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Together we can bring midwifery to more families AND protect midwives from hostile legislation and onerous regulation

Since the passage of AB 1308 Bonilla in 2013, CALM and its allies have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for professional, legislative and regulatory initiatives to improve the lives of midwives and the families they serve.

What 2020 taught us is that the midwifery community cannot afford to be complacent about the status quo.

In 2020 we also learned that, in the past 10 years, 100% of complaints filed with the Medical Board against LMs—whether warranted or not—are converted into full-blown investigations, while only 18% of complaints filed against physicians were investigated during the same time period.

In other words, LM complaints to the Medical Board are turning into investigations at a rate 5-6 times higher than for physicians. Equally troubling, next year the Medical Board has plans to implement a 50% increase in LM licensing fees, with no input from or advance notice to the Midwifery Advisory Council or CALM leadership.

The facts can no longer be denied: the time for a Licensed Midwife Board is long overdue.

As a profession we cannot grow, thrive, or even survive long term until we have true self-determination by setting our own independent standards and defining our own best practices.

CALM needs your financial help to make this happen.

We have made enormous strides in 2020 gaining an audience with key policy-makers and their executive staff. Consensus is growing for a Licensed Midwife Board. To keep this momentum going we will need to mobilize our supporters and make our voices heard with phone calls, legislative visits, and a regular presence in Sacramento.  

All of which, costs money.

If every midwife donated $10 for each client receiving care each year we could raise enough money to take our legislative agenda to the next level and offset the costs of quality improvement initiatives, continuing education workshops, scholarships, administrative costs of the organization, webinars and updates on relevant issues for midwives, and fund part-time staff with expertise in legal and legislative advocacy.

CALM board members and officers are volunteers, contributing 5-10 hours each week (sometimes more) for the benefit of the profession. If you don't have time to volunteer or serve as a board member, then please donate what you can to help out.

CALM has been there for the midwifery community in times of crisis and times of opportunity.

When CMA and ACOG introduced hostile bills, CALM launched its rapid-response team to reach out to supporters -- quickly mobilizing strong and well-coordinated opposition -- like with did with SB 457 Bates in 2017 (which would have placed comprehensive restrictions on all out-of-hospital births). More recently, with your support we successfully thwarted a proposal by the Medical Board to ban VBAC care with LMs in 2019.

As we continue to proactively put forth legislation that protects and improves access, CALM is counting on your ongoing support -- as you did when we passed SB 407 (which expanded LM care under Medi-Cal) and SB 408 (which defined and protected the status of midwife assistants), provisions for further integration of LMs in SB 798 Hill (which included professional corporations and protected peer review provisions for licensed midwives) and as we have painstakingly laid the groundwork for legislation to put guidelines back into regulations for an independent Licensed Midwife Board.

Together let's create a world where everyone in California has access to midwives and midwives are free to practice the midwifery model of care, for generations to come.

Donate to protect midwifery care

Together we can bring midwifery to more families AND protect midwives from hostile legislation and onerous regulation

Since the passage of AB 1308 Bonilla in 2013, CALM and its allies have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for professional, legislative and regulatory initiatives to improve the lives of midwives and the families they serve.

What 2020 taught us is that the midwifery community cannot afford to be complacent about the status quo.

In 2020 we also learned that, in the past 10 years, 100% of complaints filed with the Medical Board against LMs—whether warranted or not—are converted into full-blown investigations, while only 18% of complaints filed against physicians were investigated during the same time period.

In other words, LM complaints to the Medical Board are turning into investigations at a rate 5-6 times higher than for physicians. Equally troubling, next year the Medical Board has plans to implement a 50% increase in LM licensing fees, with no input from or advance notice to the Midwifery Advisory Council or CALM leadership.

The facts can no longer be denied: the time for a Licensed Midwife Board is long overdue.

As a profession we cannot grow, thrive, or even survive long term until we have true self-determination by setting our own independent standards and defining our own best practices.

CALM needs your financial help to make this happen.

We have made enormous strides in 2020 gaining an audience with key policy-makers and their executive staff. Consensus is growing for a Licensed Midwife Board. To keep this momentum going we will need to mobilize our supporters and make our voices heard with phone calls, legislative visits, and a regular presence in Sacramento.  

All of which, costs money.

If every midwife donated $10 for each client receiving care each year we could raise enough money to take our legislative agenda to the next level and offset the costs of quality improvement initiatives, continuing education workshops, scholarships, administrative costs of the organization, webinars and updates on relevant issues for midwives, and fund part-time staff with expertise in legal and legislative advocacy.

CALM board members and officers are volunteers, contributing 5-10 hours each week (sometimes more) for the benefit of the profession. If you don't have time to volunteer or serve as a board member, then please donate what you can to help out.

CALM has been there for the midwifery community in times of crisis and times of opportunity. When CMA and ACOG introduced hostile bills, CALM launched its rapid-response team to reach out to supporters -- quickly mobilizing  strong and well-coordinated opposition 00 like with did with SB 457 Bates in 2017 (which would have placed comprehensive restrictions on all out-of-hospital births). More rencently, with your support we successfully thwarted a proposal by the Medical Board to ban VBAC care with LMs in 2019.

As we continue to proactively put forth legislation that protects and improves access, CALM is counting on your ongoing support -- as you did when we passed SB 407 (which expanded LM care under Medi-Cal) and SB 408 (which defined and protected the status of midwife assistants), provisions for further integration of LMs in SB 798 Hill (which included professional corporations and protected peer review provisions for licensed midwives) and as we have painstakingly laid the groundwork for legislation to put guidelines back into regulations for an independent Licensed Midwife Board.

Together let's create a world where everyone in California has access to midwives and midwives are free to practice the midwifery model of care, for generations to come.


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