Saturday, September 25, 2021

Support and Prevention of Midwives as Second Victims

Midwifery work often includes exposure to traumatic events. For example, intrapartum emergencies, terminal diagnoses, and maternal or perinatal death may occur. The trauma associated with these events impact providers as well as...

ACNM Global Work Adapting to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Accessible Continuum of Care and Essential Services (ACCESS) program targets improvements in health care for mothers, babies, and children in Madagascar as part of the work of the Global Health Team...
Advocating for Universal Health Care.

Midwives for Universal Health Care: Now Is the Time to Get Involved

New ACNM Connect group is advocating for health care reform and needs your help. For years, a solid base of activists comprised largely of physicians and nurses has championed...

Improving Inequities in Prenatal Screening: Time to Modernize Guidelines

Professional guidelines can have a profound impact on reproductive health. In many cases, prenatal genetic screening is often only recommended for specific groups or individuals who have been historically recognized as high...

Maternal Mortality Update: A Closer Examination of Racial Disparities and Possible Solutions

I recently attended the fifth annual (and first virtual) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) MMRIA User Meeting, which brought together individuals from each state’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC). The meeting provides...

The Do’s and Don’ts of the Deposition Process

Written on behalf of the ACNM Professional Liability Section Starting out in practice, none of us probably devoted a great deal of thought to the possibility of being deposed...

Midwives Made a Movie About Circumcision

“If your baby is male, are you planning a circumcision?” How often do you ask some version of that question in your prenatal visits?...

Teen Sex Ed in Rural Haiti

Introduction This article describes the experiences of a midwife and retired nursing professor, a labor and delivery registered nurse (RN), and a family medicine physician working together to provide sexual health education...

Racial Disparities in Immunizations and the New Maternal Immunization HEDIS® Measure

One of the best public health successes has been the reduction of infectious diseases through vaccination. Vaccinations have helped eliminate smallpox, largely eradicated polio, and reduced rates of hepatitis, measles, mumps, tetanus,...

Disparities in Maternal Morality in the U.S.

700 women die annually in the United States due to conditions caused by or related to pregnancy.  For another 500,000 women, severe morbidities or ‘near misses’ complicate their pregnancies, deliveries, or first...