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Image 18 of Frontier Nursing Service, Vol. 81, No. 1, Summer/September 2005

Part of Frontier Nursing Service Quarterly Bulletins

I6 FRONTIER NURSING SERVICE Staff and alumni, and distinguished guests, I am privileged to serye as the current President ofthe ACNM Certification Council, ACC, it soon to become the American Midwifery Certification Board. In 2002, ACC awarded the 10,001* nurse-midwifery/midwifery cer- tification. At that time, the ACC Board of Directors decided to , hold out certificate number 10,000 to award ceremoniously at the l time of the 50* Anniversary of the American College of Nurse- I Midwives. The decision ofwho should receive the 10,000*** certificate num- ber was an easy one for the ACC Board to make. I distinctly . remember that board meeting when the decision was made. As the Board President, I asked the question "Who should receive the 10,000*** certificate or how should we go about choosing the individual?" There was a momentary pause and then, almost si- multaneously several of the CNM members of the Board said I "Mary Breckinridge" with immediate enthusiastic affirmation by the other members of the Board. Our decision was made in a matter of minutes. My own story illustrates the ongoing effect that Mary Breckinridge _ has on both the care of underserved women and their families and I the profession of midwifery. I read "Wide Neighborhoods" in 1975 as a graduate student in a maternal-child health nursing masters I program that had a major emphasis on community-based care and outreach. I was deeply affected by the account of Mrs. Breckinridges work to improve the health and well being of underserved women and their families through community-based midwifery care, by her personal story of loss, and by her resolu- tion to serve. I was a young mother myself at the time and re- member distinctly saying in jest, but at the same time with a deep- A seated longing, to my dear husband that he could have the three kids, the dog and the house, I was going to KY to become a nurse- midwife. Thankfully, a number of years later after I eamed my doctoral degree, I was finally able to fulfill that dream (without abandoning my own children and husband) by becoming a nurse-

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