FNU faculty, alumni, students, staff and preceptors invaded Music City for the 58th Annual American College of Nurse-Midwives meeting and exhibition, held May 29-June 2, 2013, which attracted a record-setting crowd, attracting 1900 attendees.

View photos from the meeting HERE.

View photos from the FNU reception HERE.

FNU Gift Shop Was a Hit!

A flurry of friends flocked to the FNU booth during opening night of the exhibit hall, chatting with faculty and FNU’s grand dame, Kitty Ernst, and scooping up onesies, kids’ t-shirts, FNU-produced books and a new adult T-shirt, which made its official debut at the conference.

Jennifer Gadoua, a recent CNEP Class 64 graduate, worked with FNU Marketing Coordinator Brittney Edwards to gather ideas and feedback from CNEP students for the design. Her preceptor, Bonnie Gruenberg, donated original artwork depicting hands cradling an infant, which appears on the T-shirt under the phrase “…into these hands.”

Another strong seller during the conference was the recently published “Best Practices in Midwifery,” written and edited by FNU faculty. FNU saw record sales at its booth this year, with more than $2,700 in transactions recorded in three days of exhibiting.

Kate Bauer with AABC is pictured here

We were very excited to have our booth next to AABC for the second year in a row.

Honors and Awards

Several members of our Frontier family received awards during the conference.

  • Dr. Janet Engstrom, FNU Associate Dean of Research, received an ACNM 2013 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her research with human milk in the NICU which has had one of the most important practice changing effects of the past 20 years. Additionally, Dr. Engstrom has offered years of service as an educator and mentor to countless students and practicing midwives.
  • Deborah Karsnitz and Susan Yount were inducted as ACNM Fellows

    FNU Faculty Members Deborah Karsnitz and Susan Yount were inducted as Fellows of the ACNM at this year’s annual meeting. Fifteen new midwives received this prestigious distinction for their outstanding professional achievement and contributions to the midwifery community. FNU Faculty members previously inducted as Fellows include Dr. Susan Stone, Dr. Kathryn Osborne and Sally Tom. Read the ACNM announcement at http://www.midwife.org/2013-New-Fellows.
  • FNU Faculty Member Dr. Anne Cockerham received the ACNM Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Cockerham was selected for this award by FNU students.
  • FNU Faculty Member Susan Yount received an award for her poster “Comparison of birth outcomes in relation to health behaviors of Women: Group versus Individual prenatal care.”

FNU Students Well Represented

  • Post-master’s DNP student Erin Wright received the W. Newton Long Award. This award is given to a midwife to fund projects which relate to the advancement of midwifery.
  • FNU students Toni Nicole King, Sally Manion and Danielle Wiesner were all recognized at the Student Luncheon for their well-written interviews with senior midwives in the OnGoing Group 20th Century Student interview project.
    • Toni Nicole King, CNEP Class 109 2nd place
    • Sally Manion, CNEP Class 106 3rd place
    • Danielle Wiesner, CNEP Class 105 Honorable Mention
  • FNU student Lakieta Edwards (PRIDE student) was awarded with the Midwives of Color – Watson Basic Midwifery Scholarship.

FNU Preceptors Honored

At this year’s ACNM Annual Meeting, FNU paid special tribute to our preceptors. Every FNU preceptor in attendance received a special gift during the annual FNU Alumni Reception – a business card holder and keychain with the FNU logo. Those precepting the most students also received copies of the children’s book, “Mary on Horseback,” and the three most active preceptors received copies of the “Rooted in the Mountains, Reaching to the World” book.

  • FNU Preceptor Anne Sigouin received an Outstanding Preceptor Award.
  • One of FNU’s loyal birth center preceptors Alice Bailes received an ACNM 2013 Distinguished Service Award.

Read the ACNM press release with the full list of awards by CLICKING HERE

Read more about this and other ACNM scholarships and awards by CLICKING HERE

ACNM Leadership

  • Susan Stone serves as ACME Chair
  • Sally Tom serves as ACME commissioner
  • Tanya Tanner is exiting the ACNM Board of Directors after her 6th year as Treasurer
  • Heather Clarke is assuming the chair of the ACNM Midwives of Color Committee

On the Scholarly Front: Posters and Presentations

FNU also was well-represented on the scholarly front. FNU faculty members Susan Yount, Kelly Wilhite, Tanya Tanner and Amy Marowitz presented their posters and fielded questions during poster presentation sessions. Many faculty members did podium presentations during the conference including Susan Stone, Tia Andrighetti, Julie Daniels, Nena Harris, Nicole Lassiter, Jackie Martin, Tonya Nicholson, Kathryn Osborne, Julie Paul, Tanya Tanner, Nora Webster and Kelly Wilhite.

PRIDE Represented at Midwives of Color Reception

Kimberly Trammell, coordinator of PRIDE, FNU’s diversity recruitment and retention program, attended a reception hosted by the Midwives of Color Committee (MOCC) along with FNU President Susan Stone and faculty members Tonya Nicholson, Barbara Anderson and Heather Clarke (incoming MOCC chair). They were joined by PRIDE Ambassador students Lakieta Edwards and Marianna Holland, who were awarded trips to the ACNM conference based on their winning essays. The MOCC reception, which drew more than 100 attendees, is an opportunity for Midwives of Color leaders, students and friends to network and join in fellowship. A highlight of the event is an auction to raise scholarship funds and to support MOCC’s student mentoring program. FNU donated an original signed print by artist Stephanie Meyer.

PRIDE Essay Winners

Two PRIDE students attended the ACNM Annual Meeting with all expenses covered, for their winning essays in the PRIDE Ambassador Essay Contest. The two essay winners were Marianna Holland, CNEP Class 107 and Lakieta Edwards, CNEP Class 85. Find details of this contest and the winners by CLICKING HERE.

Another Successful FNU Alumni Reception

The FNU Alumni reception, a much-anticipated annual gathering at the ACNM Annual Meeting, drew more than 100 faculty, students, alumni, staff, preceptors and friends. Susan Stone, Tonya Nicholson, Kitty Ernst and Barbara Anderson led the festivities. Dr. Nicholson paid special tribute to FNU’s preceptors, or clinical mentors, asking them to stand up and be recognized for their contributions. Each preceptor also received a gift. In Frontier tradition, the crowd circled up at the end of the evening to share news of their work and reflections on what their Frontier experience has meant to them. And, as always, a rousing round of singing capped off the night.