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CNMA Newsletter - July 2024

Updated: Jul 3


Message From the President

Hello CNMA family,

Happy summer to you. My goodness time is passing quickly! The CNMA has been busily taking on many issues that impact the longevity and sustainability of our profession. From advocating for UCSF to maintain their Masters program for Nurse-Midwives, to ensuring that Midwifery scope of practice is honored in all areas of our work. We continue to be a state resource for educating the public while providing professional guidance regarding our role and responsibility as Midwives. As we continue to bridge the gap between Licensed Midwives and Nurse-Midwives, we find we have more similarities than differences. It is such an honor to do this work with the dedicated and diligent volunteers who make the CNMA strong! Thank you for all of the strong work being done across the state. Spotlight on the  committee members working on policy, education, antiracism, and workforce development. You continue to make the CNMA significant and influential. Thank you!

As we move into the summer months we continue to look at what CNMA needs to strengthen its fiscal management practices while bolstering our organization’s structure and existing internal practices. Moving forward we continue to focus on communications and member engagement, events, and revenue development. Save the date for the annual meeting where we will have a chance to convene and celebrate the culmination of CNMA activities and achievements. 

Be safe while celebrating the summer holidays! We hope you enjoy some well deserved rest, family time, down time whatever it is you need so that you can continue to midwife our community the way you do!

Best wishes always. 

Your President-Elect,



CNMA 2024 Annual Meeting – SAVE THE DATE!

We’re excited to announce that this year’s annual meeting will be held on November 9-10, 2024 at The Key Room in Novato, Marin County! Earn up to 16 CEs and there will DEFINITELY be a dance party this year! Save the date and get ready for fun. 

Day one’s speaker lineup is still underway, but topics will span pregnancy/birth, lactation, perinatal mood, and menopause, and include special updates on Midwifery Access California and the CMQCC’s Community Birth Partnership Initiative; 8 ACNM CEs. 

Day two’s workshops will include TWO options for day-long workshops:

  • Breech Without Borders Hybrid Workshop: from 8AM - 6 PM. 23.5 ACNM CEs. Register here!

  • Two Part Abortion Workshop: virtual 8 AM - 12 PM, 4 CEs; and hands-on 1 - 4 PM, 4 CEs. Total of 8 ACNM CEs available. Register for virtual training and hands-on training now!


Education, Trainings, and Webinars

King Yaa’s Full Spectrum Queer & Trans Reproductive Loss Training 

July 9-10, 2024, 9 am - 4 pm PST

Equity fee - pay what you can starting at $100 (suggested $200, valued at $400)

Join our transformative workshop on queer and trans reproductive loss, that has been created for well intentioned care providers. We will be addressing disenfranchised grief, medical challenges, and advocacy. empower yourself through healing, support, and creating inclusive, just communities.

We will cover: 

Disenfranchised Grief

Reproductive Challenges

Medical and Physical Losses

Healing and Support

End of Life Care

Memorialization & Ceremony

Advocacy and Policy

Webinar: The Healthcare Provider’s Role Under the New Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act 

2024 Diversity Impact Conference 

"Representation Matters: Breaking Down Contributing Factors of Health Inequities"

We invite you to submit abstracts for poster and podium presentations for Diversity Impact 2024! The conference will be presented virtually. If accepted, your abstract will be published within Frontier Nursing University’s Digital Depot as an online supplement.

Objectives appropriate for poster or podium presentations:

- Define representation and examine its impact on health outcomes.

- Examine the state of maternal health in the United States.

- Reflect on ways to make health equity a shared value and organizational vision.

37th Annual Postpartum Support International Conference

July 24-28 | Washington, D.C.

The Annual Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., July 24-28, 2024. The conference provides an opportunity to meet, learn, and share ideas with others involved in Perinatal Mental Health Disorders.

July 24-25, 2024: 2-Day Pre-Conference Certificate Courses

July 26-28, 2024: PSI Annual Conference

Breech Without Borders Trainings

Breech Training, Education, and Advocacy 

Chicago, IL, July 20 or 21 with Kristine Lauria:

Ann Arbor, MI, September 14 & 15 with Kristine Lauria, (Breech Training + Master Class)

Grand Rapids, MI, September 17 & 18 with Kristine Lauria: (Breech Training + Master Class)

Traverse City, MI, September 21 & 22 with Kristine Lauria: (Breech Training + Master Class)

Willard, WI (Central WI), Sep 21 with Dr. Hayes:

See more information here. 

