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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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.


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:

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Three New CEU Offerings!


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 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


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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AME’s 2016 Annual Member Meeting

Calling all AME members, midwives, midwifery educators and stakeholders!

Please join us:

AME 2016 Annual Members Meeting
Thursday, December 15, 2016
4:00 – 5:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

3:00 – 4:30 pm Central Standard Time
2:00 – 3:30 pm Mountain Standard Time

1:00 – 2:30 pm Pacific Standard Time

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 701-534-285

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session:

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Nominations to the AME Board of Directors

AME members:  please take a moment to consider our two nominees to the Board of Directors, and stay tuned for an elections ballot from AME.  Follow each candidate’s linked name to view her CV, and then stay tuned for election ballots from AME.

  1. Claudia Booker (CV)
  2. Patricia Ross (CV)

Many thanks!

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