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 amecoordinator@gmail.com or to any of our Board of Directors.

EQUITY STATEMENT

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:  amecoordinator@gmail.com

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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:

Clinical

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

Education

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

Research

  • 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.

AWARD

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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Opportunity to Interact with Study Committee

The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) report, “A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health,” was the second most downloaded report published in 2016 by the HMD of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  This is your opportunity to ask questions of the study committee members and discuss how they are using the report.

Three members of the study committee will discuss how each has used and implemented specific aspects of the Framework including:

  1. a description of Interprofessional courses built upon the social determinants of health concept, that utilizes innovative teaching methods and actively engages members of the community for educating students;
  2. an illustration of how a medical education department is finding ways to integrate the framework into the curriculum for health professional training in rural and underserved areas of the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho region;
  3. a description of WHO’s efforts to integrate SDH into health workforce education and training to prepare for integrated people-centered health services, how SDH / IPE are addressed, and how this links to the framework & conceptual model.

 

Hosted by:  Barbara Brandt, Director, National Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education, Associate Vice President for Education, University of Minnesota, Academic Health Center Office of Education.

Moderated by:  Patricia A. Cuff, Senior Program Officer, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Speakers:

Sandra D. Lane, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Public Health & Anthropology, Syracuse University.

Julian Fisher, Research Associate, Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, University of Braunschweig Institute of Technology, and Hannover Medical School.  Committee on Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health.

Bianca Frogner, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Health Workforce Studies, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Committee on Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health.

Register for this exciting webinar, here: https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7ZJWIaDyM6MK9DL

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Three New CEU Offerings!

Announcing:

New continuing education courses from the Association of Midwifery Educators:

Supporting Best Practices in Midwifery Education

8 MEAC approved continuing education hours for midwives and midwifery educators

Meeting state Departments of Education professional development requirements

 

 DCAME is pleased to announce our latest online MEAC approved continuing education series for midwives and educators: “Supporting Best Practices in Midwifery Education,” 3 separate courses for a total of 8 continuing education hours (0.8 CEUs). These courses have been approved by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) for continuing education for Certified Professional Midwives. Choose one course, or take all 3 “bundled” courses together to save money.

 

Individual Courses

 

Part 1: Meeting the needs of adult learners (2.5 CE hours)

How to apply theories and principles of adult learning to curriculum, program design, clinical and classroom learning and meet the needs of diverse learners.

 

Part 2: Student assessment: You taught it but did they learn it (3 CE hours)

Assessment tools that are fair, objective, accurate, valid, reliable; constructing effective test questions; norm and criterion referencing; learning management systems and test banking.

 

Part 3: Ethics and Social Justice in midwifery education (2.5 CE hours)

Creating a socially conscious educational environment, applying principles of social justice to midwifery care within the context of the US health care system, moving individuals and institutions toward a culture of inclusivity.

 

Go to https://associationofmidwiferyeducators.digitalchalk.com/dc/guest/login to create a new account, or log in if you are already a Digital Chalk user. Choose the course you want, follow the instructions to pay to take the course. Watch the video and take the post-test. You may retake the test if you don’t pass. When you’ve passed the post-test, Digital Chalk will prepare your continuing education certificate to download and print.

To learn more, visit our website at www.associationofmidwiferyeducators.org.

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Justine Clegg, MS, LM, CPM

President, Association of Midwifery Educators

 

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AME’s 2016 Annual Member Meeting

Many thanks to all who attended AME’s 2016 Annual Member Meeting today!  For those who were unable to make it and are wondering about some of the amazing happenings here in the world of midwifery education, we have a recording of the meeting for your viewing pleasure:

Onward and upward, educators!

 

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