Over 60 midwives met in Rancho Cucamonga on October 19th for the 2013 CNMA Annual Meeting, "Success through Synergy!". The highlight of the meeting was the keynote address by Dr. Leslie Cragin, director of Collaborative Practice Development at Lucina Maternity, and an exciting panel discussion of midwives and physicians. It was uplifting and motivational to be able to see examples of excellent collaborative practices and ways to develop this in our own practices.
Next was a discussion of malpractice issues by Mary Miller, RN, Esq. This was a topic of high interest and audience participation, we hope to have Mary involved in future CNMA conferences. Michelle Grandy, ACNM regional representative followed with a presentation in the many ways ACNM and CNMA collaborate and some of the exciting projects being worked on by the National office.
The day ended with the annual CNMA membership meeting, in which the various CNMA committees reported on the work being done. We had a motion for the BOD to add a student board member, this motion was passed by a unanimous majority vote. To finalize the meeting, the election results were announced! Welcome to our new officers: Linda Walsh, CNMA president-elect; Carrie Jacobsen, Northern California regional director; Ruth Milke, Southern California regional director; and Misty Molina, CNMA secretary.
Early stages of planning for the 2014 NorCal annual meeting are in development, please contact Monica Viera if you would like to be on the planning committee. Planning and developing our annual meeting takes many hands working together. We were successful because of the many dedicated midwives helping with small and big parts. Please consider this opportunity to volunteer to your profession.