My email inbox regularly is a hot mess of information from listservs. Often, each email newsletter or forum contains information that I hope I have enough time to read, but sometimes sits unread for a little while. And, on quiet clinic days or hospital shifts, eventually I do get to those emails and am glad I have subscribed and saved them for later reading. They are reminders of clinical tools, literature reviews, and discussions among providers. Which are some of my favorites right now?
Association of Reproductive Healthcare Professionals (ARHP) Contraceptive Pearls: And, really, anything from ARHP. “Contraceptive Pearls are a monthly email publication that highlights a clinical best practice designed to improve or expand access to contraception.” And index of all past “pearls” are located here. Oftentimes the Pearls include free Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. Scanning the list of past topics, I’m drawn to “IUDs for Teens,” “The Myth of the Required Pelvic Exam,” and “Do you QuickStart?” Sign up for Contraceptive Pearls here, just above where it says “Past Contraceptive Pearls.” For other awesome ARHP resources, check out their website.
Childbirth Connection: This newsletter has the most up-to-date information on work in maternity care, advocacy, and politics. Their Transforming Maternity Care Partnership is hard at-work on a 2020 vision for better maternity care – really awesome work. More about them: “Childbirth Connection is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association. Our mission is to improve the quality and value of maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation. Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.” Sign up for their newsletter here, on the right side under the logo.
- Two eMidwife discussion groups: (1) International, which focuses on global midwifery topics, and (2) homebirth, which discusses homebirth practice questions and advocacy work.
- Quick E-News: Monthly membership e-newsletter discussing topics in midwifery and women’s health, recent research, and political work.
Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD): This week’s newsletter is posted here. AMDD is an awesome program out of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Population and Family Health. The newsletter is a weekly literature review of publications and information that aligns with their mission. Their mission: “Recognizing that maternal health is a basic human right, AMDD works with partners worldwide to stimulate new thinking and generate evidence-based solutions to improve maternal and newborn survival. AMDD supports action and intervention to strengthen overall health systems so that whenever and wherever emergencies happen – from home to hospital – lives will be saved by effective and timely response.” Wicked cool, eh? Sign up for the AMDD newsletter here, bottom right of the page.
- Global Alliance of Nursing and Midwifery (GANM): Internationally-based nurses and midwives speaking about research, clinical practice, and advocacy. The website asks: “Are you working with countries engaged in planning and implementing programmes to improve health? Are you concerned about how we can improve the quality of health care through effective professional development in nursing and midwifery?” and invites you to register and join the listserv here, with registration and newsletter sign-up on the right side of the page.
- Interagency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health (RH) in Crises: “This forum is available for IAWG members to exchange information, identify challenges, gain from the experience of others, build partnerships, and collectively work toward the institutionalization of reproductive health care for refugees and the internally displaced. The community is also a space for the IAWG working groups to work together and communicate.” This forum speaks directly to issues related to women’s health in crises, and has a lot of great information that comes around. Sign up for this specific Knowledge Gateway group here.
Partners in Health (PIH) Global Nursing Reader: “The PIH Global Nursing Reader is a new publication of PIH’s Global Nursing Program. The Reader is a bimonthly summary of key articles, resources and news briefs that highlight global nursing and midwifery, social justice and human rights. It highlights areas where PIH works and issues on which PIH focuses. The Reader also includes information provided by international health organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses. This Reader is by no means a comprehensive resource, but rather a means to explore the roles and contributions of nurses and midwives in global health around the world. If you are interested in receiving future issues of the Global Nursing Reader, please email Maggie Sabey, a PIH Global Nursing Program intern (email@example.com) to formally add yourself to the mailing list.”
Feminist Midwife: My marketing-minded partner would tsk-tsk me if I did not self-advertise a little bit! Did you know you can subscribe to email alerts to Feminist Midwife, and you will receive a notification with each new post I put up? Check it out to the right side menu. Same with pressing “Like” on the Feminist Midwife facebook page – all posts will show up in your newsfeed. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!