California Nurse-Midwives Association

A taste of elegance, your passport  to Europe!

Join CNMA for an Evening of Wine Tasting on July 26.

The event will be held from 6:00-8:00pm at Total Wine in Northridge (Southern CA).

An expert host will introduce participants to 8 different wines and guide them through an understand their unique styles, how the terroir influences their taste, and regional differences. The wines are chosen for their balance, structure and drinkability. They are hidden treasures!

The cost is $30 per person and includes the wine, appetizers and educational materials.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit CNMA.

The event is limited to 42 people, so make your reservations soon!  RSVP to or 805.444.2524.

The California Nurse-Midwives Association has announced new opportunities
for involvement. CNMA is currently working on several exciting initiatives,
most notably removal of the physician supervision requirement for
nurse-midwives, and I would encourage anyone interested in being part of
that change to consider the following opportunities:

CNMA Treasurer 2014-2016

Elections will be held in Fall 2014. Please send nominations to Rebekah
Wheeler at

NEW: Practice Committee

We are seeking to establish a new CNMA Practice Committee focused on
development, review, and communication of midwifery practice in CA. May
cover clinical practice, standards and practice documents, home birth,
quality improvement, professional liability, and business. If interested,
please contact Wende Owen at

Twitter, anyone?

Social media is crucial to moving forward as midwives in CA and the right
person can make an enormous impact. Looking for volunteers to manage the
CNMA Twitter account! Contact Wende Owen,

In addition, feel free to email Carrie Jacobson at if you
would like to know about other opportunities for getting involved.

The Health Policy committee wants to raise attention to insurance claim denials of CNM care. If you have responses to these issues, please contact Kim Dau at

Denial of Insurance claims
CNMA is hearing from a number of sources that the number of denied insurance claims for CNM services is ON THE RISE. In particular for birth centers and from Blue Shield plans. CNMA met with the Dept of Managed Health Care last month to discuss this, but we need more stories about the extent of the problem. We also need to hear DIRECTLY from the clients. This information can be brought to the insurance commissioner and to discussions with the health plans themselves. CNMA is also supporting AB 2015 (Chau) this year; AB 2015 would expressly prohibit health plans from discriminating against a single provider group.

Please share this survey with your clients who are being denied CNM services and those in your billing department who see these denials! The more stories we have, the better! 
(thank you to SNM Hannah Bronsky-Pena for creating the survey!)

Show your support for CNMA and CA Midwives by wearing a CNMA jacket and t-shirt!


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CNMA is committed to improvement of women's health through advancement of the midwifery model of care. Help CNMA meet critical legislative goals by donating NOW! For more info on CNMA policy activities click here.

CNMA Annual Meeting

October 6, 2014

Oakland California Endowment

1111 Broadway, 7th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607

Details and registration coming soon!

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