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2013 Kitty Ernst Award recipient is Terrah Stroda - From ACNM News:

"Terrah Stroda, CNM, is the 2013 recipient of the Kitty Ernst Award. A 2003 graduate from the University of Kansas School of Nursing, Stroda is known for her passion and initiative to improve the lives of families in the rural areas she serves through midwifery-based care. She led a multi-disciplinary initiative, Delivering Change, to improve outcomes for mothers and babies in Geary County, Kansas. Stroda was awarded the Saving Babies award, the highest accolade given, by the Kansas March of Dimes last fall. In addition to teaching, Stroda has been involved with numerous educational committees.
The Kitty Ernst Award, affectionately known as the “Young Whippersnapper Award,” is named after the College’s fourth and youngest president, and one of its most dynamic living legends. The Kitty Ernst Award was established in 1998 to honor an ACNM member who has been certified for less than 10 years and has demonstrated innovative, creative endeavors in clinical practice, education, administration, or research relating to midwifery and women’s health."
Not only has she been involved in the above mentioned activities, but she also served the Kansas Chapter/Affilate of the ACNM for years. Thank you Terrah and congratulations on this prestigious award!

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the leading midwifery organization, welcomed new president Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, APRN, FACNM, yesterday during its closing business session at the 58th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Nashville. After serving 1 year as president-elect, Breedlove will serve a 3-year term as ACNM President.

Breedlove is a professor of graduate nursing at the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. She received her midwifery education from the Medical University of South Carolina and her PhD from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She co-founded the first free-standing birth center in Kansas and established the first nurse-midwifery practice in the greater Kansas City metro area. Breedlove also co-established and served as program director of the University of Kansas nurse-midwifery education program and has served as a volunteer leader of the Kansas March of Dimes, a charter member of the Kansas Maternal Child Health Coalition, and a consultant to AMOS Health and Hope in Managua, Nicaragua. She has served 2 previous terms on the ACNM Board of Directors as secretary.

Breedlove has been published in numerous scientific journals including the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, the Journal of Perinatal Education, and the Western Journal of Nursing Research. She co-authored The Community Based Doula: Supporting Families Before, During and After Birth and has been interviewed by Oprah and Prevention magazines.

As president, Breedlove will work with the Board of Directors to implement ACNM’s Future Focus strategic goals, further establishing midwives as leaders in maternity and women’s health services. “I am excited and humbled to assume this leadership role during such a dynamic time in the health care community,” said Breedlove. “Our strong ACNM staff, partnered with prepared volunteer leadership, will ensure that ACNM has a strong presence in order to expand our capacity with diverse partners at the national, regional, and state levels.”

“We want to continue the conversation with other health care providers to ensure that high-value primary and maternity care is afforded to all those in need,” added ACNM Chief Executive Officer Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE. “Through the Affordable Care Act, more people than ever will have and require access to primary care providers. Midwives are incredibly relevant and can be a vital part of the solution.”

  2013 Midwifery Week Celebration at New Birth Company in Overland Park, KS with Overland Park mayor and city council representative.
Left to right: Kendra Wyatt, Sharon Foster, Jim Kite (Mayor), Terry Happer Scheier (council member) and Cathy Gordon.

At the 2012 PAK conference, Ginger Breedlove, left, presented on "Case Presentation: Integrating the Community Based Doula in Rural Nicaragua." Terrah Stroda, center, and Lois Yoder presented on a panel "Bridging the Gap: Organizing Grass Roots Efforts that Make a Difference in Perinatal Health Issues Across the State of Kansas.