• Chris Raines

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Waking up this morning to find that the Facebook page for the Australian Endorsed Midwife Conference has managed to gain 200 followers was fantastic, and there is certainly some interest in the event.

When the idea for a conference for Endorsed Midwives came about, it was in response to a need which was not being met. Although, according to the NMBA, there are 672 Endorsed Midwives and one Midwife Practitioner in Australia, all of these people are scattered across the country with only a few informal online networks to connect to each other. There has been no national forum to meet and discuss ways to help each other, to share information to benefit the women in our care or to encourage the progression of midwifery towards a fully autonomous field of specialist health care providers.

And so, the idea for the Australian Endorsed Midwife Conference was formed and, with a Facebook following of 200 people and registrations for the conference trickling in, we now have an opportunity to, not only avail ourselves of the ongoing education we need to maintain our registration, but also to support and nurture each other, as well as the midwifery profession, into the future we know it can have.

Although the conference is the Australian Endorsed Midwife Conference, Registered Midwives are very welcome to come along too, to hear from some excellent presenters, to acquire some CPD and to explore the future career options as an Endorsed Midwife.

With, 28,362 dual registration midwives and 6469 direct entry midwives in Australia, the midwifery profession has the capability of having a great deal of influence across the birthing landscape. We already know that continuity of care with a provider of choice, is the gold standard in what women should expect from maternity care, and this is precisely the role we should be filling; especially those of us who are Endorsed Midwives.

So please share the event, the website and the Facebook page with your friends and colleagues. Let’s invite all of the midwives in Australia along with us for this journey as we work towards growing ourselves, our networks and our profession at the Australian Endorsed Midwife Conference this June.

And if someone could explain to me how you can become a Midwife Practitioner in Australia me, I would be very interested to hear about it.

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