Saturday, September 27, 2008

American Association of Birth Centers

Early this month, CfM President Susan Hodges attended the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) Birth Institute and gave a brief presentation about CfM. It sounds as if the conference was very educational and valuable. Many people feel that birth centers may be the best hope at bridging the gap between the midwives model of care and the medical model. Membership in the AABC is not for birth centers only but "for anyone who is interested in pregnancy, birth, labor and delivery, and other women’s healthcare and reproductive issues. We are an association for parents, parents-to-be, and expectant families; we are also an association for health care workers including midwives, OB/GYN doctors and nurses, and professionals who specialize in pre-netal and post-natal care."

Speaking of Susan, we recently learned that she was chosen to received the "Midwifing Midwives Award" from the Midwives College of Utah at its annual President's Banquet. The nonimation stated that "this special award is given to a person that exemplifies MCU's definition of a midwife, and has shown great dedication to supporting, nurturing, educating, and promoting midwives." Susan definitely meets this description and I'm excited to see her recognized for it!

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