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CNMA Newsletter | August 2022

Welcome to National Breastfeeding Month!



August is National Breastfeeding Month, and as you know, midwifery care is associated with improved outcomes, including increased breastfeeding rates. As an IBCLC, helping nursing parents to meet their infant feeding goals is something that’s always been a high priority for me. Just like all we do to support families in midwifery, it’s about helping them define what success looks like for themselves, and then helping them get there. Whether you are supporting your patients or clients to breastfeed or chest feed, whether they’re exclusive pumping or combo feeding, we’re here to support them. And that is worth celebrating. To all my midwives out there, Happy National Breastfeeding Month!


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



CNMA Upcoming Election


The CNMA annual election is coming soon, where you will have the opportunity to vote on proposed updates to the CNMA Bylaws, and to elect incoming Board Members. But first we need some candidates! If you’re interested in joining our highly productive team (and bulking up your CV in the process), now’s the time to jump in! Thinking about running, but not sure you’ve got what it takes? We’re committed to mentoring new board members in their role and setting you up for success. The following offices are up for election this Summer: President, Representative from an Under-Represented Group, Reproductive Justice & Anti-Racism Chair, Southern California Representative, and Treasurer. Please email Paris Maloof-Bury or Alison Young by August 15, 2022 if you are interested in running.


Board of Directors: Call for Nominations


President

The role of President is usually preceded by a year of onboarding as President-Elect. However, due to an unprecedented withdrawal of two consecutive midwives having to withdraw consecutively from their commitment to serve in this role, we are accepting nominations for President. The role will include two years serving as President, followed by one year as Immediate Past President, during which time they will serve as a resource and mentor to the new President.

  1. Voting member of the Board.

  2. Preside at all Board meetings.

  3. Preside at all Affiliate meetings with proper notification to members of meetings and agendas.

  4. Appoint standing committee and task force Chairpersons.

  5. Designate and appoint Affiliate representatives to State external organizations.

  6. Coordinate communications between the Affiliate, the Regional Representative, and ACNM.

  7. Declare election results and communicate those results to the Regional Representative and to ACNM.

  8. The President, in consultation with the Treasurer, is empowered to jointly approve expenditures under and up to a predetermined amount in accordance with the Standard Rules and Operating Procedures developed by the Board of Directors.

  9. Attend monthly virtual Board meetings.

Representative from Under-Represented Group

  1. Voting member of the Board.

  2. Attend monthly virtual Board meetings.

  3. Acts as liaison and represents the interests of a community under-represented in midwifery and/or on the CNMA Board

  4. Two year term, may serve up to two consecutive terms.

Reproductive Justice & Anti-Racism Chair

  1. Voting member of the Board.

  2. Attend monthly virtual Board meetings.

  3. Responsible for guiding CNMA in our aim to become an organization committed to the reproductive-justice framework and to become and anti-racist organization.

  4. Acts as liaison between the Board and the Reproductive Justice Anti-Racism Committee.

  5. Chairs and directs the activities of the Reproductive Justice & Anti-Racism Committee

  6. Two year term, may serve up to two consecutive terms.

Southern California Representative

  1. Voting member of the Board.

  2. Attend monthly virtual Board meetings.

  3. Develop relationships with the members of the region.

  4. Establish two-way communication with regional chapter chairs and members to update them on affiliate issues; and bring chapters’ and members’ issues, comments, needs, and requests from regional members to the Board.

  5. Should attend their own chapter meetings.

  6. Help lead and organize in-district visits and advocacy efforts.

  7. Stay involved and participate in events in their region as a representative of CNMA.

  8. Two year term, may serve up to two consecutive terms.

Treasurer

  1. Perform all duties commonly incident to and vested in the office of Treasurer of a corporation, as well as all duties delegated by the President, including, but not limited to the administration of the fiscal and financial policies of the Affiliate.

  2. Supervise the maintenance of accurate corporate books.

  3. Act as custodian of the funds of the Affiliate and as signatory to the Corporation’s bank account in order to issue the checks and drafts of the Corporation as directed by the Board.

  4. Present itemized financial reports at each meeting of the Affiliate.

  5. Maintain a list of members with ACNM and Affiliate dues currently paid.

  6. The Treasurer, in consultation with the President, is empowered to jointly approve expenditures under and up to a predetermined amount in accordance with the Standard Rules and Operating Procedures developed by the Board of Directors.

Proposed Updates to CNMA Bylaws