CNMA Newsletter: May 2022
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Message from the President
May has gotten off to a rocky start with the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (read more below about what YOU can do!). We as midwives are reminded of the fragile state of reproductive healthcare rights and access, and the urgency which surrounds the work we do.
Meanwhile, May 5th was the International Day of the Midwife! I know I’m not alone when I say the call to do this work feels both energizing and daunting. We are called simultaneously to advocate and to care, to stand up for what we believe in while standing beside those we serve. And it feels like there’s never enough of us to go around. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could simply clone ourselves?
Well, if we can’t clone ourselves, the next best thing is bringing in more folks to share the work. We need more midwives! Our Workforce Development and Educational Support Committee is hard at work creating real strategies to train and sustain more midwives in our state. But to make that work, we need YOU to precept! You can read more below about what our students need in order to share in this work. In the meantime, I hope you’ll consider opening up your practice to student midwives. We were all new once, and none of us would be where we are today if someone hadn’t taken the time to help us get to where we wanted to be.
As always, I’m available by email at email@example.com and by text at (805) 415-2553.
In the spirit of service,
Paris Maloof-Bury, CNM, IBCLC
President, California Nurse-Midwives Association
California Health Policy
Future of Abortion: Call to Action!
Our hearts are heavy as we read the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization suggesting that the court is set to enable states to ban abortion outright. We know that this document is not the final word, but it does appear to confirm our worst fears.
As midwives, with people throughout the course of their reproductive lives, we intimately understand the importance of ensuring safe, legal access to abortion care, and we are committed to protecting this fundamental right. We know that if Roe is overturned, the impact will be felt the hardest by low-income people and BIPOC folks. We also know that CNMA and California midwives will be on the front lines providing care to the increasing number of people who would find their nearest abortion provider in California. The projected increase will be from 46,000 to 1.4 million people!
CNMA is a proud member of the California Future of Abortion Council (FAB Council). We are actively supporting a package of 13 bills and related budget requests to protect and expand access to abortion care for all Californians and for anyone who is forced to travel to our state for the services they need. This package also includes efforts towards workforce development to ensure more CNMs are able to practice and provide needed abortion care in our state. Nationally we have taken a support position on the Women’s Health Protection Act and have encouraged ACNM to do the same.
Last night, Governor Newsom and legislative leaders in both houses committed to a state constitutional amendment to further protect the right to abortion in this state. The fact that both Senator Atkins and Speaker Rendon agree clears the way for the legislation to likely pass in time for the June 30th deadline to qualify for the November statewide ballot. CNMA will be on the lookout for a bill to be introduced in the next few days.
We encourage you to take the time you need to rest, grieve and to process your feelings of anger. When you are ready here are some things you may want to consider doing:
Advocacy things you can do
Join the call for Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify the right to abortion into federal law.
Support ACCESS, the Californa abortion fund.
Clinical things you can do:
Register for the abortion training workshop at the ACNM annual conference in Chicago. It is a full day (8hrs) and 7.5 CEs. It is only offered in-person and will be Saturday, 5/21.
Consider becoming a medication abortion provider or training to offer manual vacuum aspiration abortion in your clinical setting.
Resources to share for people in communities at risk of losing access to abortion:
M+A Hotline: a confidential, private and secure phone and text hotline for people in need of support for self-managed miscarriage or abortion.
If you have questions about self-managed abortion and the law, @ifwhenhow can help. The Repro Legal Helpline is a free, confidential source for legal advice and information on self-managed abortion. Visit ReproLegalHelpline.org or call 844-868-2812.