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CNMA Newsletter: June 2022


Message from the President


Hello and welcome to our CNMA monthly Newsletter!


As always, we’ve included plenty of information on the latest job opportunities and continuing education. But this month’s newsletter also includes several calls to action. As you know, we’ve been making tremendous progress in our state, and the momentum is powerful!


There has never been a more exciting time to be a midwife in California, with so many opportunities not only to practice with autonomy and integrity, and also to shape and grow reproductive and maternity healthcare for millions of people in our state. How will you contribute to this progress? What is your calling?


For some of you, perhaps it’s time to step up and join the leadership of CNMA; election season is almost here, and now is the time to throw your hat in the ring! Or maybe now’s the time to finally open up your practice to students–perhaps a little financial incentive will help you to make that leap possible! Or maybe you’re super proud about the innovative work you’re doing and want to share it with the rest of us at the CNMA Annual Meeting in November–and we want to learn from you! If any of these opportunities speak to you, keep reading–there are more details below. And if that’s not enough, hopefully the exciting updates on the California Prenatal Screening Program will make the newsletter worth the read.


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 Board of Directors: Call for Nominations


The CNMA annual election is coming soon, 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: Representative from an Under-Represented Group, Reproductive Justice & Anti-Racism Chair, Southern California Representative, and Treasurer. Please email Paris Maloof-Bury or Alison Young if you are interested in running.


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.



California Health Policy


Legislative Updates

The last week of May was the final week to move bills off of the Assembly Floor and we have great news! Our bill – AB 2529 (Davies/Calderon), the bill that would make midwifery education programs eligible to apply for state funding like NPs, PAs, RNs, and physicians already have access to through the Song Brown Act – passed the Assembly Floor with zero "no" votes! That means this bill has bipartisan support and is now moving onto the Senate! Thanks for all the support and calls thus far and, as always, you can stay updated at www.cnma.org/advocacy. In addition, all 13 Future of Abortion (FAB) Council Bills continue to move through the Legislature. Find out more about these bills at www.CaFABCouncil.org