March 12, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Nurse-Midwifery graduate program at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN) was recently granted a full 10 year re-accreditation by the American College of Nurse-Midwives' Division of Accreditation (ACNM DOA).

The program has been fully funded by the New Mexico State Legislature since 1998 to educate nurse-midwives to care for rural and underserved populations. There have been 100 program graduates since 1993, including a National Health Policy Scholar and a Migrant Fellowship recipient. Graduates also hold leadership positions in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Las Vegas and Tucson. Nearly one-third of all births in New Mexico are attended by midwives, the largest proportion in the U.S.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, the UNM nurse-midwifery program ranks third nationwide and has a 98 percent national certification examination first-time pass rate. National rates are 88-90 percent.

The ACNM DOA commended the nurse-midwifery faculty for a well-designed program that addresses the state's health needs and also for their commitment to underserved populations. CoN Nurse-Midwifery Concentration Coordinator, Julie Gorwoda, MSN, CNM also credits more than 100 skilled volunteer nurse-midwifery clinical faculty in New Mexico and the southwest for the program's success.

For more information on the CoN Midwifery program, visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/consg