California Nurse-Midwives Association

CNMA Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

UCSF Mission Bay Hospital

Agenda to include the following presentations and more!

Diversity Inclusion in the Precepting World:

Deana Mallareddy, CNM and Kara Myers

Deena Mallareddy, CNM has been a nurse-midwife since graduating from Yale in 1998.  She is an associate clinical professor at the UCSF School of Nursing.  Her clinical practice is at Zuckerberg San Francisco General.  In the classroom, Deena teaches students in the Masters Entry Program in Nursing, as well as in the Midwifery/WHNP Specialty.   She has been a clinical preceptor of student nurse-midwives since 2000 and clinical instructor of nursing students since 2014.  Deena has been a consultant for Centering Pregnancy through the Centering Healthcare Institute since 2003.  She has led system redesign and implementation efforts, site accreditation, and trained students, providers, and clinic staff in the model in various settings across the US.  Deena's interests include examining health disparities from the lens of unconscious bias and racism in the health care setting, their impact on clinical education, and the diversification of the midwifery workforce.

Kara Myers, CNM has been practicing nurse-midwifery since 2000, when she completed graduate training at UCSF.  She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of OB, Gyn, and Reproductive Sciences, in clinical practice at Zuckerberg San Francisco General and Mission Neighborhood Health Center. She has been a clinical preceptor of student nurse-midwives since joining the practice in 2003. Within the UCSF community and nationally, as faculty of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, she regularly facilitates workshops for faculty, staff, and students in relationship centered communication, feedback, conflict, and interdisciplinary team debriefing.  

The Microbiome: Cynthia Belew, CNM


Cynthia Belew, CNM is an associate clinical professor in the nurse-midwifery program at the University of California San Francisco, where she began including the topics of the microbiome and holistic health in her teaching ten years ago. She has completed more than 500 hours of coursework in herbal medicine and is in the process of becoming certified as a functional medicine provider. She has been honored four times with the ACNM Excellence in Teaching award. 

CMQCC - Becoming a Change Agent for your Practice: 

Holly Smith, CNM and Ana Delgado, CNM


Holly Smith, CNM has experience in both domestic and international women’s health policy and program development. Since starting her midwifery training 17 years ago at Georgetown University, her midwifery adventures have included many diverse practice environments – from back east, to various locations in southern and northern California, to Central America, over to Germany, and finally back home to California. Most recently she practiced at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center. She has enjoyed a mix of different roles in these locations including as a midwifery fellow, lead midwife, and as the co-founder of a multi-year program to improve maternal and infant outcomes in rural Guatemala. Holly continues to participate in and lead health and public policy projects that collectively aim to advance the status of women and girls. Holly was the task force co-chair and lead editor of the CMQCC Toolkit to Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Primary Cesareans, released in May 2016. 

Ana Delgado, CNM is an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of OB/GYN. Ana splits her time between clinical practice and administration at Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG). She acts as the Assistant Director of Inpatient Obstetrics, primarily responsible for quality improvement and systems change, and as Director or Inpatient Services for the Nurse Midwives of ZSFG. For the past year Ana has served on the Steering Committe for the Reducing Primary Cesarean Project.

CNMA Annual meeting is set for October 1st at UCSF Mission Bay Hospital in the Oberndorf Auditorium.

The following day, the local chapter will host their yearly fundraiser called Miles for Midwives. Register for the Annual Meeting and receive a discount code for M4M in your confirmation email.

Both of these venues are easily accessible by public transport.

There are also many other events in the greater Bay Area over that weekend so come and enjoy the Bay Area along with CNMs from across the State!

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