Election Update December 2, 2013:
Biographies of the nominees are provided below. You will only see biographies for nominees running for Vice President and Brazen Woman Award as the other positions are running unopposed. Please check your email and spam folders for your ballot, you have until December 16th to place your vote. You will receive two ballots because of an error, the first email will have a subject line that says: Vote Now -- CAM Vice President and Brazen Woman Award and it is the incorrect ballot and will not function. The second ballot you will receive is the corrected ballot and the email subject line will read: Vote Now -- CAM Officers and Brazen Woman Award Election. Apologizes for the confusion, contact Caroline Cusenza at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have problems or questions with voting.
Vice President Nominees:
Sunshine Tomlin, LM
Sunshine is a California Licensed Midwife and has also worked as a doula, a midwifery assistant, and apprenticed with several midwives beginning in 2001. She is a graduate of National Midwifery Institute and is on the Board of Directors for Bay Area Birth Information (BABI). She is a member of CAM, MANA, BABI and Birth Network of Santa Cruz County and a founding member of the South Bay Homebirth Collective. She seeks this position on the BOD of CAM to continue her work within the politics of midwifery to improve options for both mothers and their California Midwifes. Sunshine is also a wife, and a mother to three daughters, born in 1996, 1998 and 2009.
Rosanna Davis, LM, CPM
Rosanna Davis is a Licensed Midwife practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has served on multiple non-profit boards including Blossom Birth Resources and as a CAM Region 3 Representative. Rosanna is a member of the Birthing From Within advisor circle, is a certified Birthing From Within Mentor and once upon a time, taught Informed Birth and Parenting Classes at The Birth Place in Menlo Park.
Rosanna has solid organizational skills to bring to the supporting role of CAM VP, as well, significant experience facilitating meetings and groups. She excels at both keeping groups and meetings on track and making sure that individuals feel heard and understood.
As VP Rosanna looks forward to hearing from CAM membership about what they want from CAM and how midwives want to be represented by CAM.
Rosanna also has experience working with Constance Rock, attending 9 births with her in LA in October/November of 2005. Rosanna would consider it an honor to work with Constance, the CAM Board and the CAM general membership.
Rosanna was a client of The Birth Place for the birth of her 32 year old son. Her 30 year old daughter was born at home with midwives, June Whitson and Nancy Barnett. She lives in Los Altos with her husband, Craig Schuler (Mr. Rosanna Davis).
2013 Brazen Woman Award Nominees:
Karen Baker, LM, CPM
Karen has been providing homebirth services for families in the Inland Empire since 1982. She owns and operates Birthsense and Beyond. She is the mother of three homeborn children (all adults now). She is honored to be among the first 26 midwives licensed in California in 1996. She is LM0011. In addition to helping families have homebirths, she also enjoys teaching midwifery to others and providing breastfeeding support to women in her community.
Sarah Davis, LM, CPM, IBCLC & Constance Rock, LM, CPM
Sarah is the current Vice President of CAM, and Constance is the President. Both have been central to our legislative work this year, leading the charge and lobbying hard for the successful passage of AB1308.
Sarah co-founded Birth Roots Birth Center in San Diego 2008 with Darynée Blount. She was born and raised in San Diego, and enjoys living in the same city as her large and wonderful extended family. She attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA and earned a BA in Black Studies. She was apprentice trained with a local community midwife for three years. She is also a Birthing From Within mentor and yoga teacher.
Constance began attending births in 1986 and became a Licensed Midwife in 2000. She has had the pleasure of supporting thousands of women as they grow and expand their families. In addition to being a Licensed Midwife and the mother of four children, she am also a wife, an author, a seminar leader, an international midwifery educator, and a business consultant for birth centers. What she loves most about what she does is empowering women to trust their instincts and know they too are authorities on their own bodies. She believes mothering your baby is instinctual as well. She has opened and founded several successful birth centers and midwifery practices including The Hollywood Birth Center in 2000 and Sacred Entrance Midwifery Services in 2005 (now The Sanctuary Birth and Family Wellness Center). She currently lives in Middletown, CA where she’s currently enjoying the quality lifestyle that only rural living can provide, in between traveling.
Roberta Frank, CNM
Roberta graduated from the UCSD School of Medicine in 1978, and began practice in San Diego County in 1979. She then opened Best Start Birth Center. Best Start was the first birth center in the county. Best Start then became the first birth center to be licensed by the state. Best Start was later used as a model for licensing future birth centers as they opened in the State of California. 18+ years later, Best Start remains the model for new centers as it is the oldest, largest, and only continuously operating birth center in the state. She was honored by the ACNM in 2003 for her “her pioneering work in the field of nurse-midwifery … and recognized for her contributions to the establishment of nurse-midwifery in California .”
