"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."
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 Midwife. Ellen 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.
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).
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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
Visit ACNM's new website to learn more about modern midwifery.
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.
NY Midwives Celebrate The Season In Style!
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!