As access to women’s health and maternity services declines, it’s time for action.

The power to improve health care for women and infants in Nebraska is in your hands. Take action now to expand the role of Certified Nurse Midwives.  

Nebraska Health Care Facts

  • 47% of Nebraska counties do not have an OB/GYN
  • 14% of Nebraska counties do not have a primary care physician
  • Nationally, only 11% of physicians choose to practice in rural areas
  • Ranked 22 in the nation for overall health care

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Testimonials

"One of the barriers to the Nurse Practitioner providing continuity of care involves NPs not being able to practice to the full extent to which we have been trained. Primary care MDs are in short supply in the county in which I live, and I have heard patients tell me that they have had to wait three months to see their Primary Care Provider."
- Jill Coots
"I have been seeing a nurse practitioner for over 10 years. She does my annual physicals and treats any illnesses that come up. I feel that the care I receive from her is much better than what I had before with a doctor in the same practice. She takes the time to talk and listen. The doctors were always so rushed I felt like I was pushed through the process. I highly recommend nurse practitioners."
- Barry Driver
"My family has been seeing our local nurse practitioner for over 20 years and I trust the care she is providing us"
- Mary Moeller, patient in rural Iowa

Together we can advance the state of women’s health care in Nebraska.

As Nebraska’s OB/GYN population continues to dwindle—especially in rural and underserved communities, women of all ages will experience tremendous gaps in care, including longer drives and waits for important services like prenatal visits, delivering babies and routine gynecological and women’s health care.

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are advanced practice registered nurses with the unique skills to  provide the quality care women and newborns need. In Nebraska, however, outdated state laws prevent CNMs from practicing to the full extent of their education and training. Lawmakers updated these state practice laws for CNMs in neighboring Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado.

Nebraska’s progressive health care history

Nebraska state senators have a history of supporting advanced practice registered nurses. In 2015, they extended full practice rights to Nurse Practitioners, allowing them to practice to the full extent of their education and training. Today, more Nebraskans have access to safe and quality health care because of it. We are now asking our state senators to extend these very same rights to CNMs, thereby assuring access to quality health care for women and newborns in our state.

 

What are Certified Nurse Midwives?

A vital part of our country’s health care system, Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are advanced practice registered nurses who specialize in childbirth and women’s reproductive health. CNMs have a master’s degree or higher, and hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience.

How are CNMs being held back?

To date, many states allow CNMs to practice to the full extent of their education and training. In Nebraska, CNMs are required by law to be supervised by a physician to perform these very same tasks.  

How can I help?

There are many ways to get involved. Contact your state senator, upload a testimonial or share the above video on social media. The sooner you get involved the sooner you can help make access to safe, quality women’s health care serves a reality for everyone in Nebraska.


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