SAVE the UW Nurse Midwifery Education Program
  • Petitioned Pamela Mitchell

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Interim Dean of the School of Nursing
Pamela Mitchell
University of Washington
University of Washington Provost
Ana Mari Cauce
Washington Governor
Washington State House
Washington State Senate
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington-036B
State Rep. Gael Tarleton
Washington-023A
State Rep. Sherry Appleton
Washington-037B
State Rep. Eric Pettigrew
Washington-029
State Sen. Steve Conway
Washington-026B
State Rep. Larry Seaquist
Washington-021
State Sen. Marko Liias
Washington-048
State Sen. Rodney Tom
Washington-033
State Sen. Karen Keiser
Washington-01
Rep. Suzan DelBene

SAVE the UW Nurse Midwifery Education Program

    1. UW Student  Midwives
    2. Petition by

      UW Student Midwives

Since 1993 the University of Washington has been training nurse midwives to provide quality, evidenced-based care to women and their families in our communities, nationwide and internationally. The midwives trained at UW have not only demonstrated ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of women and their families, but have given women who are at low risk of complications access to safe birthing options outside of a currently over-medicalized hospital-based system.

On December 19, 2011, eligible faculty (i.e. tenured faculty only) at the School of Nursing voted to discontinue the Nurse Midwifery Education Program. The recommendation was made without sufficient input from students, practicing midwives or the greater Seattle community. The Executive Leadership at the School of Nursing including the upcoming Dean will decide whether to approve this recommendation and move forward in the process that would eventually eliminate this vital program.  Discontinuation of this program would be detrimental to the UW School of Nursing, the University of Washington, our local communities, and the enhancement of maternal-child health worldwide.

If the process does move forward, an external faculty committee at the University will conduct a review and advise Provost Ana Mari Cauce to remove or keep the Nurse Midwifery Education Program. We ask for your support in petitioning the University of Washington to overturn the decision to remove this vital program. Please send your thoughts and comments to the current School of Nursing Dean Marla Salmon, Provost Ana Mari Cauce and WA State Representatives urging them to recognize that eliminating this program would be a huge mistake!

PLEASE FORWARD THIS PETITION ON TO FRIENDS, FAMILY, COLLEAGUES AND THE BROADER COMMUNITY!

Thank you for your support,
UW Student Midwives

Recent signatures

    News

    1. UW Nurse Midwifery Program SAVED!!!

      UW Student  Midwives
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters,

      The UW Nurse Midwifery Students want to thank you for all of your support. Today an email from the Interim Dean was sent out to the School of Nursing that after reviewing our case, including an report submitted by the impartial Internal Review Committee, she has decided not to support the faculty vote in December to eliminate our program. This is incredible news for us and we hope that other Schools of Nursing will also see the need for Nurse Midwifery and find ways to creatively keep those programs open even in the face of scarce financial resources.

      Warmly,
      UW Nurse Midwifery Student Body

    2. KIng 5 Seattle News Takes Notice!

      UW Student  Midwives
      Petition Organizer

      King 5 Seattle News station also aired a story today at 530pm today regarding the proposed cut. Link to view the story is below.

    3. KUOW Story AIRED Today!!! (94.9FM)

      UW Student  Midwives
      Petition Organizer

      WA state NPR station, KUOW (94.9FM) aired a story today regarding the uncertain future of the UW midwifery program. Please listen or read the transcript which can be found at the link below. And as always, please spread the word!

    4. Representative Reuven Carlyle Hears Us

      UW Student  Midwives
      Petition Organizer

      During a wonderful lobby dat in Olympia, 3 midwifery students had the opportunity to meet with Brian, the Legislative Aide for Rep. Carlyle from District 36. Brian indicated that Rep. Carlyle is VERY aware of our petition and our desire to end this ludicrous vote to end the UW Nurse Midwifery Education Program. However, because he can only take action as requested by his constituents, he has requested that he be emailed directly for members of District 36.

      TO FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE and contact them directly, please go to: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

      Call or email them with a link to our petition. Share with them the number of votes we have and that we are only just beginning.

      Sincerely,
      UW Student Midwives

    5. Reached 4,000 signatures
    6. Legislature recognizing the importance of the program!

      UW Student  Midwives
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the link at 1 hour 39 minutes...

      The Senate Bill 6115 established a healthcare personnel shortage task force. This proposed bill would require the UW School of Nursing to consult the task force prior to the elimination of programs, specifically the Midwifery program!

      Encourage your senator to support this legislation! Find your legislator here:
      http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx

    7. Reached 3,000 signatures
    8. ACNM Letter of Support from President Holly Powell Kennedy!!!

      UW Student  Midwives
      Petition Organizer

      A letter of support was recently sent from ACNM President Holly Powell Kennedy to UW Dean of Nursing Marla Salmon regarding the planned phase-out of the UW Nurse-Midwifery education program. It outlines the society need for nurse midwives as well as a willingness to work with the School of Nursing on economic modeling to show the cost-effectiveness of training nurse midwives at UW. Thank you so much ACNM!!! Please read their beautiful letter at the attached link.

