Indian Health Service/Tribal Affiliate

 Welcome to our  IHS/Tribal Affiliate of ACNM Website.    

If you have questions or suggestions please email Amanda St. Aubin   amanda.st.aubin@ihs.gov

The 4th International Meeting of Indigenous Women's Health Conference will be held in Albuquerque, NM Februaruly 17th-19th, 2016. Pleease find the brochure and link to register here.  http://som.unm.edu/cme/2016/imiwh.html

Please consider Benchmarking for 2016, our stats look good in general and we should be putting them out there.  See the news section of this site for the link.


There are several great articles in the news section you might be interested in.

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President of IHS/Tribal Affiliate

Amanda St. Aubin CNM

I graduated from UCSF in 2009 with the hopes of working for an IHS/tribal hospital.  I started working in Shiprock, NM at NNMC in August, 2010.  I grew up in southwestern Minnesota and began my career in women's health by working as an OB nurse in the same rural hospital I was born in.  I've been the secretary of the Four Corners affiliate since the fall of 2010. I am a member of the Education section of the Division of Global Health within the ACNM and have travelled and volunteered internationally with various groups through work, school, and independent organizations throughout my career as a nurse and midwife.  I've experienced working with women in Guyana, Tanzania, Haiti, Mexico, and Guatemala.  Working on the reservation offers many of the same difficulties that I've faced when volunteering in developing countries around the world.  I enjoy the unique challenges of working with Navajo women in IHS.  I assisted Deborah Crabbe in forming the IHS/tribal affiliate because I felt there needed to be a forum for midwives who face similar challenges within the ACNM.  
 

Vice-President of IHS/Tribal Affiliate

Brittany Simplicio CNM, MSN
I received both my nursing and midwifery degrees from the University of New Mexico. I am Dine (Navajo) and Zuni Pueblo from Shiprock, NM. Upon graduation, I started my career taking care of my Navajo community at Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, AZ.  My passion for women's health started as a young girl from the influence of Shimasani (grandmother) as i heard the many stories she told me about working as a OB/GYN nurse. She dedicated 55 years to her community working for IHS. Currently, my interests lie in diabetes in pregnancy, health policy, traditional healing, contraceptive counseling,  student mentorship, and education attainment for Native youth.


Treasurer of IHS/Tribal Affiliate

Michelle Pino CNM, MSN


Secretary of the IHS/Tribal Affiliate of ACNM 

Madeline Powers, CNM

I graduated from Frontier University in 2010 and have been with the IHS in Shiprock for over two years. I am the new Secretary for the IHS Tribal Affiliate and am happy to participate in the ACNM in this new role. In the past, I have worked in both hospital and home health settings in the maternal- child field. Over the years I have been a licensed massage therapist practicing traditional modalities and energy work, which is helpful in my midwifery practice. I moved here from Lafayette, Louisiana and besides practicing midwifery in a wonderful setting, playing music is one of my other life’s pleasures!





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Announcements, Deadlines, News, and Resources for Midwives
Mon, 26 Sep 2016
An estimated 300,000 women worldwide die every year during pregnancy, childbirth, or soon after, and nearly 3 million infants die in the first month of life. Prioritizing research into midwifery — particularly on family planning, preterm births, and high-quality care — can help address these unacceptably high rates of death for newborn children and women giving birth, according to a study led by Dr. Holly Powell Kennedy, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, executive dean of the Yale School of Nursing and a past president of ACNM, and published in The Lancet Global Health.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016
After a hard fought battle with cancer, Nivia Nieves Fisch, CNM, FACNM, surrounded by her family, passed peacefully in Harlingen, Texas.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) applaud the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health for its approval of the “Improving Access to Maternity Care Act of 2015.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) today announced that Frank Purcell will become its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective October 17, 2016. Purcell joins ACNM from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) where he most recently served as the Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs. He also worked 11 years on Capitol Hill in the offices of 3 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016
A new article in the Huffington Post emphasizes easing restrictions on midwives to ease a sharply rising ob-gyn shortage across the United States.

 

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