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J Midwifery Womens Health. 2019 Jul 2. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12989. [Epub ahead of print]

Innovations in Midwifery Education: The Academic Medical Center Model.

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1
Midwifery Education Program, Division of Midwifery and Community Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts.
2
Division of Midwifery and Community Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts.
3
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Abstract

Workforce analyses project a need for women's health care providers, especially in maternity care. With a stagnant number of certified nurse-midwife/certified midwife (CNM/CM) education programs, the present production of new CNMs/CMs is not robust enough to meet the growing demand. This article describes an existing but underutilized model for CNM/CM education programs, based in an academic medical center with an existing academic affiliation. Advantages include a federal funding source through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, lower tuition costs than most current programs, and expanded job satisfaction for CNMs/CMs in clinical practice.

KEYWORDS:

academic medical centers; interprofessional education; midwifery education; midwifery workforce; nurse-midwives

PMID:
31264777
DOI:
10.1111/jmwh.12989

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