Education Sessions

1. “Midwives’ Political Attitudes and Participation: Factors Associated with Health Policy Engagement”
Jennifer Jagger CNM, WHNP, MSN, FACNM 
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Jennifer Jagger served as chair of the Midwives Political Action Committee (PAC) from 2014 to 2017 and has been an influential member of the PAC and ACNM Government Affairs Committee since 2007. As Georgetown University Midwifery/WHNP program adjunct faculty, Jennifer co-innovated a successful “Advocacy Day” experiential-based learning activity that has continued to run three times per year since its inception in May of 2016. In clinical practice, she has worked to introduce nitrous oxide for labor and Centering Pregnancy, and is a leader in education for residents, midwives, and nurses. She produced the first edition of the Philadelphia Guide to a Healthy Birth in 2007 and founded and co-chairs the ACNM Oregon Affiliate Special Project Grants Committee. She is currently a PhD student in Health Policy at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. 

2. “Healing Politics:  Getting Midwives in Elected Office”
Lisa Summers, DrPH, FACNM
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Lisa practiced clinically as a nurse and midwife for over 20 years before shifting to policy work.  A 1983 graduate of Yale School of Nursing’s midwifery program, she practiced in large midwifery services and in private practice.  She served on faculties of nurse-midwifery education programs at Baylor and Columbia, and medical school faculties at the University of Texas and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, developing a profound appreciation for the potential of interdisciplinary education.  

Lisa’s entrée to association and policy work came in 1997 when she joined the staff at the American College of Nurse-Midwives.  In 11 years there, ultimately as Director of Professional Services, she provided consultation on a range of issues from policy and strategy for malpractice insurance and reimbursement, to clinical topics and scope of practice.   

Lisa subsequently held policy positions at National Partnership for Women & Families and at the American Nurses Association.

3. “Universal Health Care: Our Opportunity”
Jan Kriebs, CNM, MSN,FACNM and Keely Robinson, CNM, ARNP, MA, DNP
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Jan Kriebs CNM, MSN, FACNM, is Adjunct Professor in the midwifery education program at Jefferson University. She is active in patient safety and health care advocacy as she enjoys her semi-retirement.

Keely Robinson, CNM, ARNP, MA, DNP, is the current president of Midwives for Universal Healthcare. She is a recent graduate from the University of Washington’s DNP program and is currently in a midwifery fellowship program in Seattle. She comes to midwifery with 10 years of experience in international public health and 5 years of community and reproductive health nursing. She is passionate about direct legislative advocacy and working to improving healthcare systems and outcomes for all, especially those historically targeted by racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.

4. “Nurse-Family Partnership and Promotion of Culturally Congruent Maternity Care”
Dr. Robin Page
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Dr. Robin Page is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University College of Nursing. Her clinical practice as a Certified Nurse Midwife allows her to serve low-income, mostly Hispanic, pregnant women in a community-based prenatal clinic. Dr. Page serves on the statewide Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee and recently served as a lead researcher on the Texas Research to Policy Collaborative. She is the Principal Investigator on a $3 million dollar grant to bring the first Nurse-Family Partnership program to her county in Texas.

5. ” The Political Engagement of Midwives in Pennsylvania
Katherine Schott, CNM
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Katherine Schott, CNM is the Director of Clinical Care and Hormone Therapy Program Director for Transgender and Nonbinary Patients at Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania. Katherine first discovered her love of birth as a child while catching hundreds of “kids” on her family’s goat dairy in Niwot, Colorado. Katherine is passionate about making sexual and reproductive health accessible to all. She believes patient-centered communication and trauma-informed care are essential in reducing the shame and stigma often associated with sexual and reproductive health. 

Katherine’s interest in political advocacy began in the childhood. In high school this included skipping class to take a bus to Denver to testify in front of the Colorado legislature in opposition to a bill. She has remained actively engaged in political advocacy since then. She is now a member of the Pennsylvania ACNM legislative committee that is working to introduce a bill to retire the collaborative agreement for most midwives in the state. 

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Columbia University. Katherine has practiced in a variety of settings, including Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York City and with the Midwives at Magee in Pittsburgh, PA.  

In December Katherine will complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of California San Francisco where she is currently exploring her interest in strategies to increase midwife involvement in political advocacy. In her off-time Katherine lives with her husband, Robert, two dogs, Eddison and Muffin, and is slowly learning to roller skate and play the banjo.”

