The Georgia Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives is our state’s professional organization for Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs). Founded as a state chapter of ACNM with national roots dating back to 1929, GA ACNM sets the standard for midwifery excellence in Georgia. Our members care for women throughout their lifetimes, from contraceptive needs through pregnancy and into menopause. Our affiliate also sponsors regular continuing education programs and works with state and national agencies to advance the well-being of women and their families through the practice of evidence-based midwifery care.
There are approximately 420 certified nurse-midwives living in the state of GA and approximately 189 nurse-midwifery practices scattered around the state. CNMs work in hospitals, birthing centers, university medical centers, private practice, health departments, and home birth practices. Georgia’ CNMs attended 20,062 births in 2012, or approximately 15.3% of the total babies born in the state during that year.
The GA Affiliate of the ACNM was incorporated in 2011. We strive to serve as a resource and advocate for our members across the state.
The Affiliate serves as a central point for public policy action to protect our role as health care providers for women and their families within Georgia. Affiliate meetings provide information on issues facing CNMs including hospital privileges, prescription writing, professional liability insurance, patient and midwifery rights.
Affiliate meetings allow for the exchange of opinions when decisions are made regarding the future of CNMs in our state. Meetings also provide a forum where the concerns of individual midwives might be discussed, and practices are promoted. We also welcome students to our Affiliate meetings who wish to learn more about nurse-midwives in the state of GA.
Georgia Affiliate officers receive information from the national ACNM organization about issues affecting CNMs as a whole and works to keep state midwives in the loop.
You automatically become a member of the GA ACNM affiliate once you pass your national certification exam and obtain membership in the American College of Nurse Midwives. What you will do with your membership is really up to you! There are many opportunities to get involved by attending affiliate meetings, serving on affiliate committees, and working on affiliate projects with various state agencies. We also have social meetings on a regular schedule, where midwives can meet others from around the state.
Eileen Thrower has been a nurse-midwife in clinical practice in Georgia since graduating from the midwifery program at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in 1991. She is currently working on her dissertation, conducting oral histories of Georgia’s pioneer nurse-midwives, at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. Her research interests include the history of nursing and nurse-midwifery, as well as assessment of the quality of midwifery care. She has practiced full scope midwifery at some sites around Georgia for the past 25 years, currently working full-time at South Cobb Ob/Gyn in Austell. Eileen is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, the American Association for the History of Nursing, and the Oral History Association.
Eileen and her husband have a large family which includes nine adult children and four grandchildren. When she isn’t working, she enjoys camping, water skiing, crocheting, and spending time with her family.
Alexis “Lexi” Dunn completed her midwifery education at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Before becoming a midwife, she worked several years as a labor and delivery nurse in various places around the U.S. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in nursing at Emory University, with a research focus on identifying biobehavioral risk factors for inflammation and poor birth outcomes in high-risk populations. In addition to research, she practices full-scope midwifery at Northside Women’s Specialists in Atlanta and also works periodically as a clinical instructor at Emory. In addition to her membership with ACNM, Lexi is a current member of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, and Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. Lexi is also the current Vice President of the GA affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives, through which she collaborates with other midwives in the state to promote activities to improve the care of women and families.
She has been happily married to her husband Chris for eight wonderful years, and they have one beautiful daughter, Aubreigh. She loves to work out, read, and spend time in spiritual/religious studies and meditation. She loves being a midwife and looks forward to sharing in your special delivery!
Jessica graduated with a master’s degree in nursing and midwifery in 2010 from the University of Utah. She lived in Montana where she worked as certified nurse midwife and taught undergraduate nursing. Jessica was an active member with ACNM and served the Montana Affiliate Vice President and President. Since moving to Georgia (January 2014) she has been an active member of the local ACNM chapter and has assisted in planning meetings and organizing legislative activities for the affiliate. She is excited to be in Georgia and plans to work towards increasing visibility of nurse midwives and reducing the barriers to practice for midwives.
Kaprice Welsh, Treasurer (2016-2018)
Kaprice Simone Welsh has been in women’s health for over 20 years. She attended Syracuse University for her BSN in Nursing. She then obtained her certificate in Midwifery and a Masters of Public Health at Columbia University. She started her career at New York Presbyterian Hospital where she worked for over 11 years. In 2000, she joined a High-Risk Perinatology practice, in Stamford Connecticut as a CNM. Also, she worked as a CNM at one of New York’s first birthing centers, Morris Heights Birthing Center in the Bronx. Since coming to Atlanta in 2004, she has worked at Northside Hospital (NSH) as an RN and CNM with a busy OB practice. In 2009, she joined the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) as the Perinatal Nurse Manager, managing programs to improve infant mortality statewide. In 2010, she was promoted to the Division of Medicaid as the Director of Women’s Services, in the Performance Quality and Outcomes unit. In 2011to the present she has been serving as the Clinical Liaison with the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society providing outreach education and support to OBGyn’s statewide. In 2012, she joined Georgia State University as clinical faculty for their BSN nursing program. “I am dedicated and committed to working with stakeholders and community partners to improving birth outcomes for mothers and their babies. I am happy to be able to do this work by engaging, collaborating with and supporting those that share in this vision. I serve on numerous committees’ with community partners and stakeholders throughout the state (e.g. MOD, United Way, CMO’s, GHA) as we strive to make this vision a reality.”
Stephanie Bonhaus, Nominating Committee
Desiree Clement, Nominating Committee
Sarah Edwards, Nominating Committee
Joyce King, Nominating Committee
Katie Woeber, Nominating Committee
Nicole Carlson, Nominating Committee