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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Edwards

CNMA Newsletter- December 2022



















Gratitude and Celebration

Hello fellow midwives, student midwives, aspiring midwives, and midwife supporters!

First of all, a huge shout out to all of you who joined us at our 2022 Annual Meeting, and for helping us make the event such a big success. For those of you who missed it, we plan to make the individual sessions from the main meeting available as individual webinars soon. Thank you so much to our brilliant speakers for making our meeting so meaningful.


I’m so pleased to announce that our pre-meeting abortion workshops were not only successful, but the morning session completely sold out! We hope to offer the abortion workshops again and again and again all over the state–clearly there is a need. Be sure to reach out to your local chapter leaders if you’d like to help them organize an abortion workshop in your community. And in the meantime, here are a few pics from this workshop to enjoy!


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 Reproductive Rights Taskforce

California Attorney General Rob Bonta recently announced the launch of a statewide task force to protect and expand access to abortion and other reproductive healthcare. The California Reproductive Rights Task Force, led by the California Department of Justice (DOJ), is made up of district attorneys, county counsel, and city attorneys from across the state. The task force members will work together using their legal expertise and law enforcement powers to ensure that every corner of California is safe for those seeking or providing reproductive care.The task force launched with 15 founding members, who represent a wide range of populations, geographic locations, and access to reproductive care in California: DOJ, Alameda County District Attorney, Contra Costa District Attorney, Humboldt County District Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney, Los Angeles County Counsel, Oakland City Attorney, Sacramento City Attorney, San Diego City Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney, San Francisco City Attorney, San Francisco County District Attorney, Santa Barbara County District Attorney, Santa Clara County Counsel, and Yolo County District Attorney. Together, the task force members will use their expertise and enforcement powers to help with:

  • Prosecuting crimes of intimidation and harassment at abortion clinics.

  • Enforcing consumer protection laws against deceptive or unlawful conduct concerning reproductive healthcare.

  • Crafting state and local laws and policies to keep reproductive care providers and patients safe.

  • Protecting abortion-related healthcare information in California from being accessed by out-of-state agencies and persons to punish patients or providers.

  • Reviewing land-use issues to prevent discrimination against reproductive healthcare facilities.

The task force will also meet and collaborate with state and federal agencies, local law enforcement, legislators, reproductive care providers, nonprofits, and academic centers.

Read the full press release here.

 

Updated ACNM Position Statements

ACNM has released multiple new Position Statements after board approval this fall. ACNM will be updating membership over the next few weeks on the updates, so scroll through and stay tuned for all the new practice documents. Thanks to the members of the Clinical Standards and Documents Committee for all the hard work on these documents. We hope you will use them to support improving the care you provide or want to provide in your workplace.

  • The Position Statement on Midwifery Student Work Experience reaffirms that midwifery education programs accredited by ACME are designed to support midwifery as a stand-alone profession as globally acknowledged by the International Confederation of Midwives and ACNM.

  • Position Statement on Degree Requirements for Midwifery Faculty in Colleges of Nursing: Some ACNM members have been prevented from serving as clinical preceptors or faculty in midwifery education programs in colleges of nursing because they did not hold graduate degrees in nursing. ACME simply requires academic and clinical faculty to have earned the minimum of a master’s degree, to be certified by an appropriate credentialing body, and to be appropriately prepared for their teaching responsibilities.

  • Position Statement on Mandatory Degree Requirements for Entry into Midwifery Practice: Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) must be educated according to the ACNM Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice. This updated position statement affirms that a doctoral degree will not be a requirement for entry to practice for CNMs or CMs.

  • The new Position Statement on Birth Doulas outlines ACNM's stance that continuous labor support provided by birth doulas is consistent with the hallmarks of midwifery, with references to support midwives and doulas.

  • Position Statement on Female Genital Cutting: Female Genital Cutting is a form of gender-based violence that threatens the rights of girls and women, including their rights to health, life, self-determination, bodily integrity, and freedom from violence. The updated position statement includes updated references and language to support ACNM's stance. Click to read more.

  • The updated Position Statement on Safe Infant Sleep Practices addresses room-sharing, bed-sharing, and breast/chestfeeding.