ACNM: Advancing Breastfeeding Support and Skills for Midwives

A Webinar Series presented by midwife experts in breastfeeding and lactation medicine from across the country geared towards diving deep into topics that impact midwives, clinicians, and their lactating clients

August 28, 2024, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET

October 30, 2024, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET

December 18, 2024, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET

IUI for Midwives - Fall 2024

IUI for midwives is designed for all types of midwives, OB/GYNs, family doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who want to help LGBTQ+ and solo parents grow their families through unmedicated Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) in a home or office setting. This course is geared, in particular, towards small midwifery practices.

IUI for Midwives will teach participants everything they need to know to provide LGBTQ centered fertility care outside of a reproductive endocrinology clinic, from patient education, how to perform IUI, sperm washing, and ways to integrate this service into your clinical practice.

All of the classes will be recorded and available for 9 months after the class. You do not need to attend any sessions live in order to participate in this class, or to earn CEUs. Additionally, Ray will be offering two open zoom sessions (dates TBA) to answer questions from class participants as they embark on adding IUI services to their practice.

Full refunds are available, as long as your refund is requested prior to the first class date.

The Faucett Review: an AMCB Certification Exam

Over the course of five hours, participants will review pertinent content and test-taking strategies to prepare for the AMCB Certification exam for Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives. Participants will learn innovative test-taking tips to help them tackle the exam and gain confidence in approaching standardized exam questions. The Faucett Review method involves four components: Content, Discipline, Realism, and Strategy. Participants will need to watch the 3 and a half hours of video content prior to attending the live webinar.

The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant

This course is designed specifically for midwives and addresses the promotion of vaginal birth, shared decision-making and informed consent, and functioning as an active member of the perioperative team. Attendees learn how to perform immediate pre-op preparation of the client for surgery, and during surgery provide optimal surgical exposure, participate in tissue dissection, ensure hemostasis, perform or facilitate wound closure, and perform other intraoperative functions to assist the surgeon in carrying out a safe operation that optimizes outcomes.

2024 First Assistant Virtual Workshop Dates — Registration is now open:

Tuesday, July 23 (10:00 am-3:00 p.m. ET) – Registration closes on Monday, July 8

Reproductive Health Access Project and Advocates for Youth

While some colleges and universities are beginning to provide students access to medication abortion due to legislation, others are exploring the opportunity in response to student needs or decreased access to care in their communities. Some question whether medication abortion falls within the scope of college health clinicians, while others wonder if it's worth the perceived effort that implementing this type of care can sometimes take. 

Join the Reproductive Health Access Project and Advocates for Youth for a panel discussion on August 21st at 12PM PST/2PM CT/3PM ET, convening student organizers, college health providers and staff, and administrative experts to share their knowledge and experiences with bringing medication abortion care to their campuses. We will discuss the importance and need for providing timely access to medication abortion on college campuses in states without abortion restrictions, address common misconceptions about abortion, understand the challenges and facilitators to providing abortion on college campuses, and identify resources, supports, and strategies for overcoming these barriers and ensuring successful implementation.

Maternal Mortality Conference 

September 19, 2024 | In Person + Virtual Options

Maternal mortality rates are alarmingly high for all women, with a doubled incidence among African American and Native American populations. Contributing factors include limited access to care, insufficient financial resources and insurance, racial discrimination, cultural insensitivity, undocumented status, chronic medical conditions, mental health issues, pregnancy complications, addictive behaviors, restrictive laws, and partner abuse and violence. We invite submissions describing effective policies and programs that have successfully reduced maternal mortality.

AWHONN Perinatal Education XChange Program: Advancing Care Abroad Through Shared Experiences

In advancing our mission to empower and support nurses caring for women, newborns, and their families, AWHONN is excited to launch the Perinatal Education XChange (PEX) Program. These immersive programs provide unique opportunities to engage with diverse cultures and foster a deepened appreciation and sensitivity to cross-cultural care, enhancing the quality of overall care provided to patients.

