FEBRUARY 2020 | NEWSLETTER
Updated: Feb 4, 2020
California Nurse-Midwives Association
CNMA President’s Call to Action!!
Over the past year, we have executed a strategic plan to put ourselves in a strong position to sponsor legislation to remove barriers to midwifery care. By far, the biggest barrier that exists to the practice of midwifery in CA is physician supervision, or better termed, 'physician permission to practice.' As all of you are acutely aware, there is national attention on the maternal mortality crisis, especially as it relates to black individuals and individuals from other marginalized communities. Removing 'permission to practice' in California is a real strategy to addressing this crisis. Removing this barrier will improve access, keep CNMs practicing midwifery and not leaving the state or practicing as RNs, ensure CNMs can practice where there is greatest need and not only where they can find supervision. It will also give more birthing people the option of receiving the excellent care of CNMs. We all know that midwifery care improves outcomes by decreasing unnecessary medical interventions and C/S, addressing race-based disparities, decreasing spiraling costs, improving breastfeeding rates and improving patient satisfaction.
CNMA has worked tirelessly to put ourselves in this strong position. We’ve formed strong coalitions, started a foundation, hired a strategist, co-sponsored SB 464 as a first step at addressing Racism, been a strong presence at the Capital, met with the Governor’s office three times, built up our financial coffers, started an initiative to offer free membership for midwives of color and asked ACNM to join our effort, revamped our communications platforms, collaborated with the CHCF and the PBGH. We are also completing a video project highlighting the benefits of nurse-midwives. We now have a newly hired lobbyist, Lighthouse Public Affairs, to assist us with our efforts. We also have a commitment from Black Women for Wellness to co-sponsor our bill. Given all that we have accomplished, each one of you remains the most important influencer on the ground!! Now is the time for all CNMs to ‘Lean In’!
Over the recent past, we have decreased the dues for students and offered a reduced rate for retired CNMs. We will begin offering free membership for a year for CNMs and students of color. I do understand that there are those who feel disenfranchised and even stop practicing as CNMs due to the constraints delineated, but we need everyone in this fight. It is difficult to ask powerful supporters to assist us when our own membership and level of engagement has decreased. As you know, we are an all volunteer organization and we can’t do this without the support of everyone! Please either join CNMA or if you are somehow opposed to full membership, consider going to CNMA.org and make a donation.
We are up against strong opposition, BUT there are currently very powerful organizations that we are engaging with who will be compelling influencers in the legislature. In addition, AB890 (NP bill) is gaining momentum with legislators and we hope to ride that tide!! THE TIME IS NOW. If you feel like your support doesn’t matter and things will never change, you are mistaken!! There is movement toward removal of barriers for all health care providers. This is especially true as it relates to maternal health.
Stay tuned as we fine tune our communications strategy. We will ask all members to be active on social media platforms with messaging to come.
CNMA Lobby Day April 15th!!
SAVE THE DATE!! Put this year’s Lobby Day in Sacramento on your calendar, we would love to see you there. This is an important year, do not miss out on this! We need your help, and your legislator needs to hear from. Don’t underestimate what your voice means to your legislator. More information and registration link forthcoming. Put it in your calendar now!
CNMA ANNUAL MEETING SAVE THE DATE
Annual Meeting with be held August 28-30, 2020
Registration Opens April 1, 2020
San Jose, CA
All birth workers are invited to participate.
Please reserve your room through Hayes Mansion. They are giving the board, and you the attendees a deal on room rates. Weblink for reservations to be sent out soon.
Will be offering two days of content, including kicking off a Me and White Supremacy closed work group on Sunday morning, limited to 20 participants.
Agenda for the days to be determined.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have information you'd like to present, skills workshop you'd like to run or are considered an expert on any of the following topics:
- Reproductive endocrinology
- Abnormal Uterine bleeding
- PCOS management
Thank you and we look forward to serving our midwifery community with an exciting and informational annual meeting!
Jillian Cauley, CNM
CNMA Updated Schedule 2 Course
The updated Schedule II Drug Course will be available for all California CNMs to take as of 3/1/2020. The course provides the necessary content in relation to Risks of Addiction and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome to ensure you are in compliance with SB 1109. Thank you for your patience as we worked with the BRN to make this a reality!
Kathleen Belzer, CNMA President.
Perinatal Psychiatry Consultation Service - Free to ALL perinatal providers in CA
Dignity Health piloted a perinatal psychiatry consultation service beginning January 2019 with Dignity Health Medical Foundation group members in California. In late September Dignity Health opened the consultation service to any and all perinatal providers in California.
It is often difficult to find timely referral to a perinatal expert when there is an urgent need. Now you can have free expert advice in a timely manner to address your client’s needs.
Attached, please find more information:
CNMA Free Membership for Midwives of Color
Participation by midwives of color (MOC) in CNMA is vital to the progress of midwifery in California and demands our urgent support. As a small gesture to encourage more MOC to join CNMA, CNMA will be waiving the $200 California affiliate fee for new California members who identify as MOC and join ACNM. CNMA asked ACNM to also support more participation of MOC at the national level via similar financial incentives and they have announced they will be offering scholarships for MOC in joining ACNM. So while new MOC members will still be responsible for a portion of the ACNM national membership fee under this initiative, the California affiliate will waive the entire affiliate fee. This offer will be in effect for all of 2020 and may be extended pending funding. Of note, this offer applies to all MOC newly signing up, so even if you have been a member in the past but your membership has lapsed, this offer applies. Please contact our membership Chair, Emily Carter, at email@example.com to receive your coupon code. ACNM will grant 50% off, then California will waive the remainder of the affiliate dues with the coupon code.
Did you miss the talk by Indra Lusero on Midwifery Regulations, Access and Health Equity?
On January 15th, the Nurse-Midwives of Zuckerberg San Francisco General, and the UCSF Nurse-Midwifery Education Program hosted a presentation & discussion regarding midwifery regulation, access, and its impact on health equity with Indra Lusero, a Staff Attorney with National Advocates for Pregnant Women and a reproductive justice entrepreneur who founded Elephant Circle, a Birth Justice capacity-building organization, and the Birth Rights Bar Association, a membership association for lawyers working on issues related to childbirth. During their two hour presentation and panel discussion, Indra tied the regulation and control of midwifery in the US to the legacy of racism, particularly anti-Black racism, in the US and the overall desire to control reproductive freedoms for birthing people. Indra presented data and accompanying strategies for linking increased midwifery access to reproductive justice, and laid out some strategies for us to consider in our next legislative cycle. If you would like the link to the presentation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put INDRA LUSERO in the subject line.
We want your input!!
The newly formed California Nurse-Midwives Foundation wants to hear from you regarding priorities as we get off the ground. Please fill out this survey to make sure we are addressing what is most important to California CNMs. You do not need to be a CNMA member to fill out the survey. Please forward widely.
Please submit no later than February 16th.