Updated: Feb 3, 2020

California Nurse-Midwives Association


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CNMA President’s Call to Action!! 2

CNMA Lobby Day April 15th!! 3


CNMA Updated Schedule 2 Course 4

Perinatal Psychiatry Consultation Service - Free to ALL perinatal providers in CA 4

CNMA Free Membership for Midwives of Color 5

Did you miss the talk by Indra Lusero on Midwifery Regulations, Access and Health Equity? 5

We want your input!! 6

Webinar: Promoting Midwifery and High Value Care in Medi-Cal 6

Yale School of Nursing Candidate School for Nurses and Midwives 7

Upcoming Events in the Bay 8

Questions? News? Want to get involved? 9

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.

With Gratitude,

Kathleen Belzer

CNMA President.

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!


Annual Meeting with be held August 28-30, 2020

Registration Opens April 1, 2020

Hayes Mansion

San Jose, CA