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.
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.
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.”