Scaling Up and Sustaining Midwifery

Scaling Up and Sustaining Midwifery

About Us

Grow Midwives works on building relationships and educating physicians, hospitals, and midwives about best practices in collaborative care experiences. A variety of care models, in a variety of settings, can be implemented with our expert assistance.

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We scale up and sustain Midwifery in the US through our four product lines: one-on-one assistance with midwives, practice development, birth facility settings, and advocacy work. Have your voice heard and grow your practice with Grow Midwives.

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Grow Midwives focuses on coordinating stakeholders from every level of the medical community to create change through advocacy and awareness. That’s why we’ve created resources for your use. 

About Us

Grow Midwives works on building relationships and educating physicians, hospitals, and midwives about best practices in collaborative care experiences. A variety of care models, in a variety of settings, can be implemented with our expert assistance.

Our Services

We scale up and sustain Midwifery in the US through our four product lines: one-on-one assistance with midwives, practice development, birth facility settings, and advocacy work. Have your voice heard and grow your practice with Grow Midwives.

Our Thoughts

Grow Midwives focuses on coordinating stakeholders from every level of the medical community to create change through advocacy and awareness. That’s why we’ve created resources for your use. 

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Fair Market Value in Midwifery Employment Arrangements

Fair Market Value in Midwifery Employment Arrangements

Fair Market Value | March 11, 2021  An informative conversation with #GrowMidwives team Joe and Ginger as they discuss fair market value concepts and current scenarios. After a comprehensive legal overview, highlights include what (if any) implications around FMV...

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RVUs a Primer for Midwives

RVUs a Primer for Midwives

RVUs and Midwifery - Really? Yes, many Midwives work under specific contract clauses for a base salary, incentive bonus and/or annual performance metrics. Do RVUs bring value to the midwife? Yes, monetarily they can, and also, RVUs can bring many challenges, hardships...

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Negotiating At Will Contracts

Negotiating At Will Contracts

October 7, 2020 Negotiating At Will Contracts – Joseph Booth, Lesley Rathbun and Ginger Breedlove This panel presentation will help midwives improve their understanding on how to protect your professional career, view examples from redacted contracts with concerning...

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Meet Grow Midwives

Ginger Breedlove

PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Founder and Principal Consultant

Lesley Rathburn

MSN, CNM, FNP, FACNM

Partner and Senior Consultant

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Arden Schwenker

CPCO

Senior Consultant

K Michelle Doyle

K. Michelle Doyle

MSN, CNM, BCST

Senior Consultant

Joseph Booth

JD, Mdiv., FAAML

In-House Counsel

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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

 

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When I approached a few midwifery friends and colleagues with experience in subject matter to consider authoring a chapter sharing their knowledge and recommendations about the early weeks (challenges and realities) of parenting - everyone said YES!The book #nobodytoldmeaboutthat was launched in Nov of 2018 due to ‘not so obvious’ inadequacies in the US model of maternity care. A model sorely lagging in providing the majority of childbearing families comprehensive, supportive postpartum care. As the COVID 19 pandemic grew, the book price was cut to the lowest price point Amazon will allow, both in print as well as Kindle. As a group of 15 authors our goal was not to augment our income, but rather to provide essential information not being discussed in prenatal, postpartum or pediatric care encounters.Over 5,000 copies of the book have been sold and hundreds given by providers and hospitals as recommended postpartum information. The screen shot below shows a nearly 5-star recommendation. Honestly, this is unheard of in a self-published book without help of a publisher!!We are in the process of organizing a SECOND EDITION, to include new information about COVID, postpartum perineal health, recovery from traumatic birth and more. My goal is for the second edition to be in print next November. In the meantime, we highly value YOUR recommending, purchasing or gifting this book for families who now, more than ever, need to know what most families are not prepared or supported for when navigating the early weeks of parenting. From the authors, thank you for your ongoing support! K Michelle Doyle Libby Rosen Ashley C. Seematter Alexandria Montgomery Ravae Sinclair Jjo Amoff Judie Wika Richard B. Vaughn Megan Wood Arbour Lesley Meenach Rathbun Amber Price Casey Cattell Jamie Zahlaway Belsito Katya Simon ... See MoreSee Less
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An early morning commentary.This week, a historic legislative event occurred in the home state of the American Medical Association. The key organization that continues to fight autonomy and full scope practice for advanced practice providers. The passage of this act provides licensure and regulation for the Certified Professional Midwife. The full text of the bill can be found here. [Sidenote: I’m sure there are many doctors that wrote the AMA battle guide on how to fight scope of practice issues for the Certified Nurse-Midwife wondering how on earth this could happen in IL, where AMAs monolith organization rises to the clouds in Chicago] Search engine HB3401 on following websitewww.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&SessionId=110&GA=102&DocTypeId=HB&DocNum=3401&GAID...I applaud the efforts of IL stakeholders to address the need for all individuals using the title Midwife be certified and regulated, as described by the International Confederation of Midwives and as endorsed by ACOG www.acog.org/news/news-releases/2015/04/acog-endorses-the-international-confederation-of-midwives...While at the same time I ask myself how is it that the Certified Midwife, a midwife with equivalent education in core competencies of graduate level midwifery education, skills, and training as the Certified Nurse-Midwife — is NOT recognized in this state? What do legislators know and understand about the Certified Midwife, CM pathway? What does the Board of Medicine, Nursing and other public health stakeholders understand about ALL pathways to midwifery?The attached screen shot is from a chart that provides overview of three pathways to midwifery — two of which lead to certification by the American Midwifery Certification Board, the CNM and CM. The full chart can be found here. www.midwife.org/acnm/files/acnmlibrarydata/uploadfilename/000000000268/CNM-CM-CPM%20Comparison%20...My take - the silo effect of state-state adoption of midwifery legislation continues to confuse and in some cases misrepresent the entire profession to the public, payers and policy-makers. As states enact language that is not uniform in scope of services, requirements to practice, and regulatory definitions, confusion with the public and many more continues to grow. A licensed CPM in IL can administer oxytocin for hemorrhage, but a CPM in many other states can not? How does this make sense?How will US Midwifery advance by a bandaid approach to state-state licensure of various types and titles of midwives, while it remains a profession largely misunderstood, dismissed, disparaged and marginalized?In my over 40+ year career fighting barriers to midwifery practice — most conversations and challenges continue to be plagued by the primary lack of understanding around the definition, education and scope of a midwife.Many professions have multiple pathways to entry with uniform, regulatory laws in place to provide clear understanding of the professions scope. Particularly one that engages in commercial enterprise with the public. My hope, as unfavorable as some may perceive, is to one day have UNIFORM laws for midwifery that include CNMs, CMs and CPMs licensed in every state, to the fullest scope of their degree/education, training and scope. Until then, US midwifery will remain in a quagmire of confusion.#growmidwives ... See MoreSee Less
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Last workcation of year.🍁🍂🎣🚴‍♀️Joe and I have 10 days in beautiful fall weather combining work and play. One client coaching call this morning, 3 contracts and 4 more coaching calls this afternoon. #growmidwives #scalingupandsustainingmidwifery #HereToHelp ... See MoreSee Less
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