Our Team

GINGER BREEDLOVE, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT

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.

LESLEY RATHBUN, MSN, CNM, FNP, FACNM

SENIOR CONSULTANT

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.

JOSEPH BOOTH, JD, Mdiv., FAAML

IN-HOUSE COUNSEL

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.”

- NEEL SHAH, MD, MPP, FACOG

“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.”

ELIZABETH WICKSTROM, MD, FACOG

 

6 hours ago

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Deep thinking around Difficult Conversations - Round 3We have been working with a large, unorganized merge, midwife/physician practice team that has struggled a few years trying to find a path to collegiality, trust, and mutual respect. Models of exemplary inter-professional teams exist across the country providing safe, satisfying care for decades. However, when distancing, anger, distrust and other sabotaging behaviors are allowed to grow, the end result will lead to one of two roads.Much of my time preparing for these sort of hard, facilitative discussions is to think about images that mirror a story of the desired outcome.This morning that image appeared. This orchid has sat in the same place after full bloom, unchanged, for well over a year. I have somewhat remembered to water every couple weeks, left in a place with access to indirect sunlight, exposed to steam from the shower, and knew if I kept nurturing it, more than likely the orchid would return with blooms. I wasn't sure, but I was hopeful and determined to do my part in the renewal. I had done this before, but not many times.Some believe caring for orchids can be a tedious process that often ends in frustration. So, they are tossed after the first bloom. The key is to remain patient and attentive to the flower’s needs throughout its entire development. Like humans, the manner in which orchids mature is dependent on their environment.Well, my orchid finally came out of dormancy a couple weeks ago, starting to create new shoots and now forming buds. I know beautiful flowers will emerge soon, but I can't remember their original color, it's been too long.So today's 4 hour, live, virtual consult with my physician partner, facilitating 30 some people from afar currently at odds in how to repair the damage, will include advice in getting thru difficult conversations that mirror the experience of re-blooming orchids:1. Provide needed attention to support the process2. Invest time and money in fertilizing growth - many resources are actually free but time is needed for busy practitioners to do the work and time....is money 3. Have patience and foster belief change will come4. Trust the process of reconfiguring the old to the new#GrowMidwives #Growwithus #scalingupandsustainingmidwifery ... See MoreSee Less
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1 day ago

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Most Americans work under at-will contracts, where your employer is free to end a working relationship without having to define the cause. If you are interested in our contract review service, here is a quick overview! ... See MoreSee Less
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✨The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data is out. Each May updated information is released about professions wage statistics. Although not all states report data on Midwife salaries — we are finally seeing wages move up compared to previous years. [Note the Certified Midwife, CM credential has yet to be recognized in federal statutes, an error in not only complete reporting but also equivalency in certification, scope and role of the CNM ] www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291161.htm#GrowMidwives uses data from BLS, national online APP surveys, and our growing database of over 400 clients to help midwives understand how to negotiate to get paid their worth. Stay tuned for upcoming posts and action including:1. A Comparative analysis of BLS trend data on salaries for midwives2. New updates to website presentations on ‘Getting paid your worth’3. Submit motion to ACNM annual meeting for the Board to conduct and publish national survey data on Midwifery Compensation - the last published information on this critical data was in 2011, of no value, and in some cases a barrier to fair salary. 4. Submit a motion for ACNM to petition the BLS to request state data on the Certified Midwife, including evidence of licensure and employment in many states.#GrowMidwives #ScalingupandSustainingMidwifery #DecadeoftheMidwife #GrowwithUs ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

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We value everyone who reaches out to the #GrowMidwives team and send a note at the end of each month to review services and request information on how we are doing.Sharing April's Follow-up letter. Let us know if we can help or refer you to resources. We are rapidly increasing services in:1. Practice/Service Director Series of 1:1 Coaching Sessions (5 for reduced fee).2. Speaking to Midwifery Education Programs on preparing for the job and offer.3. Work with an increasing number of health systems as they struggle to achieve cohesive team-based care, or, want to start/scale up a midwifery service line.4. Midwives wanting to start their own business.5. And reviewing contracts along with coaching on negotiation strategies to get paid your worth.#HereToHelp #growwithus #GrowMidwives ... See MoreSee Less
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