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Membership in your local chapter of the has many benefits including:

  • Network with the greater San Diego midwifery community about jobs, preceptorships, and midwifery happenings.
  • Support and encourage the interests, concerns, and professional achievements of our members and students.
  • Promote positive public relations.
  • Political action on the local, state, and national level on issues that impact the health of women and children.
  • CEUs and other educational opportunities.

To become a member of your local Chapter, please fill out and send in the Membership Form.

Although participation by everyone is welcome and very much appreciated, only membership in the California Nurse-Midwives Association gives you the opportunity to become a full, voting member of your local Chapter. Remember that membership in the California Nurse-Midwives Association is included with your membership in the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). For your convenience, we have included an ACNM membership form.

Upcoming Events 09-22-2014

Upcoming Events

SD&IC Chapter meetings are held every other month on the second Thursday of the month. Meetings are held at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla in the Canyon Room (lower level in the back of cafeteria). If you would like to be invited to our meetings and events, please send an email request to mphippsm@gmail.com or just show up. We welcome you!

Please mark the following dates on your calendars:

Thurs. Oct. 9th - 6pm Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla in the Canyon Room (behind cafeteria)

Sat. Nov. 8th - 3-8:30pm. Fistula Foundation Fundraiser Dinner Party. Join us for a catered dinner at Dr. Cherie Lowre's beautiful home in Woodland Hills (Southern California). The event includes a catered dinner by Wood Ranch BBQ, appetizers, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, a silent auction and a live band. Dinner tickets are $50 per person. Register Now!

Sun. Nov. 9th - 1-3pm. Fundraiser with CEUs! "You Are What Your Mother Ate" -- Join us under a brilliant sky at a peaceful spa in the vineyard-covered hills of Temecula to hear an excellent presentation on maternal nutrition and perinatal outcomes by one of our very own chapter members, Dr. Mary Barger. Afterwards, join us over wine and cheese in support of midwifery advocacy. Wine Tasting at South Coast Winery Resort and Spa - 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591. Tickets $50 per person, $25 for students Register Now!

Our Chapter goals for 2014 are to:
* Increase the awareness and availability of midwifery in greater San Diego
* Participate in the 5k walk for Miracle Babies, May 4th
* Fundraise to support legislative efforts to promote midwifery and maternal child health in California
* Increase our Chapter membership
* Enhance Chapter meetings' CEU offerings

Meeting Minutes



Directory listings are a benefit of your membership. If you would like to be listed in our midwife Directory, please see the membership page for details.


  • Beth Coleman
    • Chapter Title: Secretary/Treasurer
  • Bridget Moran
  • Candace Curlee
  • Cathy Hill
  • Christina Jacobson
  • Christine Cortes


  • Donna Borowy


  • Hope Renn Gunther


  • Janna Ekholm
  • Jennifer Hirsch
  • Judith Fullerton
    • Chapter Title: Bylaws
  • Karen Perdion
  • Karen Ruby Brown
    • Chapter Title: Vice-Chair, Bylaws, Elections Committee Chair
  • Lauren Hunter


  • Mary Barger
  • Mary Croyle Farrell
  • Melanie Phipps-Morgan
  • Melissa Mann
    • Chapter Title: Chapter Chair


  • Rebecca Garrett-Brown
  • Roberta Frank
  • Roz Hirst


  • Shari Kari Baum
  • Sharon Harkey
  • Sonia Halmagean
  • Stephanie Lowe
  • Teera Merrell

V - Z

  • Vanessa Wright
  • Yolanda Devereaux
  • Rules & Application to Practice Nurse-Midwifery in California

    Rules & Application to Practice Nurse-Midwifery in California

    Standardized Procedure Requirements

    CNM Scope of Practice

    Nurse-Midwifery Certification Application

    Nurse-Midwifery Furnishing Application

    DEA forms and Applications

    National Provider Identifier (NPI) Application Free

    Midwives of Color

    Midwives of Color

    The ACNM's Midwives of Color (MOC) Committee works to recruit and retain persons of diverse ethnic/cultural backgrounds to the profession of midwifery. We also provide educational preparation to ACNM members to develop respect for cultural variations and increase awareness and responsiveness to maternal/child health care issues affecting people of color. The MOC Committee has established a national mentoring program for student midwives of color. If you would like to find or to become a midwifery mentor, please contact Heather Clarke at chair4mocc@gmail.com

