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CNMA Newsletter- December 2023

Message from the President

Dear Community,

The days are short now, and soon the longest night of the year will wrap us in its icy invitation to rest, to gather with those we love, and to do less… We take this time to rejuvenate, to heal, and to reflect. But you can bet your sweet patootie we’ll be ready to jump back into action when the sun is reborn and the spring returns! 

Meanwhile, please be sure to welcome our incoming CNMA board members. We can’t wait to advance our CNMA agenda by implementing our passed legislation, growing our continuing education, helping to build our workforce, and advocating for midwifery and for the communities we serve. 

Stay healthy, warm, and joyful, and as always, I’m available by email at and by text at (805) 415-2553.

In the spirit of service and solidarity,

Paris Maloof-Bury, CNM, IBCLC

President, California Nurse-Midwives Association 


Announcing CNMA's Newest Board Members 

Thank you to all who voted and confirmed our amazing new board members! Election Results


Health Policy Updates

SB 667

Are you wondering what it means for nurse-midwifery practice now that SB 667 passed? On January 1, SB 667 becomes law. To find out what that means for your practice, go to for a 10 minute recorded webinar and slide deck that will give you the quick info you need!

Join CNMA in January for a live webinar and Q&A. A registration link will be posted in the January Newsletter. 


Education, Trainings, and Webinars

Save The Date! Transforming White Privilege: On The Path To Racial Equity in Maternity Care- A workshop series on Zoom for self-identifying White Midwives

February 13 - March 12, 2024 | Tuesdays 10:00 - 12:30 PST.  See detailed flyer below. To register, please email a paragraph expressing your interest and motivation for taking this course to facilitators at

Reproductive & Integrative Psychiatry Fellowship 

Speaker: Dr. Anna Glezer

A one-of-its-kind reproductive & integrative psychiatry fellowship.

  • Learn new treatment options

  • Grow your practice

  • Make valuable connections

  • Earn 40+ CMEs

Learn more and Register here

Breech without Borders 

California Workshops - January 2024

Just a quick reminder to get registered for our first workshops of 2024! Not only is space limited, but the new policy requires completion of Breech Pro in order to attend the in-person training, so allow yourself plenty of time to get it done. 

Ultrasound for Women's Health Providers

Speaker: Carolyn L. Gegor, CNM, MS, FACNM (co-author co-author and editor of Varney’s Midwifery) 

Are you looking for hands-on education? 

This in-person course is for the women’s health provider 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 and wants both lecture and hands-on experience together.

We have one & two day hands-on scanning tickets available for:

  • March 14-17 Farmington Birth Center, Farmington MI 

  • May 23-26  Farmington Birth Center, Farmington MI

  • July 18-21 Farmington Birth Center, Farmington MI

  • Sept 12-15 Farmington Birth Center, Farmington MI

  • Oct 24-27 The Midwife Center, Pittsburgh PA

  • Nov 7-10 Farmington Birth Center, Farmington MI Register Here

ACNM: Preventing the Second (or third) Cesarean: Strategies for Identifying and Encouraging Women Who are Good Candidates for Labor after Cesarean (LAC)

December 20, 2023 | 7:00 PM EST 

Speakers: Ann Ledbetter, CNM

Current counseling on labor after cesarean (LAC) focuses heavily on the risks of uterine rupture to the neonate while often downplaying the risks of repeat cesarean to the mother. Interest in vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is growing, but pregnant people who want LAC still face significant barriers in the United States.  Register Here

ACNM First Assist Workshops

ACNM has a full schedule of The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant (First Assist) Virtual Clinical Labs available in 2023! First Assist focuses on training midwives to participate and provide continuity of care for patients during a cesarean section.

The First Assist Virtual Clinical Labs fill up fast, so be sure to Register for the date you need NOW! 

  • Tuesday, January 23 (10:00am - 3:00pm ET) - Registration closes on Monday, Jan. 8

  • Tuesday, February 27 (10:00am - 3:00pm ET) - Registration closes on Monday, Feb. 5

  • Tuesday, March 26 (10:00am - 3:00pm ET) - Registration closes on Monday, March 4

  • Tuesday, April 23 (10:00am - 3:00pm ET) - Registration closes on Monday, April 1

  • Tuesday, May 21 (10:00am - 3:00pm ET) - Registration closes on April 29

  • Tuesday, June 25 (10:00am - 3:00pm ET) - Registration closes on May 27

  • Tuesday, July 23 (10:00am - 3:00pm ET) - Registration closes on July 1.

ACNM Wants to Listen to YOU! CEO Conversations Every Wednesday at 4 PM ET

Michelle Munroe, our CEO, is hosting weekly online meetings with members to listen and discuss ideas and concerns. Each week, 10 people can register for CEO Conversations. Please email

2024 AWHONN Convention

June 7-11, 2024| Phoenix,  AZ “Recharged, Confident, and a Leader for My Team”

The AWHONN Convention is the ultimate meet-up for nurses caring for newborns and their families. What makes the Convention one of a kind is the feeling you’ll walk away with after you’ve spent time with your community. Tap into a live event that not only helps you achieve your professional development goals but also offers you the unique opportunity to participate in an experience you can only get in person. Register now and get ready to thrive at #AWHONN2024.

Scholarship Available! 

Through the generous support of AWHONN’s charitable giving program, Every Woman, Every Baby, AWHONN is offering up to 50 Convention Scholarships for members to attend #AWHONN2024. Members experiencing financial hardship and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. All applicants must complete the application form and agree to the terms by January 31, 2024, 5 pm EST to be eligible. Visit the AWHONN website for more details and to apply.

Postpartum Support International: The 37th Annual Postpartum Support International Conference is accepting poster and breakout proposals 

July 24- July 28 | Washington, D.CThe Annual Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., July 24 - July 28, 2024. 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 Program Committee is especially interested in proposals on the topics of: Perinatal Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Integrated Care and Systems, Families & Parenting Partners, Peer Support and Advocacy.  The deadline to submit a poster and/or breakout is Wednesday, January 3, 2024. Submission Guide here and website for more information.



California Nurse Midwives Foundation

California Nurse Midwives Foundation is giving back to the community by offering a $1000 grant to current student midwives with California roots based on needs. If you are a passionate and dedicated student midwife committed to making a positive impact in maternal healthcare, this grant is designed to support your educational journey and cover educational costs. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled as a student midwife

  • California roots or connection

As per our mission, we have always served and continue to serve midwives of color and LGBTQ+ midwives. Application Deadline: December 15, 2023. Apply here!


Medi-Cal Rx

Sign up for the Medi-Cal Rx Subscription Service to be notified when new information is posted!

See additional updates below:


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 for consideration! 


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