Midwest Access Project  envisions a society in which every person has access to comprehensive, high quality, patient-centered sexual and reproductive health care in their community.
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Over 1/3 of all ob-gyn training programs do not offer routine abortion training.

Fewer than 10% of family medicine residency programs offer routine training in first trimester abortion.

A 2015 review found that more than 40% of ob/gyn and family medicine residencies in Illinois were housed in religiously restrictive hospitals.

A May 2018 study found that the Midwest had the fewest number of abortion clinics based on the population of women of childbearing age.

What good is the legal right to abortion care without access to trained providers?

Putting professionally trained reproductive healthcare providers on the MAP since 2007.

Our mission is to improve access to comprehensive reproductive health care by training providers in abortion, miscarriage care, contraception, and pregnancy options counseling.

Rooted in the Midwest, MAP’s innovative training model fills gaps nationwide in medical education and clinical training.

 

My training with Midwest Access Project solidified my decision to become an abortion provider—and a reproductive justice champion. If it wasn’t for the training and the connections I made as a result, I never would have become so involved.

 

-MAP clinical training alum

In the Media

  • MAP staff shine a light on national gaps in availability of clinical training.  The Public Magazine talked to MAP staff to learn more about gaps in clinical training, how we’re working to fill those gaps, and what readers can do to help. Read the full article.
  • MAP is making impactful connections. It didn’t make sense to a midwest physician that half of the population got saddled with birth control, while the other half didn’t have to worry. So she reached out to Midwest Access Project, who put her in touch with Dr. Guarín, who traveled to Missouri to train her. Since then, Planned Parenthood has vastly expanded its capacity to offer the procedure. Read the story.
  • After the Dobbs decision, some US medical students head abroad for abortion training. STAT+  takes a closer look at the impact of overturning Roe v Wade on medical education in abortion. Experts warn rates of maternal mortality are going to rise as more doctors are under-trained in reproductive health.  Read the story.
  • Illinois abortion providers including MAP clinical training partners Hope Clinic, Carafem, and Planned Parenthood IL discuss their preparations for an enormous spike in demand for care from around the region. Read the New York Times feature article.
  • MAP training alum talks with TIME Magazine about the impact on patients seeking abortion care after abortion training is even less accessible. And MAP co-founder and board member Dr. Debra Stulberg shares more about those seeking out clinical training from MAP. Read the story.
  • MAP Alum Dr. Alison Case is featured in a Ms. Magazine series on telemedicine abortion providers around the country, where she discusses limited access to abortion care and clinical training.  Dr. Case also spoke to the media at an Indiana protest following the leaked draft opinion overruling Roe v Wade.  “People should not feel like they can’t get services,” Case said.
  • Becoming an abortion provider is filled with barriers, too.  Physicians, students and residents speak out about the barriers they overcame to get trained in abortion care.  Read More.
  • Why are so many medical students using papayas to get trained in abortion care? Students around the country share the barriers they faced trying to get abortion training. Read more about the extraordinary work to bring training to them. Read More.

Community Events

  • Introduction to No-Scalpel Vasectomy Workshop, Thursday November 9th, 6-7:30 pm CST.

    The online interactive workshop Introduction to No-Scalpel Vasectomy will provide an overview of patient screening, counseling, preparation for vasectomy, procedure techniques, and post-operative care. The workshop will include a hands-on simulation activity and each participant will receive a vasectomy kit in advance via mail. Join this interactive online workshop virtually, facilitated by Dr. Grace Shih. This workshop is open to the providers, medical students, Nurse Practitioners, and Midwives. Workshop participation will be limited to the first 30 registrants. Learn more here.

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