 

Medi-Cal Doula Benefit

Accepting Applications for Doula Implementation Workgroup

DHCS is soliciting applications for the doula benefit implementation stakeholder workgroup. If you would like to request an application, please email us at DoulaBenefit@dhcs.ca.gov and submit your applications to DoulaBenefit@dhcs.ca.gov by December 16. The workgroup will consider ways to ensure that doula services are available to Medi-Cal members, minimize barriers and delays in payments to doulas, and make recommendations for outreach efforts, so members are aware of the option to use doula services. Workgroup recommendations will help inform a report to the Legislature to reduce any identified barriers, as required by SB 65. The final meeting of the current stakeholder workgroup, which formed in October 2021 to develop the State Plan Amendment (SPA) and policy for doula services, will be January 26, 2023. DHCS will review the applications against predetermined criteria, including statutory requirements for representation for various groups, and notify all applicants whether they have been selected in January 2023. The new workgroup will begin meeting in March 2023.

Fee-for-Service Billing for Doula Services Training

This webinar training session will provide information on the new Medi-Cal policy for Doula services, effective January 1, 2023. Step-by-step claim completion instructions, recipient eligibility, and claims follow-up will be discussed. Providers must first log in to the Medi-Cal Learning Portal (MLP) and then register through the MLP Event Calendar. The webinar also includes the opportunity for you to ask a Provider Field Representative additional billing questions on this topic. If you would like to request a Provider Field Representative assistance or have additional questions that require an immediate answer, please contact the Telephone Service Center (TSC) at 1-800-541-5555. Tuesday December 20 at 10 AM PST.

Doula Application for Medi-Cal Fee-For-Service

Effective January 1, 2023, doulas can apply for enrollment in the Medi-Cal fee-for-service program. Doula providers may apply for enrollment in the Medi-Cal program by submitting an electronic application through the Provider Application and Validation for Enrollment (PAVE) online enrollment portal. Learn more about the Medi-Cal Enrollment Requirements and Procedures for Doulas

 

Surveys and Stories

Share your Stories of Clinical Care Post-Roe

Researchers at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the Texas Policy Evaluation Project are collecting de-identified stories of clinical management that that has changed since Roe v. Wade was overturned. Through an anonymous survey, health care providers may leave a written narrative or a voice memo describing the case. Examples of the type of stories they are seeking, include:

  • Delayed provision of abortion care for people whose health may be compromised by continuing the pregnancy (including young adolescents)

  • Delayed management of ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous pregnancy loss, and preterm premature rupture of membranes

  • Difficulty providing standard-of-care treatment due to the concern of causing an abortion, regardless of whether the patient was pregnant or not (e.g., chemotherapy, methotrexate, or misoprostol for a non-abortion indication)

If you are a health care provider who was involved in any part of the care of the patient, please submit your story. Any member of the health care team may submit a story. If you cared for the patient at any point—either initially or possibly after they traveled to another state—you may submit a story. All submissions are anonymous, and IP addresses are not collected. If you would like to be interviewed about the case, you will have the option to leave your contact information, which is not linked to the clinical narrative submission. The study is approved by the UCSF IRB, and the researchers have obtained a Certificate of Confidentiality from NIH.

Go to CarePostRoe.com for more information about the study.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Midwifery Programs

ACNM is conducting a study to explore the experiences of preceptors, faculty, and students of color related to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging in midwifery programs. You can help us understand the factors that influence the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students of color in certified midwife (CM)/certified nurse-midwife (CNM) educational programs by participating in a focus group.

PRECEPTORS are eligible if you: (1) Are 18 years of age or older, (2) Are a certified midwife or certified nurse-midwife, and (3) precept or have precepted in the last 12 months students in a CM/CNM program. The interviews will last approximately 45-60 minutes hours. Participation is voluntary, your responses will be kept confidential, and all data will be reported in aggregate. All participants will receive a $50 electronic gift card as a thank you for your time. Your contact information will not be linked to your interview responses. Sign up for the interview. In case of questions, please contact the study principal investigator, Dr. Alexis Dunn-Amore via email at equity@acnm.org. To contact the Pearl Institutional Review Board, please call (317) 889-9341 (IRB 22-EIME-101)

