May 11-13, 2018
William F. Bolger Center
You are invited to join a conversation about the urgent needs of childbearing people in the U.S., how CPMS can better serve families and increase access to midwifery care, and what stepping up to these needs means for the future of workforce composition, practice, education and policy.
Since NACPM’s first CPM Symposium in March of 2012, an exciting new landscape has emerged for CPMs. Health policy has evolved and the health system is in a new state of flux. The demographics of people having babies are shifting significantly, while health inequities and disparities continue to cause unconscionable suffering. The US MERA accords have generated breakthrough progress in state legislation but have also left many anxious and concerned within the profession.
The symposium format is designed to engage participants representing a broad range of stakeholders and demographics in a unique opportunity to plan together for the future of midwifery. It will be an extraordinary opportunity to meet and sit down with consumers, midwifery advocates, leaders of color, public health representatives, midwifery innovators, state leaders, health policy experts, funders, the next generation of midwifery leaders, and more!
We will hear from childbearing families from a broad range of demographics and from public health researchers what most concerns them about quality of care available today. We will examine the disproportionate burden of infant and maternal mortality in communities of color, the challenges we face as obstetric workforce shortages worsen, and more. Charged and informed, we will explore and plan together for how CPMs can step up to these challenges and the role we must play in improving the health and lives of people having babies in the U.S.
NACPM’s co-conveners are the Association of Midwifery Educators and Citizens for Midwifery. We are exploring avenues for input into the program design from a wide array of stakeholders and possible additional partners.
Mark your calendars now and look for more information about the program and registration this fall!