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ACNM Reaffirms Opposition to Legislative Threats to Abortion Care

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is committed to people having unfettered access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care services, including abortion care, that are readily available, affordable, and guided by objective evidence-based information. Given this position, ACNM is dismayed by the failure of the United States Supreme Court to block the implementation of Texas Senate Bill 8, legislation that allows for the ban of abortions (which would include cases of rape or incest) as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

This decision sets in motion a dangerous precedent of upending the protections afforded under Roe v. Wade by allowing the most restrictive abortion law to go into effect in the second largest state in the country.

ACNM opposes legislative threats to abortion care. ACNM President, Cathy Collins-Fulea states, "ACNM continues to stand by our position that as midwives, we trust our patients as the experts of their own well-being and support each person's right to self-determination, access to comprehensive health information, and active participation in all aspects of an individualized plan of care."

The ACNM Code of Ethics mandates that midwives engage in the process of non-coercive, evidence-based informed consent and shared decision-making. Therefore, we object to any legislation and/or regulation that interferes with the patient-provider relationship.

"ACNM is committed to individual patient autonomy across the spectrum of reproductive health, including abortion. This commitment includes advocating to keep abortion access unconditionally safe and legal for all people midwives serve, but especially for vulnerable populations with limited resources and unequal access to quality healthcare," stated ACNM CEO Katrina Holland.

American College of Nurse-Midwives actively stands together with our other colleagues in sexual and reproductive health care and social justice advocates as we voice our strong objection to the erosion of bodily autonomy and access to essential health care services, including abortion care.

About ACNM

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.

Learn more at https://www.midwife.org/.

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ACNM Dorothea Lang, Excellence in Leadership and Innovation, and Lifetime Visionary Award Winners

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- ACNM Award Winners -- The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is pleased to announce the winners of Dorothea Lang Award Winners, Excellence in Leadership and Innovation Award, and Lifetime Visionary Award.

Dorothea Lang Award Winners

This award is given by the A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc. to an exceptional midwife who has demonstrated vision and leadership, has been certified for 10 years, and represents exceptional "unsung heroines" who have demonstrated pioneering vision and innovative leadership in midwifery.

Pandora Hardtman, DNP, CNM, RN, FACNM
Elizabeth Hill-Karbowski, PhD, CNM, FACNM
Pamela Reis, PhD, CNM, NNP-BC, FACNM

Excellence in Leadership and Innovation Award

Honors an exceptional CNM/CM who is an ACNM member, has been certified for less than ten years, and has demonstrated innovative, creative endeavors in midwifery and/or women's health clinical practice, education, administration, or research.

Simon Ellis, CNM, ARNP

Simon's extraordinary work spans multiple domains including clinical practice, education, research, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), and the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health (JMWH). Simon has provided gender affirming health care for TNB individuals since becoming a midwife. They developed and implemented a gender health program at Cedar Rivers Clinic in Washington state to provide services previously unavailable in the area. Currently, Simon provides full-scope perinatal care, full spectrum family planning care, gynecologic and well-person care, and transgender perinatal and gynecologic care.

They have completed advanced trainings not only in transgender care, but also in Centering Pregnancy facilitation and miscarriage management, increasing the range and quality of the care they provide. Their broad scope of practice brings the art and science of midwifery to a wide variety of patients, many of whom only have the opportunity to go to a midwife because Simon has been a pioneer in the profession.

Simon has put immeasurable time and energy into educating other clinicians about how to provide high-quality health care to individuals who are TNB. One of Simon's most creative and wide-reaching accomplishments is the Transgender Health Care Toolkit. They were the primary contributor and project manager for this transgender health care guide for clinicians that is freely available online and has been accessed by midwives and other types of clinicians across the United States and around the world.

Lifetime Visionary Award

Honors an exceptional CNM/CM who is an ACNM member, has been certified for at least ten years, and has provided either continuous outstanding contributions or distinguished service to midwifery and/or MCH, or contributions of historical significance to the development and advancement of midwifery, ACNM, or MCH.

Peter Johnson, PhD, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Dr. Johnson is a rare blend of excellence, innovation, and leadership across many disciplines. As a distinguished role model among ACNM's men in midwifery, he has achieved a progressive and substantive identity within the local, regional, national, and international communities of the professions of nursing and midwifery. Throughout his career as a midwifery clinician, educator, regulatory expert, scholar, researcher, professional association leader, and global midwifery and health strategist, he has demonstrated diversity and inclusion as a framework for action.

