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Anne Corrinet, a nurse midwife, inducted as fellow in American College of Nurse-Midwives

July 27, 2015
Anne Corrinet

Anne Corrinet, a nurse midwife at Baystate Medical Practices – Pioneer Women’ Health, was recently inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) at their annual meeting in National harbor, Maryland. Fellowship in the ACNM is an honor bestowed upon midwives who demonstrate leadership, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship and professional achievement.

About Corrinet

A graduate of the University of Vermont, Burlington, with a BS in Nursing, Corrinet completed her MS in Maternal-Child Health Nursing at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She received her certificate in Nurse-Midwifery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi.

Corrinet has been practicing as a nurse midwife since 1981, when she practiced at Greenfield OB/GYN Associates, and has been on staff at Baystate Franklin Medical Center since then. She joined Pioneer Women’s Health in 2009.

Leadership on a national, regional and local level was part of the criteria earning the fellowship honor for Corrinet. During her 43 years as a certified nurse midwife, Corrinet has been an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, serving on their Board of Directors, Clinical Practice Committee, and Education Committee. She was part of a team developing three sets of guidelines for alternative birth sites: Establishing a Home Birth Practice, Establishing an Alternative Birth Center (out-of-hospital) and Establishing a Hospital Birth Room. She also helped develop Guidelines for Experimental Education Programs.

Making progress

Locally, Corrinet founded the first nurse-midwifery private practice in Western Massachusetts (1981) and co-developed the first in-hospital birth center in Western Massachusetts (1985). She also co-wrote legislation legalizing CNM practice in Massachusetts.

“I am constantly impressed with how much progress we have made as certified nurse midwives over my years in practice,” Corrinet commented. “When I first joined ACNM, there were, tops, about 150 members in the association; now there are over 4,000.”

That progress includes obtaining hospital privileges, being authorized to write prescriptions, and, overall, being accepted as colleagues by the American College of OB-GYNs.

At Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Pioneer Women’s Heath certified nurse midwives are doing most of the deliveries.

Presently, there are six CNMs on staff – “quite a change from when I first started and was one of two nurse midwives practicing here,” said Corrinet. “Our physicians step in only if there is a complication during labor and delivery,” Corrinet explained. She continued, “The progress in our field will continue, as mid-level clinicians become the norm in the practice of medicine.”