California Nurse-Midwives Association

Moving Forward - October 2014

It has been very exciting for me to start my two-year term as President with a very stimulating and inspiring CNMA Annual Meeting in Oakland. Barbara Anderson, our regional representative, opened up the program with an overview of initiatives on the national level. Following her comments, members were introduced to our health policy team led by the very committed leadership of Kim Dau and Kavita Noble.  Chris Schwarz from Canyon Snow, our consulting firm for strategic planning and messaging and our advocacy team – Peter Kellison, Fred Main and Kevin Pedrotti – provided an overview of our plan for working toward our goal of full practice authority (see related Health Policy report). During an afternoon interactive exercise, members did “mind-mapping” to explore creative ways to build support organizationally, at the local district level and in Sacramento. I am working on collating the ideas into a meaningful description of the recommendations of the working groups.

What is very clear is that we need to actively work on increasing membership in the affiliate. With a little over 1200 CNMs in the state, we have less than 50% membership in ACNM/CNMA. Some have expressed concern that the increase in dues may, in fact, inhibit our recruitment of members. This may be true.  However, as the Board of Directors looked at the cost for actively pursuing full practice authority, it was clear that we are looking at costs far beyond what we could have anticipated in the past. The dues increase was approved with the promise that when we reach our legislative goals, we will return the dues to their previous level. The BOD recognizes that we face some distinct challenges faced by smaller professional organizations. We don’t have any large corporate or other groups helping with fundraising.  Further, we don’t have any “big” individual donors as many politically-motivated groups have.  Our reality with fundraising is that we bring in a relatively small proportion of the necessary funding through activities commonly used by non-profits. Hence, we rely on membership dues to fund the costs of our activities to ensure that we obtain full practice authority.

My report on the mind-mapping exercise will include the recommendations for increasing membership.  But until I can circulate that, I ask that every one of you think about friends and colleagues who are not members. Engage them in discussion of this year’s goals and the rewards we can anticipate with full practice authority.  Help them understand that in addition to our already present passion about ensuring that all women have access to midwifery care across the lifespan, we need CNMA and consumer voices in districts across the state. This can best be done with many more voices than we currently have.

The other area that is essential is that we build our base of “allies” who will also participate in supporting our goals. To that end, I will continue to represent CNMA in interdisciplinary health groups as previous presidents and leadership members have done. Additionally, we are exploring expanding our collaboration with more business-oriented health groups. We have a great product—high quality care, high consumer satisfaction, and cost-containment related to our focus on supporting physiological birth practices.  Those in the position of paying for health care as well as making policy decisions regarding health care costs need to continue to hear about the population benefits of making midwifery care central to women’s health care delivery.

I thank you all for your ongoing support of CNMA and its shift to the affiliate relationship with ACNM. The national office has increased staff support substantially in areas that are already assisting us at the state level (e.g. affiliate support, state legislative support). We need all of you to continue helping us as we work toward increasing midwifery visibility in California. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, feedback and creative suggestions: 

Linda V. Walsh, CNM, Ph.D.

CNMA President

Charity Fundraising Dinner Party 

benefitting the Fistula Foundation and CNMA

Saturday, November 8, 2014
3:00pm to 8:30pm

Fistula Foundation believes no woman should endure a life of misery and isolation simply for trying to bring a child into this world. That’s why Fistula Foundation is dedicated to ending the suffering caused by obstetric fistula, a childbirth injury caused by prolonged, unrelieved obstructed labor that renders a woman incontinent – an injury that can only be treated through surgery. See more at: or watch this VIDEO.

Obstetric fistula devastates the lives of too many of the poorest women in the poorest countries in the world. Fistula Foundation works closely with dedicated and proven local partners to provide high quality life-transforming care to as many women as possible.

Fistula Foundation has supported treatment at more than 100 sites in 28 countries in Africa and Asia. They are the largest private charitable foundation supporting fistula treatment globally. Support from generous donors allows women living in places like Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to receive free, high quality fistula repair surgeries that can change their lives forever.

The CNMA is having a fundraising event for the Fistula Foundation to help improve the lives of these women throughout the world. The event is a catered dinner at Dr. Cheri Lowre's beautiful home in Woodland Hills (Southern California) and will include a dinner provided by Wood Ranch BBQ, appetizers, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, a silent auction, and a live band. 

Tickets to the dinner party are on sale now at

Even if you can't make it to the dinner, you can still participate by buying raffle tickets.  Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50.  To purchase raffle and/or dinner tickets, click here. Raffle ticket prizes include:

  • 1st prize: 1.4 carat drop blue diamond and white gold earrings (value $1788.50)
  • 2nd prize: "House of Waterford" St. Pauls tower 10 inch crystal bowl, one of Waterford's most elite line made only in Ireland (value $745.00)
  • 3rd prize: An Anuschka hand painted leather shoulder bag (value $376)

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fistula Foundation (50%, tax-deductible) and CNMA (50%).


"You are What Your Mother Ate"

Join us under a brilliant blue sky at a peaceful spa in the vineyard-covered hills of Temecula to hear an excellent presentation on maternal nutrition and perinatal outcomes by Dr Mary Barger. Mary gave this talk at the 2014 ACNM Annual Meeting to a standing-room only crowd.  If you missed it then, now is the time to catch it with CEUs

Afterwards, join us over wine and cheese to talk with old friends, meet new friends, and create camaraderie, connection, and conviviality in support of midwifery advocacy.  Fully 100% of all proceeds go directly towards advancing legislation to improve maternal-newborn health.  Midwifery students are especially welcome; bring along your like-minded friends and colleagues, too.  

This fundraiser is being held against the scenic backdrop of rolling hills of vineyards – before or after the event take time to stroll tranquilly among the paths or reflect on views of Mount Palomar from the veranda.

Register Here Now!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

1:00pm to 3:00pm

$50 per person (students $25)

South Coast Winery Resort and Spa

34843 Rancho California Road

Temecula, California 92591

Interested in staying overnight or enjoying a massage? Accommodations and spa reservations are available by calling 866-994-6379

Proceeds from the event benefit the California Nurse-Midwives Association (not tax-deductible).

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The Road to Autonomous Practice

On September 3, CNMA hosted a webinar on The Road to Autonomous Practice.  A slide show of the presentation can be viewed now at  You will need your ACNM username and password to log in.  An audio recording of the webinar is coming soon.

Annual Meeting Awards

This year the CNMA recognized the following midwives for their contributions to our midwifery in California:

Health Policy/Legislation
Kim Dau, CNM

Outstanding Preceptor
Ginny Gladwin, CNM

President's Choice Award
Maria Kammerer, CNM

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