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California Nurse Midwifery Association February 2021 | Newsletter

Updated: Feb 24, 2021

https://www.cnma.org/news/categories/newsletter

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Black History Month

CNMA Webinar

CNMA Midwife Survey

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine for Midwives Working in Community-Based Birth

Find a Vaccine for Yourself or for a Loved One

Updates on Medi-Cal Rx

Spotlight on Anti-Racism

Education, Trainings, and Webinars

Preterm Labor Management During a Public Health Crisis

Perinatal Psychiatry CME Series, Session 2: Depression

Caring for the Sexually Assaulted Patient when there is No SANE in Sight: A training for all healthcare providers

Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

Sister Song

ACNM Foundation

Events

Job Opportunities

Santa Rosa Birth Center

Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health (JMWH)

Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Nursing for Women’s Health

Questions? News? Want to get involved?

 

Black History Month


Welcome to February and to Black History Month! I hope you’ll join me in celebrating those who have come before us, and in honoring the roots of American Midwifery. As a reminder, our profession was not born in Kentucky. If you haven’t yet, be sure to read Into the Light of Day and Listen to me Good: The life story of an Alabama midwife, both by Linda Janet Holmes. And while you’re at it, keep up with the powerful Reproductive Justice work being done today by groups like SisterSong, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Black Women for Wellness, and ACNM’s Midwives of Color Committee. As I think about Black History Month, I can’t help but also reflect upon our profession, and how much we owe to Black Midwives.


But there is a dark side to the intersection of midwifery and medicine. Collectively, we have just survived the historic year of 2020: the year that the World Health Organization deemed the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife; the very year that a once-in-a-century pandemic brought to a standstill; and the same year that people gathered together in unprecedented numbers to cross color lines in protest of the perpetual murder of Black people by police. 2020 marked the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, a pioneer in nursing whose work was tainted by racism and white supremacy, and whose colonialist leanings have undeniably shaped modern healthcare and contribute to the racism-based disparities that permeate our systems to this day. In Decolonising the Nursing Profession, Timothy Carey explores this legacy, which we as nurse-midwives are heir to.


This is more than our history; it is our debt. We have the duty to look at, to examine, and to dismantle those parts of our profession that still do harm; and to build, strengthen, and uplift every opportunity for equity and for justice. I hope you’ll join me this month--and every month--in doing the work of antiracism, of rebuilding midwifery, and of finally giving birth to the world we’ve been dreaming of. Here’s to Black Midwives.


Paris Maloof-Bury, CNM, IBCLC

President, California Nurse-Midwives Association

 

CNMA Webinar


The latest SB-1237 webinar is finally finished and ready for you to view! This video is especially helpful for hospitals, administrators, and healthcare leaders who are considering integrating midwives into their systems. Please share widely and help us scale up access to midwifery in California!


 

CNMA Midwife Survey


As we work to implement SB 1237, we want to make sure we are taking direction from you, the midwives of California. We hope you will take a moment (we think it will take ~10min) to fill out this survey to help us to understand the specific areas where you hope CNMA will take action to better serve you, the midwifery profession, and most importantly the people, families and communities we serve.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates


COVID-19 Vaccine for Midwives Working in Community-Based Birth

CNMA is actively working with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to streamline the process for midwives working in the out-of-hospital setting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, CDPH recommends that community-based midwives reach out to their local health department for specific timelines on vaccine distribution as well as healthcare prioritization of vaccines. We have been informed that community-based midwives do indeed fall under Tier 2 of Phase 1a, however, this may still require education and advocacy with each local health department. Please email me directly at parisbury@gmail.com to let me know about your successes/challenges with this process, so that CNMA can continue to advocate for your access to the vaccine.


Find a Vaccine for Yourself or for a Loved One

VaccinateCA is a community-driven effort to help Californians learn accurate, up-to-date, verified information about the coronavirus vaccine, so they can learn when they will be eligible and how to take their place in line. They have put together this website to help individuals find and get COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Updates on Medi-Cal Rx


Medi-Cal Rx is the transition of all administrative services related to Medi-Cal pharmacy benefits billed on pharmacy claims from the existing intermediaries to the new Medi-Cal Rx vendor, Magellan Medicaid Administration, Inc. This transition goes into effect April 1, 2021.

Please read the following Provider Testing Notification for more information on submitting claims. Information can be found here on Electronic Funds Transfer and Set-Up and Opt-Out.

 

Update and Corrections to our Spotlight on Anti-Racism for Black History Month


This month’s spotlight on anti-racism has been updated due to language and inaccuracies that understated the role that descendants of enslaved Africans played in bringing midwifery to the North American continent, and to white women’s role in the displacement of Black midwives for their own financial and social gain. We at CNMA would like to apologize for the use of the offensive term “Granny” in the original piece, as well as for our incomplete narrative that failed to fully represent the significant work done by the Grand Midwives or the level of oppression they were subjected to by members of our own profession.