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  • 04/06/2015 10:03 PM | Rosanna Davis LM CPM (Administrator)

    Your help will be essential to achieving this year’s legislative agenda - expanding access to midwifery for as many families as possible in California.

    Here are the bills we are working on right now:

    SB 407 - Expanding Access to Midwifery Care Through the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program.
    This bill is a critical step in CAM's legislative strategy to expand Medi-Cal coverage to licensed midwives in California.

    The Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program became a Medi-Cal benefit in 1987. California licensed midwives are not currently, but should be, recognized as eligible providers of these benefits, which fall squarely within their scope of practice.

    Medi-Cal-eligible women receive comprehensive services, including prenatal care, health education, nutrition services, and psychosocial support for up to 60 days after delivery of their infants. These are all services that licensed midwives already provide to their clients.

    The passage of AB1308 was a critical first step toward Medi-Cal reimbursement, but there are still administrative and legislative barriers. CAM has developed a legislative strategy designed to secure Medi-Cal coverage.

    Although the passage of this bill will not be the final step in securing Medi-Cal coverage, it is a critical step in the process.

    Medi-Cal coverage can impact *all* families in our state. Not only would expanded coverage mean that low-income families will have access to care. Because private insurers often look to Medi-Cal to determine coverage, it could also mean increased coverage for many other families.

    We need YOUR help to get this bill passed so that we can move forward on the next steps needed to secure Medi-Cal coverage.
    SB 408. Creating a legal definition for "midwife assistants."
    If passed, this bill will allow a 'midwife assistant' to legally assist a licensed midwife at a birth center or home birth. Currently, the opinion of the Medical Board is that only another licensed maternity care provider or a registered student at a board approved school can legally act as an assistant. SB 408 is authored by Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga and sponsored by the Medical Board of California.

    This bill will expand access to midwifery care, particularly in rural or underserved areas, by expanding the reach of existing providers. As two providers typically attend each birth, allowing a 'midwife assistant' (instead of another licensed midwife) could double capacity.

    Your help is needed to secure the passage of this legislation too!
    Three Action Steps You Can Take:
    1. Watch your inbox for action alerts. We need you and your clients to take action! We know that legislators want to hear from midwives *and* consumers. Watch your inbox - we will send you regular updates and action alerts. FIND OUR CURRENT ACTION ALERT HERE.
    2. Save the date. If you are near Sacramento, please save the date for the next hearings: Tuesday June 23rd for both SB407 & 408. If you will be joining us, please RSVP so we can share the details with you: info@californiamidwives.org.
    3. Watch your inbox and our Facebook page. The need for calls, emails, and other actions can be urgent and hard-to-predict. We'll send you action alerts (gmail users, please be sure to drag our emails from the promotions tab to your primary tab) and provide updates on our Facebook page (please like, comment, and share!).
  • 12/05/2014 10:26 AM | Rosanna Davis LM CPM (Administrator)

    Yesterday, December, 4, CAM leadership, including President Constance Rock and Vice President Rosanna Davis, a number of CAM regional reps from across the state, as well as, individual CAM members represented Licensed Midwives at the Midwifery Advisory Council (MAC) meeting. 

    The meeting was brief and consisted mostly of updates from MAC and Medical Board staff. Here are highlights and next steps:

    Streamlined CNM to LM Process Not A Regulatory Issue
    Recently, the Medical Board was asked to consider a regulatory change that would allow a streamlined process for Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) in California to become Licensed Midwives. This issue has become increasingly significant for CNMs as they are still required to document physician supervision.

    Medical Board Chief of Legislation Jennifer Simoes reported today that the Medical Board does not see streamlining as a regulatory issue to be initiated by the board. They encouraged CNMs to continue to find a legislative solution. The Medical Board will not be seeking a sponsor for this type of legislation.

    Update on Midwife Assistant Legislation

    Jennifer Simoes also reported on efforts to craft a bill that will define the role of the midwife assistant, with the goal of providing legal protection for both the midwife and the midwife assistant. (Note that this bill will not create licensure, certification, or registration of midwife assistants.)

    The Medical Board has brought language to two separate committees and are in the process now of developing the strategy most likely to get passage in this session.

    This legislative effort was spearheaded by CAM, who drafted the initial language for the bill.
     

    Update on Regulatory Changes 
    The regulatory changes happening as the result of AB1308 were also discussed briefly in today's meeting, primarily in the form of updates from the last Interested Parties meeting and the CAM/ACOG meeting.

    The Medical Board staff remains hopeful that stakeholder compromise will be achieved. The next step in the process is the upcoming Interested Parties meeting. We will need your support at this meeting!

    Please see the information about the CAM General Meeting below - we will be attending the Interested Parties Meeting directly after the gathering.

    You Tube Videos (recorded, rendered and uploaded by Rosanna) of the Meeting can be viewed here.

    Also, check back on the Medical Board Website in the coming days for the official recording of the live streaming webcast.