6. ” State Level Medicaid Policy and Health of a Nation”
Angelo Jamora, CNM
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Ajay is an advanced registered nurse practitioner and a nationally board-certified nurse-midwife currently serving as faculty at Seattle University. He began his nursing career as an Army nurse, practicing in inpatient and outpatient settings in roles as a bedside clinician and in administration. Ajay then attended midwifery school to pursue his passion in sexual and reproductive health and nurse-midwifery.

While in midwifery school, Ajay was struck by learning about the inequities within the current American healthcare system and how it negatively affects perinatal health outcomes in the richest country in the world. He is originally from Colorado, and is currently living in Seattle, WA with his wife Kendra and enjoys exploring the area as his new home. Ajay’s focus lies in sexual and reproductive health, nurse-midwifery, and healthcare systems research. He is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Wilderness Medical Society, a peer reviewer with the National Association

7. ” The Federal Privileging Bill: Ensuring Access to Midwifery Care”
Nancy L. Brannin, CNM, ND, FACNM, Jeanne Toussie Jacobwitz, CNM, MPH, MS, FACNM , and Lonnie Morris, CNM, ND, FACNM
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Nancy L. Brannin, CNM, ND, FACNM, is the chair of the Privileging Subcommittee of the ACNM National Government Affairs Committee and has served on the NGAC for the past 8 years. She was chapter treasurer in northeast Ohio, then served as chapter chair and transitioned to affiliate co-president in New Mexico. She also served on the Name Change Implications Task Force. Nancy has practiced full-scope midwifery in inner city Cleveland, the Indian Health Service, and in an independent midwife-owned practice in rural New Mexico. She has also taught postpartum hemorrhage control and Helping Babies Breathe to practitioners in remote clinics in Bolivia. Nancy’s focus is the transformation of birth, such that all birthing people and babies are safe, nurtured and empowered.

Jeanne Toussie Jacobwitz, CNM, MPH, MS, FACNM began her midwifery career as the first midwife to open an independent practice in two separate hospital centers in NJ and went on to practice in women’s health in a variety of settings. Jeanne is currently involved in advocacy for midwifery as Vice-Chair of the ACNM National Government Affairs Committee (NGAC), NGAC representative on the ACNM Privileging Subcommittee and has been a midwifery curriculum consultant for Uganda Christian University, Graduate School of Nursing and Midwifery in Kampala, Uganda. 

Her position as Chair, Board of Directors, The W Connection,  a non- profit for widows, inspired her research evaluating the health effects of bereavement.  She is an adjunct instructor in the Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP at Georgetown University and clinical course coordinator at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery Graduate Program, New York University, dedicated to educating the future leaders in midwifery and women’s health.

Lonnie Morris, CNM, ND, FACNM started her midwifery career in 1975 by opening NJ’s first private midwifery practice and the first Out of Hospital Birth Center in the state. She has maintained her private practice for 46 years. She was the first midwife in NJ to obtain insurance reimbursement, which was obtained by filing suit against Blue Cross. She has served on the National Government Affairs Committee for years and received the Public Advocates award from ACNM for her political activism. She worked on the Equal Reimbursement Bill and many state initiatives including the licensure of Birth Centers, state regulations and independent practice legislation. Lonnie continues to practice midwifery in and out of hospital.

8. ” The Language of Midwifery and its Impact on Policy”
Karen Jefferson, CM, DM, FACNM, Dana Perlman, CMN, DNP, FACNM, Marian Seliquini, CM, MS, and Karen Kelly, CM
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Karen Jefferson, CM, DM, FACNM is the Director of Midwifery Practice and Education for the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the professional association for Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives. She is adjunct faculty at Thomas Jefferson University, where she was formerly the Program Coordinator for the Doctorate in Midwifery. For 17 years she co-owned a private midwifery practice in New York City, attending births at home.

A State University of New York-Downstate graduate, Dr. Jefferson is a former member of the board of directors of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the past president of the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives. Her advocacy work helped pass two major midwifery bills in NY, and she is now working to support licensure for Certified Midwives in all 50 states. Her scholarly focus is on strengthening midwifery associations as well as changing public policy surrounding licensure and regulation of midwives in the U.S. She is also founding board member and treasurer of the Foundation for the Advancement of Haitian Midwives.

Dana Perlman, CNM, DNP, FACNM Dana Perlman is an innovative and progressive educator and policy advocate. She is an Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University, coordinator of the Doctorate in Midwifery, and formerly the director of the Midwifery Institute . Her professional interests include development and implementation of multiple routes of entry to accredited midwifery education and the use of simulation in midwifery education.

