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ACA Webinar Series for Midwives

NACPM (the National Association of Ceritified Professional Midwives), in partnership with AME, is presenting a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and CPMs. Each webinar will be 1 to 1.5 hours long and will feature experts from a variety of fields, speaking on topics such as reimbursement, integrated health systems, innovative practices, and electronic health records. The series began in May and ends in September. The webinars are free and registration is open to everyone, on a first-come, first-served basis. MEAC CEUs are applied for. Midwives who want continuing education (CE) must pay a small fee. Webinars will be recorded.

The upcoming webinar, on June 26th from 2-3:30 pm ET, will cover specific provisions of the ACA that impact midwives and women's health, including the mandate for birth center provider reimbursement. Speakers will include Jill Alliman, CNM, with the American Association of Birth Centers; Usha Ranji, MS, Women's Health Policy, the Kaiser Family Foundation; and Autumn Vergo, CPM, owner of the Birth Cottage of Milford, NH.

Next, on July 10th from 2-3:30 pm ET, Karen Milgate, former CMS Deputy Director for Strategic Planning; Timothy Fisher, MD, FACOG, Chair of Women's Health Services at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic; and Bill Walter, ND, Naturopathic physician with Golden Apple Healthcare and Lane County Community Health and HIV Alliance will be presenting a webinar called "Understanding Accountable Care Organizations." This webinar will focus on the origin, structure, value, and promise of the ACO model.

Visit NACPM's website for more information about the entire series and instructions for registration.

TAKING AME: Notes from AME President, Justine Clegg, MS, LM, CPM

The 2014 US MERA Meeting

The Association of Midwifery Educators extends deep appreciation and sincere gratitude to the representatives of the seven national midwifery organizations – ACNM, ACME, AMCB, MANA, MEAC, NACPM and NARM – for the courage, wisdom, generosity of spirit, open minds and hearts each representative brought to the second US MERA meeting last month. The core values and the five agreed-upon commitments represent a significant and “herstorical” collaborative initiative, a shared agreement to advance midwifery, and by so doing, to improve maternity care in the US.  

I urge all interested parties to watch the Ted Talk video referred to in the 2014 US MERA statement: “The Walk from No to Yes.” William Ury starts with the story of 3 men who turn to a wise old woman to help solve their intractable problem. The gift she brings them not only solves the problem but is returned to her in the end. Similarly, midwives have the potential to solve the problems endemic to US maternal and child health with the gifts of our woman-centered care. 

Ury teaches us that every culture has an origin story, with a message and basic values, which is the starting point, the place of unity. Our midwifery origin story includes not only the 7 core values articulated in this statement, but also a shared experience as members of an honorable profession that goes back to the dawn of time, has birthed and nurtured each new generation, suffered religious and political persecution throughout the ages, and is under-valued, under-resourced and under-utilized in the US today. Additionally, this talk shows us the important role we, the surrounding community who were not present at this US MERA meeting, are called to contribute. Ury refers to those of us who have a personal involvement and a stake in the outcome as “the third side” and explains our role as “going to the balcony”, his metaphor for articulating the greater vision.

The US MERA group welcomes questions and input with regard to the 2014 US MERA Report sent to one or more of the US midwifery professional associations, ACNM, MANA, and NACPM. Input from all of us in the midwifery community will help to articulate the “Balcony” perspective. In his talk, Ury shared an old Ethiopian proverb: When spider webs unite, they can halt a lion.  We at AME are committed to contributing our expertise and energies to support these core values and define the work it will take to weave the web that will advance these multi-organizational commitments.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Outcomes of Care for 16,924 Planned Home Births in the United States: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004-2009, a study examining rates of physiologic birth, birth interventions, and adverse outcomes for planned midwife-led births was recently published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. Read the article here.

The Collaboration Task Force, a committee formed at the 2011 Home Birth Consensus Summit, has released Guidelines for Transport from Home to Hospital Birth. Access and endorse these best practice guidelines here.

Just how much does maternity care cost in the U.S.? Childbirth Connection and several other organizations published an in-depth report entitled “The Cost of Having a Baby in the United States.” Click here to access the report.

Does your midwifery program offer financial aid to students? The Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance released an analysis that encourages Congress to not link Title IV eligibility to student completion rates, but rather to create incentives for post-secondary schools to adopt policies that improve student success rates.
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Special rates available for bulk (5+ copies) purchase of the books Spiritual Midwifery, Vegan Pregnancy, or Herbal Healing for Children! Learn more >

Efforts are underway to create a national set of standards that states can use to regulate post-secondary schools. This would make it easier (and less expensive) for schools that operate in more than one state (such as midwifery programs with out-of-state preceptors).
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UPCOMING EVENTS

MANA 2014 "The Spirit of Midwifery", St. Louis, MO
October 23-26, 2014



US MERA: Shaping Midwifery Education in the U.S.

The United States Midwifery Education, Regulation & Association joint project brings together the 7 U.S. organizations that are responsible for the three U.S. midwifery credentials – CPM, CNM, and CM. The report History and Future of the US MERA Joint Project fully describes this historic alliance.


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Get With the Program... and Finish It: Building Guided Pathways to Accelerate Student Completion, by Davis Jenkins and Sung-Woo Cho is a paper highlighting research-based efforts by postsecondary institutions to support students and improve retention and completion rates. Join AME today to find more resources like this in the Members Only - Resources section!