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Creation of National Coalition of Midwifery Educators.

Creation of National Coalition of Midwifery Educators

A new midwifery organization, dedicated to the education of professional midwives has been born April 13, 1991 in Flagstaff, Arizona. The National Coalition of Midwifery Educators (NCME) officially organized after two previous meetings to draw in interested participants (spring 1990 and Fall 1990 at the MANA convention). Twenty midwife educators attended the April, 1991 meetings with a wide range of educational backgrounds and programs from across the country. A steering committee was chosen with May Ann Baul, LM of Flagstaff as chairperson.

"Midwives should be available for all childbearing women, and diverse models and entry routes are essential in alleviating the current crisis in provision of maternity care." This is the basis of NCME's statement of beliefs. A strong commitment to a wide range of educational routes from individually offered apprenticeship to university affiliated programs is supported in this philosophy. Evaluation of successfully completing basic midwifery education is to be measured by mastery of nationally accepted core competencies rather than completion of a specific educational route.

NCME invites membership and participation of midwifery educators. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for Oct. 14, 1991, 10 am to 5pm, following the MANA convention in El Paso and April 24-25, 1991 in Phoenix, AZ.

Meanwhile NCME will survey as many professional midwifery education opportunities as possible for a comprehensive directory to be updated yearly and available beginning Fall 1991. All programs are invited to participate.

For more information: NCME, PO Box 22382, Flagstaff, AZ 86002.
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