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The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is trying a new approach to raise awareness and its profile: postage stamps. The ACNM has teamed up with Stamps.com to offer a limited edition set of stamps with various images—photos of newborns, a pregnant belly, a mom and baby or an artistic message with the ACNM web site.
The group developed these stamps with the approval of the U.S. Postal Service as part of its growing public education efforts. The cost of one sheet is about twice the cost of the postage, but the proceeds will help fund the ACNM and its foundation's Public Education Project. The ACNM is also running a contest for new artwork that will be featured in a second set of stamps to be unveiled in the summer 2009.
Studies have shown that using a properly trained, licensed midwife rather than an obstetrician can increase your chances of having an unmedicated delivery by as much as 95 percent. The extra attention from a midwife pays off in less anxiety for moms-to-be. In 2005, certified nurse-midwives attended 10.6 percent of the vaginal births in the U.S., the National Center for Health Statistics.
Increasing numbers of women are opting not to have an OB deliver their baby. Check out our Midwives Go Mainstream story for more insight into this option. Also, click over to our A Better Birth feature to learn how to map out your birthing plan and have it your way.
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.