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California Nurse-Midwives Association May 2021: Newsletter




Message from the President: Maternal Mental Health Month

California Health Policy

Virtual Advocacy Day May 20th: REGISTRATION CLOSES SOON! Register NOW!

SB 65 (Skinner) - California’s Momnibus!

Sterilization Compensation Bill (AB 1007)/ Belly of the Beast Film

Healthy Futures for Foster Youth (AB 366)

ACNM Annual Meeting

ACNM 66th Annual Meeting: Dismantling Racism in Midwifery

California Affiliate Meeting

Submit a motion for the 2021 ACNM Business Meeting

Education, Trainings, and Webinars

Implementing SB 1237: Integrating Certified Nurse Midwives

Virtual International Day of the Midwife

ACNM: Hypertension in Pregnancy and Beyond

Birth Justice Solano: Connection, healing, and resilience through childbirth

2020 Mom Public Health Fellows Program

ACEs Aware: Trauma is our heritage, healing is our nature

ACEs Aware: Healing the whole through cultural transformation

ACEs Aware: Racism and discrimination as risk factors for toxic stress

Postpartum Support International (PSI) Online Certificate Trainings

Bay Area Health Equity Speaker Series

ACNM Leadership Link

California Health Care Foundation Health Care Leadership Program

Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Project

Intimate Partner Violence Nurse Examiner Certificate Program

Scholarships and Grants

AWHONN 2021 Convention Scholarship

Scholarships for Lactation Professionals

Ferring Racial Equality Research Grants

Job Opportunities

SisterSong Steering Committee Member

San Dimas Medical Group

Job openings to share?

Medi-Cal Rx Update

Medi-Cal Pharmacy Professional Dispensing Fee Provider Self-Attestation

Midwife Crush Mondays!

Questions? News? Want to get involved?


Message from the President: Maternal Mental Health Month

May is Maternal Mental Health Month, and May 3-7, 2021 is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week. This particular “awareness” month is particularly meaningful to me, as I, like so many others, am a survivor of postpartum depression and I live with chronic anxiety. Given that 15-20% of all women and birthing people in California will experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (PMAD), and that PMADs are the most common complication of childbirth, I’d bet money that many of you who are reading this right now have had similar experiences.

We as midwives aren’t immune from any of the complications of childbearing, nor for that matter do we get a free pass from any of the trials of this human life. I would argue, rather, that as midwives we are called upon to embrace our own vulnerability and to use our lived experiences as a catalyst for connection, engagement, empathy, and a whole hearted relationship with those we care for when we are being with woman. I’d argue further that being “with woman” in this whole hearted relationship is completely incompatible with the traditional medical hierarchy that places the provider in a position of unaffected detachment and above the patient. As we strive for deep connections with ourselves, our loved ones, our communities, our patients, and each other, I’d like to invite you to to examine your own fallibility with grace and radical self love; and then extend that to everyone in your circle. It is only through this self-examination and acceptance that we can be both humble and powerful enough to reimagine ourselves, our systems, and our policies. This radical self love, this vulnerability, this power is essential to giving birth to all we imagine.

As James Baldwin said, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but... the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” This month, I urge you to dive into your truth and your vulnerability. Share your story through the Blue Dot Project, and by doing so, empower others to see themselves and their power in you. Join your siblings this June as we Climb Out of the Darkness and Make Over Motherhood together.

In power and vulnerability,

Paris Maloof-Bury, CNM, IBCLC

President, California Nurse-Midwives Association