    9. "Save the UW Nurse Midwifery Program" YouTube Video LIVE!

      UW Student  Midwives
      Petition Organizer

      Go to: www.youtube.com and search "Save the UW Midwifery Program"

      OR click on attached link.

    10. Provost Ana Mari Cauce Letter

      UW Student  Midwives
      Petition Organizer

      Provost Cauce has been working to respond with individual emails to our supporters on this petition but has been unable to reach everyone due to the overwhelming number of signatures we have received and some emails bouncing back. She has requested that we post a letter she has written to the public about her desire to follow the situation closely and work with School of Nursing Leadership as the debate unfolds.

    11. Provost Ana Mari Cauce Request to the Public

      UW Student  Midwives
      Petition Organizer

      Provost Ana Mari Cauce kindly requests individual comments you may have regarding this issue to be sent to her. She encourages those of you who are signing our petition to write her a personalized message of why this is important to you. She can be emailed at cauce@u.washington.edu.

      In response to the Provost's request, we sent the linked letter to assure her that we truly do not wish to impede her work at the University but rather work with her and gain her support in this difficult situation.

      Sincerely,
      UW Student Midwives

    12. Reached 2,500 signatures
    13. Check out the Seattle Times article on midwives!

      UW Student  Midwives
      Petition Organizer

      A look at why the program was cut, and what the community is saying.

    14. Reached 1,500 signatures
    15. Email from Provost Office Re: Next Steps Following Vote to End Programs

      UW Student  Midwives
      Petition Organizer

      "The vote is a recommendation from the faculty and is advisory to the Dean of the School. This recommendation must now be assessed by the school’s executive leadership team for the impact on the school and department involved....If the recommendation is sent to and accepted by the Dean, it would then be forwarded to the Provost for further action. If the Provost agrees, the Nurse Midwifery, Neonatal and Perinatal programs would then be thoroughly vetted through an additional process known as Reorganization, Consolidation, or Elimination of Programs. This process is managed through the University-wide Office of University Committees and would be conducted by a faculty committee external to the School of Nursing. The process allows for public comment and input." -Ruth Johnston, Ph.D. Special Assistant to the Provost

      THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. We clearly have the School's attention. Please continue to send your comments and support to our petition recipients.

    16. Reached 1,000 signatures
    17. Today Midwifery faculty spoke to the UW President on KUOW

      UW Student  Midwives
      Petition Organizer

      The president of University of Washington was seemly unconcerned with the decisions that have been made in the School of Nursing! Encourage President Michael Young to overturn the decision to eliminate the Midwifery program! Help the president understand why losing midwifery education programs in the Seattle area would be detrimental to women and children!

      Check out the audio at 12min 50sec to hear Ira Kantowitz-Gordon, midwifery faculty, speak with the President!

    18. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Karen Ehrlich FELTON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is an incredibly shortsighted plan. Midwives are proven to be excellent providers of top quality care. Train more of them!

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      • over 2 years ago

      As a long time practicing CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) I have worked side by side with many Mid-Wives who fill a valuable void in the rural medicine niche. Knowing that the U.W. Nursing program is the best in the nation, it would be a tragedy to close this irreplaceable branch of the department. Please re-think this decision!

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    • Heather Culley MARYSVILLE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Midwifery is an important choice for women to have when choosing where and how to deliver their children. For one of the nation's top medical schools to get rid of such an important program would be not only a sad situation for the potential students, but would be a huge loss for all women in the greater Seattle area, who would lose the midwivesthat would come out of the program. I am seeing a sickening trend in our area of letting money rule and not thinking about what our families, women, and babies need... first Evergree

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    • Abigail Gray SEATTLE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      I feel that midwifery is an essential option for women with low-risk pregnancies.

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    • Laurie Linn STANWOOD, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Midwifery is such an important option for women! Both of my girls were born in a hospital with midwives in attendance (31 and 26 years ago), and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. I saw the midwives at each of my pre-natal appointments, and their caring nature was wonderful. I was able to have the exact experience I wanted to have for childbirth - such an important milestone in a woman's life. I don't know where my midwives were trained, but I would certainly guess since I live in the Puget Sound area that at least some of them were educated at the University of Washington. What a shame if one of the most highly regarded medical/nursing schools in the country were to discontinue training of midwives. By the way, I seem to have heard on a television news story that this is a self-supporting program, which would indicate there would be no financial reason to discontinue this program (although I'm also well aware that news stories are not always completely accurate). As a UW alumni myself, and also a supporter of midwifery programs, I would ask that you PLEASE reconsider dropping this important training program from such a great university.

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