STUDENTS are eligible if you: (1) Are 18 years of age or older, (2) Are a student or recent graduate (within 12 months) of CM/CNM program and (3) Identify as a person of color. The intereview will last about 45-60 minutes. Participation is voluntary, your responses will be kept confidential, and all data will be reported in aggregate. All participants will receive a $50 electronic gift card as a thank you for your time. Sign up to take part in the interview. In case of questions, please contact the study principal investigator, Dr. Alexis Dunn-Amore via email at equity@acnm.org. To contact the Pearl Institutional Review Board, please call (317) 889-9341 (IRB 22-EIME-101)

Post-Apocalyptic Formulary: A Georgetown University Survey

Imagine you're the healthcare provider for survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. If you could have a lifetime supply of 20 essential medications to take with you, which drugs would you choose? Georgetown University Medical Center’s PharmedOut is conducting a survey on prescribing choices given this hypothetical scenario, and would greatly appreciate your participation! Find the survey here. Georgetown University Medical Center’s PharmedOut advances evidence-based prescribing and educates healthcare professionals and students about pharmaceutical and medical device marketing practices. PharmedOut provides educational slideshows, videos, events, and information about CME courses free of industry sponsorship. Learn more here www.pharmedout.org.

 

Mental Health Resources

La Salud Mental

Recently, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) launched LaSaludMental.org, a website hosting Spanish-language information and resources on mental health and substance use disorders that are culturally competent and evidence-based. This site features resources on five of the most commonly searched conditions related to mental health: depression, domestic violence, stigma, substance use disorders and suicide. Additional conditions will be added in the coming months. LaSaludMental.org’s content includes informational text, quizzes, expert Q&A in both print and video formats, infographics, printable handouts, animated explainer videos and more. While tailored to a Spanish-speaking audience, LaSaludMental.org is a bilingual site, with content available in both Spanish and English.

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline

The new National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides 24/7, free, confidential support, resources and referrals to any pregnant and postpartum mothers facing mental health challenges and their loved ones. The service is available via phone and text in English or Spanish. Call or text, 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) to connect with counselors at the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline. Learn more here.

 

Education, Trainings, and Webinars

Access to Reproductive Healthcare and Maternal Mental Health

During this webinar, 2020 Mom will discuss the release of its issue brief titled Access to Reproductive Healthcare and Maternal Mental Health and explore the brief’s key highlights with two leaders in the field, and this will include:

  • A general overview of reproductive healthcare

  • Research on the relationships between maternal mental health and access to birth control, family planning counseling, and abortion

  • The Biden-Harris Administration's position on access to reproductive healthcare

  • The key levers for change to increase access to reproductive healthcare to reduce the impact of MMHDs

By presenting the available research on these multifaceted relationships, 2020 Mom aims to provide a call to action for policymakers, advocates, and health insurers. Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 10 AM PST. Register here.

Partnering with Community Doulas in Research: Agenda Setting and Program Evaluation

In light of inequities in maternal and infant health, it is essential to explore inclusive systems of care such as doula care through pilot programs and Medicaid coverage of doula services. As researchers develop, test, and evaluate the impact of these efforts, it is vital to include the voices of community doulas, doula clients, and communities of color, who are often excluded from decision-making related to how research is conducted. At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to learn about a stakeholder-engagement process to identifying a research agenda for community doula care; identify priority areas for future research related to community doula care; and describe opportunities and challenges to conducting partnered evaluations of community doula programs. Wednesday, December 14 at 10 AM PST. Register here.

Understanding our Past to build an Equitable Future: Our Path to an AMU

This presentation explores how the midwives at Women and Infants Hospital (an academic tertiary care facility with 8,500 births annually) successfully gained the unanimous support of key stakeholders for a proposed Alongside Unit as part of a hospital redesign. The AMU addresses system level change, protected space for physiologic birth, and disparities in outcomes and experience of care. The AMU would be the first CABC-credentialed facility in Rhode Island and hopefully offer interdisciplinary teaching opportunities in physiologic birth. FREE to AABC members. Wednesday, December 14 at 10 AM PST. Register here.

