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7pm, Thursday, July 15th, 2021
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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:

  • Year of the Midwife events-click here to see all the events scheduled for this year (2020).  
  • Work to support women’s rights as human rights, inclusion, healthcare for everyone, and respect for all people.


  • 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:  The midwives are members and active in the DC and MD affiliates.  Máiri served 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 (former practice director and co-founder of M.A.M.A.S.) 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: Máiri and Kathy are both members. Máiri and Erin (former practice director and co-founder of M.A.M.A.S.) presented on Community Care at the 2012 MANA/ACNM/CAM conference in Ontario, CA.
  • Association of Independent Midwives of Maryland: Máiri and Erin (former practice director and co-founder of M.A.M.A.S.) 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.
    • Kathy became a member of AIMM when she joined M.A.M.A.S. in order to support the ongoing effort to streamline transfers from home to hospital and continue to improve our excellent relationships with area physicians and hospitals.  All the AIMM midwives are supported by AIMM’s one consumer member, M.A.M.A.S. Administrator Leslie Hill Jenkins, who serves as 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.
  • 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 (former practice director and co-founder of M.A.M.A.S.).  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 (former practice director and co-founder of M.A.M.A.S.)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.