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September 2021 Mid- Month Update

Updated: Oct 1, 2021



Register for the CNMA Annual Meeting!

The CNMA Annual Meeting will take place on November 6-7, 2021 in Millbrae, California (just a few miles from San Francisco). We are delighted to offer both in person and virtual access for the 2021 CNMA Annual Meeting. Day 1 includes 8 CEUs and an after hours dance party. Day 2 will offer a FREE anti-racism preceptor workshop. Register here!

November 6th, 8am-5pm

The main event!

In-Person (full vaccination status required) or Virtual Attendance

Breakfast and Lunch Included

8 CEs offered

Shuttle from the airport available

$250 in-person ($250 members/$350 non-members)

$$$ Discounts for students and retirees!

$85 virtual (includes CEs)


November 6th, 7pm-10pm


Drinks, dessert, and dancing to support CNMA's sister organization (a 501c(3))

Tickets sold separately


November 7th, 12-4pm

Day 2: An Optional Anti-Racist Clinical Teaching Interactive Workshop

(25 free tickets, first come, first serve!)

Tickets registered separately.


SB 65 California Momnibus Bill and Midwifery Workforce Training

SB 65 (Skinner), the California Momnibus bill is officially off to the Governor’s desk having passed the Assembly (77-0!) last Thursday with a concurrence vote in the Senate Friday!! This means we are only one step away from creating the Midwifery Workforce Training Act in California (among other awesome changes)! If SB 65 is signed into law, next year’s focus will be to get this midwifery training section funded by the legislature.

While our vote count was great, we do have opposition from the Department of Finance, in particular because the Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review committee portion of the bill was not included in the budget, so a Governor signature is not guaranteed. For more information, see the updated informational flyer here. If you want to support NOW, please visit for what you can do!


Volunteer with CNMA!

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Chair

San Francisco Bay Area Midwives! We are seeking a new chapter chair (or co-chairs) to take over for the Bay Area Chapter. Duties of the chapter chair include presiding at all chapter meetings, maintaining communication among chapter members and with CNMA, and developing a plan/agenda for chapter meetings. BIPOC CNMs are especially invited to apply, as CNMA is actively working to bring more BIPOC CNMs into leadership positions throughout the state. This is an exciting role which will allow you to promote networking and engagement among your fellow local area midwives. You will be supported by your fellow leadership team (vice chair, secretary, and treasurer) as well as by CNMA who is here to help you every step of the way! If you're interested in taking on this role, please email our membership chair, Emily Carter at

Communications Committee

Our Communications Committee is seeking members to help create content for and interact with followers in CNMA social media! If you enjoy social media, this is the committee for you. Please contact for more details.

Seeking Assistant Membership Chair!

The CNMA Membership Chair is seeking someone to fill an assistant membership chair role. The membership chair is responsible for communications with new and existing members as well as developing new and creative ways to increase membership and improve engagement. I am looking for someone to take part in brainstorming and carrying out ideas, as well as assisting with tasks such as emailing and updating membership records. This role can be tailored to fit your interests and skills. If you have a desire to help shape the future of our organization please contact Emily Carter at

Continuing Education Committee

The CNMA Continuing Education Committee is responsible for planning and hosting the CNMA Annual Meeting each year, and is now taking on the added responsibility of creating continuing education content that will be available through (coming soon!). Please consider joining this small and focused team. The work is targeted and specific, but there’s still plenty of room for creativity. Interested members, please contact

Midwifery Workforce Development and Education Support Committee

This new committee will focus on building and diversifying the CNM workforce in California, including strategizing to increase the number of clinical placement sites and preceptors in California, establishing and maintaining two-way communication between midwifery programs that have student nurse-midwives in California and the CNMA Board of Directors, and fostering and supporting student mentoring programs. They will work alongside the Student Representatives to the CNMA Board of Directors. Ideal candidates include any of the following:

  • Lead and Chief Midwives from practices throughout the state

  • At least one representative from each midwifery program that has student midwives in California

  • Midwives who are passionate about supporting students and educators

  • Midwives who are passionate about mentoring

  • Midwives who are passionate about scaling up midwifery in California

Please contact for more information.