Finding your Voice: Engaging Confidently to Improve Health Outcomes

Finding Your Voice: Engaging Confidently to Improve Health Outcomes is the first in a new AWHONN webinar series entitled Conversations on Caring in Reproductive Health Nursing, designed to foster caring health communication exchanges among nurses, clinicians, patients, and families to reduce adverse birth and reproductive health outcomes. This webinar will empower clinicians to proactively address institutional and patient care inequities as they occur. Attendees will gain knowledge and tools to engage confidently and compassionately in uncomfortable conversations to enhance respectful communication skills and address issues related to health inequities. With this knowledge, you can be integral to creating equitable health outcomes for women, those seeking reproductive healthcare, and newborns. Wednesday, December 14 at 11 AM PST. Register here.

Birth Doulas Addressing Systemic Racism in Underserved Communities

Evidence of birth doulas’ positive impacts on pregnancy and birth outcomes continues to grow, particularly among underserved populations. Policymakers have significant interest in expanding birth doula services, however little is known about the role of this workforce and how to expand their services. This webinar will discuss two studies focused on addressing this gap, including organizational approaches to expanding services, system-level changes which are needed, and the work-related experiences and stressors doulas describe in delivering these services. Sponsored by the Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center at University of Albany, SUNY. Wednesday, December 15 at 10 AM PST. Register here.

Perinatal Mental Health 101

Register for this complimentary Perinatal Mental Health 101 webinar hosted by 2020 Mom and presented by Postpartum Support International. During the webinar, you will learn about the various Maternal Mental Health Disorders, their differences, risk factors, and treatment options. Those who register will receive a link to the recording. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:30am-12 noon PT. Register here.

MISO Film Screening

Please join us for this special screening of the short film, MISO, hosted by the National Partnership for Women & Families in partnership with the Southern Birth Justice Network and Ancient Song Doula Services. This special program is part of the ongoing launch of our latest report: “Our Communities Hold the Solutions: The Importance of Full-Spectrum Doulas to Reproductive Health and Justice.” This event will take place on Friday, December 16, at 10 AM PST and will feature a screening of the short film MISO followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers and our partners moderated by our very own Shaina Goodman, Director of Reproductive Health and Rights at the National Partnership. The discussion will explore the important role of doulas in providing support for people across the full spectrum of pregnancy outcomes, including people seeking abortions in the post-Roe landscape. Learn more and register here.

Supporting Trauma and Sexual Abuse Survivors through Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Postpartum

Mindy Levy, CNM, body-mind psychotherapist and midwifery educator has been a practicing midwife in- and outside the hospital for 28 years, and over time, has become an expert on counseling, teaching, and supporting women who are coping with post-trauma in their lives. Today her energy is focused on educating birth professionals about the ramifications of post-trauma, and how to avoid re-traumatizing pregnant and birthing people who have already suffered enough. She also teaches how to avoid secondary trauma as a result of exposure in the workplace, and how to remain resilient, avoid burnout and continue to be compassionate. Her focus has shifted to the caregivers because she now understands that if they become aware of the dynamics of trauma, they can become active partners in the healing process, both for themselves and for their clients. Mindy is offering a workshop open to birth professionals who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the ways in which trauma affects us all. Monday, December 19, 2022 from 6-9:30 PM at Brilliant Births, 1809 Fourth Street, Suite D, Berkeley, CA, 94710. Cost $65, Birth Days: Inspiring Stories of Healing and Transformation in Childbirth $15 (book is optional). Limited to the first 25 registrants. Learn more and sign up here.

Call for Presenters: 2023 PSI Conference

The 36th Annual Postpartum Support International Conference is accepting poster and breakout proposals. The Annual Conference will be held in Kansas City, MO, June 28 - July 2, 2023. Due to the professional diversity of PSI membership and conference attendees, we welcome presentations with scientific data as well as those addressing clinical expertise or community projects. Both didactic and experiential proposals for breakouts will be accepted, in addition to the poster submissions. The annual PSI conference provides an opportunity to meet, learn together, and share ideas with others involved in the field of Perinatal Mental Health Disorders. PSI will hold a 2-Day Pre-Conference Certificate Course on June 28 & 29, 2023 and the main PSI Conference will be June 30 - July 2, 2023. The Program Committee is especially interested in proposals on the topics of: Perinatal Psychiatry; Psychotherapy; Integrated Care and Systems; Fathers, Families and Partners; and Peer Support and Advocacy. The deadline to submit a poster and/or breakout is January 4, 2023. Learn more with the Submission Guide, and then Submit your Proposal.

