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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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LAST DAY to register for the ACNM annual meeting! Join over 1,000 midwives and supporters to bring our virtual meeting alive and fun! annualmeeting.midwife.org/registration/

And if you are REGISTERED TO ATTEND the annual meeting #GrowMidwives is offering a 1:1, 30 minute Zoom conversation Friday-Monday at mutually set time to chat about practice barriers, business questions, negotiation strategies, conflict management or just provide professional support —

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Offer extended to first ten requests. [Contract reviews excluded]

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Just released, a comparative study from Germany on outcomes of midwife-led, alongside midwifery unit for low-risk laboring women. *Data drives change!

“Our retrospective analysis of births planned in the AMU at our institution, a level three university hospital, confirms the non-inferiority of this model compared to standard obstetric care for selected maternal and newborn outcomes. Additionally, the outcome of women transferred during or immediately after labor serves as an indirect confirmation of the medical safety of this model of care and the appropriateness of the transfer checklist. Our findings apply to healthy women entering labor after uneventful pregnancy. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study reporting on obstetric and perinatal outcomes of women intending to give birth in an AMU in Germany.”

What is an Alongside Midwifery Unit, a termed coined in Europe?

“Alongside midwifery units (AMUs) are within a hospital that provides obstetric care, close to the delivery (birthing) suite, or labour ward, or may be on the same site in a different building. AMUs are close to medical facilities and personnel should the woman need them. This may include access to interventions that can be carried out by midwives, for example electronic fetal heart monitoring. To access such services, women will need to transfer to the obstetric unit, which will normally be by walking, trolley, bed or wheelchair.”

In contrast to the US freestanding birth center —
“Freestanding midwifery units (FMUs) are on a separate site from obstetric services; in an independent building or on the site of a community hospital. If a woman transfers to the obstetric unit during labour she will usually travel by car or ambulance.” www.midwiferyunitnetwork.org/what-is-a-midwifery-unit/

The European Midwives Association (EMA) developed Midwifery Unit Standards to provide the quality assurance necessary to scale up the implementation of midwifery units across Europe. The Standards aim to improve the quality of maternity care, reduce variability in practice and facilitate a bio-psycho-social model of care. You can find them here. www.midwiferyunitnetwork.org/mu-standards/

In the US, AMUs have yet to take hold. Looking on the CABC website, only 4 locations have been given designation as accredited AMUs (following established standards) yet research shows universal benefits to outcomes and costs of care. www.birthcenteraccreditation.org/find-cabc-accredited-alongside-midwifery-units/

It’s time to understand the US birth model is beyond broken.

Why do we remain un-phased decade after decade to simply stand-by and endorse need for healthy, low-risk women managed in an ICU environment attended by overqualified caregivers. Physician/surgeons whose education and services are urgently needed for sick or disease based conditions.

If you work in a hospital setting and interested in developing a conversation for establishing an AMU #GrowMidwives is here to help.


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Memorial Day 2020 — Remember and Honor 🇺🇸

To those who have lost family and friends, brave souls defending our country, we are grateful for our freedoms.
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