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Midwifing the Midwife: Key Elements to Scaling Up and Sustaining our Workforce

by Ginger Breedlove, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 ACM CPD Hours, 1 ACNM
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Learning

Barriers to accessible, affordable and respectful midwifery practice exist in every country. These barriers inevitably reduce the ability for midwives to provide their full scope of care and can impact the scaling up or sustainability of the workforce. Barriers range from pay inequity to lack of recognition, to regulatory practice barriers and poor reimbursement for services. Regardless of the contributing barrier, there are fundamental steps that can be strategically planned to advance change. Although midwives may lead the call for change, purposeful planning is the focus of this presentation. Have you documented a current, compelling story about why – what is the issue and why is it important? What barriers are the most pressing, and, what can you bring forward as a proposed solution? Who are your supporters on the side that perhaps should be promoted as front and center advocates? Do you know how to organize an effective public advocacy movement? Are you skilled in the art of negotiation – getting everyone to YES? This presentation aims to guide midwives to critically evaluate the process of self-preparedness in order to scale up and sustain the profession. Information to "midwife the midwife" beyond clinical expertise toward a voice and champion for change.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe elements in crafting a compelling story about barriers to midwifery practice.

2. List stakeholders and supporters of midwifery that may serve as champions for change.

3. Describe key components of an effective public advocacy campaign.

4. Explain key elements required in effective negotiation strategy.

Categories: Birth Advocacy
Presentations: 1  |  Hours / CE Credits:  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks