Diane J. Angelini, EdD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, director of the Midwifery Program at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, recently earned an honorable mention award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American College of Nurse-Midwives for a paper she wrote on the history of the program at the hospital.
The two organizations sponsored the initiative, “Successful Models of Collaborative Practice in Maternity Care” and sought submissions from across the country. More than 60 manuscripts were submitted, and the winning papers are being printed in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ 2011 Issue of the Year.
Angelini, who is also a clinical professor of midwifery with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, co-wrote a paper entitled “Midwifery and Obstetrics: Twenty Years of a Successful and Collaborative Academic Practice Model in Medical Education.” Other authors included Barbara O’Brien, MD, and Donald Coustan, MD, of Women & Infants’ Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; and Janet Singer, MSN, CNM, a senior clinical teaching associate at Brown.
“(This award) recognizes your innovative and long-standing collaborative residency education model,” the award letter stated. “Your dedication to women’s health is an inspiration to all of us.”
“It is rewarding to receive such national attention for the fabulous efforts in midwifery here in Rhode Island,” Angelini said. “This underscores the important role we play in supporting the educational missions of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital.”
The Nurse Midwifery Program was launched in 1990 at Women & Infants, when such academic programs were relatively rare across the country. In the past 20 years, the number of programs has tripled. Nurse midwives teach medical students and obstetric residents about obstetric triage and low-risk labor and delivery. Most do the majority of their normal deliveries with a midwife as their teacher. The department also augments the clinical services provided by obstetric residents in labor and delivery, operating room and obstetric triage.
“We are recognized nationally as a model for midwives as educators of medical students and residents,” Angelini said with pride.