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2016 US MERA Annual Meeting Report

The US Midwifery Education, Regulation, and Association (US MERA) leadership came together April 15-17, 2016, at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland to review the collaboration and chart a new direction for future work together. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, five participants from each of the seven member organizations participated in the annual meeting for the purpose of advancing the work of the collaboration. In 2016 the Steering Committee decided to have a smaller convening of the leadership of the now eight member organizations. View the full report here

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US MERA welcomes International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) to the coalition.

US MERA is pleased to welcome the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) to the US MERA coalition. We are looking forward to working with ICTC representatives at our leadership meeting in April. US MERA was formed in direct response to the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Global Standards for Education, Regulation and Association issued in 2011 as complements to the ICM Definition of a Midwife and the ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice. Our organizations’ understanding and endorsement of the ICM standards and the global vision for midwifery inspired us to come together to ensure the alignment of

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Principles for Model U.S. Midwifery Legislation & Regulation

The purpose of this consensus document is to foster communication and collaboration for future efforts in the development of U.S. midwifery legislation and regulation. The goal is to promote regulatory mechanisms that protect the public by ensuring that competent midwives provide high quality midwifery care. Midwifery is a profession that is autonomous, separate, and distinct from nursing and medicine. Only midwives can exercise the full scope of midwifery practice and provide all the competencies within this scope. This document outlines the principles of model midwifery legislation to support and regulate practice. These principles address state authority to regulate, register, and

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Commitment to Health Equity and to Greater Diversity in Midwifery

US MERA Statement of Commitment to Health Equity in Maternal and Newborn Health and to Greater Diversity in Midwifery Health inequity is one of our country’s great afflictions, and nowhere is it more palpable and heartbreaking than in the outcomes of mothers and newborns. Black families experience the highest rates of maternal mortality, preterm birth, low birth weight, and stillbirths. These facts are reprehensible and in need of greater attention and concerted action. The US Midwifery Education, Regulation, and Association (US MERA) collaborative is deeply committed to improving the health and well-being of all mothers and babies in the US.

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Statement on the Licensure of Certified Professional Midwives (CPM)

US MERA Professional Regulation Committee – June 2015 US Midwifery Education, Regulation, and Association (US MERA) organizations support legislative language stating that by 2020, all new applicants for midwifery licensure must have successfully completed an educational program or pathway accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) or obtained the Midwifery Bridge Certificate. All applicants for licensure must pass a national midwifery certification examination offered as part of a National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited credentialing program, as well as hold a CPM, Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and/or Certified Midwife (CM) credential. In 2014, US

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2015 US MERA Annual Meeting Report

The US Midwifery Education, Regulation, and Association (US MERA) convened for the third annual meeting of the collaboration on April 25-27, 2015, at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland. Representatives of the member organizations came together to continue our mutual work to advance the vision of expanding access to high-quality midwifery care and physiologic birth for all women in all birth settings in the United States, and to clarify and build on the historic accomplishments and agreements of the 2013 and 2014 US MERA Annual Meetings. View the full report here 2015 US MERA Meeting Participants

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2014 US MERA Annual Meeting Report

The US Midwifery Education, Regulation, and Association (US MERA) workgroup came together April 10-13, 2014, at the Bolger Center in Potomac, MD, to continue discussions on how to advance the vision of expanding access to high quality midwifery care and physiologic birth for all women in all birth settings in the United States. For this, our second, professionally facilitated face-to-face meeting, we came together with intentionality toward collaborative consensus-building to create forward movement. View the full report here 2014 US MERA Meeting Participants

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2013 US MERA Annual Meeting Report

In November 2011, these seven organizations inaugurated strategic conversations that continued through March 2012 when, with the assistance of funding from the Transforming Birth Fund, they agreed to hire a professional firm, Managance Consulting & Coaching. Managance facilitated the process of preparing for and convening a face-to-face summit at the Airlie Conference Center on April 19-21, 2013. View the full report here 2013 US MERA Meeting Participants

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