We need YOUR help.

11/27/2017 4:08 PM | Jeanette McCulloch (Administrator)


Dear CAM Friends and Supporters,

 Wow, what a year! The California Association of Midwives Foundation (CAM) worked so hard this year to shift and expand. Our goal: help all families have safe, evidence-based care in their communities through:

  • Educating CA Families about their birth options
  • Increasing access to culturally sensitive care 
  • Expanding access to midwifery care in medically underserved areas

This year we created the Birth Disparities & Equity Team headed by Tanya Smith-Johnson and Jocelyn Dugan. In California, racism has the greatest impact on birth disparities. Our goal is to help eliminate such birth disparities through addressing racism.

Our first project aims to grow the midwifery workforce by creating a study program that successfully prepares aspiring midwives of color to pass the midwifery (NARM) exam.

Per data from the CDC, we know that Black women die 4 times more than their white counterparts. The World Health Organization cites that midwifery care can prevent up to 83% of maternal deaths, stillbirths and newborn deaths. We also know that midwives can make a significant impact by lowering preterm births, low-birth weight infants and unnecessary cesarean sections, and increasing breastfeeding rates.

And that's not all - midwives support their communities before, during, and after childbirth.

Help support our work today with a meaningful donation so that you can be part of the solution to the maternal health care crisis in California.

 Other highlights this year include:

  • Raised and donated $5,000 to The Birth Place Lab to support:
    • Giving Voice to Mothers, a participatory action research project to assess how planned place of birth, race and ethnicity interact with maternity care experience and preferences, experiences with discrimination and/or disrespect, and access to options for maternity care and providers. Partners include Choices in Childbirth, Common Sense Childbirth, International Center for Traditional Childbearing, Oregon Inter-Tribal Breastfeeding Coalition, Mamas of Color Rising, and Phoenix Midwife.
    • US Birth Place Mapping study, linking maternal and fetal outcomes to birth setting and integration of midwives across the United States.
  • New funders including The California Wellness Foundation and California Endowment and the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery
  • Continued support from donors and the California Health Care Foundation
  • A collaborative conference with the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) where we provided 25 complimentary registrations for students and midwives of color to make the conference more accessible. Attendees told us they felt seen and heard for the first time ever.

 This work (and so much more) would not be possible without your support. Your tax-deductible contribution helps us to bring the change our communities want to see. Thank you for making a meaningful financial contribution today.

Warmly,

California Association of Midwives Foundation

Kayti Buehler, Rosanna Davis, Jocelyn Dugan, Jen Kamel, Jerred Kiloh, Tanya Smith-Johnson

P.S. Your support – every dollar – supports families and midwives throughout California and increases access to safe, evidence-based midwifery care. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.



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