    Support materials handed out at the meeting:

    Regulations Packet

    Agenda and Supporting Materials

    LM CNM comparison summary for incoming Medical Board Members



  • 10/28/2014 1:47 PM | Caroline Cusenza (Administrator)

    Note:  this applies to specific (mostly N. California) regions in California.  You likely received this notice if you are a NBS provider, but just in case you didn't:

    Western Clinical Laboratories will NO LONGER be testing newborn screen specimens. The lab is closing and is not accepting any more newborn screens. ALL SPECIMENS must be shipped to Allied Laboratories in Mountain View. View attached notice for address of GSO shipping and address for United States Postal Services address. There are two different addresses depending upon which method of shipment you use. Please click the file below for more information.

    midwifenoticelabs1.pdf

  • 05/07/2014 10:05 PM | Rosanna Davis LM CPM (Administrator)
    Cheryl at Cascade Healthcare Products informs us that they are temporarily unable to fill orders for pharmaceuticals to California.  She expects the situation to be resolved in a matter of weeks.

    In the meantime, if you have more urgent need of pharmaceuticals the following companies are filling orders from California Licensed Midwives:

    Baby Birth and Beyond; Everything Birth; Henry Schein; In His Hands; Physician Sales and Services

     

     







  • 03/08/2012 8:38 AM | Anonymous
    Stand up for Licensed Midwives on Thursday, March 29th in Sacramento!

    A critical meeting regarding the future of the practice of Licensed Midwives in California is taking place on Thursday, March 29th at the Medical Board building in Sacramento. All Licensed Midwives, consumers of midwifery services, and other supporters of midwifery are urged to attend the Interested Parties Meeting of the Midwifery Advisory Council of the Medical Board of California.  This pivotal meeting addresses the issue of physician supervision of Licensed Midwives.  There has been a proposal to the Medical Board to define physician supervision of Licensed Midwives as collaboration- a definition that would end the unobtainable and problematic current requirement.  Please join us in supporting this incredibly important proposal, which would eliminate some of the ongoing barriers to safe, effective and accessible Licensed Midwifery care in California. Your presence and support are crucial! 

    Licensed Midwives in California have made many attempts to secure supervision, but it is essentially an impossible requirement to fulfill due to the medico-legal and political climate. Licensed Midwives in California are currently providing care with good birth outcomes without such supervision, despite the requirement. In fact the physician supervision requirement creates barriers to safe care by not allowing supportive physicians to work collaboratively with Licensed Midwives, for fear of liability and retribution from peers.  The physician supervision requirement also limits access to Licensed Midwives for low income Californians, because the requirement prevents Licensed Midwives from becoming Medi-Cal providers independent of a physician.

    Please attend this meeting in person!!!  Licensed Midwives, consumers, student midwives, midwifery supporters, ICAN members, doulas and other birth workers, please join us for this critical meeting.  Thank you! 

    See CAM website for details such as the time, which has not been announced by the Medical Board yet. www.californiamidwives.org 
    Medical Board address:  2005 Evergreen St. Sacramento, CA 95815
    Medical Board website: Time will be announced on Medical Board committee meeting page. Here is the link:

    ***Please visit this link for the Medical Board Agenda items, staff report, and new proposed code regulations- which includes a new definition of "supervision" and new regulation regarding obtaining drugs and administering drugs. ***

  • 01/16/2012 2:15 PM | Laura Monroe Burnett
    Please log in to the CAM website, go to the Members-Only section, and you will see the Labcorp info page directly below the Updates section. If you are not a current CAM member and you are a practicing midwife who would like a Labcorp account with the CAM discount, please visit our Become A Member page. You can pay online via Paypal or credit card. Or click here to join via Snail Mail. 
  • 12/30/2011 7:55 PM | Jocelyn Dugan (Administrator)
    I am doing my best to get these up and running, but currently I am the CFO, acting membership coordinator, and now I have somehow stumbled onto managing content as well.  Can you tell midwives are important to me?  I would love some feedback on the forums, but so far the only ones that are true forums are the ones that are accessible to everyone, like VBAC, Breastfeeding, and Baby Wearing.  Please take a look around, create some topics and give me feedback to work with.

    Thanks!

    Jocelyn 
  • 11/08/2011 2:18 PM | Jocelyn Dugan (Administrator)
    Hi everyone, 

    Go ahead and check out the CAM Directory.  If your membership is current and you are a practicing midwife, you should be able to find your directory listing.  

    Due to privacy concerns, I only listed people's names, phone numbers, websites, and job titles.  

    This is still in a state of flux, so feel free to contact me with questions and/or concerns.

    Thanks!
  • 10/06/2011 3:06 PM | Jocelyn Dugan (Administrator)
    Please bring a photo and written consent to use it to the Board meeting!  We are looking for something gorgeous to go on on post card!  If you have questions, please contact Laura or Jocelyn.
  • 10/06/2011 3:04 PM | Jocelyn Dugan (Administrator)
    For anyone who might be logging in, I hope you  love our new membership site!  We have been working diligently to make sure we can provide the value you need from CAM as an organization and there are some major changes on the horizon!  

    Stay tuned and definitely come to the Board Meeting to learn more!
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