New Year’s Sale on Online Professional Development Courses!

Happy New Years AME members!

To start the New Year off right, and for a limited time, AME is discounting our online professional development courses–Preceptor as Educator and Best Practices.  These courses were developed specifically with you in mind, the teachers  of our future midwives.   Most of you became midwives to serve childbearing families, offering excellent, personalized and sensitive care and then, one day you are asked to be a teacher.  Whether you are in the classroom or the clinic room the job of teacher is never easy and in fact it is sometimes more work to teach a student how to do what you do.  AME recognizes your work and in an effort to offer you support and to help the MEAC accredited schools meet the requirements of accreditation, AME put together two series of modules for professional development and as a gift to our community we are offering a steep discount for AME members  now through the end of March.  (Not a member yet?  No problem!  There is a big button to your right.  Just click on Join AME!)

The Preceptor as Educator bundle is six modules and 9 continuing education credits.  The presenters are:  Suzy Myers,  Illysa Foster, Wendy Gordon and Ida Darragh.  The bundle is on sale for $60 which is a 60% savings!   Take one course or for the greatest savings,  take the bundle!

  • Preceptors: Providers of Essential Midwifery Education
  • Creating a Successful Preceptorship: The Essential Elements
  • Precepting, Teaching, and Meeting Challenges
  • Ethics and the Student/Preceptor Relationship
  • Inclusion and Cultural Awareness
  • NARM Requirements for CPM Certification

The Best Practices bundle is a 3 course, 8 continuing education units.   The bundle costs $76 which is a 20% savings and the courses are:

  • Best Practices 1:  Meeting the Needs of Adult Learners
  • Best Practices 2:  Student Assessment–You Taught It, But Did They Learn It?
  • Best Practices 3:  Ethics and Social Justice in Midwifery Education

To register for courses go to the AME homepage, click on the “Continuing Education” tab at the top of the page and you will be directed to enter your member information and a catalog of courses will open.  There are many courses in the catalog, NACPM webinars and AME courses.  You can scroll through the catalog or use the search function to find a specific course.

If you need help,  feel free to contact the Administrative Director at


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Call for Nominations to the AME Board of Directors

The Association of Midwifery Educators is now inviting nominations to the Board of Directors for the 2018 election. Self-nominations are welcome. If nominating another person, please make sure they are willing to be on the ballot.
AME believes that education is the very foundation of a healthy and thriving midwifery profession. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) member organization and our bylaws require that the members elect the Board of Directors.

For 11 years now AME has worked tirelessly to support excellence in midwifery education through connection, collaboration and communication. Midwifery educators need the resources to train the professionals of the future and it is our mission to provide them with this support.  Some of our proud accomplishments include:
• AME website holding a large amount of resources for educators
• Educator workshops at MANA
• Preceptor as Educator and Best Practices in Midwifery Education online professional development series
• Online provider of continuing education for NACPM webinars
• Co-presenter with NACPM of CPM Symposium 2012 and convening partner with NACPM for the upcoming2018 Symposium
• Member of Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH)
• The Clinical Directors Collaboration, a monthly meeting of school clinical directors

To learn more about AME visit our website at and click on “About us.” Please read the information below and consider nominating yourself or someone you believe would be a good leader for midwifery education.

The Association of Midwifery Educators (AME) is committed to advancing equity and access in midwifery education, in the midwifery profession, and for the childbearing individuals served by midwifery care. In this call for new Board members, we are looking to intentionally and thoughtfully cultivate a representative Board committed to the principles of social justice in midwifery education and actions towards intervening with the social and structural determinants of health.

The Elections Committee of AME is inviting nominations for three (3) board seats as follows—one professional member, one public member and one student representative. Details about each of these board seats is below.

1. A professional board member must be a current member of the Association of Midwifery Educators, must support the purposes of the corporation. For this election the nominee must identify as an African American or Native American. A professional member must be an educator in midwifery or a related health profession, have the knowledge, skills and passion for the work of supporting midwifery education in a changing political, cultural and social landscape, demonstrated commitment to the work of undoing racism in midwifery education. Current or former midwifery licensure (CPM, CNM or state licensed) is highly desirable. Exceptions to the above requirements may be made for applicants with skills specific to the needs of AME to meet its strategic initiatives.  BOD Application Form – PROFESSIONAL MEMBER

2. A public board member is someone who is an educator outside the profession of midwifery, committed to supporting the work of AME, has demonstrated commitment to the work of undoing racism in education. For this election the nominee must identify as an African American or Native American. This member would be a regular voting member of the board, is eligible to be an officer and will serve a three-year term, not to exceed two successive terms.  BOD Application Form – PUBLIC MEMBER

3. A student representative from either a MEAC accredited program or from another educational path toward the CPM. All students applying to be a board member must be advanced students (greater than one year of training), in good academic standing with their program or their approved preceptor and must be recommended to the AME board by two members of their educational team. Students representatives to the board are non-voting members and will serve a two-year term.  BOD Application Form – STUDENT REP

