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:
- One-on-one assistance with midwives
- Practice development (Obstetrician’s, Family Medicine or Midwives)
- Birth Facility Settings (Accredited, Developing or Alongside Maternity Units
- Advocacy work: In midwifery practice, state legislative work, strategic planning
GINGER BREEDLOVE, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
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
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
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