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Meeting

COME JOIN US!

Next Session:
7pm
Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Vicinos Italian Restaurant
959 Sligo Ave.
Silver Spring, MD

Tell us you are coming by emailing us at mamasmidwives@gmail.com, so we know how many to expect! Parking on the side and rear of restaurant as well as street parking in front. Please include your phone number so we can call and let you know if we are at a birth and need to reschedule.

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ATTENTION M.A.M.A.S. Families!

Please take The Birth Survey about your M.A.M.A.S. birth experience, so that other expectant families can use the information to help them choose their care! To take the survey, click on this link:

The Birth Survey

M.A.M.A.S. In Action

As part of our mission, M.A.M.A.S. is committed to community and grassroots advocacy in support of the rights of every woman to make informed choices regarding her own health and the health of her family.  To that end, we are involved in a number of initiatives, including:

  • Work to support women’s rights as human rights, inclusion, healthcare for everyone, and respect for all people.

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  • Work to change laws and  regulations that pose barriers to practice for midwives in Maryland:
    • We successfully passed legislation in 2010 which led to the elimination of the requirement for a signed practice agreement with a physician (for which Máiri received an American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Public Policy Award!), but CNMs were still required to file a Collaborative Plan with the Board of Nursing.  Since our own professional Standards for the Practice of Midwifery (ACNM) require midwives to have written plans for consultation, collaboration, and referral to other health care providers, this documentation was redundant, restricted women’s access to midwifery care in Maryland, and is not required in DC.  In 2013 M.A.M.A.S. worked with Delegates Ariana Kelly, Heather Mizeur, ACNM and the MD Board of Nursing to successfuly eliminate this requirement, leading to the Board of Nursing creating new regulations that took effect in November 2014! 
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives National, and Maryland and DC Affiliates:  All the midwives are members and active in the DC and MD affiliates.  Máiri serves on the national Board of Directors, representing Region II–DC, MD, VA, WV, PA, NJ, DE, and CNMs with foreign addresses.  Máiri pioneered “The Heart of Midwifery,” an annual meeting session that celebrates the calling to midwifery through stories, songs, and other group activities.  Máiri and Erin have been frequent presenters at the annual meeting including topics such as “The Sacred Hour,” “Green Midwifery,” and “How to Start a Homebirth Practice.” Máiri has presented on other topics ranging from breastfeeding trouble shooting to managing pre-labor without pitocin.
  • Midwives Alliance of North America: All the midwives are members. Erin and Máiri presented on Community Care at the 2012 MANA/ACNM/CAM conference in Ontario, CA.
  • Association of Independent Midwives of Maryland: Erin and Máiri were part of the founding group of midwives who formed the Association of Independent Midwives of Maryland (AIMM) in 2011.  AIMM worked with the Board of Nursing, ACNM, and key legislators in the MD General Assembly, led by Ariana Kelly, to pass a bill allowing Certified Professional Midwives to practice legally in Maryland, beginning in 2016.  Erin served as Moderator for a Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene committee comprised of key stakeholders, with the goal of reaching consensus on the contents of the bill before it was introduced.
    • Katie and Kathy also became members of AIMM when they joined M.A.M.A.S., so all can support the ongoing effort to streamline transfers from home to hospital and continue to improve our excellent relationships with area physicians and hospitals, Katie is currently the president of AIMM. All the AIMM midwives are supported by AIMM’s one consumer member, M.A.M.A.S. Administrator Leslie Hill Jenkins, who serves as AIMM’s Secretary and chief consumer advocate. AIMM has worked with Maryalnd Families for Safe Birth (MSFB) to advocate for women and families throughout the state of Maryland, and M.A.M.A.S. families have taken leadership roles in AIMM. Read more about AIMM here.
  • Mary’s Center: Katie works prn at Mary’s Center, a community clinic serving low-income families, primarily from Central America who might not get care otherwise.
  • shapeimage_3Asociación de Parteras de Cuzcatlán:  Máiri has an ongoing relationship with this extraordinary community of midwives in El Sálvador, and has visited 3 times with International Partners and Global Connections, one of those trips with Erin.  These 24 midwives deliver birth care and basic health services, under extremely difficult circumstances, to 24 rural communities around Suchitoto, near Guasapa, “La Montaña,” which played a central role in winning the civil war for the people.  Our trips to El Sálvador (and Máiri’s trip to Honduras with Hope for a Healthier Humanity) have all been for capacity-building and training of midwives and health promoters, rather than delivering direct care.  Our next goal is to assist leaders of the Asociación to attend the ICM Triennial Congress in Toronto in 2017.
  • International Confederation of Midwives (ICM): Máiri and Erin both attended the ICM Triennial Congress in Prague in 2014, as members of the U.S. Delegation. They also presented at a post-conference on issues in home birth for a group of Czech home birth midwives who could not attend the ICM conference.
  • Maternal Health/Neonatology and Perinatology: is the name of a new peer reviewed journal. Máiri is on the editorial review board.