March is Child Life Month
March is the month to celebrate the midwives and other health care professionals who work on behalf of our youngest clients and their families. So give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, and share with us on Facebook
how you promote the well-being of children. For resources and information about Child Life Month, read more.
Mark Your Calendar for the 2nd Annual ACNM Virtual Career Fair!
Join us on April 13th from 11-3 PM EST to connect with the nation's top employers of CNMs and CMs!
Whether you're looking for a job locally or thinking about relocating, this FREE ACNM Virtual Career Fair is the perfect opportunity to take the next step!
Create your Job Seeker Profile and flag your resume as a Virtual Career Fair candidate on MidwifeJobs.com today!
Hospital design may contribute to Cesarean section rates
Hospitals with few rooms and many births had higher rates of Cesarean sections, according to a study by Neel Shah, a Harvard Medical School assistant professor and director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs. Some labor wards are designed as surgical units rather than places for natural labor that can last hours or days, Shah said. Quartz (3/21)
Group issues global guidelines for HPV vaccine use
The American Society of Clinical Oncology released a global guideline recommending two doses of human papillomavirus vaccine spaced at six to 15 months apart for girls ages 9 to 14 in all resource settings, while three doses should be administered to girls ages 15 and older in maximal and enhanced settings who didn't receive prior HPV vaccination. The guidance in the Journal of Global Oncology also advised that boys in maximal, enhanced and limited settings may receive HPV vaccinations provided at least 50% coverage of the priority female target population and that such vaccines are sufficient and cost-effective.Healio (free registration) (3/22), Medscape (free registration) (3/21)
CDC data show 15% decrease in infant mortality
CDC researchers found that the infant mortality rate in the US decreased from 6.86 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 5.82 in 2014, and that declines were seen across most racial groups except among Alaska Natives or American Indians. The findings in the National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief also showed that deaths from sudden infant death syndrome dropped by 29%.CNN (3/21), Medscape (free registration) (3/21)
Show off your creativity: Enter ACNM's annual video contest!
Enter a video of up to 4 minutes in length in 1 of 3 categories, and you may win a free registration to next year's annual meeting and exhibition in Savannah, Ga. Entries are due by May 1, 2017. Read more.