UNM Midwifery Division Receives "With Women, for a Lifetime Award"

University Midwifery Associates at the UNM Health Sciences Center received the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACMN) "With Women for a Lifetime" award.

This honor recognizes midwifery services and education programs that have: provided innovative and compassionate midwifery care to families, expanded access to women's health care provided by certified nurse-midwives, educated midwifery students, and put the heart of midwifery into practice.

In New Mexico, 28 percent of all births are attended by certified midwives- making it the highest percentage in the nation.

The midwifery service was developed in 1983, after midwives had worked in the University system for 14 years. The UNM Division of Midwives was developed in 1983 and has since expanded to include:

  • A strong research program focused on midwifery, with each midwife currently participating in National Institute of Health funded research.

  • Albuquerque Indian Health Service Unit to serve urban Native Americans

  • First Choice community Healthcare, rural health clinics to provide service to many uninsured and undocumented families

  • The Milagro Clinic at UNM Health Sciences Center providing care to women with substance abuse problems, while supervising and teaching obstetrics/gynecology interns, medical and nursing students

  • A multidisciplinary teen clinic, which evolved into the Young Mother's Centering Pregnancy Program

  • The Midwifery Pessary Clinic in conjunction with the Urogynecology Division that includes practice, teaching and supervising residents and Fellows in geriatric care.

All of UNM's certified nurse-midwives are active members of the ACMN participating locally, regionally and nationally.


Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322

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