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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.

Ask HealthQuest Systems to Grant Community Midwives Admitting Privileges at Their Hospitals

"In spite of the increasing demand for midwifery services both in and out of hospitals, Health Quest has declined to respond to midwives' requests for admitting privileges. Granting community midwives such privileges would enhance continuity of care, reduce the burden on hospital staff while bringing business to the hospital, and would enhance safety by reducing delays which may occur during transfers of care."

Please click here to sign the petition!

New Study Finds Birth Centers and Midwives to be Cost-Effective

The study found that Medicaid would save approximately $1,163 per birth with birth center care. Read the full article here.

Want to get more involved with NYSALM?

Consider joining a committee! All of our committees are looking for new members.  Meetings are by telephone conference call.  For more information on our committees, including who to contact to get involved, please visit the Members Only section.

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.

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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.

Read more about the bill (#A0446/S4325) or check out support for the bill!

Rochester Midwives Featured in TV Program

This episode of Need to Know focuses on the growth of modern midwifery. Check it out here!

Call the Midwife Series 4 Premieres March 29!

Check your local listings for more information!

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!