The President's Place
Notes from Kathy Puls, President
Where did 2019 go? I remember being elected president and thinking there is so much potential here in Arizona. We maybe small, but we are mighty! Here are a few thoughts regarding what the Board and Affiliate did in 2019.
The Az. Affiliate Board includes President - Kathy Puls who retired to Tucson ten years ago after 40+ years in public group and private solo practices in the Chicago area. Vice President - Donna Barisich, from Litchfield Park, is part of the FNU faculty, and spends approx. a week to two weeks every month in Hyden, Kentucky. Maria Lennon - Secretary who lives in Anthem and works part time in Tuba City. Maria is also the former president of the North Carolina ACNM Affiliate.. Reggie Jackson - treasurer who lives in Scottsdale and works at PIMC. Rosemary Bolza - member at large, lives in Tucson, is retired from Fort Defiance and is enjoying her grandchildren, Anna Hanson - member at large, works in Scottsdale with a group of physicians. Jennifer Nash - member at large lives in Flagstaff and works at Tuba City. Jen is also working on her DNP. Janice Bovée is chair of the Legislation Committee and our liaison to the Az. Nurses Association since the is on their Board of Directors. Janice is in full time clinical practice which includes precepting midwifery students. This group of CNMs are enthusiastic and energetic, motivated to make midwifery more visible and accessible. The Board has met approximately every other month this year, either in person or utilizing ZOOM.
The Affiliate has hosted several Spinning Babies events both Basic and Advanced or Integrated workshops, one on Sept.14th and 15th, 2019, and another on January 18th and 19th, 2020. There is another Spinning Babies event with both types of workshops scheduled for November 14th and 15th, 2020.
The Annual Affiliate Conference (Winter Summit) and Annual meeting were held Feb. 23rd, 2019. The Summit, under the leadership of Donna Barisich, Michelle Davis, Ramona Joseph, Kathy Puls, and Janice Bovee, focused on Perinatal Mental Health issues and was well received. The dinner and annual meeting were well attended and offered an opportunity for networking and good food.
Four of the Board members attended the May ACNM Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland and three took advantage of the workshop offered for Affiliate officers. Educational offerings, business meetings and social opportunities facilitated and motivated increased involvement with ACNM and the affiliate volunteer structure. Support from and contact with staff in the ACNM headquarters and with the Affiliate Development Committee has assisted the Board greatly in organizing ourselves and energizing the Affiliate.
We have strived to improve communication within the Affiliate. Mallorie Resendez Bassetti serves as our website (aznursemidwives.org) guru and has made improvements to the site, so it is more user friendly and informative. Midwife of the Month and Ask the Midwife columns/page were added or revised. Michelle Davis keeps our Facebook page and Instagram sites up to date. Increased utilization of ACNM CONNECT, Az Affiliate Community page has also facilitated communications and involvement.
The late summer Affiliate meeting was held in conjunction with the Arizona Perinatal Trust conference at the Flagstaff Birth Center on August 9th, 2019. The event provided an opportunity to tour the Birth Center, meet the staff, network and relax over food and a glass of wine.
The fall Affiliate meeting was held October 19th with Anna Hanson, CNM presenting Bullying in Midwifery. It was the first attempt at presenting an Affiliate meeting both in person and utilizing ZOOM. The plan is to utilize ZOOM for future Affiliate meetings. Hopefully, we will get the “bugs” worked out when slides are involved. Thank you to Anna and participants for their patience.
The Az. Affiliate has had booths/tables at several organizational meetings this year: Arizona Perinatal Trust meeting in Flagstaff last August, Arizona Nurses’ Association Centennial Meeting and Celebration in Phoenix last September, Spinning Babies Workshops in October,
And most recently, First Things First Community Resource Day January, 2020.
This year, Amy Lebbon and Michelle Davis received Az. Affiliate Scholarships to attend Midwifery Works, 2019. Both felt it was an excellent learning experience and found the business orientation to midwifery practice very useful.
In Feb. of 2019 there were 123 members in the Az. Affiliate, and in January, 2020 there are 154 members. We are growing but slowly, please encourage students, new nurse midwives and mature nurse midwives to continue or become involved with ACNM and the Arizona Affiliate.