Where do my membership fees go?
The Virginia Affiliate of ACNM is funded primarily by member dues. Additional funds are raised during educational programs such as the Annual Potpourri of Women's Health Topics. Members can be confident that their dues are being used for the following:
- Lobbyist fees to support Midwifery legislation in the Commonwealth
- Continuing Education Programs Sponsored by the Affiliate
- Supporting Local Midwifery Marketing Efforts
- Midwives PAC Donation to support Midwifery legislation nationally
- Co-sponsor Legislative Receptions
- Co-hosting ACNM Annual Meeting when local
Midwifery Care, Labor Support, and Equity During COVID-19 Pandemic
Responding to COVID-19: ACNM has maintained a list of resources and guidelines for midwives, maternity care workers, and policy makers during the pandemic. Follow the link for more information.
Access to continuous labor support by a partner chosen by the person in labor is critical, especially during a pandemic. The Affiliate has responded to concerns of pregnant parents, doulas, and healthcare workers regarding the balance between safety for everyone and adequate labor support. We believe that doulas should not be considered visitors and that people should be supported by a person of their choosing in labor for optimal outcome. See our letter here. This is an open letter and can be shared with hospitals and policy makers.
Access to healthcare and issues of equity in healthcare are even more apparent during the pandemic. The NAACP published the Ten Equity Implications of Coronavirus Pandemic in the US and civil rights advocacy, monitoring, and enforcement. A toolkit and strategy guide was has been produced from the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy to assist organizations with addressing and improving diversity, equity, and inclusion.
HHS has produced a toolkit for Healthcare Decision-Makers in responding to COVID-19 Workforce concerns. The Affiliate has been participating in workforce, telehealth, and healthcare committee calls through the Virginia Dept of Health and the Office of Health and Human Resrouces.
Legislative Updates for 2020
For a PDF of 2020 bills which the Affiliate supported and opposed, click here.
For questions related to current and up-coming legislation, contact Katie Page, CNM, VA ACNM President, 434-94-6937
Nichole Wardlaw, CNM, Affiliate Legislative Chair, 843-860-6971 or Julianne Condrey, Affiliate Legislative Liaison
- Click here for a great video on Midwifery Advocacy. It was made by the lobbyist for our sisters in the Virginia Midwives Alliance and has helpful information for ALL Virginia Midwives!
- Contact your national legislators to co-sponsor and support legislation!
- ACNM Advocacy Links
- Cost of Having a Baby Report provides compelling financial evidence for the need to support midwifery-led care as a significant catalyst of economic stewardship of health care spending.
- March of Dimes (Preterm Birth report card)
- AWHONN Perinatal Quality Measures Process The actions of nurses have a significant impact on patient outcomes; therefore, a vital component of improving health care is to measure the quality of nursing care. This resource links to Women's Health and Perinatal Nursing Care Quality (NCQ) measures by The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).
- Nursing Quality Measurement (AWHONN) Link to PDF download of AWHONN's position statement on nurse-sensitive quality. These are currently the recommended perinatal quality indicators proposed for adoption by the National Quality Forum Perinatal Measures.
- Quality Patient Care in Labor and Delivery: A Call to Action Link to the PDF white paper developed by SMFM, ACOG, ACOOG, AAFP, ACNM, AAP, and AWHONN supporting normal physiologic birth and patient-centered care.
- Transforming Communication and Safety Culture in Intrapartum Care: A Multi-Organization Blueprint Link to PDF download from the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.
- www.safehealthcareforeverywoman.org Link to website developed by the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care, who's mission is to continually improve patient safety in women’s health care through multidisciplinary collaboration that drives culture change.
- Click to view additional resources available in the Framework for Quality Improvement Resource Toolbox, or search our resource library by clicking here.
Marketing Grant Request
- Up to $200 per Region, per year
- Grant funds are to be utilized to support the mission of the Virginia ACNM Affiliate. Funds are not to be used to purchase materials that support individual practices and practitioners. Rather, materials are to in support of midwifery care, in general.
- Detailed purchase requests must be submitted 30 days in advance with alternative prices to ensure cost effective purchase.
- Exceptions made on a case-by-case basis, if timely approval is required.
- Reimbursement paid within 30 days of receipt of invoice.
- Reimbursable expenses include, but are not limited to:
- Educational materials that can be shared between ACNM Virginia regions (not site-specific), such as re-usable pamphlets, digital media, announcements for individual events
- Banners, table cloths
- Monogrammed “giveaways” marked with “ACNM Virginia” or other non-site-specific paraphernalia
- Enrollment fees for marketing events
- Light refreshments for sponsored events
Submit request via email to Lisa Neumann, CNM
- Please, include your region, estimated cost of supplies, whether you need to borrow the Affiliate's display board, and date of the event.
- By submitting your grant request, you are stating that you understand and abide by the intention that grant funds go towards supporting midwifery care, in general, and not individual practices/practitioners.