The Association of Midwifery Educators (AME) is a non-profit organization committed to strengthening midwifery educators, schools, and administrators through connection, collaboration and coordination. All midwifery educators - preceptors, academic faculty, and school administrators - are welcome as members.

AUDIO CD'S OF MANA 2013 CONFERENCE SESSIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

Did you miss our workshops at MANA 2013? Audio CD's and MP3 files of MANA 2013 conference sessions can be ordered here.

AME-sponsored workshops included:

Ethics and Social Justice in Midwifery Education, led by
Wendy Gordon CPM, LM, MPH and Illysa Foster CPM, LM, M.Ed (MA-X09)

Birthing Social Change in Midwifery Education, led by
Wendy Gordon CPM, LM, MPH and Suzy Myers CPM, LM, MPH (MA-X14)

Meeting NARM Requirements: How Preceptors Teach Midwifery Theory, panel facilitated by
April Kline CPM, MSM (MA-X37)

Building Effective Preceptor-Student Relationships: Findings from Student and Preceptor Surveys, led by
Suzy Myers CPM, LM, MPH (MA-X47)

In addition, AME President Justine Clegg co-led a session on the Normal Birth Taskforce:

ACNM, MANA, and NACPM: Working together to promote normal birth in the US, led by Justine Clegg MS, LM, CPM, Ellie Daniels CPM, and Cathy Collins-Fulea MSN, CNM, FACNM (MA-X16)

GIVING BIRTH TO MIDWIVES

The August issue of our quarterly newsletter, Giving Birth to Midwives, explores the trend in higher education towards competency-based education and how that intersects with midwifery education. Read articles from Ida Darragh (NARM), Heidi Fillmore (MEAC), Pat Burkhardt, Anne Frye, Breyette Lorntz, Mary Yglesia, and Susi Delaney.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Does your organization have a job opening or announcement to share? AME will post appropriate announcements for our members. If you're not already a member, click here to join today!

What are midwifery organizations doing to work together to shape 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. A newly released report, History and Future of the US MERA Joint Project, fully describes this historic alliance.

Just how much does maternity care cost in the U.S.? Childbirth Connection and several other organizations recently 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 recently 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.
Click here to read the article.

Special rates available for bulk (5+ copies) purchase of the books Spiritual Midwifery, Vegan Pregnancy, or Herbal Healing for Children! Click here to 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).
Read more >

UPCOMING EVENTS

Midwifery Today Conference, Harrisburg, PA
April 23-27, 2014

Institute of Medicine Workshop on Community-Based Health Professional Education, Washington, DC
May 1-2, 2014
Free public workshop; register to attend in-person or via webcast

International Confederation of Midwives 30th Triennial Congress, Prague, Czech Republic
June 1-5, 2014

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



AME Annual Member Meeting

Our annual member meeting was held at MANA 2013, on Friday, October 25th. Stay tuned for a full report of AME activities and accomplishments.


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Featured Resource:

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!