Sunday, October 4, 2009

Birth Center Site Photos & National Midwifery Week

October 5th kicks off National Midwifery Week (see end of message), a time for celebrating the contributions midwives make to the health and wellbeing of women and families.

Here in Lane County it's especially fitting to observe this week through sharing news and photos from Friends of the Birth Center’s recent tour of the site of the future PeaceHealth Nurse-Midwifery Birth Center. Knowing midwives, lactation consultants and support staff will soon be offering birth center-based services for women, babies and families is cause for celebration!

Since the June 30th groundbreaking, much has been done to put and keep construction on track for on-time completion in May 2010. This is great news as women and families are eagerly anticipating renewed access to this well-loved community resource!

Many thanks to PeaceHealth and especially to Phil Farrington, Director, Land Use Planning & Development, for offering last Friday’s site tour – we greatly appreciated the opportunity.

Here are a few photos from the tour…..

In honor of National Midwifery Week, feel free to leave a message of thanks for the Birth Center midwives and staff on our Facebook site. Click here.

Friday, October 2, 2009

100% reimbursement for Certified Nurse-Midwives in Health Care Legislation

National Midwifery Week (October 4-10) is special this year. Not only are we preparing for the opening of the new PeaceHealth Nurse-Midwifery Birth Center but the news out of Congress points to the likely passage of legislation guaranteeing equitable reimbursement for certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) under Medicare. As of last night, it is now included in both the House and Senate health care reform bills. CNMs currently receive 65% reimbursement for the same services provided by other healthcare providers.

Watch C-SPAN’s clip of Sen. Kent Conrad’s introduction of the provision last night:

It appears that the only thing between CNMs and 100% reimbursement under Medicare is President Obama’s signature. Let the National Midwifery Week celebrations begin!