Education, Trainings, and Webinars

Preventing Racial and Ethnic Biases During Pandemics and Other Crises

To empower health care personnel to provide equitable care during crises like COVID-19, Diversity Science, a professional services firm focused on accelerating progress towards diversity, equity, and inclusion in health care, has developed three free online training courses tailored to physicians, nurses, and nonclinical frontline staff. Each of the FREE training courses is approximately 25 minutes and can be completed at your convenience.

Saving the Lives of Moms and Babies

The National Partnership for Women & Families has joined the National Birth Equity Collaborative to produce the Saving the Lives of Moms & Babies series. The 10-part series connects the dots between how different socioeconomic factors affect maternal and infant health, the outsize impact these factors have on Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) communities, and recommendations to effect the change we need to ensure all moms and babies thrive. Saving the Lives of Moms & Babies: Addressing Racism and Socioeconomic Influencers of Health presents a ground-breaking summary of how racism directly affects the bodies of moms and babies.

Opioid and Diversion Awareness: The current state of the opioid epidemic

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be hosting four FREE one-day virtual sessions designed for those who are certified to prescribe controlled substances. Space is limited to the first 3,000 attendees per session. The Federation of State Medical Boards designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

You may only attend one session:

  • Thursday, September 16, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (PST)

  • Friday, September 17, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (PST)

Learn more and register. Please direct any questions to

Inclusive Healthcare in Perinatal Nursing

Identifying and rectifying our own biases allows us to improve the outcomes of our patients. This online session will explore challenges related to implicit bias, health equity, disparities, and health care outcomes, as well as strategies and recommendations for addressing implicit bias to achieve the goal of health equity in perinatal healthcare. Registration: $25.00 for AWHONN Members, $39.00 E-members, $50 Non-members. 1.25 Contact Hours

NRP 8th Edition: What’s New for Birth Centers?

Learn all about what’s new in the 8th edition of NRP at AABC’s Webinar Wednesday on September 18, 2021 at 12 PM PST. This $45 webinar will cover the differences between the Essentials and Advanced courses, look at the updated learning platform, and review updates in the algorithm. There will be a Q&A about the equipment and training and about the Birth Center Focused NRP Program. Learn more and register here.

PSI 2-Day Components of Care and Advanced Training

Postpartum support international is offering the 2-Day Components of Care and Advanced Trainings VIRTUALLY! All training dates offer the 2-day Components of Care, Advanced Psychotherapy, and Advanced Psychopharmacology.

Reading Between the Lines: Understanding the Sinusoidal FHR Pattern

AWHONN invites you to expand your clinical skills with the interactive FHM Live Strip Review Series featuring leading thought leaders working in perinatal care. While an uncommon finding

in electronic fetal monitoring, the sinusoidal pattern is associated with severe fetal anemia and requires prompt identification and action. September 20, 11 AM-12:30 PM PST. 1.5 nursing contact hours. Register here.

ACEs: The Science of Toxic Stress (Part 3)

Join us on September 22 at 12 p.m. for the final in a series of FREE webinars that explore the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress. Dr. Rachel Gilgoff, Pediatric Integrative Medicine Fellow at the Stanford School of Medicine, will dive into how providers can develop their clinical response to ACEs and toxic stress, including treatment and follow-up plans. The webinar will cover: how to develop a clinical response to ACEs and toxic stress, the science behind each of the evidence-based strategies for toxic stress regulation, examples of clinical interventions for stress-mitigation strategies, and examples of internal and external support services for stress-mitigation strategies. Register here.

The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant

Midwives are encouraged to consider training to become a surgical first assistant as an expansion to their clinical practice. The Midwife Surgical First Assistant book is the initial step to gaining a foundation in assisting. The subsequent optional examination assesses the knowledge you have gained from studying the book and provides you with a certificate of completion. Earning the First Assistant Certificate of Completion is the next step to applying this new expanded skill to your midwifery practice.

September 23, 2021 | 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST | Register Here

November 3, 2021 | 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST | Register Here

December 6, 2021 | 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST | Register Here

Maternal Suicide in the US: The Latest Research and Data Collection Efforts

Join 2020 Mom on September 30 from 10-11:15 AM PST for a deep dive into maternal suicide. During this FREE webinar, attendees will receive a general overview of maternal suicide research and data collection in the U.S., learn the difference between suicide risk and suicidal ideation, maternal suicide risk factors, and efforts to standardize review by Maternal Mortality Review Committees. Learn more and register here.