The advancement of gender equity, the empowerment of women and the protection and promotion of human rights are among his guiding principles. He has been identified on the world stage as an articulate advocate for the dual professions of nursing and midwifery, speaking forcefully for standards of quality in health care, and respect for professional skills, decision-making and leadership in advancing maternal and newborn health.

About ACNM

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.

Learn more at https://www.midwife.org/.

MEDIA CONTACT:
ACNM Membership & Communications
240.485.1813; membership@acnm.org

Related link: https://www.midwife.org/

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Melissa D. Avery, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN Named New Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is pleased to announce that Melissa D. Avery, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN will be the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the "Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health" (JMWH) starting January 1, 2022, succeeding Frances E. Likis, CNM, NP, DrPH, who has served as EIC since 2008.

"We look forward to Dr. Avery's contributions to the Journal, building on its strong foundation and bringing new ideas, skills, and energy," said ACNM Chief Executive Officer, Katrina H. Holland.

Dr. Avery is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Her recent research has examined prenatal care practices to enhance maternal confidence for physiologic labor and birth. She is Co-Principal Investigator on a nationally funded project to develop and implement an interprofessional education curriculum for graduate midwifery students and obstetrics-gynecology residents. Dr. Avery is a past ACNM president and is a Fellow of ACNM and the American Academy of Nursing (AAN).

Dr. Avery received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University, her Master of Science in Nursing with midwifery specialization from University of Kentucky, and the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. She has authored and co-authored a variety of articles for JMWH and received JMWH's Best Paper of the Year Award in 2003 as a co-author of "Vaginal birth after cesarean birth: A national survey of U.S. midwifery practice." She has been a JMWH peer reviewer since 1992, contributing editor from 2012-2014, education consulting editor from 2019-2020, and associate editor since 2020.

Dr. Avery looks forward to continuing the tradition of excellence the JMWH has maintained in its 66 years of publication. To learn more about JMWH, visit http://jmwh.org.

About ACNM

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care. Learn more at https://www.midwife.org/.

MEDIA CONTACT
ACNM Membership & Communications
240.485.1813; membership@acnm.org

Related link: https://www.midwife.org/

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Virginia Passes Two Bills Increasing Access to Midwifery Care

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- It's been a busy and productive legislative season for the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). The organization is anticipating several wins across the country, but right now is thrilled that two bills in the Commonwealth of Virginia were signed by Governor Ralph Northam this month. It was through careful planning, tireless advocacy and coordinated teamwork that the Virginia ACNM Affiliate was able to make Virginia the eighth state in the country to recognize Certified Midwives (CMs) and the 28th state to allow Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) to practice to the full extent of their education and clinical training and be regulated without physician control.

Virginia joins Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island in recognizing the CM credential, increasing access to midwifery care, and potentially improving outcomes for women, babies, and all who need high-quality, individualized sexual and reproductive care.

"With maternal health care deserts throughout the Commonwealth, we need to address care in underserved areas with initiatives that remove barriers to practice unrelated to health and safety. Greater access to maternal healthcare is essential in reducing disparities in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity, and stark racial and class inequities in maternal healthcare access," says Virginia Affiliate President Katie Page, CNM, FACNM.

Page, along with the affiliate legislative committee chair, Nichole Wardlaw, CNM, FACNM, led a fantastic team, including Karen Kelly, CM; Mary Ellen Bouchard, CNM, MS, FACNM; and their lobbyist, Julianne Condrey, at breakneck speed through a very short session of the Virginia General Assembly.

The CM credential was developed in 1994 to expand access to midwifery through multiple educational pathways. The first CM was licensed in 1997. The CM pathway includes a graduate degree in midwifery from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) and board certification through the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). CMs differ from CNMs only in that they are not also licensed as nurses. CMs and CNMs meet the same core competencies, sit for the same board exam, and have identical scopes of practice, including prescriptive privileges.

