The Michigan Midwives Association
Working to advance accessible, quality maternity care
with midwives in Michigan.

Greetings Midwives and Students,

You are cordially invited to attend one of two Legislative Work Group Gatherings being held in the month of March. The Coalition to License CPMs in Michigan is working for licensing again. Let us gather, eat good food and learn how even small action steps matter.

Logistics: Saturday March 21st at Jillian Bennett’s office-Centennial 2, 308 West Michigan, Mt. Pleasant 48858 or Saturday March 28th at Kate Mazzara’s office-915 North Michigan Avenue, Howell 48843

9:30-Gather, socialize, settle in

10:00-12:00 Why We Are Gathered

-Movement is pushing; time to re-energize

-Current Political Overview; locally, regionally, nationally

– Birth Certificates; why and how to fill out uniformly

– MANA stats; critical-how to do/tips for getting done timely

– Friends of Michigan Midwives; who they are, vital role they play

12:00 Lunch (provided)

1:00-3:00 Choose From the Buffet

-Born at Home postcards to Legislators

– Sending clients to FOMM

-Rallying clients to attend Lobby Days in Lansing or legislators regular in-district get togethers

– Fundraising; music events in Traverse City and Kalamazoo on Mothers Day; other ideas

Please RSVP to kathi@tcmidwife.com (Mt. Pleasant event) or mazzaramidwifery@yahoo.com (Howell event)

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

The Michigan Midwives Association (MMA) represents a network of midwives, childbirth professionals, and students, and the spectrum of the Midwives Model of Care. We believe out-of-hospital births, attended by trained midwives, are an essential option for healthy women and their families. We support the rights of parents to make informed decisions about childbirth. The MMA supports advances in the profession of midwifery which enhance quality, community, and education among midwives, consumers, and other health care providers. The MMA is a non-profit corporation.

Current Announcements for Michigan Midwives

Fall 2013:

New Moon Midwifery 2013 Lecture Series
(event details: http://newmoonmidwifery.com/events )

All at the Center for the Childbearing Year (http://www.center4cby.com) in Ann Arbor

  • September 17th, 2013 – Dr. Diana Quinn, ND:
    The Ecology of Women’s Health: Beyond Gynecology
  • October 10th, 2013 – Dr. Susan McCreadie, MD:
    Planting Seeds for Happy, Healthy Children
  • November 7th, 2013 – Tiffany Yang, MPH and Olivia Anderson, PhD:
    Environmental Exposures in the Womb: Life­long Health Consequences
  • December 11th, 2013 – Dr. Elizabeth Shadigian, MD:
    Empowerment is the Best Medicine

Spring 2013:

Homebirth midwifery has received a lot of attention lately in the media and in the political arena, both positive and negative. The Michigan Midwives’ Association knows that families deserve to have access to quality out-of-hospital midwifery care. We want to support our community of homebirthing families and their providers. Let’s help each other and put our collective talents toward working for a stronger future. Here are some things that you can do:

Support midwives who are facing prosecution for doing the everyday work that we do:

Ireena Keeslar lives in Indiana, but practices also in Michigan, attending homebirths and births at her freestanding birth center. She was charged with practicing nurse-midwifery without a license and is in the pre-trial stage at this point, with her next court day pending. Her legal expenses are likely to be considerable. You can donate to her cause by sending her Paypal at warriormidwife@gmail.com or by writing her a letter of encouragement at 7570 E 750 N, Howe, IN, 46746.

Consider volunteering on a more limited basis

The MMA and FOMM both need help in the areas of marketing, publicity, communications, fundraising, social media, and education. If you have an interest in any of these areas, there is work to be done. Contact Laurie Zoyiopoulos (faithgms@gmail.com) for more information about how to help MMA and how to be directed to FOMM.