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South Carolina Recognizes Black Maternal Health Week
April 11-17, 2023
The South Carolina Affiliate of ACNM recognizes Black Maternal Health Week. Black Maternal Health Week was founded and is led by Black Mamas Matter Alliance and its purpose is to bring attention, focus, activism, and community building on issues concerning Black maternal health. Black Mamas Matter is an organization supported by the SC Affiliate of ACNM.
The theme for 2023’s Black Maternal Health Week is “Our Bodies Are Our Own: Restoring Black Autonomy and Joy.“ The focus is helping Black women reclaim autonomy over their own body and finding the joy of pregnancy.
On April 12, in conjunction with Black maternal Health Week, SC DHEC released its annual report on the status of maternal and infant mortality in South Carolina. Sadly, these data show alarming increases in both maternal and infant mortality in our state. Rates of infant mortality increased by 12% from 2020 to 2021 and have grown by almost 40% since 2017 for infants born to non-Hispanic Black mothers.
Black mothers experienced a 67% higher ration of pregnancy-related mortality than White mothers in both 2018 and 2019. Black women are experiencing very poor states of health all over SC, especially in rural areas lacking prenatal and primary care.
SC IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF NURSE-MIDWIVES!!
Contact your state representatives and ask for their support for our bill for autonomous midwifery practice in South Carolina:
SUPPORT Senate Bill 553 NOW
We thank SC Representative Garvin from Lexington County for introducing a House Resolution which led to the adoption of a recognition for Black Maternal Health Week.
Please contact Sharon Bond, CNM for further information:
The Fellowship in the American College of Nurse-Midwives (FACNM) is an honor bestowed upon those midwives whose demonstrated leadership within ACNM, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship, and professional achievement have merited special recognition both within and outside of the midwifery profession. FACNM represents the commitment of the ACNM to honor our own. In light of the vast wealth of expertise and collective wisdom represented within the body of Fellows, its mission is to serve the ACNM in a consultative and advisory capacity. The ACNM Fellowship program was established in 1994.
Rhonda Renee Johnson, CNM, DNP, APRN, CNE
- Began two free-standing birth centers and homebirth practices in Connecticut. Incorporated out-of-hospital birth philosophy and practices into the hospital setting.
- Member, ACNM Midwifery Bullying Taskforce. Secretary, ACNM South Carolina Affiliate. CABC and ACME Site Visitor.
- Applied for a grant to start a nurse-midwifery education program in South Carolina. Birthplace Choice Advocate.
- First nurse-midwife to obtain privileges at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick MD in 1984. Started two full-scope nurse-midwifery services.
- Started a free-standing birth center, Frederick Midwifery Center in Frederick, MD/.
- Nurse-midwifery Program Director (2005-2007) and faculty (1994-2004) in the nurse-midwifery education program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD.
Advanced Practice Committee of SC Board for Nursing
Opening for a CNM on the APRN Board. Email Linda George at [email protected] if you are interested.
The Advanced Practice Committee (APC) is a standing committee appointed by the South Carolina Board of Nursing, established to review current advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) and to advise the Board and nursing community on the safe and competent practice of APRNs.
The APC also assists the Nurse Consultant for Practice with questions related to advanced practice and serves as a resource regarding scope of practice, practice guidelines, trends in advanced practice and related issues.
75% of the members of the APC must hold at least a masters degree in nursing.
Two Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
One Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
One Adult Nurse Practitioner
Two Family Nurse Practitioners
One Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
One Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
One Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
One Medical/Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist
Two Certified Nurse Midwives
One Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Educator
Three Ex-Officio (Non-Voting) Members
Ex-officio membership will include one member from the State Board of Nursing, one member from the Nursing Practice and Standards Committee and the Nurse Consultant for Practice.
All meetings occur between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. in Room 202-02 of the Kingstree Building at 110 Centerview Drive, Columbia, SC 29210.