    Education / Preceptors


    Attention Midwifery Student Preceptors

    The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that CCA (Continuing Competency Assessment) participants can now receive credit for timeSpent precepting midwifery students. The BOD also extends a sincere thank you to all preceptors for their continuing commitment to midwifery education and to the ACNM Division of Education CCA Section, Preceptor Development and Support Section and staff for their work in developing and implementing this new option. Beginning with 02/06 CCA cycle, which ends Aug. 31, 2006 (reporting date is Oct. 1, 2006 ), participants will be able to report up to 10 contact hours (equals 1 CEU) for time spent precepting a student nurse-midwife (SNM) or student midwife (SM). For the 02/06 cycle, the 10 hours must have been accrued during the cycle dates of Sept. 1, 2001 through Aug. 31, 2006 . A section has been added to the Self Reporting Form under the heading "Acceptable Alternatives in Lieu of CEU" where the hours spent precepting can be recorded.
    Download the form.
    Click here for the JOGN article on precepting.
    Do it MY Way! Midwifery Students' Perceptions of Negative Clinical Experiences and Negative Characteristics and Practices of Clinical Preceptors.

    Preceptors Needed

    Lauren Hunter, Program Director for the SDSU Nurse-Midwifery Education Program, is looking for clinical sites for SNMs. Especially needed are sites with a high volume of GYN. Our local school of nurse-midwifery will not be able to continue without the availability and committment of local CNMs to provide students with clinical experience. If your practice can offer a clinical site, please contact:

    Lauren Hunter, CNM, PhDNurse-Midwifery EducationSan Diego State University5300 Campanile DriveSan Diego, CA 92182-4158
    (858) 454-9033

    All ACNM preceptors are required to have evidence of training as a clinical preceptor.

    This can be achieved by attending certain education CEU"s at the annual meeting or any other evidence of adult education or preceptor training. If you would like, Juliana the Coordinator for Nurse-Midwifery at Shenandoah University is willing to share her online course. Once you have completed the course please send me a copy of the certificate. Thanks so much to all of you who volunteer to help create more midwives!!!!!!.
    She can be contacted as follows:
    Juliana van Olphen Fehr
    Juliana van Olphen Fehr, CNM, PhD, FACNM
    Associate Professor
    Coordinator, Nurse-Midwifery, Division of Nursing
    Shenandoah University
    1775 N. Sector Ct.
    Winchester, VA 22601

    SDSU Clinical Preceptor Information Corner

    A Preceptor Story

    By Lauren P. Hunter

    It starts at the very beginning. How can you ever thank someone for a gift that CANNOT be repaid? If my wish came true, every preceptor would receive a 100 GOLD BUILLONS (every week) for all their care and work. Instead I offer palliative pabulum all that is in my power to give: CEU's, academic appointments, certificates of appreciation and a party at my house every year with the dual purpose of meeting the "new" students. If I wished upon every good birth I could not return the gift "in kind" for the work the preceptors do. How can one ever truly repay a labor of love? Thank-you. WHAT I TELL EVERY PRECEPTOR: please call me right away if there is any problem about anything while you are precepting.

    Every year I visit, talk to, examine, evaluate, cajole, beg, appreciate, laugh with and listen to preceptors and service directors.

    What I Hear as I Listen to Preceptors tell their Stories

    • I will take anyone.
    • Evenings only.
    • Just four hours per week.
    • One student per week.
    • Not at THAT site.
    • Not THAT student.
    • No students on nights with me.
    • Is she bilingual?
    • The student evaluations are too much work
    • I LOVE to help.
    • Give me anyone.
    • I'll take a student that needs extra work.
    • We only take advanced students.
    • Our service is burnt out.
    • Your last student wore us out!
    • How come they have so little experience?
    • What a great student.
    • How does she tie her shoes? She can't do a hand tie!
    • We are controlled by productivity schedules.
    • How can I take a student and meet my quota?
    • I feel so bad because someone precepted for me.
    • I am torn, I want to help.
    • Can you work with me so I can take a student next quarter?
    • We love to help and support you.
    • You can count on us.

    My Story to the Students, written in the OFFICIAL student handbook, discussed at every class AND tattooed to each student's forehead (not really but I wish) before they start clinical:
    You are there to learn not to change the system. PLEASE REMEMBER Preceptors are a precious and endangered species. IF you have a problem please call me on my 24-hour pager, cell phone or home phone. I am available 24 hours a day for preceptor issues. DO NOT antagonize the preceptor or the system. Our preceptors do this because they believe it is their responsibility to midwifery and their profession. They care. They are human beings just like you. They have bad days, NO terrible days. They have troubles at home, and work, and worry about the world JUST like you. They are not perfect. please understand. Some are new and need guidance and help to learn, some are tired or old or both, BUT They care. They help YOU because they CARE about you, about birth, about love for midwifery, women, families, and their work.

