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June 2019 Newsletter

Updated: Jun 5, 2019

California Nurse-Midwives Association

JUNE 2019 | Newsletter

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MOMENTS FROM ACNM 2019

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

A VIEW FROM CAPITOL HILL

SHOUT OUT TO CNMA MEMBERS ANA DELGADO AND ASMARA GEBRE!

SAVE THE DATE! CNMA ANNUAL MEETING OCT 5, 2019 IN LOS ANGELES, CA

STUDENTS INVITED TO SUBMIT POSTERS FOR CNMA ANNUAL MEETING

OPEN POSITIONS FOR CNMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: 2019

CAREER OPPORTUNITY IN WATSONVILLE, CA



 

MOMENTS FROM ACNM 2019

A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT


I was so happy to see so many faces from CA at the ACNM conference!! We stormed the capitol and I do mean “stormed!” Please see the update on Advocacy Day from Paris. In the process, one of the CNMs had a connection with a reporter from the Voice of America. A few of us were shuttled off to the Voice of America building and were interviewed. We discussed various topics including the current state of midwifery in America and barriers midwives face under our current system; integrating doulas into care; and taking care of women with preeclampsia.

We also had an affiliate meeting in which we outlined all the important things CNMA is working on at this time. We sold much of our merchandise at the marketplace and did a lot of networking. There were wonderful educational opportunities and a large focus on topics related to equity, inclusion and diversity. Ana Dalgado made a motion which was approved to allow members to allocate a certain amount of their dues to support midwives of color. This was passed and will be taken up by the ACNM Board. CNMs from CA were very outspoken in this debate and we should all be proud of their passion and the strength of their collective voices.

I am also very proud that we were able to offer five 500.00 scholarships to allow SNMs to attend. CNMA also encouraged ACNM to sponsor two of our representatives from our newly formed Reproductive Justice/Anti-Racism Advisory Group; I am so happy they were able to attend.

Many of those attending asked me how they could get involved. If you are one of those individuals or want to become more engaged, please email me at kathleen.belzer@gmail.com. I can talk you through what interests you and the amount of commitment you can make so we can tailor an opportunity that meets your particular desires.

With gratitude,

Kathleen Belzer, CNMA President.


ACNM in Washington, D.C.: A View from the Hill

On May 20th, over 500 midwives and student midwives gathered together in Washington, DC to lobby for legislation that will improve health outcomes of women and families. Approximately 20 of those CNMs and SNMs were from CNMA! Our advocacy focused on the need to modernize Medicare policy around facility credentialing and privileging of midwives; legislation to amend Medicare’s Conditions of Participation to include midwives in the definition of medical staff; and increased funding within Title VII and Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act in FY 2020 to grow the midwifery workforce. We also took the opportunity to ask for support on issues and legislation we’re working on in California, including racial disparities and implicit bias (SB 464) and our continued issues with physician supervision. It was a phenomenal day, highlighted by a HUGE turnout for our appointments with Kamala Harris’ and Diane Feinstein’s staff, as well as an unexpected interview with Voice of America.

If you were unable to join us in Washington, D.C., don’t worry—there’s still plenty you can do to advocate for women and families through in-district lobbying without leaving the comfort of your own city. Here’s how to get started: Go to https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative and type in your zip code; then call, email, or use the website to contact the scheduler or health aide for your representative to schedule an in-district meeting at your convenience. ACNM’s Hill Day page has everything you need in order to lobby like a professional: http://annualmeeting.midwife.org/hill-day/hill-day-resources/ From here you can print the issue briefs, a CNM State Practice Map, and ACNM and ACOG Joint Statement of Practice Relations to take with you to your meeting. Our talking points will help you feel confident and sound like the expert you are! http://www.midwife.org/acnm/files/cclibraryfiles/filename/000000007487/Talking%20Points%20for%202019%20ACNM%20Hill%20Day.pdf


Paris Maloof-Bury, CNM


P.S. Have you heard? South Carolina has passed legislation allowing CNMs to practice without physician supervision. This means that we in California are now one of only FOUR states in the Union that still require physician supervision. The tide is turning in our favor, my fellow midwives. We need all of our efforts now more than ever!


SHOUT OUT TO CNMA MEMBERS ANA DELGADO AND ASMARA GEBRE!


We are so proud of CNMA members Ana Delgao and Asmara Gebre who collaborated with Oregon affiliate member Lena Jordemoder to bring a powerful motion forward at the 2019 ACNM business meeting this year. These women made a proposal that will help increase equity for midwives of color within ACNM, something that we have not been able to achieve in our six decades of existence as a professional organization. We congratulate you and your efforts to ensure it's successful passage!