National Midwifery Week is October 4-10, and Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is celebrating by hosting their 6th annual virtual event dedicated to nurse-midwifery. This year’s free event is themed Empower 2020 Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Everyone is invited to participate in this exciting experience, which will exhibit presentations from passionate leaders in nurse-midwifery as they explore ways in which the community can commit to better care for women and families.
To get things started, on Monday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. EDT, FNU faculty Jeneen A. Lomax, DNP, APRN, CNM, and FNU Department Chair of Midwifery and Women’s Health Dr. Tonya Nicholson will present, “It’s the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife: Get the 411 on Becoming a Nurse-Midwife,” featuring a diverse student panel including Jamilla Webb, BSN, RN, Sunoz “Sunny” Soroosh, RN, MPH, Erin Hanks, RN, IBCLC, and Cheryl Appleton, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM. This session is designed for current nurse-midwifery students or anyone considering becoming a nurse-midwife. Listen to Dr. Jeneen Lomax and Dr. Nicholson discuss the value of midwifery and then get the inside scoop from current students about their experiences as they work to become nurse-midwives. The presenters and panelists in this session come from a wide variety of personal and healthcare backgrounds. FNU will be taking questions before or during this live session to engage participants and promote a better understanding of FNU’s approach to nurse-midwifery education.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 5 p.m. EDT, FNU faculty members Dr. Tanya Belcheff, Dr. Cassie Belzer, Dr. Judith Butler, Martha Harvey, Dr. Audrey Perry, and Heidi Loomis will present a free continuing education course, “Midwifery Pearls of Telehealth.” This relevant session will provide an overview of telehealth from a nurse-midwifery perspective with special emphasis on the areas of patient engagement, group care, provider satisfaction, and best practices for meeting compliance requirements. The information is especially pertinent in the age of COVID-19 and will provide helpful information to anyone who has had to make adjustments to their practice during this unprecedented year.
The fun continues on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m. EDT with another continuing education session, “Hot Topics in the Management of Perimenopause & Menopause: A Conventional & Integrative Approach,” hosted by FNU faculty members Dr. Ruth Ellen Elsasser and Dr. Ana Verzone. This session will provide a review of conventional and evidence-based integrative medicine interventions used during perimenopause and menopause. Some of the topics covered include: understanding menopause and its varied presentation and symptoms, knowing the critical differences between perimenopause and menopause, identifying complications of conventional pharmacology, and developing a patient-centered, individualized plan of care when managing perimenopause and menopause.
This event will conclude Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m. EDT with FNU Assistant Professor Dr. Heather Clarke and FNU President Dr. Susan Stone presenting “Racial Disparities in Maternity Care: Where Do We Go From Here?” This session will discuss how high maternal and infant mortality rates are directly correlated with racism and how the nursing community can use strategic planning to rebuild these systems and create real change. The session will help nurse-midwives identify disparities in health care outcomes for Black and indigenous women and apply real strategies to combat racism and improve outcomes.
We hope you will join us for one or more of these impactful evenings! Visit frontier.edu/MidwiferyWeek for more information or to register for one or all of the sessions. See FNU’s full lineup of virtual events here.