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!

Posted in Uncategorized

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: https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7ZJWIaDyM6MK9DL

Posted in Uncategorized

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 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.


Justine Clegg, MS, LM, CPM

President, Association of Midwifery Educators


Posted in Uncategorized

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!


Posted in Uncategorized

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:   http://help.citrix.com/getread

Posted in Uncategorized

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!

Posted in Uncategorized

Evidence-informed Practice, MANA 2016, NARM Job Analysis & More!

Enhancing Research Literacy: A Resource for you

As we welcome the autumn season, we share with you an exciting new resource to help you achieve excellence as a midwifery educator: Introducing Achieving Competency in Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) – A Resource Guide for Educators!

The Project to Enhance Research Literacy (PERL) has developed a resource guide to advance understanding of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health’s (ACIH) competency in EIP that includes examples an educator might draw from and modify to fit a specific program or course. The guide is available through the PERL website. Take short a video tour or access the full guide here.

AME represents midwifery educators on the ACIH Board of Directors, and is proud to have contributed to this project. Evidence-informed practice rests on the triad intersection between the best available research, clinical expertise, and client context. Learn more about accessing health sciences literature, critical appraisal of the literature, applying research to practice, and—most importantly—how to teach these areas to students by using the FREE EIP Resource Guide for Educators! You will find learning objectives, readings, multimedia materials, vignettes, and much more to help you on your educator journey.

MANA session on evidence-informed practice

Are you going to MANA this year? Make sure to attend a special breakout session on Evidence-informed Practice at MANA 2016! AME’s Dr. Courtney Everson, in collaboration with April Kline and Shannon Anton, will be presenting a 90 minute session called “Walking the Labyrinth: Research Literacy, Evidence-Informed Practice, and Shared Decision-Making”. This session is geared towards midwifery educators – we encourage you to attend!

AME will be represented at MANA 2016 in a variety of other ways as well!

  • When you check in at the MANA Table, be sure to also pick up your AME Educator ribbon! Remember: preceptors are educators, administrative staff are educators, academic faculty are educators. Help us spread the word on the importance of excellence in midwifery education and take pride in your role as an educator by wearing your AME Educator badge ribbon at MANA!
  • AME lunch gathering for educators: On Saturday during lunch, we will have a couple of tables reserved in the back of the lunch area for AME. Come sit with us and chat with fellow educators. Board Member Courtney Everson will be there to greet you (with AME Educator ribbons in tote!)
  • AME is proud to have sponsored and mentored two students to present at MANA 2016! Come learn from them: Gengi Proteau (Midwives College of Utah) presents on “Fetal Distress, Shoulder Dystocia, and the Fetal Vagus Nerve” and Kelsey Scherer (Birthwise) presents on “Oral Vitamin K Supplementation of the Newborn and the Prevention of Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding: An Evidence-Based Update for Midwives”.

NARM Job Analysis Survey – deadline October 9th

AME strongly encourages you to participate in the 2016 NARM Job Analysis! If you are a CPM, you should have received a notice (with reminders) from NARM with your personal survey link. The deadline for taking the survey is October 9th. What issues and competencies are important to you as educators? Make sure those are represented in the NARM Job Analysis! In particular, AME encourages you to push for competencies in evidence-informed practice & research fluency as well as anti-oppression & cultural humility in midwifery care. This is your chance to help influence the midwifery profession!

Board Elections

Stay tuned for a special email on upcoming Board elections. An electronic vote will take place for AME members in October. We are excited for the candidates on the ballot and hope you are too!

Onward and upward, educators!



Posted in Uncategorized

Join Our Board!



Board of Directors


The Association of Midwifery Educators is soliciting nominations to the Board of Directors for two year terms starting fall 2016. Self-nominations are welcome. If nominating another person, please make sure they are willing to be placed on the ballot. Nominations will close on Monday August 22, 2016.

AME believes that education is the very foundation of a healthy and thriving midwifery profession. For 10 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 offering numerous valuable resources for educators
  • Annual educator workshops at MANA
  • Preceptor as Educator online professional development series
  • Online provider of continuing education for NACPM webinars
  • Co-presenter with NACPM of CPM Symposium 2012
  • Member of Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) (formerly ACCAHC)
  • The Clinical Directors Collaboration, a monthly meeting of school clinical directors

AME is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) member organization. Our bylaws require that our members elect the Board of Directors.   To learn more about AME, visit our website at www.associationofmidwiferyeducators.org and click on “About us.” Consider nominating yourself or someone you believe would be a good leader in midwifery education. Interested persons must join AME to be included on the ballot.

Term:  The Elections Committee of AME is inviting nominations for a two-year term beginning Fall 2016, with the possibility of additional terms.

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 8-10 hours per month to AME board work. Directors do not receive any salary for their services, but by resolution of the Board of Directors, the expenses of attendance, if any, may be allowed for attendance at each regular or special Board meeting.


