California Nurse-Midwives Association
May 2021 | Mid-month Update
TABLE OF CONTENTS
More Midwives are able to Practice Independently!
ACNM has updated their Quick Reference: Practice Environments for Certified Nurse-Midwives map! More states (including California) are turning green as legislation passes across the country removing barriers to maternity care for pregnant and birthing people, making it easier to access high quality midwifery care.
AABC Statement on Neonatal Mortality in Birth Centers
On May 7, the American Association of Birth Centers issued a Statement on Neonatal Mortality in Birth Centers in response to recent research presented at the 2021 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Clinical and Scientific Meeting, reporting safety concerns for consumers receiving care at freestanding birth centers. The topic of neonatal mortality and birth site is not a new area of research and previous studies have been challenged by known methodologic flaws. AABC recommends that further research on this topic be conducted by interprofessional teams including both physicians and midwives, as experts in normal birth. This research will help families make informed decisions because they can understand the risks and benefits of community birth.
New Report: “Reversing the US Maternal Mortality Crisis”
A new report released by the Aspen Health Strategy Group (AHSG) calls for a prompt response to address the US maternal mortality crisis, which disproportionately affects Black women and other women of color. The report, titled “Reversing the US Maternal Mortality Crisis” advances “5 Big Ideas” to address maternal mortality, accompanied by four expert background papers that informed the group's decisions. The report recommends that the nation:
Make a national commitment to lower maternal mortality and morbidity rates
Build and support community care models, including midwifery-led care and freestanding birth centers
Redesign insurance around women’s needs
Tackle the racism that undermines women-centered maternity care
Invest in research, data, and analysis
Read more here.
Education, Trainings, and Webinars
Findings from the CHCF’s San Francisco Bay Area Regional Market Study
The California Health Care Foundation will share results from its report on the health care market in the San Francisco Bay Area during a webinar on Tuesday, May 18. What are the key factors affecting the healthcare market in the Bay Area? What are its unique challenges, how have community leaders addressed those challenges to date, and what are their future plans? In this briefing, hear from the report's lead author and four community leaders with a deep understanding of the San Francisco Bay Area healthcare market. They will address efforts to improve behavioral health care in the safety net, how the region’s high healthcare costs and competition among large systems prompt interest in population health management, and the expansion of Federally Qualified Health Centers. Register here.
Saving the lives of moms & babies: Addressing racism and socioeconomic influencers of health
This 10-part series will explore factors that affect maternal and infant health, as well as recommendations to address them. Come hear more about the impact of factors such as racism, intense heat, immigration status, incarceration, and paid leave, among others, on pregnant people and their infants. Speakers include Dr. Joia Crear-Perry and Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio. May 20, 2021 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Register here.
AWHONN’s Live FHM Strip Review Series, Read between the lines: Assessment of uterine activity, the other half of EFM
Join AWHONN on May 25, 2021 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM for their new Live FHM Strip Review Series. This session will describe fetal and maternal physiology during uterine contractions, discuss uterine activity assessment during labor, and distinguish between normal and abnormal uterine contraction patterns, including an interactive and collaborative review of fetal heart tracing monitor strips. Pricing: $25 for AWHONN members, $39 for non-members Register here.
COVID-19 Vaccine and Reproductive Health
Presented by AWHONN, this FREE town hall session will address the risk of COVID-19 in pregnancy and the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to help reduce severe illness and the negative consequences if exposed during pregnancy. Speakers and attendees will discuss COVID-19 vaccine side effects and safety of use during the reproductive life stages, including fertility, pregnancy, and lactation. Resources to reduce vaccine hesitancy will be provided. Live attendance is limited to the first 500 registrants. A recording will be available to all those who register. May 27, 2021 10:00 to 10:45 AM. Register here.
Scholarships and Grants
Free Book-Bundle for Recent Grads and New Midwives of Color!
The Midwives of Color Committee is offering fifty bundles of three books to midwives of color who have graduated from an ACME-accredited midwifery program in the last four years and are an active member of ACNM. The books are:
Questions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo (Kindle version)
Pushing: A Midwife's Journey to Triumph by Joyce Hyatt, PhD (Kindle version)
The Ultimate Survival Guide for New Midwives by Lizzie Kitue, CNM, MSN, WHNP-BC (printed version)
These books elevate midwives' knowledge and skills for supporting patients, giving medicine, self-love, ancestor connection, healing from trauma, processing pain, and much, much more. Applications are due by 9:00 PM PST on