Central Savannah River Area Hospitals: Hire more Nurse-Midwives

Central Savannah River Area Hospitals: Hire more Nurse-Midwives

    1. Laura Selvidio
    2. Petition by

      Laura Selvidio

      Martinez, GA

Despite the want and need for Nurse-Midwives in Augusta, GA and its surrounding areas, we only have two nurse-midwives available to us.  However, this is not enough.  Women deserve to have care providers who practice evidenced-based care and improve outcomes through reducing the c-section rate and incorporating a low interventions (including inductions) practice. 

Results from studies indicate that women cared for by CNMs compared to women of the same risk status cared for by physicians had:
--Lower rates of cesarean birth
--Lower rates of labor induction and augmentation
--Significant reduction in the incidence of third and fourth degree perineal tears
--Lower use of regional anesthesia, and
--Higher rates of breastfeeding.
(Source: http://www.midwife.org/ACNM/files/ccLibraryFiles/Filename/000000002128/Midwifery%20Evidence-based%20Practice%20Issue%20Brief%20FINALMAY%202012.pdf)

We believe that Nurse-Midwives in the hospital will not only provide other options for care providers for women of the CSRA, but will also improve outcomes. The Maternal Mortality Rate for the Augusta area in 2011 was 93.3 per 100,000, compared to the Georgia rate of 35.5 per 100,000 and a national rate of 15.52.

In a study of midwife-led care in birth centers across the nation with over 15,000 participants, the results showed no maternal deaths, only a 6% c-section rate, only a .47/1000 intrapartum fetal mortality rate, and a .40/1000 neonatal mortality rate excluding anomalies.
(Source: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health Volume 58, Issue 1, page 3-14. January/February 2013. Outcomes of Care in Birth Centers: Demonstration of a Durable Model.)

Comparing Nurse-Midwife care vs National averages, it was shown that Nurse-Midwives had:
--Lower than the national average rate for episiotomy (3.6% compared to 25%).
--Lower than the national average rate for primary cesarean (3.6% compared to 32%).
--Higher than the national average rate for breastfeeding initiation (78.6% compared to 51%)
(Source: http://www.midwife.org/ACNM/files/ccLibraryFiles/Filename/000000002128/Midwifery%20Evidence-based%20Practice%20Issue%20Brief%20FINALMAY%202012.pdf)



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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 5 months ago

      Every day we hear about the dangers of cancer, heart disease and AIDS. But how many of us realize that, in much of the world, the act of giving life to a child is still the biggest killer of women of child-bearing age?

      -- Liya Kebede

      * The message of our campaign is "Make every mother and child count". This campaign is not just about health. It is also a powerful call for radical progress in women's rights and the rights of their children. Too often, the health of mothers and children does not count. In too many parts of the world, they are forgotten.

      -- Liya Kebede

    • Angel Riley NORTH AUGUSTA, SC
      • 9 months ago

      Helping others as they help me

    • Emily Currington LAKEWOOD, OH
      • 9 months ago

      As a native of Augusta, Georgia and ever familiar with the impact that hospitals have on the humble city, we need to make sure women have safe and practical alternatives to 'traditional' and unsafe hospital births.

    • Becca Springstead NORTH AUGUSTA, SC
      • 9 months ago

      I've chosen to use the CNMs at MCG for our 2nd birth. I wish there was more hospital support for midwives in the area. I chose MCG due to insurance reasons and the availability of the midwives, but I still worry about the birth experience there because there are only 2 midwives, they cannot be everywhere at once.

    • Anita Chupp CHICAGO, IL
      • 9 months ago

      Women deserve access to midwifery care, especially in high risk areas like Augusta, GA.


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