Local Certified Nurse Midwives Receive Recognition for Quality Outcomes

Pamela Irby, Suzanne Wertman, Marianne Woessner, and Laura Schultz awarded “Best Practice” from ACNM

Four certified nurse-midwives in Wilmington have been recognized recently by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) for the quality of the care they provided to women and babies.

Pamela Irby, Laura Schultz, Suzanne Wertman and Marianne Woessner were awarded “Best Practice” in two categories: highest rate of mothers who were breastfeeding at six weeks postpartum and highest rate of first trimester entry to care.

Each year, one hundred and eleven midwifery practices across the United States voluntarily participate by submitting data representing 60,000 births to the ACNM Benchmarking Program. The purpose of this program is to improve and maintain the quality of midwifery care by promoting awareness of “best practices” in midwifery care.

“We are honored to receive this distinction,” said Suzanne Wertman. The nurse-midwives believe that the women who seek midwifery care and the active birth and parenting community in Wilmington are responsible in large part for the high breastfeeding rate and early entry to care. “In this area we have La Leche League, excellent childbirth preparation classes, massage, prenatal yoga and exercise classes, and this network helps women access the resources and support they need to be successful,” Laura Schultz observed. The nurse-midwives also credit their personalized approach to care and close follow-up after birth to their success.

With roots dating to 1929, the American College of Nurse-Midwives is the oldest women’s health care association in the U.S. ACNM’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of women and newborns within their families and communities through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives. Midwives believe every individual has the right to safe, satisfying health care with respect for human dignity and cultural variations.

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