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ACNM Releases 60th Anniversary Video Series

Check out these videos released by the ACNM in celebration of the organization's 60th anniversary!

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.

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.

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ACNM President Ginger Breedlove Visits NY

NYSALM recently hosted Ginger Breedlove, the American College of Nurse-Midwives national president, in New York State when Ginger shared her expertise at the New York State Perinatal Associationís Annual Meeting on June 4-5, 2015. As one of the Plenary speakers, Ginger spoke about how midwifery care can improve outcomes and be better integrated into the maternity care system.

NYSALM also provided one of the break-out sessions with a panel that featured Pat Loftman LM, former director of the Harlem Hospital midwifery service, Pat Burkhardt LM who spoke about midwives and birth centers, Kate Finn LM who spoke about homebirth services, and Dr Paul Burcher who spoke about collaboration between physicians and midwives.

We look forward to continuing collaboration between our two organizations to improve maternal-child health in our state.

Birth Center Bill: NYSALM Lobbied in Albany on April 21

Lobby Day 2015 was a great success! Consumers from birth advocacy organizations around the state joined us on April 21 in speaking to our legislators about expanding access to birth centers (A446/S4325)and other issues of importance to women and midwives. We made over 60 visits.
We honored Senator Kemp Hannon, (R-Long Island), chair of the Senate Health Committee, for all his efforts to improve access to quality health care for women in our state. We also appreciated that Assembly Member Richard Gottfried (D-NYC), chair of the Assembly Health Committee and a sponsor of our birth center bill, also took time from his schedule to speak with us.
Midwifery students from every education program in our state learned a lesson in advocacy and were able to network with students from other programs and with practicing midwives. The birth center bill has already passed the Assembly and was voted out of the Senate Health Committee the day after Lobby Day. Now is the time for telephone calls to your state senator asking for a positive vote when the bill comes to the floor of the Senate.

Read more about the bill (#A0446/S4325) or check out support for the bill!

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!