Category «Advocacy»

An aspring Midwife to Watch

I had the extreme pleasure of landing on the Urban Village Midwife blog tonight. I was instantly connected to Sherry Payne — this is a woman whose midwife heart beats like mine. Research, disparities, increasing midwifery workforce…and she comes at it from a community health perspective. In case you are thinking this is “just” a …

Tools for Improving Birth

Have you seen the new website from the American College of Nurse-Midwives?  It is a virtual toolbox for promoting physiologic birth. Inside you can find sample policies and protocols,  quality improvement resources, position statements and more. All the things you need to improve the rates of physiologic birth at your hospital. Check it out and …

US Healthcare Financing Changes and Pregnant Women

For readers interested in the changing US Healthcare Financing and its effects on pregnant women:  two resources for you this week. First, the MACPAC (Federal group that reviews the state Medicaid and CHIP access) put out a report to congress in March.  You can view the report here: Report to the Congress on Medicaid and …

Advocacy

For those who think their calling may be more on the political activism side of the spectrum, I wanted to take a minute and give you some resources you might not have considered.  Most major organizations have advocacy priorities that are set by the national board.  For example, if you read at the Royal College …

Social Causes for Cesarean?

One of the courses I am taking this semester is about determinants of health.  We look at things both within the individual, and within the environment, and how they interact to affect health. A very interesting topic, and very challenging to integrate the research on a topic into a three page essay. But integrate I …

Lobbying for Midwives

The American College of Nurse Midwives has declared August Midwifery Lobby Month.  That means they want all members and supporters to talk to legislators about policies that improve access to midwifery care. One of the national bills they encourage support for is MOMS for the 21st Century. Take a look at the information and let …

Midwifery Regulation Matters

I’m updating the directory this week, a very boring task involving staring at a computer screen and writing code…….yawn. But in the midst of these updates I do more research, look for more resources and find more information about midwifery in places I don’t live…like Canada. Here in the US, midwifery is regulated at the …

Wishing Safe Motherhood on Mother’s Day

Safe Motherhood.  It seems like such a simple request.  Around the world women and babies still die during pregnancy and childbirth – despite medical advances that could save many of them. Five years ago, when I began my journey to fight maternal and neonatal mortality, I thought the problem was simple. Today, I see that …