SPEAKING UP AND TALKING OUT

Barriers and Obstacles to Nurse-Midwifery Practice

Authors

  • Judith Flanagan CNM, MSN, MPA

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    • Judith Flanagan recently stepped down as director of the Nurse-Midwifery Programs at the University of California–San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital. She opted for an early retirement plan in November 1992 and is currently working part-time on a university recall appointment within the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences.


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ABSTRACT

There are internal as well as external barriers to nurse-midwifery practice. We have let others define us. It is time to articulate a new vision for nurse-midwifery that speaks to what midwifery does better than obstetrics. We need to claim our “partnership” model and argue for its integration into health policy for all childbearing women.

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