In partnership with International Service Learning (ISL) and MEDICC, we aim to connect nurses with communities worldwide, cultivating a stronger connection to global citizenship and making a meaningful impact on an international scale.

Upcoming Trips

Panama (Itinerary)

Dates: September 23-29, 2024

Cost: $1,795 USD

About: Volunteers will participate in public health surveying and clinical activities, including interviewing patients, taking vitals, basic triage, and assisting with the examination, diagnosis, and treatment process. Nursing continuing education credits are available for this program. Space is limited to 15 participants.

Cuba (Sample Itinerary)  

Dates: November 17-23, 2024

Cost: $3,800-4,100 USD single occupancy/$3,300-3,600 USD double occupancy

About: Learn about the Cuban experience in this field, as well as its main achievements, challenges, and lessons learned implementing the prioritized National Maternal and Child Health Program among efforts to guarantee equitable access to health services. Converse with obstetrics and gynecology specialists in medicine and nursing about professional experiences and lessons learned.

APEX Travel Scholarships

Thanks to the generous support of Every Woman, Every Baby, we’re able to offer two $1,000 scholarships to increase the accessibility of our trips to everyone. To be eligible, you must be an active AWHONN member in good standing. The deadline to apply is June 11, 2024. Apply now.


Have Questions?

Find answers in our Frequently Asked Questions or reach out with any inquiries about PEX programs today. 

Ultrasound for Women’s Health Providers

October 17-20 | The Midwife Center for Birth & Women's Health 

Address: 2831 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Elevate your expertise in women's health with our Two-Day Hands-On Ultrasound Course, tailored specifically for women’s health providers. The course begins with an essential online component, focusing on the basics of Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS). This includes understanding the physics of ultrasound, which is vital for practical application during the hands-on segment. The online course is self-paced, can be returned to many times for review or clarification. It is the students’ course for a lifetime, including updates as they are made. You will need to complete the online portion before the event.

Then, join us at our hands-on scanning event, led by nationally certified sonographers and highly skilled faculty who are also midwives, nurse practitioners and obstetric certified nurses. The training provides a thorough breakdown of gynecological and obstetric ultrasound techniques. In gynecology, you will learn about the recognition of normal female anatomy, identification of common pelvic masses, and correct placement of IUDs.

The obstetric portion of our course covers a wide range of crucial skills. In the first trimester, it includes assessments of normal pregnancy development, gestational age determination, and the identification of complications such as ectopic pregnancies and failed pregnancies. The second and third trimesters focus on detailed fetal biometry, including assessments of fetal growth patterns and positions. You will also learn to perform and interpret Biophysical Profiles (BPP) to evaluate fetal well-being.

Our course goes beyond clinical skills, teaching participants how to master the controls (knobology) of ultrasound machines to optimize image quality and ensure effective diagnoses. Additionally, the course covers professional practice elements such as ultrasound billing and documentation.

With group sizes limited to four participants, our course ensures personalized instruction and extensive practical experience. This setting enhances learning outcomes and prepares you to confidently integrate ultrasound into your clinical practice. Join us to gain invaluable hands-on experience and become proficient in ultrasound examinations.

Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care & Advanced Trainings

PSI 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.

Contact Us:


Sep. 25-26

Nov. 13-14

Leading a Midwifery Practice: How and Why

For midwifery practice leaders (and aspiring leaders). Explores components of leadership, financial management, strategic planning, staffing, quality management, and performance evaluation. Participants will receive a workbook that includes all workshop slides, example forms for processes discussed, and worksheets to outline their own next steps and action plans.

This is an 8-hour workshop split between two days (Sunday and Monday). This course will provide opportunities to engage an in-depth exploration of what maintaining a midwifery practice entails.


On-Demand Webinars and Other Resources 

Read Between the Lines-Physiologic Logic: Eval. & Mgmt. of Uterine Activity

The relationship between uterine activity and fetal acid-base and uterine muscle acid-base are explored in this on-demand discussion led by Lisa A. Miller, CNM, JD.

1.5 nursing contact hours (CNE available through 10/10/2026)

Pricing: $25 members | $39 nonmembers

Conversations on Caring in Reproductive Health Nursing: Beyond Bars

This on-demand presentation sheds light on the crucial topic of reproductive and maternal care for individuals who are currently or have been incarcerated. This thought-provoking session explores the unique challenges this often-forgotten population faces as they try to access respectful and comprehensive health care services. With a focus on promoting equity and justice, we delve into discussions about these challenges and the barriers and discrimination these individuals may encounter when seeking care.   

