• Brittany Edwards

CNMA Newsletter: April 2022

Message from the President

There is so much good happening in April!

As you’ll read in this month’s newsletter, we’re looking forward to both Reproductive Freedom Week and Black Maternal Health Week, and there are plenty of ways for you to get involved.

I also want to take a moment to call attention to some of our state’s superstars. Please be sure to congratulate Katherine Schott, DNP,MS, CNM, who was recently elected to serve on ACNM’s Nominating Committee AND inducted into the ACNM Fellows! Katherine also serves on CNMA’s Health Policy Committee and we are very proud of her. We’re also thrilled to celebrate our very own Kathleen Belzer’s induction into the ACNM Fellows! Kathleen is also Founder and President of the California Nurse-Midwives Foundation and Past President of CNMA.

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


California Health Policy

Reproductive Freedom Week

Reproductive Freedom Week is here again! When Spring rolls around, thoughts at CNMA turn to Lobby Day. For our 2022 lobbying efforts we will be supporting and uplifting the work of our allies and partners at the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF) during Reproductive Freedom Week (RFW) April 11-15, 2022. This statewide advocacy event (think Lobby Day for a whole week, but in small chunks you can manage from your home) will bring together advocates of reproductive and sexual health rights and justice in virtual meetings with legislators to discuss legislation important to their constituents, the communities we serve. This year, more than ever, it is critical for California to protect and uphold the integrity of our policies for reproductive freedom. Please join us for all or part of our lobbying work. CNMA will join others from CCRF on Zoom calls that will last 15-20 minutes. You are invited to join as many calls as your schedule allows.

Trainings and lobbying schedule:

  • April 5, 5:00-6:00 PM - CCRF Legislative Training Webinar (will be recorded so you can register and watch anytime after April 5th)

  • April 7, 2022 5:00-6:00 PM - Bill Docket Webinar: learn more about the reproductive freedom bills we are advocating for this year!

  • April 11-15 Reproductive Freedom Week (RFW): a week of coordinated advocacy opportunities with many 30-60 minute opportunities to do virtual advocacy, so it should work well for most schedules!

This year’s Reproductive Freedom Week bills:

  • AB 2085 (Holden): Child Welfare Intervention Reform: Would narrow the funnel of families reported to the family regulation system. AB 2085 would amend California’s mandated reporting law by removing “general neglect” from the categories that mandated reporters are required to report to child welfare agencies.

  • AB 2223 (Wicks): Reproductive Health: will protect patients that self-manage their abortion and protect people from prosecutions and criminalization of abortion or pregnancy loss (such as the two cases in Kings County where two separate women faced murder charges for stillbirths which occurred at the same hospital; one (Adora Perez) is still serving an 11 year sentence).

  • AB 2199 (Wicks): Birthing Justice for California Families Pilot Project. This bill would establish a 3-year grant program to provide grants to community-based doula groups, to provide full-spectrum doula care to members of communities with high rates of negative birth outcomes who are not eligible for Medi-Cal and to incarcerated people

  • SB 1142 (Skinner/ Caballero): Commission on the Status of Women and Girls: Would create a website with information about abortion services and how to access abortion care in California and provide direct funding for practical supportSB 1234 (Pan): STI Coverage Fairness Act: Will expand FPACT for to the LGBTQ+ community for STI care. Family PACT is California's comprehensive family planning services to eligible low-income (under 200% federal poverty level) residents.


AB 2529

CNMA'S bill, AB 2529 (Davis/Calderon) has been referred to the Assembly Health Committee. Keep watch on our advocacy page for how you can support and be involved! This bill would allow midwifery education programs to apply for funding under the Song Brown Act, something our physician, PA, NP, and RN counterparts have long been able to do.

Future of Abortion Council

CNMA participated in the Future of Abortion Council last fall. The FAB Council produced a report with various recommendations for legislators in order to expand and ensure access to abortion in California even if Roe is overturned in June. You can find that report here. Since the release of the FAB Council report, to date, 13 bills have been introduced to support the report's recommendations! Check them out here.


National Health Policy

Spring Off-the Hill Advocacy Week

Join us the week of April 18th-22nd to advocate for midwifery! Due to the pandemic, our Members of Congress and their staff have become more accessible through virtual meetings. Engagement with legislators now is crucial to educate about midwifery and to establish us as expert resources to the office on midwifery and more broadly healthcare. Learn more!

Midwives for MOMS

The cost of a midwifery education is a barrier to many aspiring and prospective midwives. Investment in federal grant funding designated solely for accredited midwifery education programs is integral to making midwifery education a viable option for many communities. ACNM encourages members to continue engaging their federal policymakers about existing congressional legislative efforts (e.g., passage of the Midwives for Maximizing Optimal Maternity Services Act, H.R. 3352/S. 1697) to increase the number the number of racially and ethnically diverse midwives, thereby diversifying the maternity care workforce with individuals who represent the lived and cultural experiences of the patients they serve. Access ACNM’s online toolkit and help spread the word on social media!


Co-sponsors are urgently needed to move this important legislation forward. Click here to look up your Representatives and Senators and use AABC's scripts to contact them via phone or email. In particular, we are asking you to make calls to the offices and speak with the healthcare legislative aide to request that the Representative (or Senator) become a co-sponsor of the BABIES Act. After you share your reason for calling, you may need to leave a message, so be sure to leave your name and phone number so they can return your call. The BABIES Act (H.R.3337/S.1716) seeks to promote the accessible and affordable use of freestanding birth centers by Medicaid beneficiaries. It would build off the Strong Start initiative by creating a demonstration payment program under Medicaid and providing guidance to develop a prospective payment system to reimburse birth centers for prenatal care, perinatal care, and postpartum mother and infant care.


Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants

AWHONN Convention Scholarships

Through the generous support of AWHONN’s charitable giving program, Every Woman, Every Baby, AWHONN is offering 30 Convention Scholarships to members. Members experiencing financial hardship, members of underrepresented groups, and members within the Aurora, Colorado area are strongly encouraged to apply. The application deadline is April 6, 2022, at 2 PM PST. Learn more and apply here.

ACNM Annual Meeting Scholarships

The California Nurse-Midwives Foundation is offering scholarships to cover the registration fee to attend the ACNM Annual Meeting in Chicago. Current and aspiring midwives in California are encouraged to apply. CNMF will prioritize applicants who are underrepresented in the midwifery profession. Apply by April 12, 2022.

Susan A. Hickman Memorial Research Award

The Susan A. Hickman Memorial Research Award is given each year to an individual involved in a scholarly research project that contributes to the field of perinatal mental health. This year Postpartum Support International (PSI) will be presenting two $10,000 research awards. The recipients are selected by the PSI Research Committee among qualified applicants. The full award for each recipient is $10,000, which includes a stipend for travel to attend the annual PSI Conference. The Hickman award will be presented at the PSI annual conference in July 2022. Submission Deadline is April 15, 2022. Please contact the PSI main office in Portland, Oregon for further questions. Call 503-894-9453 or send an email to psioffice@postpartum.net.

CHCF Health Care Leadership Program

The CHCF Health Care Leadership Program applications open on April 20, 2022! This part-time program is for clinically trained health care professionals with at least five years of leadership experience who live and work in California. They seek diversity across disciplines, regions, racial/ethnic groups, and organizations, with a special focus this year on clinicians in the San Joaquin Valley and San Diego area; safety-net providers; Black, Latinx, and American Indian health care providers; and behavioral health clinicians. Learn more and apply