"We are thrilled to see Virginia supporting expanded access to midwifery care," says ACNM President Cathy Collins-Fulea, DNP, CNM, FACNM. "Ensuring midwives are represented at every table is key to mainstreaming midwifery in the United States. We look forward to continuing our work to improve care and reduce inequities in maternal healthcare.

The ACNM Department of Government Affairs and Advocacy has been working hard with dedicated, savvy volunteer affiliate leaders to make full practice authority a reality in all US states and territories. ACNM's vision of midwifery for every community is our guide in all policy making efforts. As Nichole Wardlaw stated about the successful Virginia efforts, "We can't keep doing things the same way and expect different outcomes." Bravo to the Virginia ACNM Affiliate for these two incredible wins for midwives and the people they serve.

About ACNM

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.

Learn more at https://www.midwife.org/.

MEDIA CONTACT:
ACNM Membership & Communications
240.485.1813; membership@acnm.org

Related link: https://www.midwife.org/

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Apology and Truth and Reconciliation Resolution from the American College of Nurse-Midwives Board of Directors

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The Board of Directors (BOD) of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is committed to creating a future that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion and supports the continuing process to become an anti-racist organization. As part of this process, the BOD tasked the ACNM Ethics Committee to develop a resolution on truth and reconciliation and make recommendations to the BOD for next steps in the process. The Ethics Committee convened a Truth & Reconciliation Task Force (T&R TF) to meet this charge.

The Truth and Reconciliation Resolution document developed by the BOD is based upon the extensive information and recommendations submitted to the BOD by the T&R TF. The document can be found at https://www.midwife.org/truth-and-reconciliation.

The BOD of ACNM would like to sincerely apologize for the systemic racism that has existed and continued in our organization since it incorporated in 1954. We recognize that the BOD, through many presidencies and CEOs, perpetuated actions that were racist, exclusive, discriminatory, and harmful to individual members of ACNM. Systemic racism is among the greatest long-term threats to our nation, the profession of midwifery, and the people we serve. For ACNM to be an organization to which everyone can feel they belong and can thrive, the BOD and our organization must hold ourselves accountable for our contributions to systemic racism.

Speaking the truth on our history and the harm caused by it through ACNM's denial, gaslighting, censorship, and exclusion is the first step in long-overdue restorative measures for our community of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), allowing us to promote inclusion, belonging, and a safe space for all midwives. For these reasons, ACNM is issuing its Truth and Reconciliation Resolution that acknowledges the harms caused by its previous actions and establishes a set of resolutions in response.

ACNM acknowledges that it can no longer continue to attribute the white washing of midwifery to a lack of qualifications or interest by Black and Indigenous people. This fails to acknowledge that white supremacy acted as suppressor, then law enforcer and "teacher", then eliminator and replacer of Black and Indigenous traditional midwives with white midwives.

ACNM leadership acknowledges and apologizes for past and present harms to BIPOC midwives and the organization's role in perpetuating and maintaining systemic racism in midwifery and healthcare. Historical facts clearly illustrate that the exclusion of Black and Indigenous midwives was intentional and by design, with the resulting whiteness of the profession of midwifery as the intended outcome. Unless efforts at inclusion are explicit, tailored, continuous, and well resourced, the result is exclusion. In the coming months, the BOD and ACNM is undertaking a full audit of actions and history and making changes to web pages, documents, and processes to ensure they are anti-racist and inclusive.

About ACNM

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care. Learn more at https://www.midwife.org/.

MEDIA CONTACT
ACNM Membership & Communications
240.485.1813; membership@acnm.org

Related link: https://www.midwife.org/

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Announcing the 2021 Fellows of the American College of Nurse-Midwives

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The Fellows of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (FACNM) Board of Governors is delighted to share the names of the 81 exemplary midwives who have been accepted for Fellowship in 2021. Last year, we revised the Fellowship criteria to increase diversity and inclusivity, resulting in our welcoming the largest group of inductees in ACNM history.

Fellowship in the American College of Nurse-Midwives is an honor bestowed upon those midwives whose demonstrated leadership within ACNM, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship, and professional achievement have merited special recognition both within and outside of the midwifery profession. The ACNM Fellowship was first established in 1994. With the addition of the 2021 Fellows, there will be 558 FACNMs.

The new FACNMs will be inducted at this year's virtual Annual Meeting, May 23-25, 2021. Learn more at https://annualmeeting.midwife.org/.