1.0 nursing contact hours (NCPD activity available through 11/14/2026)

Pricing: Free for members | $50 nonmembers

Search for additional on-demand webinars on the AWHONN Store.

California Health Care Foundation: Is AI Good for Health Equity? California Leaders Weigh In

Artificial intelligence (AI) stands on the brink of reshaping health care delivery, potentially leveling the playing field for under-resourced populations, according to experts at a recent California Health Care Foundation briefing in Sacramento. AI's potential to revolutionize diagnosis, treatment, and administrative processes could significantly alleviate burdens on providers and improve patient care. 

California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly, MD, MPH, emphasized collaboration and innovation to ensure that AI serves as a tool for improving health outcomes across the board, especially within the safety net. 

The briefing underscored the importance of building trust in AI technologies among health care workers and communities, ensuring technologies augment rather than replace human capabilities, and focusing on enhancing patient-provider relationships

TEACH Abortion Training Curriculum

CME/CEU credit is now available for the TEACH Abortion Training Curriculum! Please share with your networks that the curriculum is ready for existing providers, learners, and educators with the following updates:

  • Up to 3 CME / CEU credit hours per chapter for each of 12 chapters (9 foundational, 3 advanced)

  • Updates to U.S. law and policy 

  • New Considerations for Advanced Practice Clinician (APC) Providers with map of 20 states where APCs can provide aspiration abortion (Chapter 9)

TEACH is now coordinating with various APC training programs and NAF to ensure the curriculum meets the needs of programs and various state initiatives

We anticipate undertaking the 8th edition of the curriculum for release in June 2025. Please join TEACH’s mailing list to receive updates on the newest edition!

Education for Sucess’s Comprehensive Midwifery Point of Care Ultrasound Online Course!

Are you a midwife eager to elevate your clinical skills and provide even better care to your patients? Look no further than our Comprehensive Midwifery Point-of-Care Ultrasound Online Course! This cutting-edge program is designed to empower midwives with the knowledge and expertise needed to integrate ultrasound technology seamlessly into their practice, right from the comfort of their own home or clinic.

Why Choose Our Course?

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Our course covers everything from obstetrics to gynecology and primary care, ensuring you're equipped to handle a wide range of clinical scenarios.

  • Expert Instruction: Learn from experienced faculty who are leaders in the field of midwifery and ultrasound, providing you with invaluable insights and guidance.

  • Flexible Learning: Access our self-paced online modules anytime, anywhere, allowing you to learn at your own pace and fit your studies around your busy schedule.

  • Hands-On Training: Benefit from practical demonstrations, case studies, and interactive exercises that reinforce key concepts and skills.

  • Ongoing Support: Get access to a supportive learning community, live webinars, and virtual workshops, where you can connect with peers and faculty for additional guidance and collaboration.

  • Certification: Upon successful completion of the course, receive a certificate of completion, demonstrating your proficiency in midwifery point-of-care ultrasound.

  • 20 hours of ACNM CEUS available.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to take your midwifery practice to the next level! Enroll in our Comprehensive Midwifery Point-of-Care Ultrasound Online Course today and become a leader in women's healthcare. Your patients deserve the best – and with our course, you'll be equipped to deliver it.

Join us on the journey to excellence in midwifery care. Enroll now!

Reproductive Health Access Project Resources 


Health Policy Updates

Go to to catch up on health policy initiatives and an update on CNMA’s advocacy to retain the master's degree program for nurse-midwifery at UCSF. Additionally, both of the bills CNMA is co-sponsoring have passed the Assembly and are currently in Senate committees! 

UCSF Closure of the Masters in Midwifery:

We are thrilled about the SF Chronicle’s front page coverage of the UCSF closure of the Midwifery masters program. Check out the article here. CNMA is excited to be meeting with leadership from the School of Nursing and our partners from the Future of Abortion Council to advocate for the importance of maintaining a Masters option for nurse-midwives. And we are grateful to the 54 sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice orgs who have signed on to our statement in support of maintaining a masters option for nurse-midwives.