Midwifery Works 2021

Registration is now open for the Midwifery Works, happening October 1-3, 2021 at The Guesthouse at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee! Midwifery Works is a professional development conference produced by ACNM and designed by the Midwifery Business Network. We invite you to dive deeper into the skills you need for a successful and impactful midwifery career! Midwifery Works offers educational sessions and optional workshops that count as CEs.

Perinatal Psychiatry: Treatment during Pregnancy and Postpartum

This virtual course will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and postpartum. Exposure to psychotropic medications and the consequence of untreated psychiatric disorders must be considered when treating pregnant women, those who may become pregnant during treatment, and those who are breastfeeding. Up to date and comprehensive knowledge is required to help patients make collaborative and individualized treatment decisions. Focused material will be presented on specialized psychotherapies utilized during pregnancy and postpartum, as well as an overview of embryology and obstetrics informing a broad range of care modalities. Learning in this course will be facilitated by didactic materials delivered by the faculty from the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health. October 21, 2021 5.75 CEUs. $250. Register here.

Spinning Babies 2-Day Workshop

Santa Paula Midwives is hosting a 2-Day Spinning Babies Workshop November 5-6, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the Ventura County Medical Center. Spinning Babies presents a new perspective on the anatomy of fetal positioning and birth. Where dilation stalls, rotation solves! Spinning Babies reduces unnecessary cesareans with a paradigm-shifting approach to physiological birth. Instructor: Kelly Dungan, BSN, RNC-OB. Registration: $375, or $425 after October 23. 13 CEs available through ANCC and ACNM. For more information contact Denise Ellison, CNM at

25th Anniversary Nurse Leadership Forum

Synova welcomes all perinatal and neonatal nurse leaders in person to the 25th Anniversary Nurse Leadership Forum November 14-18, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. Join us as we gain the confidence to step up to new opportunities, develop skill in navigating uncomfortable yet important conversations, deconstruct our understanding of other cultures and demographics and how they impact our work, and advance our emotional intelligence to foster the development of our teams. Learn more and register here.

The Science and Mystery of Pregnancy and Birth

The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health 22nd International Congress will take place November 19-21, 2021. This three day virtual conference will feature ACNM’s President-Elect Heather Clarke, DNP, CNM, LM, APRN, RN, FACNM! Our growing knowledge about the complex prenatal and perinatal process relies on both the science of the known world and the mystery of the unknown. New aspects of this dynamic universal experience are discovered continually, and these discoveries offer hope and healing for the lives of mothers, babies, and families, which will shape our society. When we change how we think and teach about all dimensions of the birth experience, we are changing the world! Register here.


Scholarships and Grants

Wayachi Seed Grant

The Wayachi Seed Grant is a $5,000 scholarship awarded to an ACNM member. The Project proposals must have a primary focus on meeting the direct needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), with preference to projects that address the Wayachi Fund purposes described on the foundation website. BIPOC/people of color applicants from diverse backgrounds are eligible and encouraged to apply, including midwives (CNM/CM/CPM/LM), students, retirees, community groups, advocates, and other health professionals who work with under-resourced BIPOC/people of color communities. Apply by October 8th, 2021.

Jeanne Raisler International Award for Midwifery

The ACNM Foundation announces the $3500 Jeanne Raisler International Award for Midwifery, a professional development grant that supports midwives to become involved in global midwifery. No past international experience is required. Apply by October 15th, 2021.


