AABC News Brief - JUN 02 2023

Posted By: Kate Bauer AABC News Brief,

Iowa Becomes 38th State to License CPMs

This week, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law HF265 to license Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). The bill provides licensure for CPMs which are certified by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). CPM training focuses

on providing the midwifery model of care in the community birth setting, such as homes and freestanding birth centers. Unlike Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs), which are already licensed by the state and may practice in the hospital or community birth setting, CPMs are not required to have a nursing degree.

"This bill has been decades in the making, thanks to a diverse coalition of individuals past and present,” says Megan Day, advocacy lead for Friends of Iowa Midwives. “This bill ensures more Iowa families can afford to access the midwifery model of care, which is associated with improved maternal health outcomes.”

Read the bill HF265>>

IRC Office Hours - Focus on Payment Equality

Join us June 21st at 12:00PM ET

There was so much interest in May’s IRC Office Hours, we are going to repeat the topic.  On June 21st, join Industry Relations Committee members Rebeckah Orton, Laura Wiegand, and Cynthia Flynn for a discussion focused on being paid like the hospital. IRC leaders will share their experiences on using the free price data available from Turquoise Health, and what's coming from AABC.  Bring your challenges and questions. We will brainstorm solutions together.

AABC membership is required for IRC Office Hours. Registrationis free and open to all AABC members.

Learn more and register for IRC Office Hours>>

Share What You Love About AABC

AABC is launching a Member Drive to grow our vibrant community of birth center staff and supporters! We need to hear from you!

Send us a 30-60second video telling us why you love AABC. Choose from one of the following prompts to create your video:

  1. How has AABC Membership helped your birth center?
  2. Describe a time you felt belonging at AABC?

  3. What's your favorite AABC resource?

Learn more and submit your video! >>