    What I Hear when I Listen to the Stories Students Tell

    • She did not have time for me.
    • She did not listen to me.
    • First she said, "see this patient," then gave me the chart and I had NO time to read it.
    • She said she was in a bad mood because she hade to go to M and M about a bad outcome.
    • She said, "how come you don't know the answer to my question?" (it was my second week)!
    • She looked really stressed and I think something else was going on.
    • She told me everything was great and then wrote a bad evaluation I thought it was my fault the baby went to the NICU, we didn't get to talk about it afterwards. What could I have done differently?
    • I feel so bad.
    • I want to learn.
    • It is so scary to be a student and stretch, and go back to being a beginner after being an expert in so many areas.
    • Everything went so fast!
    • I love my preceptor. She is just wonderful. She takes her time with me, makes me think about my answers, appreciates my strengths, works with my weaknesses, makes me accountable, gives me time, shares her special midwifery secrets, treats me well in front of patients, demands my respect, knows I am learning, and understands no one is perfect.
    • I really appreciate that she has precepted me.
    • She was so great, I want to leave her a gift. What do you think she would like?
    • I can never truly repay her for all her guidance.

    My suggestion to the students:

    • Maybe you can carry on her work and precept students when you are able.
    • Write your appreciation in heartfelt words for her heart to hear (cc: a copy to EVERYONE that matters).
    • Tell her what SHE did to be such a great preceptor
    • Thank her for her time, her wisdom.

    Chapter By laws


    Standing Rules of Procedure

    RULE I. Title and Relationship

    Section 1. The name of the organization shall be San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter of the California Nurse Midwives Association (CNMA)

    Section 2. All rules and regulations of the Chapter shall be consistent with the Bylaws of the ACNM and of the CNMA Affiliate

    RULE II. Purpose

    The purpose of the Chapter shall be:

    1. to give support and encouragement to concerns and interests of ACNM and 
 CNMA CNM/CM members and students;

    2. to encourage members to be active participants in functions relating to the ACNM 

    and CNMA

    3. to promote positive public relations, representing the midwifery profession to the press and public;

    4. to promote communications with other organizations, which address the interests of women, children and families;

    5. to support and promote the philosophy of the ACNM and CNMA

    6. to support and promote communication and professional achievement among 

    7. to take political action on the local, state, and national level on issues that impact practice or the health of women and children. Such action shall be congruent with the ACNM philosophy, policy and positions.

    RULE III. Membership and Privileges

    Section 1. Members of the Chapter shall be members of the American College

    Nurse-Midwives and of CNMA, residing in San Diego or Imperial

    counties. A member may choose chapter membership by location of residence or practice.

    Section 2. Categories of membership shall be consistent with categories established in the Bylaws of the ACNM, and affirmed in CNMA Affiliate ByLaws

    2.1 Active members: Individuals interested in supporting the mission and purposes of ACNM, and who hold or previously held a CNM or CM credential from the ACNM, or its designee are eligible for active member status.

    2.2. Associate members: Individuals other than a CNM/CM interested in supporting the mission and purposes of ACNM, including individuals in another related profession.

    2.3. Student members: Individuals currently enrolled in an Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education accredited or pre-accredited midwifery program.

    Section 3. Membership shall consist of at least five (5) active members of the ACNM and the CNMA Affiliate

    Section 4. Active members of the Chapter may make motions, vole and hold office.

    Section 5. Student members of the Chapter may speak, but may not make motions, vote or hold office. They may serve as members of committees in any capacity except as Chairperson.

    Section 6. Associate members of the Chapter may serve as a member of committees and task forces, but not as Chairperson. They may speak at membership meetings, but they may not make motions, vote or hold office.

    RULE IV. Dues and Finances

    Section 1. Dues:

    1. Active chapter membership dues:

    1. Annual chapter membership dues shall be the amount recommended by the officers voting at he first meeting of fiscal year.

    2. Annual membership dues for chapter members who retire or who become disabled after at least ten (10) aggregate years of membership shall be one-half (1/2) of the active chapter membership dues.

    B. Student chapter membership dues shall be an amount equal to one-half (1/2) of the active chapter membership dues.

    C. Associate chapter membership dues shall be an amount equal to one-half (1/2) of the active chapter membership dues.

    Section 2. Fiscal year shall be from January 1 to December 31.

    Section 3. Dues date: Dues are to be paid by the first meeting of the fiscal year, but must be paid by the end of the Fall meeting.

    A. Any member whose dues are not paid by the dues date is delinquent.

    B. Any member whose dues are not paid by one month after the due date shall forfeit membership.

    Section 4. Reinstatement: Members may be reinstated by payment of current year’s dues.