Psychiatry Bootcamp

Join us for our next psychiatry bootcamp on Jan 11, 2023 at 3 PM PST for an informative overview of psychiatric treatment during the perinatal and postpartum period using a case-based teaching format with fun Disney princess case studies. Tiaras are encouraged but not required. ;) We will discuss how to reduce shame and stigma in this very vulnerable population and help patients interpret current evidence in order to weigh the risks and benefits of medication treatment during the perinatal period. Dr. Laddha, co-founder of the multi-state women's mental health psychiatry clinic Lunajoy, will be joining us to lead a discussion on how we can improve collaboration between primary care and ob/gyn physicians and psychiatrists and therapists. No need to RSVP, just join here and use Meeting ID: 811 2218 9009 and Passcode: 043112.

Nurses in the Media Day

Welcome back to ANA-California’s second and highly sought-after Nurses in Media Day! We're bringing you back some of our favorite self-made, national nursing media experts who will be sharing their personal journeys, experiences, and tips for individual nurses and nursing organizations alike. As well as introducing new media experts into the mix sharing their success stories and some tips and tricks to help you become a leader in digital media and healthcare. March 15, 2023 from 10-12 PM PST. Learn more and register here.

2023 Maternal Mental Health FORUM

Join hundreds of cross-sector stakeholders and change agents like you for the 13th annual Maternal Mental Health FORUM from the comfort of your device. Early bird registration is just $85 for three days of content. The FORUM is designed for:

  • Payors (Medicaid Agency, Health Insurance Company, Employer)

  • Policy Makers/Public Agencies (state or federal government)

  • Provider Health Systems (hospital/obstetric provider groups/systems)

  • Partners (Philanthropy and Non-Profit Organizations)

Learn more and register here.

Ultrasound for Midwives

This hands-on in-person course is for the midwife or NP who:

  • does very limited scans (find the head, look for the heartbeat) but wants to learn to do more.

  • has learned to scan “on the job” but wants to have more formal education.

  • wants to take the new midwifery certification exam, but does not feel prepared.

  • wants to be able to bill for performing and interpreting scans.

  • any midwife who wants to expand their scope of practice to include ultrasound.

  • wants both lecture and hands-on experience together.

Each student is required to have already taken our comprehensive online course which will be provided FREE OF CHARGE for anyone who signs up for the event. (That’s a $500 value!) One- and two-day course options are available. April 21-24, 2023 at the Midwife Center in Pittsburgh, PA. 18.5 CEUs available. Finance options available. Learn more here.

Understanding how Trauma affects the Black Community

Racism, whether unconscious or overt, has long-term impacts on the mental and behavioral health of Black communities. While COVID-19 and racial injustice protests may have brought on new trauma, years of systematic racism, discrimination, and microaggressions have forced Black communities to live in a constant state of high alert, causing traumatic stress. Watch our on-demand webinar, What Is Racial Trauma?, to hear Jamila Holcomb, Ph.D., LMFT, discuss how racial trauma affects the Black community and ways both clinicians and organizations can better connect with Black clients. During the webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How racial trauma affects the mental, emotional, and physical health of the Black community

  • The impacts racial discrimination can have on Black youth and emerging adults

  • Strategies to help clinicians and organizations better connect with their Black clients

  • How organizations can help all staff members understand their own implicit bias

Reproductive Freedom in California: Navigating Abortion, Parenting, and Community Care.

Miss the live event on December 1? The recorded webinar is now available! Listen to discussions about the ever-changing landscape of reproductive rights in California, and how healthcare professionals and advocates can support their communities to navigate a Post-Roe California. Webinar Replay Part I and Part II (Passcode: Ca4RF12/1). More information is available in the Resource Folder and on the CA Fab Council Website.

