Friday, May 3, 2013

Giving Back in May

This month we honor mothers everywhereBeing a mother elicits so many emotions.  I spent a good portion of my life thinking that I could not be a mother.  There was no real foundation for that thinking.  It's just what I thought.  I remember asking my husband, "What if we can't have kids?"  God bless him.  He told me that we would just get another dog.

A.C.N.M. = American College of Nurse-Midwives

This month's featured charity came so easily.  I am honoring the American College of Nurse-Midwives Foundation.  Whenever I think of Mother's Day and motherhood in general, my midwives come to mind automatically.  During my pregnancies, I was tended to by midwives and both of my daughters were delivered by midwives.  The Foundation is run by a small group of volunteers whose mission is to support excellence in women's healthcare by developing and promoting excellence in midwifery.

I had the honor of speaking with
Jan Kriebs, CNM, FACNM, President of the Board of Trustees.  She explained to me the fantastic things that the Foundation does within the community.  The Jeanne Raisler Memorial Fund encourages midwives who want to go abroad.  The Foundation sponsors scholarships for students pursuing careers in midwifery.  Community grants assist local groups seeking to educate patients about issues relating to healthcare.  In keeping with the promotion of excellence, the Foundation also sponsors research.

If you would like to make a donation to the American College of Nurse-Midwives Foundation, you can go to their website here or mail a payment to:

ACNM Foundation 
801 East Park Drive
Suite 100 
Harrisburg, PA  17111
PH:  (717) 703-0034
FX:  (717) 234-6798

If you want to make a donation to honor your midwife, include a note to that effect and the Foundation will print that in their newsletter. 
To get involved with the A.C.N.M., go here to find out how.  May 13-17 is ACNM Virtual Lobby Week 2013.  The goal is to "Speak Out For Midwifery."  In 15 minutes, you can help support issues concerning healthcare delivered to women and children and the midwives who provide this care to them.  For this month, I added the ACNM's Blog Feed to the bottom of my blog for those who want to read through it.

Tell me about your experiences with midwives.  This is truly a passion of mine so I invite you to leave me your thoughts on the topic.

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  1. I had a midwife for my first two, and a doctor for the last two. Both were fine, but the mid-wife experience was so much more personal and I felt more like a person than a time slot on a busy schedule.

    I saw you featured at Fun Friday today. :)

  2. Hi Rosey,
    Yes you hit the nail on the head. It is so much more personal with a midwife. I'm glad that your experience was a positive one.


  3. hi karina! i'm here to congratulate you for being one of our blog hoppers from last week's Fun Friday Blog hop.

    That means, we're featuring your button on Anne and mine's page for a month for FREE - just grab our certified blog hopper button in return, congratulations!


  4. Hi Rea,
    Thank you so much for featuring me and for adding my badge to your blog.