Midwife Matters

Pregnancy preparations, women's health, and care options

Happy National Midwifery Week!!

on October 6, 2014

nmw-knowoptionsWhen it comes to health care, you don’t have to settle. Commit to exploring your options for birth and women’s health care by signing the Your Health Promise pledge at www.ourmomentoftruth.com. Educate yourself about what the pledge really means and why taking this step is so important for you and your family.

According to research from the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), many women are not having important conversations with their health care providers about how to maintain their health during pregnancy (62%) or about preparing for motherhood (80%). In fact, ACNM’s survey shows a major gap in what women say they want from their health care and what women are getting across a spectrum of health needs.

To improve the dialogue, HealthPartners is excited to support Our Moment of Truth™: A New Understanding of Midwifery Care. Through this national campaign, ACNM aims to raise the bar for women’s health and re-introduce midwives and midwifery care as important options that should be the norm for women’s health care services in the United States.

Midwives are critically important in providing care to women from adolescence to beyond menopause, but their expert knowledge of women’s health is often overlooked. Even though the general public often associates midwives exclusively with maternity care, many women visit a midwife for a range of services before and after pregnancy. This is just one of the many facts that Our Moment of Truth™ aims to share.

We hope that you too will consider getting involved in this important initiative to inspire women across the country to become active decision makers in their health care.

Visit the Our Moment of Truth™ Web site for more information and an overview of survey findings. Or leave a comment to share your moment of truth related to women’s health care and/or midwifery.


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