• Brittany Edwards

CNMA Newsletter: July 2022

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Message From the President

Rolling back our rights?

My dear fellow midwives, student midwives, and midwifery supporters,

CNMA is grieving with millions of you at the loss of our constitutionally recognized right to abortion with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. But we knew this was coming and are fighting to protect abortion rights in California, both for patients and providers.

CNMA is part of the California Future of Abortion Council (CA FAB Council). The CA FAB Council is comprised of reproductive freedom and sexual and reproductive health care allies, partners, and leaders. Together, the CA FAB Council works in collaboration with policy makers, researchers, advocates, providers, patients, and key constituents to determine potential challenges in the state and recommend solutions that will continue to provide access and stability for both Californians and those who may seek services here from out of state. On December 8, 2021 the CA FAB Council released a blueprint outlining 45 policy recommendations policymakers can implement to better prepare California as the threat to abortion rights and access continues to grow. And now that Roe v Wade has been overturned, the work of the CA FAB Council is more important than ever. We currently have 15 bills making their way through the legislature that will help to secure the rights to abortion, protect against the criminalization of pregnancy, and to expand access to all forms of reproductive healthcare in our state. You can learn more about the legislative, administrative, budget, and research initiatives being led by the CA FAB Council here.

As we know, abortion is health care, and healthcare decisions should be decided by an individual and their provider.

This is not a matter for ideological debate. This is a matter of life and death.

SisterSong defines Reproductive Justice as the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. We know that the ability to choose if, when, and how to give birth is linked to a person’s economic success, educational attainment, and general health and well-being. The ACNM Position Statement on Midwives as Abortion Providers further affirms, for midwives and all in the health care space, the fact that individuals have the right to decide what is best for their health, bodies, lives, and families.

Now is the time for action. If you’re not sure what to do next, we’ve got a growing list of places to start:

  • Contribute to local abortion access funds.

  • Sign and share the Moms Rising petition to protect reproductive rights.

  • Share your experience with abortion care in written words or in a video.

  • Vote YES on Proposition 1 this fall. Prop 1 will to add abortion rights directly into the California State Constitution so that people continue to have the power to control their own bodies and personal decisions. No matter what the Supreme Court decides, here in California, health care is a right.

  • Share the Joint Statement from Maternal Health Specialists on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization via social media, and to use it to guide your own health policy decisions within your practice.

  • Become a medication abortion provider today. You can order mifepristone without physician supervision through GenBioPro.

  • Become a member of CNMA! Your membership dues help to sustain this advocacy work so that we can fight for you and for the people we serve. While we are an all-volunteer organization, we pay good money for our expert lobbyists, and they’re worth every penny. If your membership is up-to-date, consider making a donation to the cause.

  • Learn with us at the CNMA’s upcoming Abortion Workshop on November 5 (save the date!). Learn to provide medication abortion, become a telehealth abortion provider, and find out more about the midwife’s role in aspiration and surgical abortion.

  • Educate yourself on the evidence on abortion. Evidence Based Birth has created a free, publicly available Abortion Research Resource Guide that can be found via their Birth Justice page here. The Abortion Research Resource Guide is full of summaries of research and history that anybody can learn from, republish, and use.

  • Keep learning on ACNM’s Abortion Is Healthcare Resources Page.

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 Summ