Expectations: Board members are volunteers and are required to attend regular board and committee phone conference call meetings, attend an annual, in-person board meeting usually scheduled around the national MANA conference, and participate in the work of AME. Board members can expect to donate 5-10 hours per month to AME board work.  Directors do not receive compensation for their service, but by resolution of the Board of Directors, there may be funds to cover some of the expenses of attending an in-person board meeting.
Election procedure:
• Any member in good standing may self-nominate
• Anyone may submit the name of a nominee who has agreed to be placed on the ballot
• The nominee must complete the AME Board of Directors Application form
• All nominations will be considered for inclusion in the election ballot
• The Elections Committee will prepare the ballot
• The Election will take place electronically at a date to be announced
• Each current AME member will receive the ballot, with timeline and instructions for voting
• Each individual member shall have one vote. Each institutional member shall have a number of votes proportional to the size of the institutional membership, as follows: a small institution shall have one vote, a mid-sized institution shall have 2 votes, and a large institution shall have 3 votes.

For questions contact AME Administrative Director at

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2017 Annual Meeting Video

Thank you to everyone who joined us today for our 2017 Annual  Meeting!  It was wonderful to have new names and  voices with us and we look forward to seeing you all more often!

Attached  is a link to the recording of this meeting.  The slides contain links to information we hope you will find useful.

If you are not yet a member  of AME, please consider joining now.  There is a link just to your right!

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AME Announces the Adoption of its Equity Statement

The Board of  Directors of AME believes that equity is essential to midwifery education and that this principle should guide our work to fulfill our mission.  Recently the board unanimously approved the following statement.  We invite comment and feedback from the public which may be sent to or to any of our Board of Directors.


Individuals, families and communities experience discrimination and systemic oppression based on race, ethnicity, economic status, formal education, ability, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, citizenship status and many additional identities. The Association of Midwifery Educators (AME) recognizes that these forms of oppression and systemic inequities result in poor pregnancy and birth outcomes, including higher rates of preterm birth, low birth weight, and deaths of gestational parents and babies, in addition to many other adverse health outcomes and experiences. We recognize that the communities that are currently shouldering the greatest burden of these health outcomes are African American and Indigenous communities, and we acknowledge the historical and contemporary injustices that have created and sustain these inequities.

We also recognize that midwives have always been an integral part of the fabric of the human community. Regrettably, the midwifery profession, as it stands in the U.S. today, does not adequately serve the whole human community. We believe in the strength of community midwifery and believe that midwives from the community are most often the best maternity care providers for the community.

To that end, the Association of Midwifery Educators affirms our responsibility to midwifery educators, students, and families to participate and lead in the ongoing work of creating inclusive learning environments where student midwives feel welcomed, represented, supported and safe; where students learn to care for all families in a way that is culturally affirming and respectful; and where a commitment to social justice is woven into every facet of midwifery education.

We demonstrate these commitments by engaging in anti-racism training for all board members and staff and by committing to the ongoing, lifelong work of dismantling racism in the personal, institutional and systemic realms. We commit to assisting midwifery educators to integrate and teach the histories and current issues facing midwives from many cultures and communities. We believe that all midwifery students must receive training in health inequities and the social determinants of health, and we commit to providing educational modules and resources to support this. We strive to promote learning environments that are gender-inclusive by providing faculty development resources and curriculum content that aim to teach about the interplay between sexual identities, gender identities, pregnancy and birth.

We commit to this work through ongoing examination of our organizational practices, policies and procedures to redress inequities. We seek to remain accountable to non-dominant communities through involvement in equitable curriculum development, content, delivery and assessment of learning outcomes of midwifery students. We work to support organizations led by people of color and the Queer community in the reproductive healthcare community with our time and financial resources. Our mission is to support the people, systems and processes that provide midwifery education, and we do this within a social justice framework.

Adapted from the Equity Statement of Bastyr University’s Department of Midwifery November, 2017.


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AME Announces Changes to Board of Directors

November 2, 2017

MANA CAM Conference

Long Beach, California

The Board of Directors of Association of Midwifery Educators (AME) is proud to announce recent changes in its policy for leadership.  AME will soon be calling for nominations for several newly created seats on its Board of Directors:

  • Two dedicated seats for members from African American and Indigenous communities
  • A seat for a public member who is an educator not in the field of midwifery
  • Two seats for CPM student representatives – one from a MEAC program and one from a non-MEAC educational route toward the CPM credential

These changes are made with specific intention to align our leadership with the reality that in our country the systemic oppression of peoples based on race and ethnicity results in poor pregnancy and birth outcomes and that the communities that are currently shouldering the greatest burden of these health disparities are African American and Indigenous communities.

Because midwives are a critical part of the maternity care system that must address this crisis we believe it is our responsibility to support the educators in their efforts to train a workforce of midwives who will be prepared to meet the challenges in our healthcare system.  These changes to our leadership are meant to be a positive impact on the resources, support and continuing education opportunities provided to midwifery educators.