  • Educator in midwifery or related health professions. An educator would include academic faculty and clinical instructors or preceptors.
  • Member of AME (join at www.associationofmidwiferyeducators.org)
  • The knowledge, skills and passion for the work of supporting midwifery education in a changing political, cultural and social landscape.
  • 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.

Membership: Membership is open to all who value midwifery education – midwives, educators, consumers, supporters and educational institutions. Annual dues:

  • Individual member: Midwifery program faculty, preceptor, instructor, staff or administration. Cost: $45/year
  • Institutional member: A midwifery program or institution. Cost on a sliding scale:
    • small (1-3 employees) $150/year
    • mid-sized (4-12 employees) $200/year
    • large (13+ employees) $300/year
  • Supporting member: Any individual or organization that supports the work of AME.  Cost: $35/year

To join visit AME’s website at http://www.associationofmidwiferyeducators.org and click on “Join AME Today”.

Election procedure:

  • AME’s administrative coordinator will email a call for nominations to all AME members
  • Any member in good standing may self-nominate
  • Anyone may nominate a member of AME 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
  • Each current 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: a small institution – one vote, a mid-sized institution – 2 votes, and a large institution – 3 votes.

To make a nomination: Contact Abby Hall Luca, AME administrative coordinator, at amecoordinator@gmail.com for a Board of Directors Application form.

For further information: Visit the AME website at www.associationofmidwiferyeducators.org or call Justine Clegg, AME President at 305-310-4507 or email justineclegg@gmail.com.

Email completed application to: Sharon DeJoy, PhD, MPH, CPH, CPM at SDeJoy@wcupa.edu.

Posted in Uncategorized

Now available on Digital Chalk: Best Practices for Risk Management for CPMs

1.5 continuing education hours approved by MEAC for CPMs

Webinar presented by NACPM

Continuing education provided by AME

This webinar is a MUST for all CPMs to learn about the complex issues of liability and how to be protected in case of a lawsuit or administrative hearing. Even though CPM clients are healthy low risk women, and CPMs provide ongoing oversight during pregnancy and labor, there is still the possibility that complications can arise, resulting in an adverse outcome. Health care practitioners in hospitals are well trained in how to deal with adverse outcomes, especially regarding the client’s medical record. Out of hospital practitioners are well trained to provide timely transport and information to medical personnel, but often unprepared for timely documentation that accurately and thoroughly charts the situation, the midwife’s management and rationale for the care provided. The midwife who is dealing with the emergency transport and the family’s needs may not have time in the moment to thoroughly chart the emergency care she’s giving much less her thought process and rationale for what she did and didn’t do. She might not get back to the chart for days. Then when she goes to accurately document what she did and why, it can look like she’s altered records, making her documentation suspect. How can midwives work with electronic records in a way that protects them legally? We know that charting is the key to legal protection and a midwife who gave excellent care and but didn’t chart it accurately or promptly can be vulnerable to civil suit and administrative discipline.  Protecting oneself from liability is an essential skill for any midwife in the US, especially those providing homebirth and birth center services.

This webinar discusses all aspects of liability as it relates to midwives, including home birth practices and birth center-based practices.  The background of liability, including the difference between criminal and civil liability is discussed, as well as administrative proceedings against a midwife by the state licensing authority and the basic legal theories of negligence.  The presenter reviews many best practices to help minimize liability, including documentation of the medical record; responsibilities as a business owner including additional liability concerns; reviewing processes and action plans; reporting of adverse events to appropriate parties; transporting mothers and/or infants; and collaboration with physicians.  E-Discovery requirements are also discussed to better understand the complexities of lawsuits, along with an examination of past claims, including causes and allegations of lawsuits. The presenter answers questions from the audience but is also available by email for additional questions.

The webinar is presented by David B. Pulley, MSM in RMI, CPCU, RPLU, the Vice President at OneBeacon Professional Insurance since 2012. As VP for long-term care team and lead for new business underwriting, he has assisted with complex risk team and program development of midwife and birth center products. His areas of expertise include professional liability, medical malpractice, underwriting, liability analysis, commercial insurance, legal liability, employment practices liability and Directors and Operators insurance. David holds a masters degree in Risk Management/Insurance from Florida State University College of Business and a bachelors degree in Business Management and Finance from Brigham Young University. He serves as Treasurer and Member of the Board of Governors for the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.

You can create a free login to Digital Chalk and access all of our courses by clicking here.

Posted in Uncategorized

IOM’s A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health


The Institute of Medicine’s Board on Global Health Presents…


March 9th, 2016
9:00am to 12:00pm EST
Followed by lunch

The National Academy of Sciences
The Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20418

Please note: A Photo ID is required for security purposes.
Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30am

This meeting will be webcast.
Webcast videos and PowerPoint presentations will be archived on the meeting website.

Click here to register to watch the webcast or attend the meeting in person.

Posted in Uncategorized
Become a member today.

Join AME


Donate Now