Register for the CNMA Annual Meeting

LAO Report and SB 1237

How you can continue to support SB1237 from home

CNMA welcomes our new RJ/AR Committee Chair and Co-Chair

California Health Care Foundation: Health Care Leadership Program

Educational Opportunities

Legislation to Watch For

A Message of Encouragement

Questions? News? Want to get involved?


Register for the CNMA Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting with be held August 28-30, 2020

Early Birth Registration is OPEN

Hayes Mansion

San Jose, CA

Early Bird Pricing: $250

Tickets to Saturday CNMA Fundraiser: $75

Sunday Brunch: $45

All birth workers are invited to participate. Please reserve your room through Hayes Mansion. They are giving the board, and you the attendees a deal on room rates. Room Reservations: good through 7/30/2020

Will be offering two days of content, topics include:

Transgender healthcare continued

Medication Abortion Management updates

PreP/PEP evaluation and management

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Evaluation of Induction Methods and the ARRIVE trial

Sunday 8/30/2020: Me and White Supremacy kick off breakfast. $45, includes breakfast and the workbook and 6 weeks of a closed online group with guidance that will allow us to explore the ways our own biases perpetuate White Supremacy in our own lives, practices and the larger communities we live and work in.

Please email if you have information you'd like to present, skills workshop you'd like to run or are considered an expert on any of the following topics:

Reproductive endocrinology

Abnormal Uterine bleeding


PCOS management

Thank you and we look forward to serving our midwifery community with an exciting and informational annual meeting!

Jillian Cauley, CNM


LAO Report and SB 1237:

You have probably seen the recently released Legislative Analyst Report on removal of supervision for nurse-midwives in CA. While we do not 100% agree with all of the recommendations made at the end of the report, it is overall a positive assessment and any legislation regarding this topic will rely on the powerful findings of this report, which make a strong case for why physician supervision is unnecessary. We hope this will be a powerful foundation for legislative discourse about SB 1237. If you don’t have time to do a deep dive, at least look at the Executive Summary, Recommendations and Conclusion.

In terms of SB 1237, the Justice and Equity in Maternity Care Act, the future of the legislature is unknown at this time. However, it is hoped that there will be at least a smaller legislative package this year. CNMA is very grateful that Senator Dodd is committed to moving our bill forward and prioritizing this issue.


How you can continue to support SB1237 (Justice & Equity in Maternity Care Act) from home

As you may already know, the California Legislature is in recess until at least April 13th. SB 1237, the Justice and Equity in Maternity Care Act, was originally set to be heard in the Senate B&P Committee on March 30, but that has now been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis and recess of the Legislature. We recognize that during these unprecedented times it can be challenging to find bandwidth for any extra tasks in your life. While we are not doing in person visits or gatherings to push forward our bill to remove physician supervision, the bill author’s office, our lobbyists and health policy team are working hard to continue to educate our legislators about the importance of supervision removal. If you have the time, please ask your friends and colleagues to send a letter to the Senate Business & Professions Committee in support of our bill. The links to the template letters are below, and include a template “outreach email,” letters for your MD colleagues, supportive organizations, fellow CNMs, and RNs or others individuals. Also included are fact sheets to help supporters better understand the bill. You can also find all of these letters and fact sheets on the CNMA website at: Once the legislature is back in session, things will begin moving quickly once again, so we ask that you send these letters of support as soon as you have a spare moment.







CNMAs welcomes our new RJ/AR Committee Chair and Co-Chair

CNMA is thrilled to announce the Reproductive Justice Anti-Racism Committee has chosen their new Chair and Co-Chair.

The chair holds a voting position on the CNMA board of directors. Both members will attend meetings with the Board of Directors to support CNMA in our aim to address structural racism within CNMA and develop and support opportunities to redress the harm caused by racism within midwifery and our larger community. You can see the current bylaws for the RJ/AR group here.

Please join us in welcoming Jyesha Wren and Ana Delgdo in their new roles at chair and vice-chair of the committee.

Jyesha provides full scope midwifery care at Highland Hospital in Oakland California where she is working, in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team, to develop a new program called BElovedBIRTH Black Centering: Group Perinatal Care by, for, and with Black People. She has written extensively on anti-racism and racism-based disparities. Check out her bio here to learn more.

Ana provides full scope midwifery care at Zuckerbug San Francisco General Hospital where she is the Assistant Director of Inpatient Obstetrics and the Co-Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the UCSF ZSFG OBGYN division, where she is also Clinical Professor. Check out her bio here to learn more.

As a reminder CNMA is offering free membership to Midwives of Color

Participation by midwives of color (MOC) in CNMA is vital to the progress of midwifery in California and demands our urgent support. As a small gesture to encourage more MOC to join CNMA, CNMA is waiving the $200 California affiliate fee for new California members who identify as MOC and join ACNM & CNMA. CNMA asked ACNM to also support more participation of MOC at the national level via similar financial incentives and they have announced they will be offering scholarships for MOC in joining ACNM. So while new MOC members will still be responsible for a portion of the ACNM national membership fee under this

initiative, the California affiliate will waive the entire affiliate fee. This offer will be in effect for all of 2020 and may be extended pending funding. Of note, this offer applies to all MOC newly signing up, so even if you have been a member in the past but you