Education Sessions

Education Sessions are 60-minute sessions during which a single topic is presented. Education Sessions are held at Midwifery Works on Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, 2019. Education Sessions credit is awarded as follows: 1-hour ED = 1.0 CE

Taking Midwifery to Scale in the United States: Implications for Service Directors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Presenter: Diana Jolles, PhD, CNM, FACNM

Midwifery is associated with improved maternal health outcomes and high satisfaction with prenatal care and birth. How does this relate to Medicaid beneficiaries? This education session will appraise the impact of midwifery-led care for Medicaid beneficiaries demonstrated by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) program specifically related to improved quality, enhanced patient experience, and lower cost. The implications for scale and spread of the midwifery-led care in the United States as a result of the Strong Start Impact Analysis will be examined.  Additionally, participants will review existing National Quality Levers and core business practices within midwifery services related to the current and future scale of midwifery nationally including measurement, feedback, and public reporting; learning, technical assistance and workforce development; certification, accreditation and regulation; and innovation and diffusion.

Risky Business: Results of the 2018 US National Survey on Midwives and Liability

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Presenter: Kathleen Page, CNM, MSN

Hear the results of the 2018 US National Survey on Midwives and Liability.  Attendees will gain an understanding of the factors that increase the likelihood of midwives’ involvement in a lawsuit, the most common outcomes of cases involving midwives, and how to safeguard your practice and patients to avoid liability issues.  A thorough discussion on how quality health care, effective collaboration, and women’s lives are at risk when the relationship between midwifery and liability is poorly understood will provide valuable guidance to benefit your practice.

Building a Health Equity Strategy to Reduce Health Disparities in Birth Outcomes for Black Women Using Quality Perspective

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Presenter: Alexis B. Dunn, PhD, CNM

Co-Presenter: Kaprice Welsh, CNM, MSN, MPH

Building a Health Equity Strategy to reduce health disparities in birth outcomes for Black women using a Quality Perspective. The session will be focused on providing several key objectives and strategies to address the maternal mortality crises impacting Black Women.  The presentation will describe the current national trends in maternal mortality rates and contributing factors to the mortality crisis; identify current national as well as Georgia specific initiatives addressing  maternal morbidity and mortality; describe key strategies in addressing health disparities and the importance of community partner engagement and collaboration with the Ga Perinatal Quality Collaborative to meet targeted goals; discuss the importance of data collection in QI work and  as a method to drive interventions to eliminate health disparities; and finally discuss how a broader understanding of implicit/unconscious can serve as a key driver for change. 

The Sky is the Limit: Building an Academic Enterprise in a College of Nursing through Clinical Practice, Research, Education & Service

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Presenter: Jessica Anderson, DNP, CNM, WHriskNP, FACNM

Co-Presenter: Amy Nacht, DNP, CNM, MPH, FACN

Co-Presenter: Denise Smith, PhD, CNM

The investment of high-quality midwifery education is paramount to strengthening maternal care and advancing the midwifery profession. Review exemplary academic midwifery enterprises currently in place and the future goals of these types of programs. Discuss the evolution of midwifery practice expansion within an academic practice setting, the research infrastructure throughout an academic practice, and the development of IPE within an academic setting with existing resources to gain a sense of enhancements needed.

Participants will examine the student midwife curriculum, experiences, and outcomes for an academic clinical practice. Attendees will also gain an overview of service mission throughout a state funded academic midwifery practice and understand the three pillars of practice, research, and teaching.

Implementing a Quality Management Program for a Midwifery Practice

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Presenter: Sharon Holley, CNM, DNP, FACNM

Co-Presenter: Tonja Santos, CNM, MSN

Co-Presenter: Sukey Krause, CNM, MSN

Co-Presenter: Sharon Weintraub, CNM, MSN

It takes multiple positive experiences to make up for one negative experience. Quality management plays a crucial role in the performance and growth of a midwifery practice. For your business to succeed, quality should be maintained at every level. The differences between quality, quality assurance, and a quality improvement program in a midwifery practice will provide participants with a clear understanding of what is needed to operate with the highest quality standards. Learn from the real-life experiences of the Baystate midwifery division on how to implement quality management in your practice. Identify what triggers could prompt a review and discover ways to create a culture of learning rather than blame when instituting a quality management program.

Bylaws, Privileges, & Protocols: How to Change Your Hospital So Your Midwifery Practice Can Flourish

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Presenter: Elizabeth Cook, DNP, CNM, WHNP

Examine multiple unique perspectives on the midwifery profession’s bylaws, privileges, and protocols from midwives, physicians, and administrators to learn about the complexities that affect the profession.  Review the political process, the framework by which administrators and physicians operate, and tactical mechanisms to enable you to help effect change and collaboration within the profession.

New Strategies to Develop Intercultural Competence

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Presenter: Penny Marzalik, PhD, CNM, IBCLC

Co-Presenter: Lucia Jenkusky, MS, CNM, FACNM

Intercultural competence is a skill that ultimately determines our success in achieving positive outcomes in maternal care for women from culturally diverse backgrounds. Participants will gain excellent insight on the process of intercultural competence development. Attendees should expect to describe orientation viewpoints along the intercultural development continuum and identify what their perceived orientation may be and how that position impacts the midwifery practice.  Benefit from a self-assessment inventory and debriefing period to identify your orientation goals and review your practice’s intercultural development plan.