Job Opportunities

Sutter Women’s Health in Davis - Certified Nurse-Midwife

Sutter Women's Health in Davis is seeking certified nurse-midwives to join us in an award winning and nationally recognized collaborative practice working in the office and community hospital setting. Both full and part time positions are available. Sutter Davis Hospital has a Level 1 nursery and offers a full spectrum of labor and delivery options, including low intervention birth, TOLAC/VBAC, hydrotherapy, nitrous oxide, anesthesia, and a volunteer doula service. The hospital is expanding and we are excited to grow our practice to meet our community's needs. This full scope position includes obstetrics, family planning, simple gynecology, and group prenatal care. Additional highly desirable skills: maternal mental health, first and third trimester ultrasound, cesarean first assist, leadership, support of physiologic labor and birth, and experience with LARC methods. For more information, please contact Krysta Burris, Physician Recruiter, at

Sutter Women’s Health in Davis - Physician Position

Sutter Women's Health in Davis is seeking a full time OB-Gyn to join us in an award winning and nationally recognized collaborative practice working with certified nurse-midwives as part of a large multidisciplinary group, both in the office and community hospital setting. Sutter Davis Hospital offers a full spectrum of labor and delivery options, including low intervention birth, TOLAC/VBAC, hydrotherapy, anesthesia, and a volunteer doula service. The hospital is expanding and we are excited to grow our practice to meet our community's needs. Sutter Medical Group is recognized as a Top Performing Physician Group by the Integrated Healthcare Association, and Sutter Davis Hospital consistently ranks among the best places for families to give birth in California. Join us and enjoy an income guarantee with shareholder track, generous compensation and benefits including 401(k), advanced practice technology, and a positive work-life balance and Northern California’s natural beauty and lifestyle. For more information, please contact Krysta Burris, Physician Recruiter, at

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is currently hiring six (6) certified nurse-midwives in the Sacramento area and in Walnut Creek/Antioch.

Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health

The editors of the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health (JMWH) are seeking candidates for a Deputy Editor. The JMWH Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editors comprise the Journal’s senior editors who direct the content, focus, and strategic development of the Journal. To apply, please email a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Melissa Avery, JMWH Editor-in-Chief Elect at with questions. For more information, click here.

Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing

AWHONN is seeking applications from nurses for the editorship of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), the term for which would begin in early 2022. JOGNN is the scientific journal of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. The mission of JOGNN is to advance the health and health care of women, childbearing and childrearing families, and newborns across all settings through the bimonthly publication of peer-reviewed nursing and interdisciplinary scholarship. Applications are due by September 27 and should include the following:

  • A one-page cover letter stating your reasons for applying to the role and how your unique experience and vision would shape JOGNN under your leadership. The letter should also address your impressions as to the journal’s current shortcomings and strengths as a clinical research journal in AWHONN’s focus areas.

  • Current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.

  • A sample editorial of at least 1,000 words or more that would serve as a model for how you would write for each issue of the journal on a topic of your choosing. In addition to the editorial, please include a list of at least three other topics about which you may want to write editorials during your tenure as editor.

  • Two published writing samples of your choosing along with your bibliography.

  • Three letters of reference: Letters of reference should address the author’s opinion of your abilities to serve as editor and shall be emailed directly from the letter writer to AWHONN Senior Director of Publications, Carolyn Davis Cockey, MLS, LCCE, at

All applications should be emailed on or before Monday, September 27, 2021, to AWHONN Senior Director of Publications, Carolyn Davis Cockey, MLS, LCCE, at For questions, call Carolyn at 202-261-1464.

Maven Clinic

Maven Clinic is a digital telehealth platform that offers support via video appointments and messaging for people who are trying to conceive, are going through fertility treatments, are pregnant, or are post-partum. Maven Clinic is currently hiring doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, nurse practitioners, and reproductive endocrinologists. Apply here:


Medi-Cal Rx Update

The September Medi-Cal Rx Monthly Bulletin is available now, and has information on the Changes to the Contract Drug List (effective September 1) and Medi-Cal Rx Provider Training Program. Information on the Electronic Claims Submission is available here.


Midwife Crush Mondays!

Do you know an amazing Midwife who is doing revolutionary work? We want to feature them on our social media platforms!

CNMA is looking for submissions for our new social media series “Midwife Crush Monday” where we highlight the stories of trailblazing midwives across the industry who are making a difference in the midwifery profession. You can even submit yourself!

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Midwife’s name (include pronouns)

  • Affiliated organization(s)

  • Why you became a midwife (and anything awesome you’d like to brag about)

  • Headshot/Photo if available

  • Bonus: Please include social media handles for tagging!

Please send submissions to for consideration!


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