May 2019 Newsletter

Updated: May 2, 2019

California Nurse-Midwives Association

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Lobby Day - May 7th, 2019

News from CNMA Leadership

CHCF Meeting to address Maternal Mental Health in California

Nurse-Midwifery Advisory Committee to the BRN seeking CNM from NorCal

AB 890 (Nurse Practitioner bill for full practice authority)

ACNM Annual Meeting


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Lobby Day Is May 7th, 2019

Lobby Day registration is now closed. But for those of you who will be attending, please note that registration starts at 8:30am. We will begin promptly at 9am after check-in is finished. We will be meeting Capitol Event Center, located at 1020 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Registrants will be sent a follow-up email with more details and agenda of the day’s events.

We look forward to seeing you there!


News from CNMA Leadership

A letter from Kathleen Belzer, CNMA President

On April 23rd, Holly and I drove to Sacramento to meet with a number of legislators to discuss current bills that affect CNMs and begin laying the foundation for future legislation to remove physician supervision. I have always known Holly is an extraordinary individual, but this time she set the bar even higher!! While I drove an hour and a half to Sacramento, she drove all the way up from Lancaster (6 hrs) with her 2 and 6 year old children! She also had her mother drive down from the CA/Oregon border and meet her in Sac and watch her kids while we spent the whole day at the Capitol meeting with legislators. I feel so blessed to be working with such an amazing individual.

We have many balls in the air right now as we try to position ourselves to be successful with removal of supervision. Although we have not been successful yet, it is clear that legislators now know who we are, what we do, and they are very supportive and positive when we engage with them. We have built great momentum and we will continue to build on it going forward. We also met with CNMA’s newly hired political strategist, Andrew Crutchfield, to discuss our plan and needs. One important goal we are working toward is setting up a 501c3 to begin a fundraising campaign to assist with many important priorities of CNMA.

I look forward to seeing many of you at Lobby Day next week!

Enjoy this picture of Holly with her children and her husband on March 29th, the day of her husband’s recent retirement from the Air Force. I thought you would all enjoy seeing another side of our wonderful Health Policy Chair!! Thank you Holly!!


Kathleen Belzer, CNMA President



CHCF to address Maternal Mental Health in California

On April 25th, the California Health Care foundation (CHCF) held a meeting of invited guests to strategize on ways we can address maternal mental health issues in the State. There were important stakeholders from many organizations who came together to look at the current complex issues and how we can work together to address them and have a positive impact. It was an inspiring day and CNMA was able to network with many important individuals and organizations. CNMA looks forward to being involved in innovative policy-making changes surrounding this important issue.


Nurse-Midwifery Advisory Committee to the BRN seeking CNM from Northern California

The Nurse-midwifery Advisory Committee to the BRN (NMAC) is seeking a CNM in clinical practice in Northern California. The purpose of this committee is to advise the board on all matters pertaining to nurse-midwifery as established by the board, and, if necessary, to assist the board or its designated representatives in the evaluation of applications for nurse-midwifery certification. The NMAC is composed of direct practice nurse-midwives, one each from the northern and southern California, a nurse-midwife engaged in nurse-midwifery education, one public member who has been a consumer of nurse-midwifery practice, and an obstetrical physician with knowledge of nurse-midwifery practice. The terms are 2 years in length, and committee members may be appointed for a 2nd term. CNMA is actively seeking someone to fill this important role.

If interested please contact advocacy@cnma.org


AB 890 (Nurse Practitioner bill for full practice authority).

The nurse practitioner bill passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee in April and is therefore moving forward in the bill process. NPs immediately eligible to practice without supervision must practice in one of the following settings or organizations in which one or more physicians and surgeons practice with the nurse practitioner: a clinic (as defined in Section 1200 of the Health and Safety Code), a health facility (as defined in Section 1250 of the Health and Safety Code), a facility (as described in Chapter 2.5, commencing with Section 1440, of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code), or a medical group practice. NPs who desire to practice outside of these settings (solo practice) must complete 4600 hours of “transition to practice” (TTP) and must possess a DNP and have national certification, or have a masters degree and national certification, plus 2 years of practice. CANP is actively working to create a “grandfather” clause to account for those in solo practice who already meet the TTP hours.

Bill language can be found here.

FAQs on the most recent amendments can be found here.

For more information, email advocacy@cnma.org


ACNM Annual Meeting

Washington, DC

May 18- May 22

CNMA will be hosting an affiliate social gathering on 5/21 in the afternoon. We look forward to seeing many of you there!


ACNM/CNMA Membership

CNMA wants to take a moment to address your membership status with you.