlighting organizations working to address this crisis. The run raised $15,000 which was donated to Mamatoto Village, an organization that supports pregnant people of color and their families.
  • In October, we began a yearlong mentorship program, pairing students and new midwives with affiliate members for mentorship and engagement in the affiliate.
  • In the fall, we hosted a midwifery happy hour with CNMs, CMs, and CPMs in DC.