Fawn Gilbride, LM, CPM
Fawn has been helping women give birth for over 37 years and has witnessed the miracle of birth hundreds of times. Most of those were homebirths, many of those were waterbirths, some were in birth centers, and some were in the hospital. Every birth has been unique and sacred.
One of the things she’s realized over the years is that most of the time, if we don’t intervene, women will and do give birth without a lot of problems. When women are given a calm, peaceful space and encouragement to trust their bodies, they emerge from the process more self-assured and empowered. These women have a better bonding experience with their babies, making parenting flow more naturally for them.
Joan Green, LM, CPM
Joan’s practice, Heart Wisdom Midwifery, is located in Marin County. The name Heart Wisdom comes from her belief that you know in your heart how to birth your baby. Her job is to help you nourish and cultivate this knowledge. She has attended over a thousand births as the primary midwife and has been practicing woman-centered midwifery care since 1984. She received my training at the Maternity Center in El Paso, Texas. She had a home childbirth practice in El Paso after completing her training. She then went on to teach and attend births for many years at Maternidad La Luz. She has been living and practicing midwifery in Marin and Sonoma Counties for the last 17 years. She was the co-founding midwife for Circle of Life Midwifery Center in Fairfax and now practices as Heart Wisdom Midwifery. She served for more than 5 years on the Board of Directors of CAM and also completed two terms as VP for MANA.
Marla Hicks, CPM, LM, RN
Marla began practicing midwifery in 1979 after working extensively with midwives and physicians attending homebirths. She is a Licensed Midwife in the San Diego area and is also one of only a few registered nurses in the United States holding ANCC-board certification in Perinatal Nursing, the high-risk obstetric nursing specialty.
Marla has attended nearly a thousand homebirths as a senior midwife and has also worked in hospital labor and delivery units, ambulatory care settings and a free-standing birth center. She is passionate about preserving homebirth as a safe choice for pregnant women and their families and is firmly committed to educating future midwives through direct-entry and nurse-midwifery educational programs. She is presently the Program Manager and a lead instructor for the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.
Marla and her husband have a blended family of eleven children. Her seven births were all attended by midwives, the first in the hospital and the last six at home. Marla believes strongly in each woman's inherent ability to give birth and in physiologic birth as a transformative experience that uniquely prepares a woman for motherhood and brings family members closer together.
Yelena Kolodji, RN, CNM
Yelena obtained her CNM in 1988 from UCSF/SFGH after nursing school and a year of L&D nursing. She plunged fully into the pursuit of midwifery education –attending anything related to birth, beginning nursing school, and apprenticing with a local home birth nurse-midwife. She was soon attending home births and birth center births as a doula and photographer. After nursing school and a year of L&D nursing, she attended UCSF/SFGH and obtained her CNM in 1988. Since then, Yelena has been in private practice as a home birth midwife offering full-scope antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and immediate newborn care, family planning, normal gynecology and childbirth education. She is also a clinical preceptor for many midwifery students.
Yelena co-authored Guidelines for Client Selection in the Home Birth Practice (JNM, 1995) and is an ongoing contributor to the ACNM Handbook on Home Birth Practice. She was a principal participant in a 1991 Good Morning America piece on home birth that was part of a series on women’s issues and has been a frequent presenter at conferences and lectures. Yelena has woven together her two passions – homebirth midwifery and travel – by embarking upon a documentary video on the cesarean epidemic in the US.
Treesa McLean, LM, CPM
Treesa is currently the Vice President of CFAM (California Families for Access to Midwives) and is a former Regional Representative for CAM. Her experiences have taught her to listen carefully, use simple practical techniques, to monitor appropriately, and to honor the mystery and complexity of birth. She thinks that her greatest strength is the deep connections she makes with clients. She became a midwife in a fairly traditional way. She learned most of what she knows of birth from attending families during pregnancy, labor, birth, and early parenting.
After her children were grown and after having been a doula, childbirth educator and breastfeeding counselor for years, she went back to school and became a Licensed Midwife. Treesa Mclean is a strong advocate for the midwifery model of care, and wants all families to have the opportunity to work with midwives if that is their choice.
