Open Letter to HCA regarding the closure of Rose midwifery and Colorado nurse-midwives

To Whom It May Concern:

Last week, the Denver and Aurora communities were both shocked and dismayed to learn of the planned closing of two large midwifery services. The Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) announced a short-sighted decision to close the Rose Midwifery and Colorado Nurse-Midwives practices effective January 31, 2019. This decision will leave hundreds of families without their chosen care providers and, potentially, without access to health care.

The issue that is most concerning is that these two practices have historically provided care to a high volume  of underserved community members—families on Medicaid, refugees, and inner-city residents. Both of these practices have provided culturally-sensitive and individualized care to women and their families for more than 20 years.

Maternal mortality in the United States remains one of the highest of any industrialized nation and currently is being addressed by legislation. Poor outcomes are worse among certain races and ethnicities. For example, African American women are three to four times more likely to die in pregnancy (or soon after) than white women. Despite spending more dollars per capita than any other country, the United States continues to have a high rate of maternal mortality.  The midwifery model of care is known to significantly improve outcomes and strengthen the health of families, while simultaneously decreasing cost and unnecessary interventions. The loss of midwifery services in the Denver urban area is harmful to these vulnerable population and threatens to further increase disparities.

We, the undersigned, stand together against this decision by HCA. The nurse-midwives at Rose Medical Center and The Aurora Medical Center provide safe, cost-effective, and quality care to both insured and underserved women and families.  The loss of these practices will have a long-lasting and negative impact on these communities.

Colorado Affiliate of American College of Nurse-Midwives

 Board of Directors

 

Elisa Patterson PhD, CNM -President

Aubre Tompkins MS, CNM-Vice President

Terra Kennedy MS, CNM-Secretary

Kate Koschoreck MS, CNM-Treasurer

Jeanne Bair DNP,CNM- Member-at-Large

Gretchen Scott MS, CNM- Member-at Large

Mallory Otto BSN, SNM-Student Representative

Jessica Anderson DNP,CNM ACNM Region VI Representative

SUPPORT THESE MIDWIFERY PRACTICES AND THE WOMEN THEY SERVE BY SIGNING OUR OPEN LETTER HERE.

Colorado Certified Nurse-Midwives are here to empower you to make informed choices while providing compassionate, safe, state of the art care.

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Colorado Certified Nurse-Midwives can offer your family personalized, safe, and current choices in childbirth.

Whether you:

  • Choose to birth in a hospital, birth center or at home

  • Aspire to have an unmedicated birth or want to keep your options open for pain medication or an epidural

  • Desire a vaginal birth after a Caesarean Section (VBAC)

Colorado Certified Nurse-Midwives are here to empower you to make informed choices while providing compassionate, safe, state of the art care.

LATEST NEWS/UPCOMING EVENTS

Next Affiliate Meeting: December 4th, 2018 Register Now!

Check out the 2014 Colorado Nurse-Midwifery Practice Survey for key findings about the Nature and Scope of Colorado CNM Practice and Compensation and Benefits.

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WHO WE ARE

Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) provide care in close to 70 practices in Colorado including Grand Junction, Sterling, Wray, Lamar, Vail, Aspen, Montrose, Glenwood Springs, Durango and the greater Denver metro area.

 

Certified Nurse-Midwives practice in public, private and educational settings. These include hospitals, birth centers, and homes. CNMs can be found in rural, suburban, and urban areas across Colorado. Please visit our “Find a Midwife” page to find a CNM near you. 

The Colorado Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is made up of Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) from across the state of Colorado. All of our affiliate members are also members of the National organization and share the mission and values of ACNM. Our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health.

 

FIND A MIDWIFE

Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) provide care in close to 70 practices in Colorado including Grand Junction, Sterling, Wray, Lamar, Vail, Aspen, Montrose, Glenwood Springs, Durango and the greater Denver metro area.

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RESOURCES

ACNM toolkit

ACNM has a new resource in the quest to promote normal, physiologic birth. Birth TOOLS, which stands for Tools for Optimizing the Outcomes of Labor Safely, is a new ACNM toolkit found at BirthTOOLS.org. The website presents the evidence and offers targeted resources, protocols, case studies, and other materials to assist clinicians and health care systems in implementing best practices that promote physiologic birth. 

The State of the World's Midwifery 2014 Report

The 2014 edition of The State of the World's Midwifery report was released at the International Confederation of Midwives 30th Triennial Congress in Prague. Produced by the United Nations Population Fund, the International Confederation of Midwives, the World Health Organization, and several other partners, the new report sheds light on midwives' important international role, the vast shortage of midwives across low- and middle-income countries, and the progress made since the inaugural report in 2011. 

Lancet Series on Midwifery

The long-awaited Lancet Series on Midwifery has arrived. The series of 4 papers was produced by more than 35 academics, clinicians, professional midwives, policymakers, and advocates for women and children to provide evidence for implementing midwifery care strategies on a global scale. This landmark series builds on the State of the World’s Midwifery 2011 report and complements the State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 report.

Newly Updated Pearls of Midwifery