This news is so depressing; we need more midwives, not fewer!
Is anyone here currently in the program or hoping to be in it?
The petition protesting this decision is here: http://www.change.org/petitions/save...cation-program
UW School of Nursing's priorities can no long bear midwives?
Midwives never get much respect, especially from doctors. But now the UW's School of Nursing wants to end 19-year-old nurse-midwife training program, judging that it doesn't meet a "societal need."
Never come between a midwife and a birthing baby.
I learned this firsthand about a decade ago, when my son unexpectedly sprinted to the finish line of his own birth. Our midwife-who was also a nurse at the UW Medical Center-kicked over a trash can and practically bowled me over on her way to catch my son tumbling into the world.
Now I suspect the UW's School of Nursing is about to get bowled over, too.
Last month, the faculty there recommended eliminating the UW's 19-year-old midwife training program.
That isn't surprising on its own. Just about everything is on the chopping block these days.
It was their reasoning. It has angered midwives all over the region. Not to mention thousands of moms.
The nurse-midwife program was judged not to meet a "societal need." In fact, maternal and newborn health were not even on the list of societal needs drawn up by a UW committee looking to cull programs.