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: (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


  1. I just added links to the Nursing and Medical Student Bills of Rights to the Sample Code of Ethics page for those of you who are interested.

  2. Justine Clegg, MS, LM, CPMJanuary 9, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    I am commenting as a member of the CPM Symposium Convening Committee. Yes, yes, YES! We want students to participate in the CPM Symposium. Your perspective is so important, after all you are our future. We need your vision and your voice. Janelle, Jeramie, and more... Please join us!

    1. Thank you Justine, we are seeking an invitation as presenters. We are publishing a Midwifery Student Bill of Rights and would like to share it with the whole Symposium.

  3. It would be great to have students represented! Thank you both for all your contributions.

  4. While I appreciate being a student (always have, especially since I love learning), the down side is that being a student is so much about "getting to the other side" and graduating/finishing school and all its requirements. And while its good that educational journey's end, there's something to be said about valuing a student AS A STUDENT and not as a potential. That's what I see missing from the stated objectives of this upcoming CPM symposium. Students aren't valued as such. We need our experiences and our voices as student midwives to count.