Join Us July 22nd 6-7pm PST for a Virtual Town Hall where we will provide an in-depth update and answer any questions you may have on where we are with our advocacy efforts regarding maintaining a masters option.

Midwifery Access California

CNMA is the convener of Midwifery Access California, a multi-year, multi-stakeholder initiative to improve midwife-led care in Medi-Cal. Want to learn more, or want to join? Go to

Midwifery Access California is also hosting a 2024 webinar series on the State of Midwifery in California, funded by the California Nurse-Midwives Foundation. You can find our first super informative webinar at Register there for future webinars in this series.

You can help midwifery advocacy efforts by subscribing to the MACa YouTube Channel at: and share this link in your networks! If you have questions, contact the CNMA Health Policy Chair and Vice Chair at or 


Scholarships and Fellowships

Announcement from the A.C.N.M Foundation: Upcoming Scholarships and Awards Opportunities

The A.C.N.M. Foundation announces the availability of applications/nominations for four distinguished scholarships and awards. All designed to support and empower aspiring individuals in their educational or midwifery journeys.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming opportunities, which will be available on July 1 at: For questions, please contact:

Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award for midwives with 20+ years experience who embody visionary leadership in midwifery.

Posting Date: July 01, 2024

Nomination Deadline: August 16, 2024

Texas Midwifery Creation Scholarship for midwifery students intending to practice in Texas.

Posting Date: July 01, 2024

Application Deadline: September 08, 2024

Carrington-Hsia-Nieves Doctoral Scholarship for midwives of color pursuing doctoral education.

Posting Date: July 01, 2024

Application Deadline: September 08, 2024

Elizabeth Bear Education Leadership Fellowship for midwives pursuing future academic leadership roles.

Posting Date: July 01, 2024

Application Deadline: September 08, 2024

For more information about the A.C.N.M. Foundation opportunities and to show support with a charitable donation, visit us at:


Volunteers Needed!! 

COCOON Study Volunteers

The California Nurse-Midwives Association (CNMA) would like to learn more about barriers and facilitators to precepting midwifery students in CA!

Volunteers needed! 

  • Are you a midwife who has a history of, or are currently, precepting midwife students, or a midwife administrator or lead midwife? 

  • Are you a midwife who has never precepted? 

The California Nurse-Midwives Association (CNMA) would like your help to better understand the barriers and facilitators for midwifery preceptors in the state of California.

Online interviews would last 60-90 minutes and will be confidential.

In appreciation for your time and wisdom, we will be providing participants $75 compensation after completion of the interview.  

You must be based in California to participate, the study is active from 1/2024 to 12/2024. 

There is a small possibility researchers may reach out with follow-up questions, lasting no longer than 15-20 minutes.

Feel free to share this call for research participants with your midwife friends and colleagues! If you have any questions, please contact Anya Rapaport (, Wallis Adams (, and/or Amara Miller (

CNMA is seeking a New Volunteer 

Are you passionate about improving reproductive health care in California? Do you thrive on building connections and fostering collaboration? We have an exciting opportunity for you to step into a vital role as the California Nurse-Midwife Association liaison to the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF)!

You will be partnered with an experienced CNMA health policy team member to help you grow into the role, so if you're an experienced midwife with a background in policy or someone eager to grow into the role we would love to hear from you! 

Join us and get the inside scoop into how California Reproductive Health Policy is developed in California and help amplify the voice of midwives and the people we serve at that CCRF table and beyond! 

Interested? Send a note sharing why you are interested in the role to and we will set up a time to chat. 

About the Organizations:

California Nurse-Midwife Association is the professional organization representing California’s Nurse Midwives and the people and communities that we serve. CNMA works towards an equitable California where all people have access to safe, evidence-based, trauma-informed reproductive healthcare through the advancement of the midwifery profession.

California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF) is a statewide coalition of more than 40 organizations working to promote sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice. CCRF supports and facilitates member-driven initiatives including strategic communication, collaboration and collective policy advocacy to benefit California’s diverse communities that include genderqueer and non-binary people, cisgender and transgender women, and transgender men

About the Team:

You will work closely with and be mentored and supported by CNMA Health Policy Chair & Vice Chair: Holly Smith and Liz Donnelly  

Holly & Liz have been the CCRF liaisons together since 2015. One of them will be in attendance at meetings with you to help you get up to speed and make connections. They will also provide regular support between meetings. 


