The Midwives and Mothers in Action (MAMA) Campaign is a national effort to gain federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) so that women and families will have increased access to quality, affordable maternity care in the settings of their choice. The MAMA Campaign is a project of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), working in collaboration with other leading national midwifery and consumer organizations.
The MAMA Campaign was originally launched in 2009 and was focused primarily on securing recognition of CPMs in federal legislation that would mandate reimbursement for CPM services by Medicaid. While we achieved a small victory when language was included in the Affordable Care Act mandating reimbursement for services provided in licensed birth centers, we are still pursuing our larger goals.
In June 2015, with new opportunities on the horizon, NACPM reengaged our lobbyist Billy Wynne and his colleagues at Thorn Run Partners. With a wealth of experience and a commitment to our cause, these experts are able to inform our overall strategy and gain access to key Congressional offices for support. We have drafted new bill language that would amend federal Medicare/Medicaid statutes to mandate coverage of CPM services and define CPMs in statute for the purposes of reimbursement by Medicaid. New provisions in the draft bill also include Certified Midwives (CM) in federal Medicare and Medicaid, a long held priority of the American College of Nurse Midwives and we are now working together to secure Congressional sponsors.