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February 2019 Newsletter



California Nurse-Midwives Association

February 2019 | Newsletter

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CMQCC CRITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT


Governor Newsom announces first ever California Surgeon General


CMQCC: My Birth Matters Campaign


CNMA TASK FORCE: Birth Certificate Data Reporting


CNMA Membership Survey Results


CNMA Presents: MEET THE MIDWIVES


Questions? News? Want to get involved?



 

CMQCC CRITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT


There was an important webinar this week on Jan 30th by CMQCC on the topic of BIRTH CERTIFICATE DATA ENTRY. We are involved in a large project to help ensure that midwives are getting added to the birth certificates of our patients we are delivering because our numbers are being largely underreported. See our previous newsletter for more details, or visit CMQCC’s Maternal Data Center page for more information. From the webinar on Wednesday, we wanted to bring to everyone’s attention a crucial nugget from the discussion:


'Importantly, on the most recent CMQCC webinar that addressed reporting of CNM-attended births, it was clarified that if you are supervising a midwifery student or resident, the birth attendant reported on the birth certificate should be the provider supervising the resident or midwifery student. Please distribute this information to your departments, birth clerks, and CNM colleagues.'


Keep your ear to the ground, CNMA will do our best to keep you updated on how you can help. Stay tuned for more information!


 

Governor Newsom announces first ever California Surgeon General



Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a national leader in pediatric medicine, as California’s first-ever Surgeon General, and Kris Perry, a national leader in early childhood policy, as Deputy Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency for Early Childhood Development and Senior Advisor to the Governor on Implementation of Early Childhood Development Initiatives. There is overwhelming consensus in the scientific community around early warning signs and childhood determinants of serious health outcomes. As Surgeon General, Dr. Burke Harris will urge policymakers at every level of government and leaders across the state to consider the social determinants of health, especially for children. Her work will focus on combating the root causes of serious health conditions — like adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress — and using the platform of Surgeon General to reach young families across the state.


To read more, click here.


We’d love to hear from anyone who knows or has worked with Dr. Burke Harris. If so, please contact advocacy@cnma.org.



 

CMQCC: My Birth Matters Campaign



In the last few years, healthcare providers, payers, purchasers, policymakers, and others across California have been working together to ensure that C-sections are only performed when absolutely necessary. Overuse of C-sections leads to serious risks for mothers and babies, and while the nurse midwife model inherently and historically has supported vaginal births, additional stakeholders and providers are also now working to improve clinical care to decrease unnecessary C-sections across the state.


Patient education is a critical part of this effort, and as such, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC), and Consumer Reports joined forces to develop and launch My Birth Matters, an educational campaign aimed at informing expectant mothers about cesarean delivery. The goal is to support the statewide effort by educating as many first-time, low-risk pregnant women as possible in California about the overuse of C-sections and encourage meaningful conversations between them and their healthcare team.


In order to create a successful campaign, CHCF, CMQCC, and Consumer Reports needed to remain singularly focused on the issue of C-section reduction and offer clear messaging that resonated with women California-wide.


To read more, click here.


Ready to get started or have questions? You can find all the materials on our outreach page and can email info@MyBirthMatters.org with questions or to share updates.


CNMA TASK FORCE: Birth Certificate Data Reporting


As part of CNMA's push to ensure that birth certificates accurately reflect CNM birth attendants in every hospital, we are creating the CNMA Birth Certificate Accuracy Task Force.


If you would like to participate, or know of someone who would be a good fit for such a project, please let us know. We would love to have CNM leads from across the state as well as others familiar with this problem who are motivated to assist with this project.


Please contact Holly Smith at advocacy@cnma.org.


AGAIN: On the most recent CMQCC webinar that addressed reporting of CNM-attended births, it was clarified that if you are supervising a midwifery student or resident, the birth attendant reported on the birth certificate should be the provider supervising the resident or midwifery student.


Please distribute this information to your departments, birth clerks, and CNM colleagues.

 

CNMA Membership Survey Results




CNMA recently circulated a survey to look at the possible reasons for a notable drop in our membership over the past five years. We wanted to take a broader look our organization, how we are serving our community, and at how the community of midwives views membership.


Here is what we learned from you!


In order to get started, we had looked at other professional organizations in California, like the California Lawyers Association, the California Medical Association, and the California Pharmacists Association to compare their membership numbers, membership fees, mission statements, and stated member benefits to compare what CNMA offers to its California midwives.


1. We found that most professional organizations had over 75% membership participation by their practicing community.

California has over 1100 practicing midwives, of which less than half are active members. 73.5% of survey participants stated they feel a professional obligation to participate in their professional organization. 58% of participants felt like they understood the benefits of belonging to a professional organization like CNMA. CNMA is hoping to increase our membership to match the levels of our sibling organizations to at least 75% of practicing midwives. We have power in numbers. CNMA wants to help give midwives a fair seat at the legislative table and a voice when laws affecting patient care are being passed.


2. Each organization’s mission statement emphasized the organization’s role in advocating for the rights of its members by advocating for the best patient outcome