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CNMA Newsletter - June 2024

Message From the President

Dear Community,

Summer is almost here and the days are stretching out to their longest. School’s out for the summer and it’s time to LIVE! 

Throughout the month of June, we celebrate Pride and the right of all people to exist and to love, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. On Juneteenth, we honor the rights to dignity, self-determination, freedom, democracy, and citizenship for all people, especially those of African descent whose liberties were withheld for so long on this land, and for whom justice is still too often deferred. And of course, we celebrate fatherhood; which reminds me of how far we’ve come in centering families in birth, rather than treating mothers, birthing people, and infants simply as patients, and partners as visitors. And this is why we are here, why we do this work.

And to help us in this work, we at CNMA are using this Summer break to prepare for the Fall’s educational offerings. This year’s Annual Meeting will be held November 9th at The Key Room in Marin County, and we’re aiming for 8 ACNM CEs. There will be two post-conferences on November 10th to choose from: Breech Without Borders (23.5 ACNM CEs) or our two part abortion training (4-8 ACNM CEs). And if you can’t wait until November for the abortion training, we’ll be offering the virtual abortion training (4 ACNM CEs) on September 21st. More details are in the newsletter! 

Meanwhile, our Health Policy Team is working hard to save the UCSF Masters in Nurse-Midwifery program, all while ensuring that this year's legislative agenda is a success – as always! Midwifery never stops, and neither does our advocacy. That said, we couldn’t do any of this without support from our membership – if you’re not a member, please consider joining now! And remember: if you identify as BIPOC, be sure to use the coupon code CA2020 when you renew or join to waive the California Affiliate portion of your dues; we are 100% committed to re-diversifying the midwifery workforce in California.  

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 


Health Policy Updates

Go to to catch up on health policy initiatives and advocacy efforts, including our efforts 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 Health Committee and Appropriations Committees and are on their way to the Assembly Floor!

On May 8, 2024, the Department of Public Health held a stakeholder meeting to respond to a petition to change current Title 22 regulations and allow Medical Staff Membership of non physician providers. You can still submit your position letter (until June 9, 2024)!  Please have your voice heard! Email and tell them why you support the change for medical staff membership to include non physician providers, inclusive of nurse-midwives, including to:

  • ensure due process for midwives on staff

  • to have a voice in matters that affect the dire state of maternity care access

  • to engage in peer review, and thus improve safety and quality of care 

  • to catch up to the 32 other states that allow nurse-midwives on medical staff!

  • to make regulations consistent with the new law for independent practice of nurse midwives

  • More info at

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. 


Education, Trainings, and Webinars

Understanding the Role Nurse Practitioners Can Play in Maternal Mental Health 

Wednesday, June 5 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am PT

Join us to discuss an untapped and often misunderstood workforce. During this webinar two nurse practitioners will discuss the value psychiatric and women's health nurse practitioners can bring to the field of Maternal Mental Health, including their role in interfacing with patients and as prescribers.

Reproductive Health Access Upcoming Gatherings

Practice Guide for All-Options Pregnancy Counseling: An Introduction to the Tool (National) - Wednesday, June 5th, at 7:00pm EST. RSVP here.

Legislative Advocacy Roundtable (Regional 1 of 2) - Tuesday, June 11th, from 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST. RSVP here.

Legislative Advocacy Roundtable (Regional 2 of 2) - Wednesday, June 12th, from 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST. RSVP here.

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, June 25 (10:00 am-3 :00 p.m. ET) – Registration closes on Monday, June 10

Tuesday, July 23 (10L00 am-3:00 p.m. ET) – Registration closes on Monday, July 8

Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care & Advanced Trainings

All training dates offer the 2-day Components of Care and 3rd-day Advanced Psychotherapy (unless marked). *=additional training available: 3rd-day Advanced Psychopharmacology.


Jun. 26-27

Sep. 25-26

Nov. 13-14

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

June 19, 2024, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET

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


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. 

AWHONN 2024 Conference

The AWHONN Convention, taking place June 7-11 in Phoenix, is the ultimate meet-up for nurses caring for newborns and their families. 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.

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!

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.

All proposals for abstracts or posters should be submitted by 5 PM EST on May 31, 2024. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Phyllis Leppert at or Dr. Susan Stone at

AWHONN’s Obstetric Patient Safety (OPS): Obstetric Emergencies Workshop Is Coming to Phoenix!

June 7, 2024 | University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ

The Obstetric Patient Safety (OPS): Obstetric Emergencies Workshop is a course proactive in nature, empowering nurses and clinicians across perinatal, emergency, medical-surgical, ICU, and critical access settings in order to address and potentially reverse this concerning trend.

This one-day, in-person workshop delves into best practices for managing various obstetric emergencies. Through active simulations, participants hone their skills in recognizing and responding to patients during critical situations. Debriefing sessions following each simulation allow clinicians to reflect on successful aspects and identify areas for improvement. 

Pricing: $269 (Includes continental breakfast, lunch, and participant materials)

Nursing contact hours/CME: 10.75 hours (0.75 pharmacy hours) available through 05/31/2025

While this event takes place prior to the AWHONN Convention, it is not related to the Convention.

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.

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. 


On-Demand Webinars 

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

Watch the BriefingVolunteers Needed!! 


Volunteers Needed!!

CNMA is seeking a new volunteer for the role Liaison to the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF) 

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. 

  1. 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. 


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.


Save the Date 

CNMA 2024 Annual Meeting 

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: (registration link coming soon!) from 8AM - 6 PM. 23.5 ACNM CEs.

  • 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!



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!


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

Call for Workforce Committee Chair

California Clinician Focus Groups 


Medi-Cal Rx

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

See additional updates below:


ACNM Wants to Listen to YOU - CEO Conversations

Wednesdays | 4:00 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


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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