    Section 5. Signatures: Two officers shall be authorized to sign checks.

    RULE V. Officers

    Section 1. The elected officers shall be the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary.

    Section 2. Eligibility and Terms of Office:

    A. Active chapter members shall be eligible to hold any of the elected positions of the Chapter.

    Section 3. The term of office for each officer shall be two (2) years.

    Section 4. No officer shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms.

    Section 5. Vacancies:

    1. A vacancy in the office of Chairperson shall be filled by the Vice- Chairperson.

    2. If the Vice Chairperson is unable to serve, the remaining officers shall
call for a special election to be held within sixty (60) days of the initial vacancy in the office of Chairperson.

    3. Vacancies in offices other than that of Chairperson shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the remaining officers within sixty (60) days of the initial vacancy in that office.

    Section 6. Duties of Officers:

    1. The Chairperson shall:

    1. Preside at all chapter meetings.

    2. Appoint standing and Ad Hoc Committee Chairpersons.

    3. Coordinate communications between the Chapter and the CNMA 
affiliate organization

    4. Submit an agenda to the Corresponding Secretary for distribution 
prior to the meeting.

    5. Declare election results.

    B. The Vice-Chairperson shall:

    1. Perform the duties of the chairperson in the absence or inability of the Chairperson to serve.

    2. Succeed to the office of Chairperson should the office become vacant during an unfinished term.

    3. Perform such duties as may be delegated by the Chairperson.

    C. The Treasurer shall:

    1. Be custodian of the funds of the chapter.

    2. Give an itemized report at each chapter meeting.

    3. Be responsible for systematic collection of annual chapter dues.

    4. Maintain a list of members with dues currently paid.

    5. Be responsible for accurate and complete recording of all chapter 
income and disbursements.

    1. The Secretary shall:

    1. Record all minutes of chapter meetings and ensure timely 
distribution of the minutes.

    2. Be responsible for coordination of materials with the individual(s) maintaining the Chapter web page.

    RULE VI. Nominations and Elections

    Section 1. Election schedule/Eligibility of members:

    A. There shall be an election for chapter officers every two (2) years in the odd years, for offices to be assumed at the beginning of the following even year.

    B. Only active members whose consent has been obtained shall be selected for nomination.

    Section 2. Election procedures:

    A. Nominating Committee:

    1. A nominating committee of two (2) active members shall be elected by ballot for a two (2) year term at the spring meeting, in odd years.

    2. Roles and responsibilities of the Nominating Committee are:

    a. Compose a ballot in accordance with Rule VI, Section 1.

    b. Prepare and distribute ballots to voting membership no later than sixty (60) days prior to the date of the Fall meeting.

    c. Prepare voting instructions that are to be distributed

    the ballot.

    d. Prepare and distribute special ballots if a vacancy in the office of Chairperson occurs and the Vice-Chairperson is unable to serve.

    e. Prepare a written tabulation of ballot results and submit to

    the Chapter Chairperson.

    f. Notify all candidates of election results.

    g. Destroy all ballots after the election has been declared by

    the Chapter Chairperson at the fall meeting.

    1. Ballot and ballot distribution procedures:

    1. Elections shall be conducted by mail ballet. An electronic (e-mail) ballot may be substituted, in whole or in part, for ballots

    conducted by postal mail.

    2. Ballots shall be mailed to the voting membership no later than sixty (60) days prior to the date of the Fall meeting.

    1. Ballots shall be returned to the Chairperson of the nominating committee.

    1. Counting of ballots:

    1. The Chairperson of the nominating committee shall count all ballots returned by the membership.

    2. Ballots shall be counted no earlier than fourteen (14) days prior to the Fall meeting.

    3. Procedures for counting of ballots.

      1. Ballots shall be examined for identification and date of postal or electronic mailing to verify that the vote is valid.

        1. The name and address of the sender shall be checked against the list of active members.

        2. If the ballot does not contain a name and/or address that can be verified against the membership list the ballot shall be declared invalid.

        3. If the ballot has been received from a member who is not currently a dues-paid active member, the ballot shall be declared invalid.

      2. Ballots declared to be invalid shall be held separately from valid ballots.

      3. In the event of a question concerning the validity of a ballot that would materially change the results of the election, the question shall be put to the membership at the Fall meeting.

    1. Maintenance and destruction of ballot materials:

    1. The Chairperson of the nominating committee shall maintain all voting materials in a secure fashion, and shall bring them to the

    Fall meeting at which election results are finally determined. These include:

    a. Membership lists used for the distribution of ballots and the verification of validity of ballots that are returned.

    b. Copies of all materials used in the election procedure, including correspondence and actual ballots received.

    c. Report of results of the election.

