NACPM Co-President Tanya Khemet Taiwo, CPM, MPH, considers herself blessed to be the mother of three beautiful girls who were all born into the hands of midwives. She lives in Sacramento, CA where she has practiced in community clinic settings for 16 years. After serving as clinic administrator and staff midwife of The Birthing Project Clinic for eight years, she became one of the founding mothers of Birth and Family Health Center, women’s health clinics housed in community health centers located in medically underserved areas of Sacramento. These community health centers provide primary care, pediatrics, dental care and behavioral health; serving women who would otherwise have little or no prenatal care or reproductive health services. Women’s health services are enhanced with health education, nutrition and social services. She currently works in a Federally Qualified Health Center, continuing to care for low-income families in a multi-disciplinary setting. She comes from a family tradition of midwives, was trained at Seattle Midwifery School, and apprenticed with midwives in Seattle, Senegal and Jamaica. She joined the NACPM Board of Directors in the fall of 2012 because of her commitment to bringing the midwifery model of care to the medically underserved and those at risk of poor birth outcomes. Before being elected as Co-President of NACPM in October 2016, she served as the organization’s Secretary for four years. She has participated in all of the US MERA meetings and was a member of the Steering Committee for the Home Birth Summit. An adjunct professor in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, Tanya is also currently enrolled in a PhD program in Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis.
NACPM Co -President Audrey Levine, LM CPM (Retired) lives in Olympia, WA where she practiced as a home birth midwife for 15 years. In August 2015, she closed her midwifery practice to devote her energy full-time to midwifery policy and advocacy work. Before being elected as Co-President of NACPM in October 2016, she served as the organization’s Vice-President for four years. Prior to that, Audrey was President of the Midwives’ Association of WA State (MAWS) from 2008 – 2012 and she continues to serve on the MAWS Board as Chair of the Legislative and Policy Committee and as a member of the Data and Research Committee. As co-Chair of the Washington State Department of Health’s MD-LM Workgroup, Audrey helped develop the Smooth Transitions Quality Improvement Project to enhance the safety of hospital transfers from planned community-based births and served as the Smooth Transitions Project Coordinator from July 2014 – July 2016. She has participated in the historic US MERA gatherings and is a member of the coalition’s Equity Task Force. She was also a delegate for all three Home Birth Summits and remains actively involved in the work of the Collaboration Task Force. In November 2016, Audrey received a certificate from the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of Washington. The intensive 6-month institute gave her an opportunity to deepen her knowledge and commitment to promoting equity, especially in the area of maternal-child health.
NACPM Treasurer Jamie A. Eidsath, CPM, joined the board in 2013. Her particular interests are opposing racism in midwifery and supporting CPM inclusion in state and national legislation. She practices in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo courtesy of Michelle Massey Barnes
NACPM Secretary Keisha Goode, PhD, joined the Board as the first appointed Public Member. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at The State University of New York College. Her primary research area is Medical Sociology with specific attention to the medicalization of childbirth and the historical and contemporary complexities of black midwifery in the United States. She is completing a book proposal for the publication of her dissertation research, Birthing, Blackness and The Body: Black Midwives and Experiential Continuities of Institutional Racism.
Ellie Daniels, CPM, founded Morningstar Midwifery in 1983 and continues in active home birth practice today. Ellie is on the faculty at Birthwise Midwifery School, and served on the Board for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council for 12 years. She has worked tirelessly for licensure in Maine and on the federal MAMA Campaign since 2009, and was elected to the NACPM BOD in 2012. She served as the Board President from 2013-2016, working to bring greater financial stability and structural capacity to the organization. Ellie is looking toward retiring from active clinical practice, and eagerly anticipates more time for organizational work, both in Maine and nationally, and best of all, more sleep and time with family and friends!
Khailylah, “Kiki” Jordan, LM, CPM, is the Birth Center Director & Midwife at Marin Family Birth Center and practices as a Midwife at The Golden Belly. She studied midwifery through the apprenticeship model in home and birth center settings. She attended the International School of Midwifery (Miami, FL), and obtained a license to practice out-of-hospital midwifery care in the state of California in 2005. She has attended over 300 births and is proud to have served as a midwife in freestanding birth centers completely owned and operated by licensed midwives. She is passionate about preserving the out-of-hospital option for all women. Kiki states that “for me, being a midwife is a statement about our commitment to respecting and protecting women’s bodies, respecting and protecting women’s emotions and respecting and protecting the very significant role that women play in ushering in the future. When I think about the future of Certified Professional Midwifery, I consider the hard work that has been done to move us closer to federal recognition and integration into community health care systems. For us to truly impact the maternal health crises in America we must start to see ourselves as the essential primary maternity care providers that we are. Being a CPM means expanded midwifery access. It allows me to be a part of a national movement of direct entry midwives, who mirror the face, cultures and experiences of everyday women.”
Kaye Kanne, CDM, CPM, is a licensed midwife and founder of the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center, a nonprofit organization in Juneau, Alaska, that provides a midwife clinic and birth center. She retired from the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center in 2014, and established Birth Center Foundations, a consulting business to help with all aspects of starting and maintaining birth centers. Kaye worked with the Alaska legislature to create a Board for Certified Direct Entry Midwives in 1992 and Medicaid coverage for CDM’s in 1993. She also served on the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) for five years and is now an Accreditation Specialist with CABC. Mother of three and grandmother of four are always her favorite roles.
Marius, “Mars” Nielsen, CPM, MSM is excited to share their understanding of rural health issues as NACPM continues to explore and identify opportunities in the changing landscape for CPMs. Deeply committed to their goal of bringing affordable maternity care to underserved rural areas through midwifery and local health partnerships, Marius will build on their most recent local and state experiences serving on boards in Colorado, including a local mountain health clinic and a statewide steering committee for collaboration in youth and family services. Through this service they have participated in grant writing, data collection and reporting, and fundraising efforts
Camille Sealy, M.Ed, MPH, joined NACPM in the winter of 2017 as a Public Member of the Board. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Legislation at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) where she provides strategic direction and leads legislative efforts for the agency around various issues including health workforce, maternal and child health, and primary care. She previously served as a health Legislative Aide to congressional members in both chambers. During her time on Capitol Hill, Camille co-drafted the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 and also drafted provisions within the health reform law pertaining to maternal and child health, prevention and wellness and disparities. In her free time, Camille runs, gardens, and volunteers at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.