Public Citizen Study
The American College of Nurse-Midwives is pleased to report that a recent study issued by a consumer advocacy group called Public Citizen has further documented the safety, cost-effectiveness and benefits of nurse-midwifery care. The study includes data from more than 400 nurse-midwifery hospital-based practices and 68 freestanding birth centers.
The key findings of the study include:
The study findings were released in a press conference Monday in Washington,D.C. and media coverage of the findings is nationwide. Most major newspapers have run stories besides coverage on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and NPR.
Public Citizen's recommendations include reviewing state laws and regulations governing the practice of nurse-midwifery to determine their impact on the provision of nurse-midwifery services, creating more opportunities for the education of nurse-midwives, and implementing a sustained public information campaign on the quality, cost-effectiveness, and client satisfaction ratings of nurse-midwives. Dr. Phil Lee, Assistant Secretary of the Department ofHealth and Human Services assured conference attendees that he would be working closely with nurse-midwives to ensure that the barriers to their practice are removed.
The study consists of a 253-page Consumer Guide and 63-page policy makers report. Both publications are available for $15 each and available fromPublic Citizen.
Public Citizen Customer Service
1600 20th Street, NW. Washington, DC 20009, USA
An order form and a repeat of much of this information is also available from the ACNM Fax onDemand service at: 202-728-9898, documents 5501 and 5502.
For more information on locating nurse-midwifery practices in the U.S., send your postal address and area where you would like to find a CNM to:firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 202-728-9860.
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