August 4, 2005

Contact: Angela Heisel (505) 272-3651;Jenny Savage (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ellen Craig, CNM , MS , UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC) division of midwifery, was inducted into the Fellowship of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (FACNM) at the ACNM's 50thannual meeting in Washington , D.C. , this past June.

"For over 25 years Ellen Craig has served the women and families of our community with skill, dedication, and compassion," said Laura Migliaccio, CNM, UNM HSC division of midwifery. Migliaccio added, "In addition to Ellen's clinical work, her contributions to the education of midwifery residents are invaluable. We applaud her and look forward to many more years of dedication and leadership."

Fellowship is an honor bestowed only upon those midwives whose professional achievement, outstanding scholarship, clinical excellence and demonstrated leadership have merited them special recognition both within and outside of the midwifery profession. Once inducted into the fellowship, members serve the ACNM in consultative and advisory roles.

Nurse-Midwives must meet strict guidelines to be accepted for candidacy into the FACNM. Among other qualifications, candidates must have made significant contributions to the professional growth of midwifery through teaching, research, journalism, patient care, or community service. Only up to 10 new Fellows-at-Large are elected each year nationally.

Craig graduated from Queen Charlotte's School of Midwifery in London in 1975. She has been in full-scope clinical practice in Albuquerque for more than 27 years and was one of the first midwives at Southwest Maternity Center . She has been an active clinical educator for 27 years, most of which has been at the University of New Mexico . She served on the New Mexico Maternal Mortality Review Committee for 20 years and was the first non-physician co-chair. She is a pioneer midwife on the UNM urogynecology, co-directing the Midwifery Pessary Clinic. She has avidly researched and taught nurse-midwifery history for the last 15 years and a member of the UNM midwifery division which received the ACNM with Women for a Lifetime Gold Commendation 2004.