May 1

International Day of the Midwife, Friday, May 5

“Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life!” is the theme for International Day of the Midwife this Friday, May 5th. The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) invites and encourages midwives to share your views, photos, stories using the phrase “I believe in partnership” on all ICM information platforms as a celebration of the wonderful work.

April 25

Come Look Through the Window: NACPM Leadership Team Meeting

When you gather passionate people around a shared purpose it becomes a testament to one of the core principles of the model of distributed leadership: together we are all smarter than any one of us alone. Although the full NACPM Leadership Team–Board, staff, and consultants–meet virtually via Zoom every month and our project teams are.

April 18

Birth Inequities: What Can Midwives Do?

This Thursday Jennie Joseph of Commonsense Childbirth will present a webinar on specific action steps midwives can take to become part of the solution in addressing birth inequities among childbearing people of color and their babies. Learn more about this week’s webinar in the newsletter

April 11

Domestic Violence and the Midwife

As midwives we need to be able to identify indicators of domestic violence in all its manifestations. Midwives are uniquely positioned to be able to pick up cues ­ we typically spend more time with clients at each prenatal visit, our focus is on holistic health including the psychosocial aspects of family wellbeing, we provide.

April 5

State Legislation Update and Harking Amendment Victory in Oregon

State Legislation Update Momentum continues to build as more states include the US  MERA  agreements and principles in bills to license Certified Professional Midwives, helping to overcome opposition to the regulation of CPMs that has stymied efforts, often for years and at times even decades.   In addition to legislation to license CPMs, midwives and consumer advocates.

March 28

Diversity Matters: What Are Our Challenges?

The midwifery workforce in the United States is not representative of the racial and ethnic diversity of the childbearing population. “Despite a long history of midwifery in the black community, black women currently represent less than 2% of the nation’s reported 15,000 midwives. Relatedly, black women and infants experience the worst birth outcomes of any.

March 20

The NACPM Legislative and Advocacy Toolkit is Growing!

With feedback from our state chapter leaders and others, we are adding a new tool “How to Work Successfully with a Lobbyist” and several reference documents regarding the integration of midwives and midwifery care in the maternity care system. Most states report that working with a professional lobbyist is one of several critical factors in.

March 14

Passion and Perseverance in South Dakota and Washington State

Congratulations to South Dakota!  Governor Signs Bill to License CPMs  On March 1st, to the great joy of families across South Dakota, the state House of Representatives passed SB136 to license and regulate Certified Professional Midwives by a vote of 52-16 – exactly 25 years to the day when a baby boy was born at.

March 6

Informed Consent and Shared Decision Making

Join us for this week’s webinar on Informed Consent and Shared Decision Making. Here is an opportunity to refresh and sharpen your understanding of the professional, legal and ethical requirements that underpin your practice. The presentation will also address how midwives and clients can use decision aids and electronic health records to support and document.

February 27

Chapters Effective in State Legislative Efforts

There are now twelve active NACPM State Chapters with more in formation. Read about how Oklahoma midwives used the formation of a state Chapter to address legislative threats to their practice; learn about the next Chapter Collaboration Call, and register for webinars! Read this week’s newsletter here

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