DECEMBER 2019 | CNMA NEWSLETTER
California Nurse-Midwives Association
December 2019 | Newsletter
California Nurse-Midwives Foundation:
CNMA has fully launched California Nurse-Midwives Foundation!! We have a diverse BOD which will grow over time as we work to fine tune our goals. Our mission includes supporting efforts to remove barriers to Nurse-Midwives in CA, address Birth Equity through efforts such as recruitment and support of students of color; and supporting innovative models of care in areas of great need. We are now able to accept donations and put them toward these important endeavors. Please send donations to: PO Box 458 Redwood Estates CA 95044
Midwives as Change Agents: A win for Reproductive and Maternal Health in Napa County!!
As many of you know from prior communication, CNMA advocated and sent letters to legislators, the Governor, and the Attorney General to halt the Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) between Queen of the Valley and St Joseph’s Hospital in Napa County. We also worked with our partners in the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom to challenge this JOA. In this JOA, there would have been consolidation of service lines and further restrictions placed on the provision of reproductive and maternal health due to the religious directives that prohibit contraception, abortion, tubal ligation, in-virto fertilization services and gender non-conforming care. There are already incredible restrictions that exist in Napa for these services. The Attorney General rejected this merger. Speaking up for what is right does make a difference and as CNMs, we need to use our voice to advocate for those who are often marginalized in these discussions. We are thrilled with the Attorney General’s decision!! See the link below for further information.
Kathleen Belzer, CNMA President.
Coming soon: CNMA partnership with Professional Education Center to provide online CEU talks
We are excited to announce that we will be offering online CEUs starting 2020. We are partnering with Profession Education Center, who will help to provide the highest quality content as well as make sure your receive your CEUs! If you are interested in being a speaker, please submit your information here. We are looking forward for this amazing opportunity to make great content readily available to our community!
AB 5: Will This Impact Your Practice??
AB5 was recently signed into law (Gig Economy Bill). This bill attempts to protect workers, especially those in the Gig Economy, but it will affect many industries and individuals who fill out a 1099 form. If you feel this will impact you and you have concerns as a CNM, please contact us so we can discuss the implications of this on your employment or your ability to hire other CNMs as independent contractors. There is currently an effort under way to create exemptions for APRNs and we need as much information as possible in terms of who this will impact and in what manner. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voice of America: A video addressing Preeclampsia and highlighting Alise Howe CNM, one of our newly certified members!
Alise offers a comprehensive overview of the pathophysiology of Preeclampsia. We are extremely proud of her efforts! The filming took place in Washington DC when CNMA visited the Capitol. Thank you Alise!! https://youtu.be/8-bUxDMngow
Message from Seed Global Health. Opportunity for CNMs in Malawi and Uganda
As a Seed Global Health (Seed) Midwife Educator, there would be an incredible opportunity for you to contribute to 5-year locally designed partnerships between Seed, academic institutions, clinical sites, and even policy makers to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes in Malawi and Uganda.
In Uganda, for example, the Ministry of Health is prioritizing emergency care country-wide. One nursing institution is partnering with a local hospital in the development of a Masters in Midwifery program that will integrate basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) in response to the needs of its community. Faculty, students and practicing midwives will benefit from the EmONC training which will allow them to apply critical thinking and clinical skills that will empower them to save lives and train others with skills to do the same.
To support these partnerships, Seed has been asked to send Seed Midwife Educators for one-year placements to share their teaching and clinical expertise in midwifery and basic EmONC care with students, clinicians and faculty.
While the work and activities of the Seed Midwife Educators will be different between partnerships and across years, the common experience of Seed Educators is anchored in the collaborative and responsive relationships that are built with students, faculty and communities to strengthen health systems and save lives.
Be a part of the collaboration, sharing knowledge, saving lives.
Please share this unique opportunity with your networks, forwarding this email or posting this flyer within your departments for faculty, graduating residents, fellows and anyone who you think would be interested.
Julie Anathan, RN, MPH
Director of Nursing & Midwifery