IIMHCO Breech Webinars

The Breech Without Borders instructional team has spent quite a bit of time over the last few months with Kathy Fray of the International Integrative Maternity HealthCare Organization (IIMHCO), both virtually and in-person, discussing a variety of topics. If you missed them, you can follow the links below for a few hours worth of conversations:

You can find the full catalog of IIMHCO's webinars here.

ACNM Diversity & Inclusion Conference – On Demand

Didn’t get to attend ACNM’s 2022 VIRTUAL Diversity & Inclusion Conference? No problem! Registration for the on-demand sessions is NOW OPEN! Learn from experts demonstrating how to guide, influence, and manage change to create inclusive experiences. Topics include creating a culture of inclusion, inclusive sexual health, race as a social construct, implicit bias, reproductive justice, LGBTQ/nonbinary care, and more. Registration includes access to two days of virtual content and earn up to 12 CEs. Learn more and register!

66th ACNM Annual Meeting – On Demand

Didn’t get to attend ACNM’s 2022 Annual Meeting? You can now get access to sessions on-demand! Over 80 CEs are available with the purchase of this course. If you attended the Annual Meeting, you can click the link to get your access now too.

ON-DEMAND PRICING

Member: $399 | Student Member: $249

Non-Member: $699 | Non-Member Student: $499

Register here. Access will expire on May 21, 2023.

PSI 2-Day Components of Care and Advanced Training

Postpartum Support International has developed an internationally recognized unique evidence-based training program for health providers and social support networks. We have created an expert corps of experienced trainers and are committed to providing you with the most current research. The 2-day PSI Certificate of Completion Course, taught by experienced and engaging faculty, is a thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, or anyone interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. Registration includes training binder, handouts, and continuing education credits. Approved for CMEs, CNEs, and CEs. Register for online trainings below:

The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant

The full schedule of The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant (First Assist) Virtual Clinical Labs for 2023 is now available! First Assist focuses on training midwives to participate and provide continuity of care for patients during a cesarean section. All 2022 dates are sold out - you can register for the next dates in 2023:

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

 

California Prenatal Screening Program

Effective January 23, 2023, Certified Nurse-Midwives, Nurses, and Physician Assistants will have authority to delegate access to the CalGenetic Portal. The Genetic Disease Screening Program (GDSP) will host an informational webinar on January 25, 2023 at noon to provide an overview of the new features for CalGenetic Portal users, as well as answer questions regarding delegate creation and maintenance. To sign up for The webinar invite will be sent to everyone on the CDPH e-blast listserv; if you do not receive these emails, you can join the listserv here. The CalGenetic Portal is accessible here. More information about the CalGenetic Portal is available on the website, which will be updated later this month with current training materials and user access chart. Questions about GDSP's educational resources can be sent to our communications team at GDSP.Communications@cdph.ca.gov.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

ACNM Board of Directors

The ACNM 2023 Election process is now underway and the Nominating Committee is still accepting applications for the following positions:

  • President-Elect (one seat, 1 year-term as President-Elect/2-year term as President)

  • Vice-President (one seat, three-year term)

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

  • Nominating Committee Members (two seats, three-year term). Please note: the Nominating Committee positions are not on the Board.

The deadline for applications is Friday, December 16, 2022. Learn more and apply!

ACNM Committees

Business Committee - Committee Members and Chair: Are you a practice director? Aspiring to become one? A billing expert? Help reactivate the Business Committee! We are looking for committee members and a chair. The committee will meet periodically and develop and respond to board charges. You will be providing a needed service to our members!

Home and Birth Center Committee (HBCC) - Committee Members: Are you a home or birth center midwife? Bring your perspective, passion, and skills to the HBCC! Commitment is a once-monthly meeting and tasks that you volunteer for. That's it!

Consumer Engagement Committee (CEC) - Committee Members: The Consumer Engagement Committee is looking for passionate midwives to join as Committee Members to help create strategic and creative initiatives to tell the world midwives are here and ready to meet their healthcare needs!

Learn more and apply for these or other volunteer position openings today!

MOCC Mentoring Program Relaunch

The ACNM Midwives of Color Committee (MOCC) will be relaunching their Mentoring Program and THEY NEED YOU. If you are interested in participating as a mentor or mentee, please fill out the interest form.