Congratulations to our new 2021 FACNMs!

Lauren Abrams, CNM, MSN
Molly Altman, CNM, PhD, MPH
Elizabeth (Betsy) Arnold-Leahy, CNM, LM, DM
Susanrachel Balber-Condon, CNM, DM
L. Kim Baraona, CNM, DNP, CNE
Donna Barisich, CNM, MS
Julie Blumenfeld, CNM, DNP, IBCLC
Carolyn Bottone-Post, CNM, DNP
Suzanne Carrington, CNM, DNP
Linda Karen Church, CNM, MSN
Emma Clark, CNM, MSN, MHS
Lee S. Clay, CNM, MS
Susanna R. Cohen, CNM, DNP, CHSE, FAAN
Lastascia Coleman, CNM, MSN, ARNP
Joan L. Combellick, CNM, PhD, MPH, MSN
Elizabeth Cook, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNL, CPM
Jeanann Sousou Coppola, CNM, DNP, CNE, C-EFM
Barbara Davenport, CNM, MSN
Melissa G. Davis, CNM, FNP, DNP
Stephanie Devane-Johnson, CNM, PhD
Meghan Eagen-Torkko, CNM, PhD
Simon Adriane Ellis, CNM, ARNP, MSN
Jessica Ann Ellis, CNM, PHD
Elise N. Erickson, CNM, PhD
Melicia Escobar, CNM, WHNP-BC, MSN
Christina Felten, CNM, DNP, RNC-OB, PMH-C
Kate T. Finn, CM, CPM, LM, MS
Brooke A. Flinders, CNM, DNP
Diane Folk, CNM, DNP
Gwendolyn A. Foster, CNM, MSN
Mary Franklin, CNM, DNP
Kimberly Garcia, DNP, CNM, WHNP
Tamara Joy Gardner, CNM, MSN
Ami L. Goldstein, CNM, MSN, FNP
Cathy Gordon, CNM, FNP-BC, MS
Patricia Hanson, CNM, MSN
Beth Helme-Smith MS, APN, CNM, WHNP-C
Susan J. Hernandez, CNM, MSN
Kathy S. Higgins, CNM, MS
Carol Hirschfield, CNM, MS
Karen Johnson Feltham, CNM, PhD
Theresa Kouadio, CNM, MSN
Ann Konkoly, CNM, MBA, MSN, APRN
Dianna E. Kristeller CNM, DNP, APRN
Rochelle Lipshutz, CNM, OB/GYN NP, MS
Phyllis Lynn, CNM, MS
Nancy MacMorris-Adix, CNM, MN
Laura Manns-James, CNM, PhD, WHNP-BC, CNE
Linda R. McDaniel, CNM, DNP, RNFA
Emily C. McGahey CNM, DM, MSN
Amanda McPherson Shafton, CNM, DNP
Shaunti Meyer, CNM, PhD
Alexandra Michel, CNM, PhD
LaVonne M. Moore, DNP, APRN, CNM, BC-WHNP, IBCLC, ICCE
Jeremy L. Neal, CNM, PhD
Emily Neiman, CNM, MS
Nancy A. Niemczyk, CNM, PhD
Robin L. Page, CNM, PhD
Komkwuan P. Paruchabutr, CNM, WHNP-BC, FNP-BC, DNP
Deborah K. Price, CNM, DrPH
Krysta Ramirez Henry, CNM, DNP
Gayle L. Riedmann, CNM, MS
Karen Robinson, CNM, PhD
Susan Rooks, CNM, MPH, Capt. (ret.) USPHS
Lee Roosevelt, CNM, PhD, MPH
Tonja M. A. Santos, CNM, MSN
Ann M. Schaeffer, CNM, DNP, MEd, CNE
Judith M. Schlaeger, CNM, LAc, PhD, FAAN
Nicole L. Sczekan, CNM, MSN, CARN-AP
Roseanne Seminara, CNM, MS
Holly Smith, CNM, MSN, MPH
Denise C. Smith, CNM, PhD
Venus Standard, CNM, MSN, LCCE
Kristin Stovern, CNM, MSN, APRN-C
Margaret C. Taylor, CNM, DNP
Joanne S. Tennyson, CNM, WHNP-BC, MSN
E. Brie Thumm, CNM, PhD, MBA
Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN
Kim Updegrove, CNM, MSN, MPH, APRN
Shaughanassee Vines, CNM, DNP, CNE

ABOUT ACNM:

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health.

ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.

Learn more at https://www.midwife.org/.

MEDIA CONTACT
ACNM Membership & Communications
240.485.1813; membership@acnm.org

Related link: https://www.midwife.org/

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Midwives for an Equitable and Sustainable Future: ACNM Extends Year of Nurse and Midwife, Begins Decade of the Midwife

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization extended the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife into 2021 in Europe, to celebrate and recognize the hard work of nurses and midwives fighting the pandemic. The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) supports this decision and hereby extends this recognition to the United States.

The COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the critical role midwives play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan. It has also exposed the weaknesses in our healthcare systems and the enormous challenges midwives face every day, as well as shined a light on their incredible commitment and courage. Finally, it has given us the opportunity to reconsider and explore models of care that center midwifery care. As the world's oldest profession, midwives must play an integral part in the future of the world's healthcare.

2021 also kicks off the "Decade of the Midwife" (2021-2030), an initiative led by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). We are at a pivotal point in history, and the actions we take over the next ten years will determine the future direction of healthcare. This initiative will aim to highlight the role of midwives as gender champions in their communities and disseminate evidence about the vital need for midwives to transform quality sexual and reproductive healthcare for a sustainable future.

"We are thrilled to extend the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and kick off the Decade of the Midwife," stated ACNM President, Cathy Collins-Fulea, DNP, CNM, FACNM. "Given the critical roles midwives have played in the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever there is a need to celebrate, uplift, and center midwives in the conversation about improved healthcare."

ACNM's goals for the Decade of the Midwife center around four categories: practice, education, research, and policy. This initiative will integrate seamlessly with our strategic goals, mission, campaigns, and contributions over the next ten years. By focusing on how we can center the midwife in the fight for equitable and sustainable global healthcare, we can work to achieve sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.

About ACNM

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.

Learn more at https://www.midwife.org/.

Related link: https://www.midwife.org/

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Senate Reintroduces Legislation to Federally Invest in Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Program

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Yesterday, the Senate reintroduced the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA) Act, critical legislation that seeks to reduce the disparate maternal and infant morbidity and mortality rates, especially among Black and Brown birthing people and infants. The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) strongly supports the MOMMA Act.

Spearheaded by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), the MOMMA Act would, among other initiatives, establish grant opportunities for entities with proven approaches to improving our nation's mortality rate by offering better maternal and postpartum health care.

Specifically, the MOMMA Act would invest federal funding in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) program, a national partnership of organizations, including ACNM, with goals improving the culture of care to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and severe morbidity across the care continuum.

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) strongly supports the MOMMA Act and applauds Senators Durbin and Duckworth for their leadership and commitment to improving the culture of health for pregnant and postpartum people.

"All pregnant and birthing people and babies should be served by a maternity care system that delivers safe, equitable, ethical, and patient-centered care, the hallmarks of midwifery," stated ACNM President, Cathy Collins-Fulea, DNP, CNM, FACNM. "Midwives stand ready to work with policymakers and stakeholders to implement evidence-based solutions, including reducing primary cesarean sections and increasing access to midwives and midwifery-led care models, to help improve maternal health outcomes for all people and communities."

Every year across the United States, of the 4,000,000 people who give birth, about 700 suffer fatal complications during pregnancy, while giving birth, or during the postpartum period, and 70,000 suffer near-fatal, partum-related complications. These statistics disproportionately impact Black and Brown pregnant and birthing people. Through the implementation of a comprehensive set of policies to improve data collection, dissemination of information on effective interventions, and expansion of access to health care and social services for postpartum people, the MOMMA Act is another piece of critical legislation that if realized, can help address escalating rates of maternal mortality and morbidity disproportionately impacting these communities.

Contact Amy Kohl (akohl@acnm.org) ACNM Director, Advocacy & Government Affairs, for more information on the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA) Act.

About ACNM

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.

Learn more at https://www.midwife.org/.

CONTACT INFO:
ACNM Membership & Communications
240.485.1813; membership@acnm.org

Related link: https://www.midwife.org/

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