The nurse-midwifery program at the University of Washington is currently slated to be cut. I am shocked that in this day and age universities would be cutting, instead of expanding, nurse-midwifery programs. With our entire health system increasingly depending on mid-level providers, and with the excellent outcomes of nurse-midwives in caring for low-risk women, it seems like a bizarre decision. According the the ACNM website, this is one of only two midwifery education programs in Washington state.
If you would like to support the program you can sign a petition urging the University and the state government to reconsider their decision (you don't need to be a local).