Stay informed about critical legislative developments! We will update you with details about how you can take action for Licensed Midwives California.
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.
Thank you to everyone who helped stop SB 457! Together, with your calls and letters, we have succeeded in getting the anti-midwifery bill pulled. SB 457 won’t be heard this Monday and can’t be heard again in 2017!
Our work is not over!
California Certified Nurse-Midwives have proposed a new bill to remove physician supervision, AB 1612. CFAM supports this bill and we need your help to get it passed!
We need you to show up to support AB 1612 on Tuesday, April 25th at the Business and Professions Committee hearing. The hearings start at 9am at the State Capitol, Room 4202. Join our Facebook event here!
Next, we need you to call your California Assembly Member, especially if your Assembly Member is on the Business and Professions Committee, before Tuesday, April 25 to help them move this bill through the State Assembly. Tell them that you support AB 1612, the bill to remove physician supervision from Certified Nurse-Midwives!
California is one of only six states that require Certified Nurse Midwives to have physician supervision, and this leads many California-trained CNMs move to states with friendlier practice laws. This limits access to Midwifery care at a time in California when we have a massive maternity care provider shortage.
California families want greater access to CNM care because they know CNMs provide high-quality prenatal, birth and postpartum care.
AB 1612 will allow Certified Nurse Midwives to create their own practices and legally be homebirth, birth center or hospital providers without a physician setting their practice guidelines.
Passing of this bill is incredibly important because CNMs are being investigated and prosecuted in California for attending homebirth.
Passing of this bill will increase access to Midwifery care in hospital, birth center and home settings.
With our combined actions through calls and visits to state lawmakers, we were able to protect and increase access to midwives in 2013 with the bill that removed physician supervision for Licensed Midwives, AB 1308. Now let's do the same for Certified Nurse Midwives. We need your action just as much now as we did then. You are CFAM. You are the reason that legislation gets passed or stopped.
Along with your calls, we are making our presence known in the Capital. CFAM President, Tanya Smith-Johnson, made a long trek to spend two days in Sacramento meeting with legislators and educating them on why consumers oppose SB 457. She dispelled some of the misinformation that surrounds midwifery and her presence in the capital represented everyone who supports midwifery care.
Please stand with us, make these calls, and show up when you are needed to keep making midwifery care more accessible.
Please consider donating to CFAM, we are a volunteer staff. We don’t have the big budget of other organizations, but our meaningful engagement makes a big difference. Our costs are adding up as we campaign this legislative season, please donate here, http://www.cafamiliesformidwives.org/donate .
CFAM Board of Directors,
Tanya Smith-Johnson, Treesa McLean, Alex Rounds, Julia Goldin Blackburn, Meghan McLean, Desiree Robles and Leilani Nguyen