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 lift restrictions on 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 area

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Testimonials from Across the Country

"I no longer fear for the viability of my practice and my clinic now that my license is not dependent on the licensure of a physician."
- Susan Rooks, Certified Nurse Midwife
"As a primary care nurse practitioner, education is crucial to getting patients to achieve positive health outcomes. One of the many strengths nurse practitioners have is their ability to see the patient's current health condition in a holistic manner. The right scripts and referrals can be written all day long, but if the patient is not properly educated, and their specific social needs are not considered, the whole plan may fail."
- Jill Coots
"I worked in the state of Ohio leading a diabetes and pregnancy program as an APRN, board certified CNS improving maternal fetal outcomes for 10 years. I had prescriptive authority, a DEA number, and billed for services. I am now working in North Carolina and unable to access any of the above."
- Nancy Lintner

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

As Nebraska’s need for maternal health care continues to grow—especially in rural and underserved communities, women of all ages will experience 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, current state laws prevent CNMs from practicing to the full extent of their education and training by requiring a specific practice agreement with supervision by a physician. Laws for CNMs in neighboring Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado allow CNMs to practice through collaboration with physicians rather than through a contractual practice agreement.

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 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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