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Midwifery Week: Policy, Politics, and Midwifery

Jennifer Vanderlaan, PhD, MPH, CNM, FNP

Speaker(s) Bio

Dr. Vanderlaan earned her Ph.D. and her master's in nursing at Emory University School of Nursing. She also has a Master of Public Health in Global Health from Emory University School of Public Health. Dr. Vanderlaan researches maternal health from a health systems perspective, integrating clinical outcomes, health economics, and health policy to identify ways to improve access to quality maternal care. She is the lead researcher for the ACNM Workforce Study Project.

Course Description

In this session, Dr. Jennifer Vanderlaan will present some of the policy results from the ACNM Midwifery Workforce Study. She'll review the federal policy changes that have contributed to the growth of the midwifery workforce over time, and what midwives today can learn from state policy changes in the past. The insights from this session will help you become a better midwifery advocate to help scale up the workforce!

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe three authorities that define independent practice
  2. Explain historical forces that influenced the development of midwifery regulations
  3.  Identify three strategies to achieve policy change for midwives

CEs Offered: 1 CE

Course expiration: October 14, 2025