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December 1, 2021

Message from the President

Hello California!

It was so good seeing so many of you at the CNMA Annual Meeting last month. I feel energized and rejuvenated -- ready to jump into 2022 with all of the big changes we’re envisioning. Small changes first, though.

You may have noticed that our newsletter has become quite long over the past year… In order to keep it digestible, from now on once something has been published in the newsletter, it will be taken out and housed solely on the website. Be sure to check out our jobs page, continuing education, and archived newsletters if you’re looking for older content. We’re always evolving and grateful for your feedback!

As always, I’m available by email at parisbury@gmail.com and by text at (805) 415-2553.

In the spirit of service,

Paris Maloof-Bury, CNM, IBCLC

President, California Nurse-Midwives Association

Action Alerts: Small Steps - Big Impact in California!

Midwives in the Sacramento area, surveys are coming your way!

A team of nurses, midwives, and health services researchers at the University of California, San Francisco has been commissioned by the Sacramento Black Infant Health Perinatal Equity Program to learn more about where and how midwives practice in the Sacramento area and to identify challenges and opportunities to improving access to midwifery care for Black/African American and under-served individuals in Sacramento County. A short survey was sent to Sacramento-area midwives last week, and we hope to get a great response. Midwives also can indicate their willingness to be interviewed to help our community understand the growing importance of midwifery. In addition to supporting Sacramento-area midwifery, responses to this survey will help shape a forthcoming statewide survey about midwifery practice. Please take a few minutes to complete and return the survey ASAP.

Help Samuel Merritt University bring a new Midwifery Education Program to California

The College of Nursing at Samuel Merritt University is in the process of envisioning and taking preliminary steps leading to the creation of a program of nurse-midwifery. Tentatively, a 3-year DNP program also leading to certification as a nurse-midwife is the goal. Related academic pathways for those with prior experience/degrees are under consideration. If approved, the program will be based in Sacramento with seamless involvement of the Oakland, SF Peninsula, and Fresno campuses. We aim for an accreditation site visit in the fall of 2022, and hopeful approval by accrediting agencies no later than early spring of 2023. We are actively gathering names of people who would be interested in joining an advisory panel. We seek voices from all backgrounds, locations, expertise, and perspectives. Please schedule an online chat if you would like to explore joining the advisory panel.

Volunteer with ACNM!

ACNM is seeking a dedicated and diverse slate of members to fill open spots on the ACNM Board of Directors (BOD) and Nominating Committee. This is a great way to understand the business proceedings of your professional organization, promote the values you care about, and influence ACNM's strategic direction. Applications for the following positions are open through December 3rd. Please visit the Elections webpage for position responsibilities.

  • Treasurer (one seat, three-year term)

  • Region I Representative (one seat, three-year term)

  • Region III Representative (one seat, three-year term)

  • Nominating Committee Members (two seats, three-year term)

Active ACNM members who are CNMs/CMs (Active, Active-New, Active-Advancing, Active-Supporting and Active-Life) are eligible to participate. Submit an application or nominate another member today! If you experience any difficulty with the application, please contact Jewel Saunders at jsaunders@acnm.org. Apply here.

ACNM: Call for Abstracts

The 67th ACNM Annual Meeting and Exhibition will be held at the Hilton Chicago, May 22-26, 2022. Submit abstracts that demonstrate a link ot this year’s theme: Together Again: Creating Unity, Growth, and Diversity in Midwifery. Submissions that highlight novel approaches to clinical, business, leadership, and education concerns in midwifery are encouraged. Abstracts demonstrating a relationship to this year’s subject are also encouraged to be submitted by presenters. Submission deadline: December 6, 2021 at 8:59 PM PST. More information is available here.

Education, Trainings, and Webinars

The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant

Midwives are encouraged to consider training to become a surgical first assistant as an expansion to their clinical practice. The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant book is the initial step to gaining a foundation in assisting. The subsequent optional examination assesses the knowledge you have gained from studying the book and provides you with a certificate of completion. Earning the First Assistant Certificate of Completion is the next step to applying this new expanded skill to your midwifery practice. December 6, 2021 | 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST | Register Here

(This event is now full)

Maternal Mental Health 101

Join this complimentary webinar on Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 10:30-12 PST, hosted by 2020 Mom and presented by Postpartum Support International. During the webinar, you will learn about the various Maternal Mental Health Disorders, the differences between them, risk factors, and treatment options. Register here.

Health Equity and Implicit Bias in the NICU: Challenges and Solutions

Health Equity and Implicit Bias in the NICU: Challenges and Solutions will take neonatal clinical leaders through an empowering educational journey to encourage the delivery of high quality and equitable care to all preemie families, regardless of race, geography, and socioeconomic status. This workshop will explore the impact of health inequities in the NICU, and offer actionable solutions to creating a culture of health equity, and family centered care. Monday December 13, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:AM PST. Learn more and register here.

Healthcare Burnout Symposium

During this presentation participants will learn about models, concepts, and competencies that help clinical and non-clinical leaders assess organizational needs, achieve alignment and lead through the changes necessary to meaningfully move the needle from healthcare burnout to well-being. will be a speaker at the 2022 Healthcare Burnout Symposium in San Francisco, January 22 - 24, 2022! Laura Bennett is a former Navy nurse-midwife who retired from clinical practice when she retired from the Navy to be a midwife to a broader population. She began developing burnout interventions while still on active duty in addition to well-being/resiliency programming for an intensive outpatient mental health program. Learn more and register here.

To view previously listed educational opportunities, please visit our website at https://www.cnma.org/ce.

Job Opportunities

Postpartum Support International

We are hiring 26 FTE positions to staff the new Maternal Mental Health Hotline, and invite you to consider this position. Candidates must have previous experience providing perinatal mental health support to pregnant and postpartum individuals, and must be a licensed mental health or healthcare provider, Peer Support Specialist credentialed through your state, or a certified Doula with perinatal mental health training credentialed through an organization. The Hotline will launch in February 2022, and the Counselor position starts in mid-January. Because it is a HRSA service, Counselors must have U.S. residency. More information is available here.

ACNM Communications Coordinator

The full-time Communications Coordinator is responsible for implementing ACNM’s marketing and communications strategy. Working closely with the Associate Director, Marketing and Communications, this position ensures implementation of the annual marketing and communications plan. S/he also maintains social media accounts, coordinates website updates, and implements marketing and communication tactics for membership, educational offerings, and advocacy efforts. S/he drafts and sends email communications, writes or edits content for newsletters as needed, and drafts public relations statements and press releases.

  • Location: Silver Spring, Maryland

  • Type: Full Time

  • Preferred Education: 4 Year Degree

  • Categories Communications/Editorial and Marketing

Learn more and apply here.