Our Mission

WE are committed to scaling up and sustaining US Midwifery.

It’s no secret to those who work in women’s healthcare that the United States is experiencing a shortage of providers. At this critical moment in history, the medical community is tasked with providing high quality care without adequate resources. This shortage is part of why the US ranks last among high-income countries for maternal health outcomes.

Midwives are an underutilized resource and we believe this underutilization is due to a lack of understanding surrounding the midwife role within a technology-focused healthcare system. By incorporating Midwives into collaborative care teams, as in other high-income countries, we can address the provider shortage and improve outcomes.

The American College of Nurse-Midwives, as well as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have described how to incorporate Midwives into a team-based, collaborative care model, but very few obstetric care providers or health systems know how to make this a reality.

The goal of Grow Midwives is to build relationships and educate Physicians, Hospitals, and Midwives about best practices in collaborative experiences. A variety of care models, in a variety of settings, can be implemented with expert assistance . Our aim is to help scale up and sustain Midwifery in the US through four product lines:

  1. One-on-one assistance with midwives
  2. Practice development (Obstetrician’s, Family Medicine or Midwives)
  3. Birth Facility Settings (Accredited, Developing or Alongside Maternity Units
  4. Advocacy work: In midwifery practice, state legislative work, strategic planning

Our Team



Solving the shortage of women’s health care providers in the US is a daunting task that will involve coordinating stakeholders from every level of the medical community. There are few people in the world today who understand this complex issue as well as Ginger Breedlove, PhD, CNM, APRN, FACNM, FAAN.



The main job of any OBGYN or Midwife is to ensure the health of mothers and babies, but birth in the United States is still a business. Lesley Rathbun has spent the last 30 years advocating for women’s health while becoming a well-known figure in the fields of birth center entrepreneurship and legislation.



Today’s Physicians and Midwives spend the majority of their early careers learning how to administer care. So much so that learning the legal and business aspects of running a practice simply isn’t feasible. The legalities surrounding maternity care require careful navigation by a knowledgeable advocate.

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“There are few leaders in the American maternal health system that I respect and admire more than Ginger and Lesley. They have improved the wellbeing of countless moms and babies, not only through their own clinical practices, but through building professional bridges and laying the foundation for how midwives and physicians, birth centers and hospitals, can and should work together.”


“Ginger has been my ideal model of professional midwifery for over 20 years...  It was Ginger’s wisdom and professional demeanor, tireless research into best practices and seasoned leadership that made the practice a success...  She combines a unique mix of experience, warmth, intelligence, practicality and passion which she brings to every project to which she commits.”



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16 hours ago

Grow Midwives

A premature and devastating loss to the midwifery community. Many maternal health providers around the US knew, worked with, learned from and were mentored by Barbara Hughes.

The notice of her passing yesterday has stunned me. We did a lot together as contemporaries of ACNM over many years sharing a common passion for building leadership in the profession. She was also a catalyst for raising awareness of the business of midwifery. Her recent contributions consulting with @PacificBusinessGroupOnHealth guided two key documents I frequently use and cite others to read to discuss the “Why” Midwives. Helpful resources designed for today’s physician’s and hospitals. Her resume with the March of Dimes is also extensive over many years, as well as her leadership with ACNM CO Affiliate.

I will always have her in my heart as a friend, colleague and forerunner of advancing US Midwifery. 😢🧡
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5 days ago

Grow Midwives

Where are the midwives?

This free article from JMWH in January reviews CNM and CM numbers, location of practice and addresses the need for expanding the women's health care workforce.

"Restrictive practice environments remain a barrier to a
women’s access to maternity and reproductive health services from CNMs/CMs. Establishing regulatory frameworks that allow autonomous midwifery practice in states with currently more restrictive environments has the potential to significantly improve access for women to maternity care services and help relieve the growing problem of women struggling to find maternity care.37,38 The visual evidence provided herein of large areas of the United States with no access to midwives and related research documenting the rise of maternity care deserts establishes that the time for regulatory reform is at

For those who know the work of Dr. Gene Declercq and his team at Boston University School of Public Health, this most recent analysis casts insight into WHY Midwifery practices can close without cause or explanation.

Barriers to full scope midwifery care is rooted in the lack of autonomy as a profession - a recognized, highly regarded profession in every other high-income country.


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