 

Scholarships, Grants, and Funding

Dianne S. Moore Midwifery Research Scholarship

The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc. is accepting applications for the Dianne S. Moore Midwifery Research Scholarship that will be awarded to a CNM/CM enrolled in research-oriented doctoral or post-doctoral education (i.e., PhD, ScD, DNSc, etc.). The scholarship aims to encourage CNM/CMs to pursue doctoral education that prepares them for leadership roles in midwifery and public health while also pursuing evidence-based research focused on innovative and unconventional approaches designed to improve maternal and child health, reduce health disparities, and promote health equity. Applications are due by January 16, 2023.

Fellowship for Graduate Education Scholarship

The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc. Fellowship for Graduate Education is awarded to CNM/CMs who are enrolled in practice-oriented doctoral or post-doctoral education (such as DM, DNP, DrPH, etc.). The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage CNM/CMs to pursue graduate education that prepares them for leadership roles in clinical/practice administration, education, research, or policy. Applicants are judged on excellence in the following areas: academic achievement/career plans, leadership potential, quality of a scholarly work sample, the intended use of funds, future contributions to ACNM and midwifery, and academic recommendations. Applications are due by January 16, 2023.

Basic Midwifery Student Scholarship

The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc. Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships are awarded to midwifery students to support education expenses for the purpose of encouraging individuals to pursue or complete basic midwifery education, thereby increasing the number, quality, and diversity of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives. Several basic scholarships are given annually, including the following endowed scholarships: Midwives of Color-Watson Scholarship, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health Care Scholarship, Colorado Affiliate BIPOC Scholarship​, Edith B Wonnell CNM Scholarship, and new this year the Pennsylvania 'HEAR' Scholarship. Memorial Scholarships are also awarded as funding allows. All applicants are judged on academic performance, professional excellence, plans to promote health equity, leadership potential, and financial need. Applications are due by February 5, 2023.

AIM Community Care Initiative

AIM Community Care Initiative is accepting applications and will select community partners to establish Local Maternal Safety Workgroups (LMSW) to implement AIM CCI Community Care bundles across a network of clinical and non-clinical community based providers social service organizations. As an AIM CCI expansion partner, your LMSW will access Technical Assistance from the AIM CCI national team to help you implement the bundles and contribute your community’s data to the national AIM CCI database. AIM CCI will contract with implementation partners for at least a one-year period, January – December 2023. Nineteen (19) awards will be made. The expected amount of each contract is $22,000 This is a great opportunity for midwives working on the ground! Learn more and apply here.

 

Job Opportunities

Santa Rosa Birth Center

Santa Rosa Birth Center is hiring additional CNMs to join our team. For 30 years, we have provided full-scope, reproductive health, prenatal, postpartum, and lactation care in California's 2nd oldest freestanding birth center. We catch babies at our licensed and accredited birth center and at 2, Level II hospitals. Our clientele is primarily publicly funded, with 80% of families enrolled in Medi-cal. Our practice is BUSY! Each CNM plays an integral role in birth center function and must be willing to participate in both clinical and admin responsibilities. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a joint, in and out of hospital setting but is not for the faint of heart. We seek a candidate who has the desire to do the hard work of promoting an integrated model of midwifery care with a supportive team. We have a good time working hard! The position is for a full-time CNM, but would entertain part-time or per diem for the right candidate. Position includes competitive salary, benefits, and paid time off. One year of experience and unrestricted CA midwifery license required. Please send resume or CV to nschuster@santarosabirthcenter.com.


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

 

Medi-Cal Rx

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Midwife Crush Mondays!

Do you know an amazing Midwife who is doing revolutionary work? We want to feature them on our social media platforms!


CNMA is looking for submissions for our new social media series “Midwife Crush Monday” where we highlight the stories of trailblazing midwives across the industry who are making a difference in the midwifery profession. You can even submit yourself!

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Midwife’s name (include pronouns)

  • Affiliated organization(s)

  • Why you became a midwife (and anything awesome you’d like to brag about)

  • Headshot/Photo if available

  • Bonus: Please include social media handles for tagging!

Please send submissions to sm@cnma.org for consideration!


Visit our website for more information!

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