Andrea Meyer, LM, CPM
Andrea owns the homebirth practice Andrea’s Midwifery, Inc in Encinitas, CA. She has attended more than 300 births since 1991. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona, Tuscon. She has three children, all born naturally at home with different midwives. Her calling to midwifery began with the birth of her first child and was affirmed by her personal journey into motherhood.
Andrea trained in a traditional direct-entry apprenticeship model, beginning with an academic program through the Massachusetts Midwives Association and culminating in an apprenticeship with Paula Tipton-Healy. Andrea was a midwife at Birth, Babies, & Beyond from 1996-2003. In 2003, the practice was bought by Ama Mama holistic health care, where Andrea continued to work as an independent midwife until 2005. During her training, Andrea did volunteer work with the Massachusetts Friends of Midwives (MFOM) and continues to volunteer with CAM, helping to stage educational events and fundraisers.
Kavita Noble, CNM, WHNP
Kavita graduated from UCSF in 1997. She has a BA in psychology and a master's degree in nurse-midwifery. She has been in practice in the San Jose area since 1997, with experience in both home and hospital birth. Her passion is in partnering with women and their families in creating safe and empowering birth experiences. She emphasizes education in all areas of reproductive health care. A wife and mother of two daughters, her interests include women's health policy, international health issues, travel, literature and exploring in nature.
Racha Tahani Lawler, LM, CPM
Racha is the current CAM Cultural and Diversity Representative. She is the granddaughter & great-granddaughter, great niece, and second cousin of midwives. After being in attendance of her cousin’s homebirth right out of her teens, she immediately answered her call to midwifery. While working as a nurse assistant at a local hospital in the women’s wing, she was privileged and honored to train with a community midwife as an apprentice. Racha moved to El Paso Texas where she began a formal midwifery education at Maternidad La Luz. Racha returned home to California with her family and earned her California Midwifery License in 2008. She has been blessed to sit at the feet of over 600 birthing women, and hundreds more as a physical & emotional support. With the help of family, friends and countless supporters she opened The Community Birth Center, a freestanding birthing center in South Los Angeles that provides well woman, pre-conception, prenatal, labor/birth and postpartum care to families in the city of Los Angeles. She is committed to providing midwifery care to ALL who seek it regardless of race, socio-economic status or gender. Her passion is to aid in the great maternal child health disparities seen with women of color. Racha gave birth to all three of her children, post date, at home in water and they have attended upwards of 100 births in their own right. Her mission is to “grow our community, one baby at a time” in reducing prematurity rates in women of color and infant deaths. She is currently guiding student midwives in their journey as they work towards licensure.
Sue Turner, LM, CPM
Sue is a graduate of and a preceptor for the National College of midwifery. She has attended births in various settings including home, birth center, and hospital. Sue has appeared on TLC and NBC, several radio talk shows, and has been interviewed by various other media. She has held a number of birth related events featuring speakers such as Dr. Marsden Wagner (WHO), Ina May Gaskin (The Farm) and Dr. Mayer Eisenstein (Homefirst) to name a few. Sue believes that each and every baby is a blessing and a gift from God. She is a wife and mother also.
November 7th, 2013 Election Update:
Nominations are closed and you can view the results by clicking on the link below. Ballots for voting will be sent via email on December 1, 2013.
Election Update: Nominations are underway and those eligible to vote have received an email with a link to vote on the website electionbuddy.com. Please note that there has been some confusion in the nomination process. When you are directed to the website, you will be able to nominate one person per position. Once you have mad your selections please hit the "verify your selection" button near the bottom of the page. You will be redirected to another page that lists each position and says "no nominations" beneath each. THIS IS NOT AN ERROR, the reason for this is that the system will not be showing nominations until after the nomination process is complete. Please proceed anyway by clicking on the "submit" button near the bottom of the page. You will again be redirected to an new page that will say, "Thank You! You're done! Your ballot choices have been registered."
The 2013 Brazen Woman Award and CAM officer election will be held December 1 to 15, 2013. In order to maintain the integrity of this election, you must be a current voting member in good standing as of September 15, 2013. Please be certain to renew your membership before this date to ensure your eligibility. If you have any questions about the renewal process, please contact our membership coordinator Melissa Lang-Lytle at email@example.com.
This election will be held online at electionbuddy.com. Nominations will begin on October 15, 2013 and current voting members in good standing will receive an email nomination ballot. Each voting member is limited to one nomination per available position. The nomination period will close on October 31, 2013 and candidates will be posted here the following day.
The CAM Officers