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IMPACT Midwifery Powerpoint Now Available

IMPACT Committee has put together a powerpoint presentation intended to educate about midwifery in NY state, including an overview of midwifery care, demographics in NY, the education and licensure process for LMs, and how midwives work together with other providers to improve outcomes.  There are extensive notes in the comments on the slides to aid you in giving this presentation at your workplace, school, or wherever education about midwives and midwifery is needed! Please visit IMPACT's page to download the powerpoint.

Ask HealthQuest Systems to Grant Community Midwives Admitting Privileges at Their Hospitals

"In spite of the increasing demand for midwifery services both in and out of hospitals, Health Quest has declined to respond to midwives' requests for admitting privileges. Granting community midwives such privileges would enhance continuity of care, reduce the burden on hospital staff while bringing business to the hospital, and would enhance safety by reducing delays which may occur during transfers of care."

Please click here to sign the petition!

NYSALM Exhibits at ACOG District II Meeting!
Nancy Kraus, NYSALM President Pat Burkhardt, Maria Fisher, and Anne Gibeau staffed our booth:

Pat Burkhardt with ACOG President Dr. John Jennings:

Pat Burkhardt with previous ACOG President Dr. Richard Waldman:

New Study Finds Birth Centers and Midwives to be Cost-Effective

The study found that Medicaid would save approximately $1,163 per birth with birth center care. Read the full article here.

Want to get more involved with NYSALM?

Consider joining a committee! All of our committees are looking for new members.  Meetings are by telephone conference call.  For more information on our committees, including who to contact to get involved, please visit the Members Only section.

Two new books published by New York State midwives in 2013!

Sakina O'Uhuru, LM, published Journey to Birth: The Story of a Midwife's Journey and a Reflection of the Heroic Women She Served Along the Way. Sakina writes, "This book is about my life journey as a home-birth midwife. It includes the many home births I attended during my sixteen years as a practitioner, with particular attention to the last ten years. During this journey, I have learned a myriad of life lessons. Most of them strengthened me and my ability to continue on this path. There were incredible challenges, both joyful and painful. The most challenging lessons happened to be the most life-changing and transformative. Those lessons impacted my life tremendously, first as a woman, second as a mother and grandmother, and most assertively as a basic human being." 

Ellen Cohen, LM published Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital MidwifeEllen writes, "This book was written in hopes of promoting the midwifery model of providing safe, respectful and empowering care to every woman in the often challenging environment of hospital practices." For a wonderful review of Ellen's book, please visit NYSALM's blog.

New International Confederation of Midwives representative from Puerto Rico

Frances Ganges, newly named Chief Executive of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), sent the following message after a conversation with Dorothea Lang, who represents ICM at the UN:

I just spoke with Dorothea and she asked me to let you know that Irene De La Torre (head of the program in Puerto Rico) is now the new ICM Board member for North America and The Caribbean! We are very excited. Please see the news item on the ICM website (home page near bottom).

Barriers to practice?

Are you a midwife who is experiencing obstacles to practice? Are you a consumer who is experiencing obstacles to working with the midwife of your choice?

If so, tell us: participate in NYSALM's data collection survey.

New study released about benefits of midwifery care

As health care costs and the rate of cesarean births for expecting mothers have escalated over the past two decades in the United States, a new study shows that women who receive care at midwife-led birth centers incur lower medical costs and are less likely to have cesarean births compared to women who give birth at hospitals. For ACNM's press release, visit this link.

Our Moment of Truth: a new understanding of midwifery care

ACNM's new website to learn more about modern midwifery. 

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Birth Center Bill Introduced!

Read more about the bill (#A00446) or check out support for the bill!

Rochester Midwives Featured in TV Program

This episode of Need to Know focuses on the growth of modern midwifery. Check it out here!

Call the Midwife Series 4 Premieres March 29!

Check your local listings for more information!

Smoking Cessation Module--CME Available 

The NYC DOH has developed an online module intended to educate providers about effective methods for assessment, counseling, and treatment for tobacco use. The training takes about an hour.  After successful completion of the module and a 10-question quiz, NY midwives will earn 1 CME. The module is accessible here.

New NICE Guidelines Now Available

The UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has released new guidelines for intrapartum care.  These new guidelines are very supportive of midwife-led care across many settings and encourage access to midwifery care and out-of-hospital birth. They are available here.

The Lancet publishes new series on Midwifery!

The series launched on Monday, June 23 and is available here

ACNM Launches BirthTOOLS

The ACNM recently launched BirthTOOLS (Tools for Optimizing the Outcomes of Labor Safely), a new collection of resources for supporting and promoting physiologic birth. Check it out!