  1. Experience working as a CNM (any practice setting, for any length of time!)

  2. Commitment to reproductive health rights and justice, including full throated support for abortion as an integral component to reproductive health care. 

  3. Understanding and commitment to the reproductive justice framework 

  4. Interest in health policy. Previous health policy experience is a bonus, but not required! 


1. Meetings: 

  • Attend quarterly meetings with the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF). These meetings are usually ~4hrs virtual or 8hrs in person (we have not yet gone back to in person since covid). Meetings are held throughout the state and there is funding to support your transportation to/from in-person meetings. Your role at the meetings it to represent CNMA, the midwifery profession and the people we serve. Help CNMA to network & make connections with the organizations within CCRF support midwifery expansion and policies that improve care for the people and communities we serve. (2024 Dates: 2/22/24, 4/18/24, 6/27/24, 9/19/24, 11/21/24)

  • Attend CNMA quarterly health policy meetings: Report out to CNMA team on topics and issues coming up within CCRF. Keep abreast of CNMA policy priorities to help represent those within CCRF. (2024 Dates: 1/23/24; 4/23/24; 6/23/24; 10/23/24)

  • Optionally: If you are interested in more in depth insight you are welcome at our weekly policy meetings with the CNMA lobbyist.  2. Communication:

  • Monitor CCRF listserve to support timely engagement with partner organizations

To Apply: 

  • Send a note sharing why you are interested in the role to and set up a time to chat. 

California Clinician Focus Groups 


Job Opportunities

On Call/ Short Hour CNM (Per Diem): Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA 

Kaiser Permanente in Oakland California is hiring.

Looking for CNM with at least a preferred two years of experience and teaching experience preferred. 

Reach out to if interested

Full Time CNM: South Coast Midwifery, Orange County, CA 

South Coast Midwifery Boutique Birth Center is a very supportive group of Midwives looking for another to join the group. Full time, part time and per diem position is available. Compensation is commensurate with experience and licensure. 


- every other weekend, 48-hour call (or similar)

- 2 clinic/24 hr call shifts per week 

- 1, 24 hour call shift every other week (clinic as needed)


- Paid Time Off

- Group health and dental benefits 

- CEU allowance 

- Eligible for company retirement program

- Group malpractice coverage

- Employee discounts 

- Annual salary + bonuses 

- Please Email Lorri Walker at or 949 654-2727

- Check out our Website at

Part Time CNM: South Coast Midwifery, Orange County, CA 

South Coast Midwifery Boutique Birth Center is a very supportive group of Midwives looking for another to join the group. Full time, part time and per diem position is available. Compensation is commensurate with experience and licensure.


- every other weekend, 48-hour call (or similar) 

- 1 clinic/24 hr call shift per week (option for 2 available)

- 1, 12 hour call shift per week 


- Paid Sick Leave

- Group malpractice coverage

- Employee discounts 

- Annual salary or per shift compensation 

- May maintain outside employment if desired 

- Please Email Lorri Walker at or 949 654-2727

- Check out our Website at

2025 Advocacy Institute Fellowship

Join ANA\California's 4th annual flagship advocacy program to immerse yourself in public policy and nursing advocacy campaigns.

About the Advocacy Institute Fellowship:

ANA\California's Advocacy Institute Fellowship is designed to help nurses develop the skills and knowledge necessary to engage in advocacy initiatives affecting California legislation, regulations, and policies.

During their one-year commitment, Fellows will leverage ANA\California's network of coalitions, partners, media, and political contacts to engage new opportunities for creating sustainable change in nursing.

Advocacy Institute Fellows are ANA\California members with a demonstrated passion for policy development and advocacy, specifically focusing on advancing the nursing profession through legislation, regulation, and policy.

The 2025 Fellowship Campaigns include:

-Racism in Nursing

-LGBTQIA+ Equity in Nursing

-Nurses in Media

-A.I. in Nursing (New!)

-Veterans Health (New!)


  • Minimum of 2 years continuous membership with ANA\California.

  • Minimum Baccalaureate level degree in nursing.

