Dec 21

Celebrating Bigger Table Fund Awardees

NACPM Congratulates Bigger Table Fund Awardees

NACPM celebrates and heartily congratulate the first awardees of the Bigger Table Fund! The Fund provides awards to student midwives of color, indigenous and/or LGBTQIA+ student midwives to cover the initial NARM certifying examination fee, the fee for retaking the NARM examination when needed, and state licensing fees. In addition, Cascade Birth Supplies is generously supporting the Bigger Table Fund by providing a doppler or a five-hundred-dollar gift certificate to one awardee a year.

V2 BTF Awardees

2019 Application Deadlines
January 15, April 15, July 15, October 15
2019 Bigger Table Fund Award Announcement Days
February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1

Apply now for the January/February Award Cycle

The goal of the fund is to remove some of the significant financial barriers that student midwives of color, indigenous and/or LGBTQIA+ student midwives face when entering the CPM profession. We recognize that there are multiple barriers beyond the NARM examination and state licensure fees that student midwives encounter, and it is our ardent intention go grow this fund in the coming years to help defray some of those additional expenses.

Funds are distributed quarterly, according to a lottery system, with $3000 available per cycle. The maximum individual award is $1000.


Your Donation Makes a Difference

Please support the work of NACPM with your year-end giving! Your donation makes a difference . NACPM relies on your kind generosity to support our work to support you – midwives and students, and to increase access for all birthing people and their infants to the high-value care of Certified Professional Midwives. Please give today!

We hope you will also make a donation to the Bigger Table Fund and help support emerging new midwives and leaders. The name of the fund derives in part from the quotation: “When you have more than you need, build a bigger table not a higher fence.” Let’s work together to build a bigger table!


Increasing safety for families across all birth settings

In response to the recent GateHouse Media piece, the Midwives Alliance of North America Division of Research Coordinating Council came together with a number of organizations, including NACPM, to release a statement on increasing safety for families across all birth settings. Signatories include:

American Association of Birth Centers
American College of Nurse Midwives
Association of Midwifery Educators
Birth Place Lab
Citizens for Midwifery
International Confederation of Midwives
Midwifery Education Accreditation Council
National Association to Advance Black Birth
National Association of Certified Professional Midwives
National Black Midwives Alliance
North American Registry of Midwives
Queer and Transgender Midwives Association

We welcome you to read, share, and sign on to the statement here. Find it here on Facebook.


Please Join Us for our Annual Meeting!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 4-6pm, ET

Every year, NACPM increases our capacity to carry out our functions as a professional organization – to serve our members, grow and strengthen the profession, to increase access to our care for all childbearing people, and to influence public policy in favor of better health for all families. Please join us on Tuesday, January 8!  Please note that if you previously registered for the December 6 meeting, you are already registered for the new time.

Save the Date: Tackling Quality of Care Issues Locally/The Oregon Experience

Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 2pm – 3:30pm, ET
1.5 MEAC CEUs available
Silke Akerson, CPM, LDM

Ongoing work on quality improvement is essential to safe, excellent and responsive midwifery care in any setting.  Please join Silke Akerson, CPM, LDM, Director of the Oregon Midwifery Council, to learn about the Oregon experience of creating a community-based midwifery Quality Improvement (QI) Program in response to safety concerns.  In this webinar, which is part of our CPM Clinical Practice series, Silke will cover each strategy used in Oregon for quality improvement and discuss the improvements in outcomes and transport relationships the midwives have seen as a result.  Participants will come away understanding the concepts and evolution of quality improvement, the use of QI in midwifery, cultural competency in relation to QI, the benefits of QI, and with concrete tools for addressing quality issues in your own state or community.



Season’s Greetings!

As we approach the winter months, this time when the earth goes into hibernation, we want to take a moment to express our gratitude for all the challenges and lessons of this year as it heads to a close. We are grateful for our new members and new chapters, the advisors and partners who are walking with us on this journey towards excellent health for all families in our country, and toward a fair, just and peaceful world. And for those of you who are celebrating the season, all of us at NACPM wish you happy holidays and warmest wishes for the new year! We look forward to working with you in 2019 to ensure the manifestation of our vision for childbearing families.