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Who We Are
California Families for Access to Midwives includes mothers, fathers, families and their communities who advocate safe, affordable and healthy birth options. CFAM is working to improve the health of mothers and babies by increasing access to midwifery care.
I write to first of all thank you for your supporting CFAM’s grassroots efforts to increase access to midwifery care in California. You have made our work possible—from calling, writing and visiting your legislators; to attending our rallies and events; to making much-needed financial contributions. The centrality of your role cannot be overstated.
Secondly, I write to inform you that personal and professional pursuits require my attention in Nigeria (quite a distance from CFAM’s base), and I am no longer able to serve as CFAM president. I owe the entire CFAM community—including California Association of Midwives and the countless individual midwives, doulas, doctors, and parents—who have supported CFAM thus far. On a personal note, you have all been part of what has proven to be a life-changing experience for me, and I owe you a debt of gratitude for the way you have trusted and embraced me. I would also like to thank Jeanette McCulloch of BirthSwell whose praise goes unsung, but without whom CFAM could not have accomplished even a fraction of what we have done.
Now that my time is up, I will be passing the presidential torch to current board secretary, Tanya Smith-Johnson. Tanya is an incredibly talented and committed advocate, mother, military veteran, medical scientist, and midwifery student. Tanya began to make her mark on CFAM from the first day she joined us as an intern, and as board secretary, she has contributed immeasurably to CFAM’s leadership and functioning. Tanya will be working alongside the incomparable Treesa McLean, our current and continuing vice president, who is a dedicated and visionary leader. I cannot thank Treesa enough for the role she has played in my development as a leader and advocate. She is a gem to our community and she will remain so despite my absence. Tanya and Treesa will continue to be supported by our exceptionally precise and reliable treasurer, Jennifer Heystek, who has from day one ensured that CFAM continues to honor all of our financial obligations.
Tanya, Treesa, and Jennifer have all worked tirelessly and without glory to increase access to midwifery care in California and they have proven that they can make it happen. When CFAM was formed last spring, a legislative crisis was brewing, and anti-midwifery forces were working to dramatically reduce access to midwifery care in our state despite the consistently demonstrated benefits to women and babies. With your help, these women have been able to change the conversation about midwifery care in California, and gained unanimous support from the legislature for common sense legislation to increase access to midwifery care.
In the aftermath of the major victory that YOU made possible, CFAM’s work continues and your role remains critical. CFAM is working with California Association of Midwives, the California Medical Board, and other key stakeholders to ensure that the implementation and enforcement of the new law honors its spirit, language, and intent. However, the process is not quick, nor is it straightforward, and CFAM will continue to rely on you, the community, for momentum.
The women at CFAM’s helm are smart, compassionate, and relentless advocates, but ultimately, CFAM is just a handful of volunteers committed to making a difference. Their work will go only as far as your interest, your voice, and your contributions will carry them. The future of midwifery care in California is not in their hands, nor has it ever been in mine. It’s in yours.