Part of MACPM’s work is to build connections and represent CPMs in different professional organizations. MACPM representatives serve as a channel of communication to and from MACPM members and represent the interests of CPMs and out-of-hospital clients. If you have ideas of other places MACPM should be represented, or if you are interested in representing MACPM, please contact the Steering Committee.Perinatal Leadership Coalition of Maine
The PLC is a group made up of representatives from the Labor and Delivery units of each of the Maine hospitals as well as representatives from MACPM. It is an important venue for building connections, continuing education, and addressing practice issues. Topics at the last meeting included therapeutic hypothermia, Newborn Screening updates, preventing primary cesareans, and the Maternal Health Alliance of Maine.
Holly Arends Murphy, CPM
Sasha Genest, CPM
Maine State Breastfeeding Coalition
The MSBC is a coalition of people and providers committed to supporting breastfeeding parents in Maine and increasing breastfeeding rates. At the most recent meeting there was a discussion of work the Maine Women’s Lobby is doing to advocate for adequate parental leave, a key component of breastfeeding success. The Maine Women’s Lobby is collecting personal stories of people impacted by inadequate parental leave. You can find out more information at their website.
Becky Koller, CPM
Maine Home Birth Collaborative
The Home Birth Collaborative continues its work toward funding the midwifery licensing law passed in 2016. No action has been taken by the State to fund or implement the law at this point. Funding is necessary to implement the law and put the infrastructure in place for CPMs to acquire a state license including adding more members to the Board of Health Care Providers that will write the Rules and Regulations. Starting in 2020, licensure will be required of all practicing CPMs whether or not these requirements have been fulfilled. It is the belief of the Home Birth Collaborative that the sooner the law can be funded the better prepared the licensing body will be to provide a flawless process for CPMs, and the more time can be spent on the process of writing Rules and Regulations, which will ultimately dictate the practice of CPMs in Maine.
For these reasons, the Collaborative wrote and presented a bill to fund the licensing law. The Public Hearing was held on January 31. We believe the bill will move to Appropriations with a nearly unanimous “ought to pass” recommendation. From there it will move to the House and Senate, and finally to the Governor. We will likely be asking for your support in contacting legislators sometime soon.
Additionally, the Home Birth Collaborative has formed a subcommittee working to write Rules and Regulations that they intend to present to the Board as a recommendation. This subcommittee, whose members include Laura Seaton, CPM and Jill Breen, CPM, brings their work back to the Home Birth Collaborative for discussion and approval, in the same manner and process as was used to write the licensing bill. The Home Birth Collaborative is also transitioning toward becoming a permanent organization in the state as the Perinatal Quality Coalition. This organization intends to continue the collaborative relationship between professions that was formed by the Home Birth Collaborative. The Perinatal Quality Coalition plans to host a Fall Summit in October 2017.
Previously MACPM hired Moose Ridge to lobby on our behalf. Their contribution has been invaluable. Moving forward Moose Ridge will be working on behalf of the Perinatal Quality Coalition to secure funding for the bill. MACPM has struggle to meet the financial commitments of hiring lobbyists for the past few years. These responsibilities will now be shared among the Perinatal Quality Coalition member organizations, with a smaller but significant amount falling to MACPM. Please support this work by making a financial contribution to MACPM in whatever way and amount you are able. We also welcome your fundraising ideas and initiatives.
Ellie Daniels, CPM
Hope Jackson, CPM