Brittney Edwards, Marketing Coordinator
Brittney.Edwards@frontier.edu • (859) 899-2515
Midwives Educate and Empower Women during National Midwifery Week
HYDEN, KY – Frontier Nursing University, based in Hyden, KY, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) invite the public to learn about midwifery during National Midwifery Week, October 6-12.
Midwifery Week is a chance for midwives and the women they serve to reflect on their experiences and midwifery's contributions to women's health care, including attending births and providing well-woman care.
The high rate of cesarean sections, skyrocketing health care costs, and misperceptions about midwives and women's health are among the reasons ACNM and its more than 7000 midwife members observe National Midwifery Week each year. The goal is to empower women to make informed choices about their health care.
Midwifery Week is also a great time to highlight the 88 years that nurse-midwifery care has been available in the United States. This care began with the first nurse-midwifery service in the country, established by Frontier Nursing University’s founder Mary Breckinridge in 1925.
Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has been educating nurse-midwives for nearly 75 years, with the mission of serving women and families and providing safe birth options for all women. With the largest and longest continually operating nurse-midwifery program in the country, FNU hopes to increase public awareness of National Midwifery Week and the contributions made by midwives. Throughout the holiday week, the University and its more than 2000 nurse-midwife graduates and students will increase public awareness through extensive communications and showcasing midwifery care.
"Midwife means 'with woman.' Through our communications this week, we will educate, inform, and empower women in Kentucky," said Dr. Susan Stone, FNU President. "National Midwifery Week is an excellent time to recognize the contributions midwives make toward women's health within our community."
National Midwifery Week is supported by ACNM, its members, physicians, and women's health organizations across the nation. For more information about midwifery and midwives in your area, visit www.ourmomentoftruth.com.
View Midwifery Week Proclamation from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.
Frontier Nursing University's Mission:
Frontier Nursing University is a private, non-profit, non-residential graduate school of nursing offering community-based, distance education programs leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the Master of Science in Nursing Degree and/or post-master's certificates in advanced practice nursing specialties. Our mission is to educate nurses to become competent, entrepreneurial, ethical and compassionate nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who are leaders in the primary care of women and families with an emphasis on underserved and rural populations.