IMPACT Midwifery Powerpoint Now Available
IMPACT Committee has put together a powerpoint presentation intended to educate about midwifery in NY state, including an overview of midwifery care, demographics in NY, the education and licensure process for LMs, and how midwives work together with other providers to improve outcomes. There are extensive notes in the comments on the slides to aid you in giving this presentation at your workplace, school, or wherever education about midwives and midwifery is needed! Please visit IMPACT's page to download the powerpoint.
Barriers to practice?
Are you a midwife who is experiencing obstacles to practice? Are you a consumer who is experiencing obstacles to working with the midwife of your choice?
If so, tell us: participate in NYSALM's data collection survey.
Birth Center Bill: NYSALM Lobbied in Albany on April 21
Lobby Day 2015 was a great success! Consumers from birth advocacy organizations around the state joined us on April 21 in speaking to our legislators about expanding access to birth centers (A446/S4325)and other issues of importance to women and midwives. We made over 60 visits.
We honored Senator Kemp Hannon, (R-Long Island), chair of the Senate Health Committee, for all his efforts to improve access to quality health care for women in our state. We also appreciated that Assembly Member Richard Gottfried (D-NYC), chair of the Assembly Health Committee and a sponsor of our birth center bill, also took time from his schedule to speak with us.
Midwifery students from every education program in our state learned a lesson in advocacy and were able to network with students from other programs and with practicing midwives. The birth center bill has already passed the Assembly and was voted out of the Senate Health Committee the day after Lobby Day. Now is the time for telephone calls to your state senator asking for a positive vote when the bill comes to the floor of the Senate.
NY Midwife Appointed to Infant Mortality Improvement Network
NYSALM is proud to report that Aleida Llanes-Oberstein has been appointed by the NYSDOH to represent Licensed Midwives in the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (IM-CoIIN) as a member of the NYS team for pre/early term birth, with a focus on access to progesterone. The initiative is being led by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ). The state team includes members from various organizations such as: NYSDOH, NYS RPCs and RPC-affiliate hospitals, March of Dimes, ACOG, hospital associations (e.g. HANYS and GNYHA). This is a great opportunity to contribute to a very important initiative on behalf of midwives.
Smoking Cessation Module--CME Available
The NYC DOH has developed an online module intended to educate providers about effective methods for assessment, counseling, and treatment for tobacco use. The training takes about an hour. After successful completion of the module and a 10-question quiz, NY midwives will earn 1 CME. The module is accessible here.
New NICE Guidelines Now Available
The UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has released new guidelines for intrapartum care. These new guidelines are very supportive of midwife-led care across many settings and encourage access to midwifery care and out-of-hospital birth. They are available here.
The Lancet publishes new series on Midwifery!
The series launched on Monday, June 23 and is available here.
ACNM Launches BirthTOOLS
The ACNM recently launched BirthTOOLS (Tools for Optimizing the Outcomes of Labor Safely), a new collection of resources for supporting and promoting physiologic birth. Check it out!