NARM News & Updates, January 2022

Our New (and much improved) Website!

NARM is pleased to announce a brand new website! For many months in 2021, several board members along with our webmistress, Tina, worked to update the content, appearance and overall functionality of the NARM website.

Every year thousands of CPMs, midwifery students, and others search our site for resources and information. We are glad to be able to offer an updated browsing experience that will hopefully enable our midwives to be able to locate the information they need in a more intuitive and timely way! The essential content remains, but it is in a more user friendly interface.

Check it out!

Farewell to Public Board Member, Lisa Clark

We want to express our gratitude to outgoing Public Board member, Lisa Clark. Lisa served on the NARM board from 2016 – 2021. We have appreciated her contribution to NARM’s work, always ensuring the consumer perspective was in focus.

Lisa holds a BSEd from Texas A&M University. Her love of history encouraged her to learn more about the history of midwifery and childbirth in the United States. She began advocating for increased maternity care options in Alabama in 1996 shortly after relocating from Texas. In 2002, Alabama home birth families learned that midwives could not legally attend home births. In 2004, Lisa cofounded the Alabama Birth Coalition (ABC); she has been honored to serve on the ABC board with many brilliant women through the years in this effort.

We wish her all the best and know that wherever she lands next, she will serve with her whole heart to ensure that those who need advocacy are heard.

Meet New Public Board Member, Jacqueline K. Hammack, JD

Jacqueline is a lawyer and doula working to advance birth justice. By bridging her legal knowledge with her passion for birth, Jacqueline brings a unique perspective to the problems that plague the perinatal healthcare system in the United States. Grounded in a reproductive justice framework, Jacqueline’s work supports and promotes the human rights of pregnant, birthing, and lactating individuals.

In addition to serving as the Public Member on the NARM board, Jacqueline serves on the board of the Birth Rights Bar Association, the Mississippi Center for Birth and Breastfeeding Equity, and Better Birth Mississippi. She was a Class 2 fellow in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network with the Center for Creative Leadership®, an inaugural fellow of the Mississippi Women’s Policy Institute, and a member of The Mississippi Bar’s Leadership Forum Class of 2020.

Jacqueline is a Madriella trained doula and a graduate of Tulane University Law School, Jackson State University, and Holmes Community College. She lives on Choctaw land in South Mississippi with her two children, spouse of two decades, and Silent Generation mother-in-law.

Congratulations to Illinois!

We are pleased to announce that Illinois became the 37th state to pass legislation to regulate CPMs in December 2021!

This is a win not only for the midwives ability to practice, but more importantly for families’ access to midwifery care. Several states have been working on CPM legislation, and we hope to be able to announce many more this year!

If you are curious when your state passed legislation, go to The Big Push for Midwives.

Have you registered with Certemy?

Certemy is the new online portal to process Certification, Recertification, and Preceptor applications. In December 2020, NARM sent an email with information on how to log in to the Certemy portal. If you no longer have the link or you need assistance, please email info@narm.org.

Are you still working on a paper application?

Some midwives still have paper applications in process and are unable to use Certemy at this time. We understand and will still accept paper applications! However, the process for submitting credit card payment with paper applications has changed.

If you are paying by credit card, please contact billing@narm.org to get link(s) for your credit card payments. To pay by money order or cashier’s check, please use the address below:

NARM Applications
PO Box 420
Summertown, TN 38483

If you are using Certemy for your application process, the credit card payments are integrated into the portal! (This is one of the many benefits of Certemy!) Please contact us if you have questions.

eBlast emailed January 25, 2022

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