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Hallmarks of Midwifery

The art and science of midwifery are characterized by the following hallmarks:

  • Recognition of menarche, pregnancy, birth, and menopause as normal physiologic and developmental processes
  • Advocacy of non-intervention in normal processes in the absence of complications
  • Incorporation of scientific evidence into clinical practice
  • Promotion of woman- and family-centered care
  • Empowerment of women as partners in health care
  • Facilitation of healthy family and interpersonal relationships
  • Promotion of continuity of care
  • Health promotion, disease prevention, and health education
  • Promotion of a public health care perspective
  • Care to vulnerable populations
  • Advocacy for informed choice, shared decision making, and the right to self-determination
  • Integration of cultural humility
  • Incorporation of evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies in education and practice
  • Skillful communication, guidance, and counseling
  • Therapeutic value of human presence
  • Collaboration with other members of the interprofessional health care team

Source: Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice (2012), Retrieved from https://www.midwife.org/acnm/files/ACNMLibraryData/UPLOADFILENAME/000000000050/Core%20Comptencies%20Dec%202012.pdf. (2019).

Advocacy

Our Legislative Agenda

  • Create systems that enable every licensee to practice to their full scope. 
  •  Create a mandate that hospitals regulated by DOH must put a mechanism in place for the credentialing of NJ licensed midwife applicants for privileges. 
  •  Remove regulatory restrictions on birth center staffing, thus allowing all NJ licensed midwives to work in that setting. 
  •  Seek a mandate from the Division of Banking and Insutrance (DOBI) that midwives must be reimbursed at 100% of the rate paid to their physician counterparts, both via public funding and private insurers. 
  •  Expand the number of available alternative birth options by mandating acceptance by hospitals (having maternity units) of emergency transfers of care from home and birth center births and creating educational opportunities for hospitals to adopt best practices.

Learn more by contacting our Legislative Committee Members

Catherine McCabe

Louise Aucott

legislation@newjerseymidwife.org