The maternity care workforce is faced with a shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists and both certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives. At the same time, the number of babies born in the United States is projected to increase dramatically over the next ten years. This situation coupled with increasing health challenges for women including a rising maternal mortality rate is an extremely precarious situation for women in the United States today. This session will outline some strategies that can improve this situation.
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Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN – President of Frontier Nursing University
Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM has been working in field of reproductive health care for women for over 30 years. She is an early graduate of Frontier Nursing University’s (FNU) distance education midwifery program and practiced full scope midwifery care for several years. Believing that having more nurse-midwives would ultimately serve the goal of improved health care outcomes for women, she shifted her focus to the education of nurse-midwives. She has served as President of FNU for the last 16 years. During this time the University has grown from 200 students to the current enrollment of over 1700 students. Dr. Stone continues in the role of FNU President with a goal of improving health care for families through increasing the number of well-prepared nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners.
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