California Nurse-Midwives Association April 2021 | Newsletter
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Message from the President
White Supremacy is the Problem. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, this country has witnessed a 145% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes, with a total of 3800 reports nationally, 90% of which were perpetrated by white people. Just as we’ve seen across so many communities of color, the Coronavirus has been shining a harsh spotlight on the pandemic that has plagued this nation since its founding: racism.
On March 16, eight people were murdered by a white man in Atlanta; seven of them were women, six of them were of Asian descent:
Soon Chung Park
Hyun Jung Grant
Yong Ae Yue
Delaina Ashley Yaun
Paul Andre Michels
Their murder is an example of the intersection of racism and sexist misogyny that female identified AAPI people experience. As Connie Wun of AAPI Women Lead says, “Asian fetishization and sexual violence against Asian women has always been a part of the colonial wars against our communities... So communities of color have always been seen as disposable for white men's fantasies and their rage.”
As a midwifery organization, we stand with our AAPI community members and repudiate these acts of terror and hate. We commit to continuing to work towards dismantling white supremacy by educating ourselves and our members, uplifting and following AAPI and other BIPOC leaders, and creating and supporting policies of justice and inclusion.
After the brutal March 16th murders, I spent some time learning about the impact of white supremacy on AAPI communities. I found the Code Switch podcast Screams and Silence to be a great place to start my own education, and then found A Literary Guide to Combat Anti-Asian Racism in America, a terrific reading list to continue my studies. Of course, as yet another important reminder that midwifery didn’t start in Kentucky, I hope you’ll join me in reading Japanese American Midwives: Culture, Community, and Health Politics, 1880-1950, by Susan L. Smith.
In humble solidarity,
Paris Maloof-Bury, CNM, IBCLC
President, California Nurse-Midwives Association
California Health Policy
CNMA to Co-Sponsor SB 65 (Skinner) - California’s Momnibus!
CNMA joins Black Women for Wellness Action Project, NARAL Pro Choice California, Western Center on Law & Poverty, the Women's Foundation of California, and the National Health Law Program as an official co-sponsor of SB 65! This bill, also known as the Momnibus Bill, reimagines maternal health care in California. This large, one-of-a-kind bill includes several separate pieces, each working to improve access, outcomes, and overall well being for pregnant people. This bill includes 7 parts:
It codifies and expands the powers of the state's maternal mortality review committee (MMRC) while also looking specifically at racial and other socioeconomic disparities
Updates the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review process to better collect information about deaths and prevent them in the future;
Expands Medi-Cal postpartum care to 12 months;
Removes burdensome CalWORKS requirements for pregnant people and increases aid;
Provides full-spectrum doula coverage for all Medi-Cal enrollees who would like a doula;
Provides universal basic income for low-income pregnant people;
Builds the midwifery workforce by providing funding to midwifery education programs that prioritize admitting underrepresented groups, people from underserved communities, and placing students in areas with limited maternity care providers.
Learn more here.
ACTION ALERT: Support SB 65!
SB 65 will be heard in its first hearing in the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday April 14th! Committee starts at 1pm. Please call in to support this bill. So far, SB 65 is first on the agenda for that hearing. Public testimony instructions can be found on the Senate Health Committee website.
Virtual Advocacy Day: Save the Date and Register!
Every year, CNMA meets with state representatives to discuss pressing issues and active legislation with the goal of promoting midwifery and maternal health care in the state. This year, on May 20th, ADVOCACY DAY is virtual!
This is your chance to urge legislators to pass SB 65, the "Momnibus" bill, which will – among other things – increase funding to midwifery education programs. Like lobby days of the past, we will assign you to a group of midwives with the same Senator and/or Assembly Member, and we will arrange for a short session with these legislators (but this year via Zoom!). Since the time of your visit will not be known until shortly before Advocacy Day, please keep your schedule clear for May 20th, just like you would for an in-person event. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but we have included suggested donations for your Advocacy Day ticket. Don't miss out on an important opportunity to be a part of this historic bill! Register here.
National Health Policy
Opportunity for Student Leaders in NGAC/PAC
The National Government Affairs Committee (NGAC) is currently recruiting new student leaders for our committees. We are intentionally working to increase support and leadership opportunities for student midwives of color. We understand our organization's leadership is not reflective of our members or of the communities we serve and we would want to do our part to change that. In recruiting for these jobs, we would like to prioritize those students who identify as BIPOC so that they have the opportunities for leadership experience and mentorship in these roles, and a clear pathway toward other leadership positions within the organization as they start their midwifery careers. More information and job descriptions are available