NACPM hires Consultants and engages field experts as needed to support organizational development, contribute to strategic development, and provide content expertise for projects and initiatives.
Nancy Anderson is a board certified pediatrician with an MPH in Maternal-Child Health. She spent five years working in Mozambique, and worked for the Department of Social and Health Services in Washington State for twelve years. She currently teaches at Evergreen State College, and her particular interests are health equity, global health issues, and the health of women and children, with a focus on the elimination of maternal infant health inequities in the US. NACPM is sponsoring her research on the barriers that women of color experience with respect to the midwifery profession, in order to optimally structure a midwifery education scholarship program aimed at women of color.
Cari Caldwell is a homebirth mother, entrepreneur, business leadership consultant and facilitator. She has been midwifing leaders and organizations across public and private sectors in over 10 countries for 15 years, and is a co-founder of BeBirthwise and Birthwise Consulting. She was a director of London-based Future Considerations leadership consultancy for 11 years and is currently a Fellow with the organization, following a 5 year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has been working with NACPM since 2010 as a coach and consultant and currently lives in Colorado with her two boys.
Christina Hulet is Principal of CH Consulting, a collective action consulting firm that convenes organizations across sectors and regions to facilitate large-scale, systemic social change. Projects have included implementing a diverse health care collaborative in Washington State, a statewide child abuse/trauma public-private partnership and a statewide initiative to create a sustainable, thriving food system. From 2005 to 2009, she served as Governor Gregoire’s Executive Policy Advisor on health care issues. Prior to that, she was the Process Improvement Program Manager at Harborview Medical Center implementing business and quality improvement initiatives. Christina serves on numerous community boards and projects. She holds a BA in Public Policy from Duke University and an MBA in sustainable business from BGI. She is coordinating the launch of NACPM’s Chapter Project.
Shirley McAlpine is an etrepreneur, facilitator, an accredited Executive Coach and Consultant, with 23 years’ experience working across sectors in UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and US. She is co-producer/director of the Birthwise DVD/App and co-founder of BeBirthwise and Birthwise Consulting. She has been working with NACPM since 2010. Previously a Board member of the Fawcett Society in UK, working for women’s equality and raising awareness of breast cancer amongst black women. She has also delivered large group transformational seminars. She has been working with NACPM since 2010 as a coach and consultant and now resides in Chicago, with her husband Dan and two children.
Karen Milgate is a Health Policy Consultant who provides strategic direction to providers, payors, and organizations. She is the former Deputy Director for Strategic Planning at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and is a seasoned health care executive with a deep knowledge of policy, programs, operations and data. She has experience working with a variety of perspectives, including consumer advocacy, large business, hospitals, the insurance industry and the public sector. She works with NACPM on a project basis to identify and advance initiatives to further the integration of CPMs into the U.S. healthcare system and to increase access for women to quality maternity care.
Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MPH, had her first baby at home in 1976 and has been a staunch advocate for childbearing women, the midwifery model of care and the recognition of midwifery in state and national policy ever since. She was director of Seattle Midwifery School for more than 20 years, where she also taught a series of courses in midwifery history, professionalization, ethics, law, health policy and business. She was a founding member of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and served as Executive Director from 2008 to 2012. She advises numerous midwifery organizations and consults with NACPM on strategy, programs and initiatives to support the development of the CPM profession and to improve the quality of maternity care for all women in the U.S.
Susan Smartt Cook, CPM is a practicing midwife and certified Nia dance instructor in Edmond, OK. She trained as a midwife with family practice physicians and midwives in Chicago, IL from 2007-2010, and spent her first year of midwifery practice among the Amish in rural Wisconsin. She began her work with NACPM as Administrative Assistant and CPM Symposium Coordinator in 2011 and 2012. After transitioning away from administrative work to focus on building her solo midwifery practice in Oklahoma, she was thrilled to learn of a new opportunity to support the work of NACPM as Chapters Coordinator. Susan stepped into this role in the Spring of 2015.
Peggy Garland, CNM, MPH is a retired midwife who worked for 30 years in home and hospital births, participated in maternity care research, taught midwifery students in a variety of settings and held many leadership roles in professional advocacy for midwives at the national and state level, including with MANA and NACPM. She currently chairs the NACPM Practice Committee Development Workgroup. The NACPM Practice Committee, once launched, will issue advice on clinical practice for its members and translate the highest quality research into useful practice recommendations
Billy Wynne is a partner in Thorne Run lobbying firm. He has a wealth of government and private sector experience in developing and implementing federal healthcare policy and achieving strategic legislative and regulatory objectives. He has assisted NACPM with lobbying efforts, working for the passage of the Access to Certified Professional Midwives bill in the U.S. Congress to gain federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives, and worked with NACPM on a project basis in 2014.