Her doctoral work explored the use of simulation to promote positive attitudes among nurses in hospital settings toward underused, evidence-based strategies to support physiologic birth. She is an active volunteer with the American College of Nurse-Midwives including committee work and task force membership with a focus on expanding the midwifery workforce through improved access to education and licensure. She is the immediate past legislative co-chair for the Pennsylvania ACNM affiliate and remains active on the legislative committee.

Marian Seliquini, CM, MS, is Director of Midwifery at Sun River Health, Peekskill and Beacon, NY. She is a 2014 graduate of The Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia University (now Jefferson). She is an active ACNM volunteer and chairs the Committee to Advance the Certified Midwife. She is also active in the New York Affiliate, NYM. In 2016 Cornerstone Family Health Care awarded her the Medical Provider of the Year, and in 2018 St. Luke’s Conwell Hospital gave her the “Catch as Star” award. She is dedicated to serving midwifery clients in the FQHC network and works to expand access to midwifery through increasing the number of states where CMs can practice.

Karen Kelly, CM is a Midwife in Northern Virginia. She is the vice-chair of C-MAC and president-elect for the Virginia ACNM affiliate.  She regularly engages on midwifery education within the midwifery community and outwards with the public. Most recently she was key member of the legislative team to license CMs and pass leKaren Kelly, CM is a Midwife in Northern Virginia. She is the vice-chair of C-MAC and president-elect for the Virginia ACNM affiliate. 

She regularly engages on midwifery education within the midwifery community and outwards with the public. Most recently she was key member of the legislative team to license CMs and pass legislation for independent practice for CNMs in VA and to license CMs in DC. She believes we must be doing everything in our power to remove unnecessary barriers to accessing midwifery care, which includes making sure every single midwife has an on-ramp to practicing.

9. ” How State Affiliates Succeed: Essential Elements of Successful Advocacy Campaigns”
Nancy L. Brannin, C Nichole Wardlaw, CNM, FACNM, Jan Kriebs CNM, MSN, FACNM, and Holly Smith CNM

Learn from midwife advocacy experts as they discuss their trials and tribulations, successes and setbacks, and best practices when launching and running a legislative advocacy campaign. We will discuss the power of data, engaging stakeholders, rallying affiliate members, why coalitions work and when to think outside the box. Volunteer affiliate leaders from California, Maryland and Virginia will talk about full practice authority and recognition of the Certified Midwife credential.

Nichole Wardlaw, CNM, FACNM earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina, completing her studies in 2005. Her desire to listen to women was the motivation that led her to midwifery, a specialty she has practiced since 2005. Seeing herself as a partner in her patients’ health care, Nichole is passionate about working with women, individuals, and families to ensure safe and informed care. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted disease education/prevention and teen pregnancy, with a special interest in transgender care.

Nichole also serves as the Region II Representative to the ACNM Board of Directors. Nichole has been an ACNM member since 2006 and was named a Fellow in 2018. Within ACNM, she has served as an active contributor on various committees, including the Nominating, Program, Bylaws and Normal Physiologic Birth Steering Committees, Vice-Chair of the Midwives of Color Committee (MOCC) from 2009-2013, South Carolina Affiliate President from 2009-2013, and Chair and Treasurer of the Friends of MOCC and Ethnic Diversity Caucus. Nichole’s professional career in midwifery has spanned over 15 years and includes health education consultancy, full scope midwifery services in private, public and military facilities, and clinical faculty advisory.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Nichole loves coastal living. She is the mother of two daughters and has one fur baby as well. In her free time, she enjoys travel, knitting and exploring different cultures. 

Jan Kriebs CNM, MSN, FACNM, is Adjunct Professor in the midwifery education program at Jefferson University. She is active in patient safety and health care advocacy as she enjoys her semi-retirement.

Holly Smith is a Certified Nurse-Midwife with experience in both domestic and international women’s health policy and program development. Since starting her midwifery training 20 years ago at Georgetown University, her midwifery adventures have included many diverse practice environments – from back east, to various locations in southern and northern California, to Central America, over to Germany, and finally back home to California.

Most recently she practiced at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center. She has enjoyed a mix of different roles in these locations including as a midwifery fellow, lead midwife, and as the co-founder of a multi-year program to improve maternal and infant outcomes in rural Guatemala. Holly continues to participate in and lead health and public policy projects that collectively aim to advance the status of women and girls. Holly was the Task Force Co-Chair and Lead Editor of the CMQCC Toolkit to Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Primary Cesareans.