Predictors of Birth Center Financial Sustainability in the United States

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Presenter: Melanie Phipps, CNM

Own or work at a birth center? While the birth center model of care has increased in popularity, it has its share of challenges. it is important to collect all of the education and information you can. Learn about keeping birth centers in operation. Explore the financial sustainability of birth centers based on the various organizational factors of operating this type of business. Hear about the methods and sources used to perform statistical analyses of the organization and understand the implications these statistical analyses have on birth center owners, midwives, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Participants will gain comprehensive insight about the administrative factors that affect the sustainability of birth centers.

More than an Annual Event: Putting your Benchmarking Data to Work

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Presenter: Molly MacMorris-Adix, CNM

Fact-based, strategic insights from benchmarking data can guide your practice and advance our profession overall. During this education session participants will learn how to put midwives’ benchmarking data to work.  A review of the ACNM benchmarking project will be presented followed by a discussion of the relevance of benchmarking practice outcomes, and the importance of sharing benchmarking data to the profession of midwifery.  Attendees will also learn how to use tools for data analysis and communication to stakeholders and demonstrate at least three different ways to utilize annual benchmarking data.

Mindful Midwifery in the Digital Age – Using Technology in Our Quest for Resilience

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Presenter: Erin Wright, DNP, CNM, APHN

Does technology have a place in helping you cope with, and rise to the challenges you meet in the course of your profession? This education session will discuss the evidence behind what midwives find stressful about their profession, the potential sequelae of unaddressed professional stress, and learn methods for developing resilience through technology.  Attendees will discover and experiment with different available digital platforms such as smartphone apps and websites for developing mindfulness. A key takeaway will be the creation of personalized plans participants can use to strengthen their resilience.

Organize a Conference to Gather, Learn, and Fundraise for Midwifery

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Presenter: Lauren Narbey, CNM, WHNP-BC, MS, MSN, CLC

Co-Presenter: Amanda Shafton, MSN, CNM

Co-Presenter: Emily McGahey, CNM

Nothing compares to a good conference. Being immersed in a community of people who share your same passion is energizing and leaves you with a zeal for your profession and ideas you can apply when you return to work.  Yet, organizing a conference requires a tremendous amount of work. Learn the ins and outs of hosting a conference that will engage and educate attendees and help fundraise for midwifery.  Participants will learn how to collaborate with state affiliate boards to establish a vision for your event. Learn how to create a conference planning committee, develop specific conference goals, select a location and venue, brainstorm programming ideas, brand and promote your conference, how to conduct a legislative session, approach potential sponsors, showcase local vendors and attractions, conduct attendee follow-up surveys and conference evaluations, and promote post-conference. A review of the CEU application process will also be included. You will leave this session with the knowledge you need to plan a successful event.

Addressing Maternal Mortality and Racial Disparities in an Urban Health Care Setting

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Co-Presenter: Helena Grant, RN, BSN, CNM, MS, LM, CICP

Co-Presenter: Sascha James-Conterelli, DNP, CNM, FACNM

Although the United States has made considerable strides in perinatal health care, the rate of maternal mortality continues to rise. This session addresses the difference among races, with the biggest difference between white and black women. Black women are 12 time more likely to die related to a pregnancy or birth complication than their white counterpart. While this data is now gaining the recognition of the governor and other politician across the state, health care workers struggle to address these staggering rates in everyday practice. Although the midwifery model of care has demonstrated significant results in addressing maternal mortality in other countries, midwifery is still somewhat foreign to health care in the United States with New York as no exception. Attendees will discuss how to demonstrate current midwifery efforts to address community needs.

The GW (George Washington) Midwifery Fellowship: A Unique Model of Interprofessional Education and Excellence

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Presenter: Whitney Pinger, CNM, MSN, FACNM

Co-Presenter: Dina Daines, CNM, DNP

The power of a midwifery fellowship in enhancing the skills and knowledge of recent midwifery graduates contributes to the delivery of safe, high quality maternal health care. Hear about the history of midwifery education and the introduction of midwifery fellowship programs in the United States.  Gain knowledge and be inspired by George Washington University’s Midwifery Fellowship program. Find out how they developed their program, their goals and objectives, and what recent graduates of their fellowship program had to say about their experiences in solidifying their midwifery training. Attendees will also learn and understand why new midwifery graduates should consider a fellowship while discussing how midwifery fellowships can address health disparities and increase access to care in the United States. The value of creating a midwifery fellowship program at participants’ own organization or practice will also be discussed.

Leading Change: Practical lessons from ACNM’s Reducing Primary Cesareans Learning Collaborative

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Presenter: Lisa Kane Low PhD, CNM

Co-Presenter: Cathy Emeis, PhD, MS, BSN, RN, FACNM

Co-Presenter: Susan DeJoy, CNM, PhD

Physicians and other clinicians are being guided to reduce interventions for healthy laboring women and the evidence generated by midwifery practice and research is contributing to the rationale and tools for change. This education session participants take away practical leadership lessons that have enabled participants in ACNM’s Reducing Primary Cesarean Learning Collaborative to lead change in their practices and institutions.