Your baby has just been born. Would you let someone draw their blood and remove 30% of their blood volume? It would be senseless and highly dangerous and to remove a third of the baby's blood from their body before they were born, but doing this immediately after birth has become the norm.
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) has a motion on the table to change its name to the American College of Midwives (ACM). While there has been talk about this change for years, there may finally be enough support to approve the motion at the upcoming annual meeting in San Antonio. Much internal discussion of the politics surrounding the name change and how it may affect direct-entry midwifery has been occurring privately — I would like to move the discussion into a more public midwifery arena.
I interviewed homebirth midwife Hilary Schlinger CNM, CPM about the proposed name change and her vision for the future of midwifery in the US. Hilary has a long history in midwifery politics as both a CPM and CNM. She has served on the Midwives Alliance of North America board of directors and is the author of Circle of Midwives, a book about the history of the Midwives Alliance of North America and the resurgence of midwifery as a profession in the United States.