JULY 2019 Newsletter
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
California Nurse-Midwives Association
JULY 2019 | Newsletter
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UPDATE ON ACTIVITY IN SACRAMENTO: SB 464 and AB 890
SB 464 (Mitchell) - California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act
The bill CNMA is co-sponsoring has successful passed Senate Appropriations Committee and sailed onto the Assembly Health Committee where it passed with a unanimous vote on June 25th. Only a few more steps left! Find out more about this bill and our co-sponsors here , here, and here.
AB 890 (Wood) AKA “the Nurse Practitioner Bill"
The nurse practitioner bill passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee in April and made it to Assembly Appropriations. Many last minute amendments were added to this bill. The bill "stalled" in this committee in May, meaning it was not voted on at this time and so remains in this committee. It must be voted on by the end of January. The nurse practitioners remain hopeful that this bill will pass and move on to the Senate, but they acknowledge there are many challenges. The health policy team will keep CNMA members notified as we learn more.
Bill language can be found here.
FAQs on the most recent amendments can be found here.
For more information, email email@example.com
NURSE-MIDWIFERY ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE BRN SEEKING CNM FROM NORCAL
The Nurse-midwifery Advisory Committee to the BRN (NMAC) is seeking a CNM in clinical practice in Northern California. The purpose of this committee is to advise the board on all matters pertaining to nurse-midwifery as established by the board, and, if necessary, to assist the board or its designated representatives in the evaluation of applications for nurse-midwifery certification. The NMAC is composed of direct practice nurse-midwives, one each from the northern and southern California, a nurse-midwife engaged in nurse-midwifery education, one public member who has been a consumer of nurse-midwifery practice, and an obstetrical physician with knowledge of nurse-midwifery practice. The terms are 2 years in length, and committee members may be appointed for a 2nd term. CNMA is actively seeking someone to fill this important role. If interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
PARTICIPANTS NEEDED! IMPROVING MIDWIFERY BIRTH NUMBERS IN CALIFORNIA: A SURVEY
Participants Needed for Birth Certificate Accuracy Survey
The Improving Midwifery Birth Numbers California Survey is aimed at estimating the number of CNM/CM-attended births in California in 2017 and 2018. This survey is being conducted in collaboration with the California Nurse-Midwives Association and the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative.
A similar survey was conducted in Texas by Dr. Erin Biscone et al. in 2017 and demonstrated that CNM-attended births were underreported in the birth certificate data by 65%. As part of an ACNM Division of Research initiative, similar surveys are in process in other states.
The survey asks participants to provide:
1. The number of CNM-attended births in their hospital or birth center in 2017 and 2018. If CNMs do not track their own delivery numbers, we are asking for the number of vaginal births in your hospital for those years.
2. How many CNM FTEs are in the practice site.
3. Identify your facility’s birth certificate policies as to whose name is gets put on the birth certificate; if you do not know, just say so and don’t delay returning your survey. If you find out later, you can email Adrienne or Mary Barger.
The number of births reported by the practice site will be compared to the number of births reported in the birth certificate data. The survey team will use the number of CNM FTEs to extrapolate data if practices do not collect their own birth numbers.
The survey team will disseminate the results to CNMs throughout California in aggregate form. For participating CNM practices, the survey team will generate a report for the practice’s use if a discrepancy is noted between practice-reported birth numbers and birth certificate numbers.
The survey will remain open until July 10, 2019.
For CNMs in hospital practice:
For CNMs in birth center practice:
CNMs who are interested in participating in the survey can contact Adrienne Almada at email@example.com or CALL (323) 687-4221.
SAVE THE DATE! CNMA’S ANNUAL MEETING IS OCTOBER 5TH, 2019 IN LOS ANGELES
CNMA is excited to announce three of the featured speakers at this year’s event!
We are thrilled to announce that Dr Karen Scott will be our keynote speaker. She is a self-described “...OBGYN physician, a RJ(reproductive justice) informed Obstetric Hospitalist and Epidemiologist, and a Crunk Public Health Scholar”
Brenda Jackson, DNP, CNM, Director of Clinical Care Improvement, The Permanente Federation. Topic: “Midwives as Change Agents” focusing on an effective framework for midwives to foster positive changes (such as induction of labor, immediate postpartum contraception, intermittent auscultation) within healthcare teams.
Angie Magana provides culturally competent, quality health and wellness care in a Federally Qualified Health Clinic setting serving primarily Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender persons. Her focus and specialization is in pelvic, endocrine and sexual health of transgender persons and sexual minority women. Angie's work creates a safe space where compassionate, patient centered health care can be delivered utilizing a holistic approach and multiple modalities.
STUDENT POSTERS NEEDED FOR CNMA ANNUAL MEETING
The CNMA Annual Meeting will be held on October 5, 2019. This year we are excited to incorporate a poster presentation area for students to highlight their research, activism within midwifery, and/or share ways in which Reproductive Justice informs and directs their midwifery. This will be in an intimate setting supporting students to network and meet potential employers who are interested in their work.
Please submit your poster presentation proposals by filling out this google form: https://forms.gle/H2Cb7rmQuegDX2k18
BORN MENTORSHIP PROGRAM FOR STUDENT NURSE MIDWIVES
CNMA is continuing with the BORN mentorship program. Since its inception, we have matched over 26 students with mentors. We now have more students requesting this special relationship than we have mentors available. This is a flexible but truly rewarding partnership!! Time commitment can be as easy as being available via text, phone, email when convenient for the two of you! You can make a real difference by simply offering ongoing support and encouragement; we know you are all experts at this!
If you are interested in participating as a Mentor, please email with the following information about yourself:
Your location (City/Town)
Area of expertise: home birth, birth center, hospital
Email and Phone contact information
If you are interested in participating as a Mentee, please email with the following information about yourself:
Expected Graduation Date
Location and location you hope to practice after graduation
Where you plan to work (in hospital, birth center, home)
Please contact Mar at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate! She will reach out to mentors before she finalizes the relationship.
JOIN THE BOARD AT CNMA: OPEN POSITIONS FOR OCT 2019
We need you!!! Volunteering for the California Nurse-Midwives Association Board of Directors is a fulfilling experience. Working in the trenches alongside fellow midwives on legislative and policy issues, and representing us to the American College of Nurse-Midwives, presents an opportunity for professional development.
Terms for each position last 2 years, with the exception of the President-Elect (one year as President-Elect, two years as President) and the Student Rep (one year term). The time commitment for most positions is limited to monthly meetings/phone calls; but within the BOD, there are opportunities to serve on various committees or as liaison to state and national partner organizations which may require a greater time commitment. CNMA Board of Directors officers and regional representatives are elected on a rotating schedule.
In 2019, the following positions will be open:
President-Elect (serve as President Elect from 10/2019 to 10/2020, then assume the role of President for 10/2020-10/2022)
Regional Representatives (one each NorCal, SoCal, Central (10/2019-10/2021):
Student Rep (10/2019-10/2020)
Social Media Team (10/2019- 10/2021)
To learn more click here!
To apply, email us at email@example.com
Questions? News? Want to get involved? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
That's all for this month's issue. Catch you next time!
-CNMA MEDIA TEAM
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