2016 US MERA Annual Meeting Report

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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 … Read More

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

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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 … Read More

Principles for Model U.S. Midwifery Legislation & Regulation

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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 … Read More

Commitment to Health Equity and to Greater Diversity in Midwifery

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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. … Read More

Statement on the Licensure of Certified Professional Midwives (CPM)

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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 … Read More

2015 US MERA Annual Meeting Report

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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 … Read More

2014 US MERA Annual Meeting Report

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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 … Read More

2013 US MERA Annual Meeting Report

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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.