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Why the “L” in “LM” Matters

Opinion by Rosanna Davis, LM, CPM President, California Association of Licensed Midwives I am not a lay midwife. I am a California licensed midwife. And I am going to insist that health care providers and policy makers understand why this matters. My initial training included 3 years of didactic education and clinical experience as required […]

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Honoring California State Senator Nancy Skinner – Thank you for your advocacy for women’s health!

  Click here to help us honor State Senator Skinner by liking, commenting, or sharing on Facebook. Thanks to Senator Nancy Skinner, the role that midwives play in providing critical maternal and newborn health was honored with a resolution by the California legislature. The resolution, which recognizes the International Day of the Midwife, honors that […]

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Significant Victory For Access to Midwifery for Medi-Cal Families

A major victory in CALM’s efforts to increase true access to the care of licensed midwifery for Medi-Cal eligible families was just achieved. CALM’s previous advocacy work had established the legal right for midwives to serve as Medi-Cal providers. Thanks to our ongoing efforts, the agency that administers the Medi-Cal program has agreed with us […]

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Protect Midwifery Care Now

URGENT: Calls needed today! Update: AB 2682, a simple bill to remove physician supervision from nurse-midwives, has been hijacked by the medical lobby. It now has multiple amendments that give physicians decision-making power over women seeking midwifery care. It severely limits access to prenatal and birthing care with midwives, and mandates that birth centers become […]

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Introducing the New Board of Directors

The California Association of Licensed Midwives (CALM) is pleased to announce our new Board of Directors. The full board now consists of founding board members and our newly elected members, who were affirmed by an overwhelming margin by CALM membership. To assemble the slate, members of the CALM founding board engaged in a careful and […]

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Important Development- Medi-Cal Billing for Care of Licensed Midwives Takes Key Step Forward (2)

Why California Association of Licensed Midwives is opposed to SB 457 (Bates), anti “out-of-hospital birth” legislation, SB 457

Access to out-of-hospital maternity care will be significantly limited if this new legislation is passed. The bill, SB 457 (Bates), drastically reduces the scope of practice for both Licensed Midwives and Certified Nurse-Midwives and severely restricts access to out-of-hospital maternity care for all families in the state of California. SB 457 is sponsored by physician […]

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Important Development: Medi-Cal Billing for Care by Licensed Midwives Takes Key Step Forward

Thanks to ongoing advocacy by the California Association of Licensed Midwives (CALM), Medi-Cal billing for the care of licensed midwives has taken an important step forward. We are delighted to announce that LMs can now begin the enrollment process to become Medi-Cal providers. The system processes for California Licensed Midwives to bill Medi-Cal will also […]

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