Legislation to Fund Midwifery Education Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives
Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Jamie Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Co-Founders and Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care, introduced the Midwives for Maximizing Optimal Maternity Services Act (H.R. 3849) on May 19, 2019. The Midwives for MOMS Act authorizes new federal funding for midwifery education within Title VII and Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act. This bill addresses the growing birth care provider shortage by increasing the number of midwives available to families in our country today. In addition, the bill addresses the significant lack of racial and ethnic representation in the birth care workforce by focusing resources on schools and programs that prioritize students who plan to practice in health professional shortage areas and that focus on increasing racial and ethnic representation in midwifery education and the workforce.
NACPM is invested in a strong, racially, ethnically and socially representative
CPM workforce to meet the urgent needs of childbearing people. We join the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and midwives everywhere in applauding the Congresswomen for their leadership in addressing the underlying causes of poor birth outcomes in the U.S. by elevating midwifery care, and thank them for the opportunity to consult on the development of this important legislation.
The Midwives for MOMS Act authorizes the first-ever federal funding program that will support the education of CPMs: $15,000,000 for fiscal years 2021-2025. This funding will apply to CPM and Certified Midwife (CM) schools that are accredited by MEAC or ACME. (The Act authorizes a corresponding $20,000,000 for nurse-midwifery education in Title VIII.) Grants from this funding can be used for these purposes:
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