NEW CPD/MEMBER BENEFIT PARTNERSHIP – Australasian Sleep Association

Earlier this year the Australasian Sleep Association reached out as they wanted to share their passion for all things sleep with midwives.  The recognise the valuable role that midwives have in supporting women during pregnancy and as they transition to parenthood.  They want to ensure that everyone – women, families and midwives – not only get enough sleep but also understand why sleep is fundamental to good health. 

We are delighted that the Australasian Sleep Association have chosen to partner with us so that we can bring you the latest evidence and best practice to complement the care and information you provide to women and their families. 

To kick start our partnership we have a quick survey to find out what you want to know about sleep.  It will take about 2 minutes to complete and we will use the answers to inform the development of resources targeted to address what you want to learn more about. 

Why we think this partnership is important and relevant to midwives 

In the last 10 years, a vast body of literature has emerged on the importance of sleep in pregnancy. Sleep disorders have now been linked to poor maternal and fetal outcomes such as gestational hypertension/pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and low birth weight babies. Sleep disturbances such as insomnia contribute to mental health issues for women and their partners during this period. However, it can be difficult to separate normal changes in sleep associated with the physiological changes of pregnancy from significant disorders of sleep, especially when the prevailing view is that sleep disturbances during pregnancy are normal.  

Better sleep = increased health during pregnancy and early parenting = healthier and happier women, babies and families 

What this partnership offers 

Together we will create resources and materials that will support midwives’ practice, by increasing awareness and understanding of sleep and sleep related issues and concerns. 

ACM members will be able to access the resources for free or at a discounted rate. 

More about the Australasian Sleep Association 

ASA has a vision to see a national community with healthy sleep practices, supported by best-practice sleep science and sleep medicine.  They aim to get there by leading and promoting sleep health and sleep science and providing professional development for health professionals. 

You can access more details on the ASA website. 

Additional information

The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is the peak professional body for midwives in Australia who are registered with, and regulated by, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). ACM’s position is that women have access to midwifery care during pregnancy, birth and postnatally. We exist to ensure midwives are strong and confident practitioners who can work to their full scope of practice.