    2. Ballots may be destroyed after the election results have been declared to the membership, following a majority vote of the membership to approve destruction of these materials.

    1. Declaration of election:

    1. A plural majority of votes shall be required for election.

    2. A tie vote in a category shall be resolved by a voice vote of the voting members at the Fall meeting at which the tie is announced.

    3. Those elected shall take office at the beginning of the fiscal year following the meeting at which their election is declared.

    RULE VII. Committees

    Section 1. Standing Committees

    1. Nominating Committee

    1. Membership: Chairperson and one (1) member

    2. Term of office: three (3) years

    3. Duties:

    a. Prepare a slate of candidates for chapter offices.

    b. Perform other duties a outlined in Rule VI of these SROPs

    Section 2. Ad Hoc Committees

    Ad Hoc committees are formed to accomplish a specific task. The Chapter Chairperson will appoint the Ad Hoc committee chairperson. The formation, charge and membership of the committee are reported in the minutes of the chapter meeting.

    RULE VIII. Meetings

    Section 1. The Chapter shall meet not less than two (2) times a year.

    Section 2. A quorum for a meeting shall consist of one (1) elected officer and one- fourth (1/4) of the voting membership.

    Section 3. A quorum must be present at all meetings in order to transact chapter business.

    Section 4. Unless otherwise specified, a simple majority (1/2 + 1) of the quorum shall decide issues voted upon.

    Rule IX. Amendments

    Section 1. These rules may be amended at any meeting of the chapter by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and entitled to vote, provided that thirty (30) days prior notice has been given.

    Section 2. Amendments adopted by the chapter shall then be sent to the Bylaws Committee of the California Nurse Midwives Association for review of congruence with CNMA and ACNM Bylaws before they become effective.

    DATE EFFECTIVE: ___________________________________________________

    DATE REVIEWED: __________________________________________________

    DATE AMENDED: ___________________________________________________

    Certified True Copy of the Standard Rules of Procedure of the

    San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter of the California Nurse Midwives Assoication (SD & I C Chapter of CNMA)

    ____________________________________________________________ ______________________________

    Beth Coleman Date

    Secretary, SD & I C Chapter of CNMA

    ___________________________________________________________ ______________________________

    Melissa Grear Mann Date

    Chairperson, SD & I C Chapter of CNMA

    Approved by the Board of Directors of California Nurse Midwives Association (CNMA)

    ___________________________________________________________ ______________________________

    Wende Owen Date

    President, CNMA

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    Resource Center for ACNM Affiliates

    Health Policy & Legislation

    Health Policy & Legislation

    Consistent with the ACNM's state policy agenda for 2013 - 2014 and the health policy goals of the California Nurse-Midwife Association, your local Chapter's efforts are directed at expanding women's access to the full scope of CNM services in California by:

    • Reforming state law to guarantee CNMs equal opportunities to obtain clinical privileges as full voting members of the medical staff at hospitals.
    • Working to implement independent billing and equity in reimbursement for CNMs under state Medi-Cal programs.
    • Working to ensure that CNMs are adequately and appropriately represented in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) at the state level.
    • Working to ensure that further implementation of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Consensus Model is in line with the American College of Nurse-Midwives’(ACNM) standards for CNMs education and practice.
    • Working for recognition of CNMs as full scope practitioners by advocating for the removal of collaborative agreements and/or supervisory requirements from state law and regulations.
    • Professional liability reforms, such as the establishment of alternative dispute resolution options, and ensuring the inclusion of CNMs in cost containment, risk management or demonstration programs.

    Join your fellow SD&IC Chapter members who are engaging in health policy issues locally and statewide. Many of us are actively involved in helping to shape the issues that face our greater San Diego CNM community and California. There are approximately a hundred local CNMs who work in all types of settings from hospitals to birth centers to home birth-- your Chapter is working to identify local supporters and build relationships with all of our supporters and our local representatives.

    Who are your local state Senate and Assembly representatives?

    For more information on how to get involved or just find out what's going on, contact your local Chapter's Health Policy Liaisons, Mary Croyle Farrell and Melanie Phipps-Morgan , or the CNMA Health policy chair, Kim Dau .

    Additional resources for improving the policy environment for the practice of midwifery may be found through ACNM's Advocacy page .

    Additional Resources

    Additional Resources

    Nurse Midwife Maude Callen

    Contact Us

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    We would love to hear from you! If you have any questions regarding midwifery in San Diego, local chapter meetings, website information, or any other topic, please email us at president@sdmidwives.org

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