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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.
Important CFAM Board Update...Do you want to join the CFAM board?
December 5, 2017
Dear CFAM supporters,
We are recruiting new board members! Please find the information below.
It is with great sadness that we announce that our President, Tanya Smith-Johnson and Vice President, Treesa McLean are stepping down from the CFAM board. Tanya and Treesa have given us the leadership and vision that has brought us victory on many legislative battles to protect homebirth and midwives. They have strengthened our mission and built our connection to the community of consumers and midwives who stand along side us to expand access to midwifery care.
The following is a message from Tanya Smith-Johnson: "It has been a pleasure serving you as president of CFAM. The past 4 years have taught me so much and been full of many victories. But after this last legislative push, I will be stepping down as president as our Navy family gets relocated to our next duty station. However, I will remain on the advisory committee and continue to do the work on legislation and policy initiatives with CAM, CALM, and CFAM. The fight is not over, stay tuned to find out more about how to support us or to donate.”
Please join us in welcoming new board members that have joined us in the last year: Meghan McLean, Leilani Nguyen, Jinny Pagle, Desiree Robles, and Teresa Yu. You can learn more about these individuals here.
New officers are: Teresa Yu (President), Julia Goldin (Vice-President), Desiree Robles (Treasurer).
SEEKING NEW BOARD MEMBERS
We are now looking to fill our board with leaders, visionaries, and passionate people ready to work hard to protect, and expand access to midwives. Despite the recent defeat of SB 457 (Bates), the “Anti-Midwifery” bill, we know 2018 will be a busy year with AB 1612, the bill to remove physician supervision from Certified Nurse Midwives.
CFAM is a grassroots consumer advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure that all California families have access to safe, affordable midwifery care. CFAM has a large base of consumer supporters, a significant social media reach, and has organized action campaigns that have been pivotal in improving access to midwifery care. CFAM partners with midwifery professional organizations to coordinate action strategies.
Recent accomplishments include:
In 2013, we successfully removed physician supervision from California midwives via AB 1308.
In 2015, we helped pass SB 407 and SB 408 which will allow midwives to bill Medi-Cal and allowed for licensing of a Midwifery Assistant position.
In the spring of 2017, we were able to stop passage of SB 457 and also keep it from being reintroduced in the fall of 2018. This bill would have severely limited access to homebirth midwifery care.
If you are interested in joining the CFAM board, please send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage applications from individuals from diverse/underserved communities, with midwifery consumer experience, and/or skills in legislative advocacy, fundraising, and organizational development.
In-person Board meetings are working meetings and are held monthly in the San Francisco (East) Bay Area. Board members calling in from other regions as well as board members who are able to travel to the Sacramento area are welcome. More frequent communication is needed during busy legislative times. Terms are a minimum of two years. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and preference will be given to those received by January 31, 2018. Please email email@example.com with any questions.