AME is in the process of finalizing the policies and procedures to implement these recent changes and will be posting information to the public on our website and through our Facebook page.  Please watch for our upcoming call for nominations, and talk with any current board members to share your thoughts or questions about these changes to the leadership of AME.   Current board members are:  Wendy Gordon, Courtney Everson, Claudia Booker, Justine Clegg, Trish Ross and Sharon DeJoy.

AME’s Mission: AME supports the people, systems and processes that provide midwifery education to serve the diverse needs of students and communities.

AME’s Vision: We envision a world where high quality midwifery education cultivates a thriving midwifery community and a healthy society.
Contact information:

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MAST program invites you to participate!

Have you heard the great news? MEAC, in collaboration with AME, has launched an exciting new program called the Midwifery Accreditation Support Track (MAST) program and we would love for you to be involved!

MAST Flier, for recruitment


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AME is growing!

In October 2006, at the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) conference in Baltimore, Maryland, a group of midwifery educators and supporters came together to identify the need for and the goals of an organization that would facilitate strong connections and collaborations among midwifery educators. At this historic meeting, the Association of Midwifery Educators (AME) was born. From that time forward, AME has undertaken the mission of advancing direct-entry midwifery education by strengthening schools and supporting teachers & preceptors through connection, collaboration and coordination.

AME has benefitted from the consistent leadership and guidance of Justine Clegg and Mary Yglesia since its inception, with other members moving on and off the Board of Directors over the years.  Under their guidance, the organization has developed stability, a shared vision, and a strong plan for serving the midwifery profession. The Board of Directors believes that AME is now in a position to begin the next phase of its growth.

Mary Yglesia has moved into the role of Interim Administrative Director for AME to help build a foundation for hiring an Executive Director in the next year or so.  We’re thrilled to have her expertise in this intentional work.  We have exciting ideas for growing the organization and for building the professional supports that our members have told us they want.

Throughout the remainder of 2017, we will be making some changes to our organizational bylaws to revise Board of Directors’ terms so that AME’s structure is reflective of a standard, stable and mature organization.  We’re also looking forward to welcoming student members and a public member to our Board.  Look for our call for nominations soon!

Wendy Gordon, LM, CPM, MPH
President, Board of Directors
Association of Midwifery Educators


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Call For Proposals!

The 2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health Program Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal for consideration. The International Congress theme “Collaboration in Action: Advancing Integrative Health through Research, Education, Clinical Practice and Policy,” reflects both the collaborative nature of the field and the scope of the scientific program.

The International Congress invites innovative and interactive programs targeted toward clinicians, researchers, educators, and policy makers. Clinicians, investigators, and other professionals, including fellows, students and trainees in all areas of integrative health and medicine-related disciplines are encouraged to submit abstracts of original work for presentation at the Congress.

Abstracts are being accepted for the following types of sessions:

  • Pre-Congress Workshop
  • Panel Discussion
  • Symposium
  • Experiential Workshop
  • Research Abstract (oral or poster presentation)
  • Non-Research Abstract (oral or poster presentation)

Topics include, but are not limited to:


  • State of the science/evidence base for integrative modalities
  •  Clinical skills-building
  •  Integrative medicine delivery models
  •  Best case series
  •  Clinical skills-building


  • Curriculum design and development
  •  Interprofessional education
  • Teaching, learning, and assessment
  • Faculty development/leadership


  • Clinical Research
    • Mind-body (including meditation and yoga)
    • Manual medicine/body work (including chiropractic and massage)
    • Whole systems and acupuncture (including TCM and Ayurveda)
    • Natural products/botanicals/supplements
  •   Basic Science
  •   Research Methodology
  •  Education Research

Policy – Including Research that Informs Policy

  • Health Services Research/Cost Effectiveness
  •  Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
  • Integrative Health and the Underserved
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ACIH Learning Modules

We are very pleased to announce the availability of standalone learning modules on Foundations in Integrative Health! Individuals can sign up for any or all of the individual modules. CME, CNE, and Pharmacy CE is available for the modules. Please register by August 30 to receive the modules for FREE! The link to access the modules is here.

This is a collaborative project that the Academic Collaborative of Integrative Health participated in. AME is a proud member of the Collaborative.
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Midwifery Researchers Receive Best Research Article Award for 2017

Dr. Courtney Everson, who serves on the AME Board of Directors as 1st Vice President, alongside her colleagues, Drs. Bovbjerg and Cheyney, received the 2017 Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health Best Research Article Award for their published paper, “Maternal and Newborn Outcomes Following Waterbirth: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009 Cohort.” On Wednesday, May 24th 2017, the authors were honored for their work during the awards ceremony at the American College of Nurse-Midwives annual meeting in Chicago, IL.


Research Award Winners with Journal Editor: Cheyney, Likis, Everson, Bovbjerg

The study focused on waterbirth in community birth settings with midwife-led care. This is the largest cohort study to-date on the topic of waterbirth, and one of the first large studies to focus on a U.S. population. The study provides solid evidence that waterbirth can be a safe and viable option for many lower-risk pregnant persons. Access the full article here.

Don’t forget the waterbirth model practice template and position paper as resources for practice and teaching!

Congratulations to Drs. Bovbjerg, Cheyney, & Everson!

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