Collaboration with Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives
Certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives provide care for individuals from puberty to beyond menopause. The midwifery model of care is given through a system of collaboration between the patient or client, the midwife, and other healthcare clinicians or practitioners as may be needed to meet their needs for optimal health and safety. This collaboration occurs through consultation, co-management, and referral in accordance with the ACNM Core Competencies and the Standards of Pracitce for Midwifery. It cannot happen without you!
What is a CM?
A CM is a Certified Midwife who has advanced training in the practice of midwifery and are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. The scope of practice and education is the same as a certified nurse-midwife.
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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.
The Virginia Neonatal-Perinatal Collaborative exists to ensure that every mother has the best possible perinatal care and every infant cared for in Virginia has the best possible start to life. We believe in an evidence-based, data-driven collaborative process that involves care providers for women, infants and families as well as state and local leaders. We believe that working together now will create a stronger, healthier Virginia in the future.
- To provide assistance to hospitals and obstetric providers in performing quality improvement initiatives designed to improve pregnancy outcomes, including decreasing the preterm birth rate to Healthy People 2030 Goals and to decrease maternal mortality by 50%
- To enhance the quality of state-wide perinatal data and to provide hospital-specific data back to participating hospitals promptly so as to accomplish quality improvement goals
- To provide assistance to hospitals and newborn care providers in performing quality improvement initiatives designed to improve neonatal outcomes, including decreasing morbidity and mortality as well as decreasing length of stay
- To inform and involve the community, including health care providers, nurses, ancillary medical staff, payers, hospital administrators, and, most importantly, patients in efforts to make Virginia the safest and best place to deliver babies
- To narrow the racial and ethnic disparities with the achievement of health equity in pregnancy and neonatal outcomes