We are very excited to celebrate both Midwives and Pediatric Nurses this week. During this week we honor the women and men who devote their lives and careers to both infants and their mothers during critical times.
National Midwifery Week was created by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) to recognize midwife-led care and midwives as well as spread the word about the benefits of working with midwives during and post-pregnancy. It is a long-term goal of the ACNM to work with women and promote midwife-led care, allowing them to understand the difference midwives make in their daily life.
This year's theme, "Midwives Make a Difference" encourages people to participate in the celebration of Midwifery Week by taking a simple action every day towards creating a new understanding and perception of midwife-led care in our country. Women who choose to birth with the guidance of a midwife have been found to enjoy a higher level of family involvement and develop a better relationship with their caregivers, among many other benefits.
Also celebrated this week are pediatric nurses who enhance child and family health. Although we appreciate pediatric nurses every day of year, we take this time annually to share the immense good that these men and women do from the moment an infant takes its' first breath. Dedicating their lives to promoting the health of children from birth, pediatric nurses are responsible for a great deal more than just primary care of babies.
“Pediatric nurses create an environment in which infants and children benefit from the vigilant care and the coordinated efforts of a team of highly skilled pediatric healthcare professionals,” says Pat Moloney-Harmon, RN, MS, CCNS, FAAN, Advanced Practice Nurse, Children’s Services, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
We encourage you to celebrate both National Midwifery and Pediatric Nursing week by continuing your education in these specialties. Our Women's Health and OB GYN Nursing conference, happening October 13 - 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, and our Women's Health Update conference, occurring on December 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, will give you an opportunity to network with nurses and advanced practice clinicians from around the country as you share your challenges and successes in the world of women's health. Also, join our Pediatric Critical Care Nursing conference held October 27-30, 2013 in Las Vegas where clinical experts will provide insight and their perspective of years of experience to help you navigate challenges you're facing now and anticipating in the near future.