  • Willing and able to commit to (8) hours per month.

  • Willing and able to pay the Fellowship Program Fee of $499.


  • Adhere to all deliverable deadlines and timelines outlined in the program

  • Maintain consistent attendance at required meetings, networking events, and advocacy activities

  • Respond to communications from program coordinators in a timely manner

  • Schedule and attend a meeting with your designated district legislator, and participate in at least one related legislative event

  • Attend a California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) meeting during the program term

  • Participate in the ANA\California Appreciation Luncheon event

  • Attend the ANA\California Annual General Assembly and Business Meeting

  • Complete the ANA\California Media and Advocacy Training Workshops


Note: This twelve-month, unpaid, non-residential Fellowship starts September 2024.



SisterSong Membership

Every month, SisterSong memberships will be discounted for a different group. This month (June), we are offering discounted memberships for all LGBTQ+ folks, or organizations that focus on supporting LGBTQ+ communities. Happy Pride Month!

ACNM Task Force on Financial Transparency 

As a result of a motion at the annual business meeting in May, the ACNM Board of Directors is establishing a Task Force on Financial Transparency. The Task Force will: define financial transparency for the organization; review the financial information that is currently available to members and how this information publicized; determine what additional information is desired by members, and the frequency and methods of dissemination; and make recommendations to the Board to improve processes in financial transparency. Findings of the Task Force will be available to all members.

The Task Force will be facilitated by the ACNM treasurer, Susan DeJoy, and will consist of 12 members: 2 ACNM Board members, one ACNM staff member, 2 affiliate leaders, and 7 ACNM active members. The Task Force will meet monthly via zoom for approximately six months.

Affiliate leaders who wish to join the task force should submit a statement of interest to by July 30. Questions should be directed to

ACNM Call for Committee Members

Call for Bylaws Committee Members

The Bylaws Committee is seeking new members. If interested, please contact Alexandra Michel.

Call for Committee Members: Finance and Audit Committee - Audit Subcommittee

The Finance and Audit Committee is seeking members for the Audit Subcommittee. If you are interested please send your CV and a brief letter of interest to

Call for Division of Research Chair

The Division of Research is seeking a new Chair. If you are interested, please send your CV and a brief letter of interest to


Notice of Public Hearing

California Prenatal Screening Fee Increase

July 15, 2024 at 11:00AM - 1200PM (PST) | Zoom 

  • The California Department of Public Health has adopted regulations on an emergency basis.

  • These regulations are deemed an emergency and necessary for the immediate preservation of public peace, health, safety, or general welfare.

  • A virtual public hearing will be held on July 15, 2024, during which comments, objections, and recommendations regarding the regulation will be considered.

  • Written public comments can be submitted via email, fax, or mail until July 24th, 2024.

Problem Statement:

To comply with its mandate under SB 1555 and expand its screening activities to meet the most stringent standard of care, the PNS Program proposes to raise its all-inclusive screening fee from $232.00 to $344.00.


The broad objectives of this regulatory action are to:

  • Expand the PNS Program’s screening activities to meet the highest standard of care.

  • Continue to fund the PNS Program from fees collected.

  • Update the Department’s regulations to meet the current standard of care for prenatal screening. 


  • Improved risk assessment and early diagnosis.

  • Reduced severity of health problems related to chromosomal abnormalities, neural tube defects and other related health problems.

  • Planning for necessary resources (surgery, neonatal care, social services, and financial aid).

  • Enhanced quality of life.

  • Informed reproductive health decisions for pregnant individuals and broader community benefits.

Access the public hearing notice letter:

The public hearing notice letter and the emergency regulation text may be accessed at

Meeting ID: 262 080 788 494

Passcode: cxAgan

Dail-in by phone: (916) 306-8051

Phone conference ID: 944 515 900#

Phone conference ID: 944 515 900#

Contacts:Inquiries regarding the substance of the proposed regulations described in this notice may be emailed to Emmylou Slaga at the Genetic Disease Screening Branch,

All other inquiries concerning the action described in this notice may be directed to Jasmine Fullwood, Office of Regulations, at, or to the designated backup contact person, Michael Boutros, Chief of the Office of Regulations, at


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ACNM Wants to Listen to YOU - CEO Conversations

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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


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!

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