Available Now–“Battling Over Birth” Webinar

Battling Over Birth: Research Justice as Framework for Transforming Maternal Health Care

“African American women in California are 3 to 4 times as likely as white women to die of childbirth related causes, and infants are twice as likely not to survive their first year. “Birthing while black” is a site of struggle, which for too many leads to disabling, trauma or even death.  Using a research justice approach, Dr. Julia Chinyere Oparah, PhD and members of the Oakland-based collective Black Women Birthing Justice spent five years documenting black women’s experiences of childbirth, with a focus on prenatal care, relationships with medical professionals, birth locations, labor and delivery, and the first six weeks postpartum. The result was Battling Over Birth, a human rights report that has been described by DONA International as “an accurate and chilling snapshot of the state of birthing as a Black person.” In this webinar, Oparah explains the research justice framework and explores how it can be used to advance birth justice.  She and Linda Jones, doula and activist, share findings and recommendations from the report and discuss how midwives and doulas can get involved in the movement to #liberateblackbirth. The webinar can be viewed on NACPM’s website.  Go to “how to earn CEUs”   for more information on how to earn CEUs for these courses.

 

 

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HOW TO EARN CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR NACPM and AME WEBINARS

The Association of Midwifery Educators (AME) is pleased to partner with the National Association of CPMs (NACPM) to offer continuing education credits for NACPM webinars through the user-friendly platform Digital Chalk.

NACPM webinars cover a wide range of topics affecting midwifery practice and regulation in the US. Midwives can register to attend any NACPM webinar at no charge, and can view recordings of all previous webinars on NACPM’S website. Go to http://nacpm.org/for-cpms/resources/webinars/, scroll down to the webinar of your choice and click on the heading in red type for that webinar series to find the recording of your webinar.

NACPM webinars have been approved by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) for continuing education for Certified Professional Midwives. Midwives who are licensed, registered or certified in a state, province or other jurisdiction may contact their individual midwifery regulatory agency to find out how to apply their certificate(s) toward their continuing education requirements.

Just registering and attending a webinar will not earn you continuing education credits. After you have attended a webinar, you will receive an email from NACPM notifying you that the course has been loaded into Digital Chalk for you to take.

If you want to earn MEAC approved continuing education credits for any NACPM webinar you must first create an account on the Association of Midwifery Educators Digital Chalk page. Click here to create a new account on Digital Chalk, or to log in if you are already a Digital Chalk user. You will find about 50 webinars listed in the AME Catalog, with the most recent ones listed first. Choose the course you want. Read the instructions thoroughly. Fill out your information carefully because what you enter will be printed on your continuing education certificate. Watch the video (if you haven’t already seen it) and then take the post-test. You may retake the test as often as needed if you don’t pass. When you’ve passed the post-test, Digital Chalk will prepare your continuing education certificate for you to save on your electronic device and/or download and print. Be sure to keep your certificate for documentation purposes.

If you need technical assistance, contact amecoordinator@gmail.com or admin@nacpm.org.

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“I do not like boards!”

My name is Trish Ross and I’m the newest member of the AME Board.  Let me tell you first thing:  I do not like boards!  All the talk with so little action, all the drama with so few results, all the jockeying for position….

Let me tell you second thing:  I like the AME Board!  Commitment to action, no drama, no ego, to the point where we can say we missed the mark and will change till we get it right.  I am happy to invite others to join forces with us.

AME opened nominations for the board some months ago and we tried to do things differently to change what we looked like.  We realize we took a misstep, so we are doing it over and better.  We also recognize that AME is not on the radar of a lot of midwives.

So, we want to give you all a chance to learn more about us as board members — our hopes and dreams for midwifery education — and us as an organization — our values and vision.

So, Monday, April 30 at 4:00 EDT, the board will be present online on Zoom.us for a virtual meet and greet.   (The login information is below.)  You can see our faces, ask questions or observe quietly to see who and what we are and how you can best fit.

Please join us for this Meet and Greet and consider helping us create a community where high-quality midwifery education is the norm and competent, caring midwives tend all those who want them.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Apr 30, 2018 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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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 amecoordinator@gmail.com.

 

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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 amecoordinator@gmail.com.

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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 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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