Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Form Letter to NACPM

If you are interested in sending a letter to the NACPM (president@nacpm.org) regarding student representation at the upcoming CPM Symposium you may consider using the following letter in part or in whole.

I encourage you to share personal experiences that motivate you to participate in this important forum.

If you would like to send it anonymously, forward it to me and I will send it from the futuremidwives@gmail.com email.

Dear NACPM leadership,
I write to you as a midwifery student/supporter of midwifery students.  I fully support the stated goals of the CPM Symposium you have planned for March.  The work of promoting midwifery as a profession is essential to the health and well being of our communities.

Please consider that student midwives have a unique perspective in the accomplishment of these goals.  Since the profession of midwifery and therefore the educational process toward becoming a CPM is changing at such a rapid pace I believe that it is crucial to bring student midwives into the conversation about how to make the education process sustainable.

Please consider inviting the students to represent their perspective in this important Symposium.  Several leaders have naturally arisen over the past few years.  We have formed a student organization called the Future Midwives Alliance.

I look forward to seeing how you incorporate the student perspective into this crucial work.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Do students deserve a voice?

We are in full support of the work that is happening at the upcoming CPM Symposium.
Below are the stated objectives:

  • A fresh, strengthened sense of ourselves as valuable and valued primary care providers
 and midwifery educators in the U.S.
  • A dynamic new community of CPMs and educators where many more voices are engaged 
in creating the maternity care system of the future
  • A mutually-held appreciation of the essential roles of education and professional association
 in strengthening the profession of CPMs
  • A clear sense of being equipped to act to achieve our goals
  • A deep appreciation of our past, our present situation, and an open thinking about where we
can go from here
  • A renewed vision and concrete next steps for effectively carrying forward the profession
  • A variety of vehicles for engaging CPMs and educators beyond the scope of this event

Do you think midwifery students should be a part of this conversation?  Do you think we have a unique perspective in the process of becoming a midwife as it currently stands?  Do you have something to offer to this process?  
Now is the time to make your voice heard.  You can email the NACPM directly: 
president@nacpm.org (Mary Lawlor)  

Let NARM and the NACPM know that you want representation in this process.  Jeramie and Janelle are willing to go to the Symposium and represent you!  If you have any contributions we will voice them.  Just let us know!

Lets participate in the process that effects our lives and our future practices so deeply.
Janelle and Jeramie
Co-Directors Future Midwives Alliance

Friday, January 6, 2012

Public Letter Re: Upcoming CPM Symposium

Dear NACPM leader,
I am excited to see this happening and am interested how you plan to incorporate the student voice into discussions about making midwifery education sustainable.  As a founding member and co-director of the Future Midwives Alliance I would like to represent the needs and voice of students in this symposium.  It is however financially prohibitive for me to attend even at the early bird member rate.

A major project the Future Midwives Alliance is working on in contribution to this work is a Midwifery Student Bill of Rights.  We are working to document the inherent rights and responsibilities of midwifery students in a respectful way.  We believe that the more sustainable midwifery education becomes the better future midwifery has.  As part of our process we have mentors and advisers from the community both for the documents and our organization and we will put out our drafts for several rounds of feedback before the final publication.  We are basing our work in large part on the Nursing and Medical Student Bills of Rights.

We believe that this work is a major contribution to the conversation you are facilitating at the Symposium.  

I look forward to your response.
Many Blessings,
Co-Director Future Midwives Alliance