Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

ACNM-WA is committed to creating an environment that embodies safety and belonging, while acknowledging history, and becoming more anti-racist every day.

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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee

The EDI Committee was created in 2019 by ACNM-WA members seeking to foster an environment of equity and justice. Meetings occur monthly and focus one rotating projects. New members always welcome.

Current Projects & Efforts

Reparations

  • Donate $5,000 to Washington state organizations supporting Black lives and match up to an additional $2,000 based on member donations.

  • In addition to continuing to  offer Annual Meeting scholarships to Student Midwives of Color, we will be offering a scholarship for a practicing Midwife of Color

  • Subsidize membership fees for a minimum of 10 Washington Student Midwives of Color or Midwives of Color; we are continuing to work with the National office to further expand this opportunity.

Anti-racism Efforts

  • In 2019, we developed the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee. We are committed to continuing to amplify and listen to BIPOC midwives’ voices

  • All committee projects will have an EDI focus and must include efforts towards dismantling racism, including grassroots advocacy, marketing, and education for members and communities. Additionally, all board projects will be reviewed to ensure an EDI lens was taken when considering how we operate as an organization.

  • Gather demographic information for midwives in Washington state to better understand the true disproportion in race amongst midwives and patients.

 

Leadership Efforts

 

  • In 2019 we developed the EDI Representative Board position.

  • Plan to motion to change bylaws for addition of BIPOC board member.

Birthwork Community

  • Continuing efforts to network and create partnerships with organizations across the state who also support the Black Lives Matter movement

  • Ask other organizations to join us in these commitments

Click here to download:

"A Letter to Our Members: ACNM WA standing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter"

ACNM Washington Affiliate is a state-based affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the national professional organization of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives.

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