Two Bills To Watch:

Labor-HHS bill: Increased funding for apprenticeship

In early May, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2020 Labor-HHS-Education (LHHS) funding bill, which would create a new, $150 million community college job training program and increase funding for a host of higher education and workforce training programs and apprenticeship.

Mamas First Act: This bill requires state Medicaid programs to cover doula and midwife services, including prenatal, delivery, and postpartum services.

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Student Attrition & Retention Strategies for Schools

The most expensive degree is the one you do not complete." Nearly 30% of college and university students in the United States drop out after their first year, and more than 60% of those who attend a college will never graduate.

It is now seen that institutions also have responsibility to ensure that academic programs and the student experience are shaped in ways that provide the opportunity for study success for all students, regardless of their entering backgrounds and experiences.

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Successful Grant Writing For Schools & How to Maintain Donor Relationships

Many schools rely on grant funding for a portion of the programs they offer to their students & communities, and grant writing is the first step in the process of obtaining these funds. If you are seeking out grants for your school or program, the links below will help you get started. The first is a recording of a meeting with MCU’s grant writer, Kim Blue, who provides information on how to get started writing your own grants and building relationships with funders. The second half of the meeting and Powerpoint presentation from Vicki Penwell of Mercy in Action, focuses on maintaining those relationships.

Grant Program Readiness Meeting

Grant Follow Up

Preparing for MEAC Accreditation? Ask these questions first!

  • What are the benefits of MEAC accreditation for my program or school?

  • Do we have a clear mission statement that reflects our values?

  • Do we have policies and procedures that meet MEAC accreditation standards?

  • Does my program/school meet the basic legal and financial requirements?

  • How will we fund the cost of accreditation?

  • Who will be directly and indirectly involved in the accreditation process?

  • Who are the community stakeholders who will participate in the process?

  • What challenges did we encounter during the last accreditation cycle, if applicable?

Does your state use US MERA Language in its legislation of the CPM? Are you prepared?

“For the licensure of CPMs who obtain certification after January 1, 2020, in states with new licensure laws, all applicants for licensure will be required to have completed an educational program or pathway accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) and obtained the CPM credential.”

At this time Alabama, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, and South Dakota have passed licensure laws with US MERA language. This means licensure applicants must either have CPM certification by the end of 2019 or attend a MEAC-accredited school. More states are proposing licensure legislation that may also include this language.

What is US MERA Language based on?

In 2011 the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) released Global Standards for Midwifery Education, Regulation, and Association (MERA) providing for the first time guidance for international midwifery. Inspired by the ICM’s global vision for strengthening midwifery, seven U.S. midwifery organizations representing professional associations, education/accreditation, and certification (US MERA) began working together in 2012 to achieve common goals in midwifery that align with the ICM Global Standards.

One of the first projects identified as a priority by the US MERA coalition was building consensus on the legal recognition of all nationally-certified midwives. While midwifery is defined and regulated across all 50 states, the legal status, definitions, regulations, and scopes of practice vary markedly. This creates confusion for policymakers, consumers and insurance companies, and can actually limit services to women.

In 2014, the US MERA coalition created a legislative task force to develop a consensus statement on model midwifery legislation and regulation using the Delphi research method, which is designed to help a diverse group of stakeholders gain consensus about a complex problem.

What does this mean for my school/program/institution?

On January 1, 2020, or thereafter, midwifery programs graduating students to practice midwifery in states using the US MERA language must be accredited by MEAC (or other accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education USDE), in order for those students to obtain a license to practice.

“A recent trend is that many individual state authorities are beginning to require or mandate accreditation for certain programs and/or services and this trend is only expected to become more prevalent. Beginning on the road to accreditation now is a valuable way to prepare for a pending state and/or national accreditation mandate.”

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Introducing the new MAST Accreditation Doula

Hello Midwifery Educators and Welcome!

My name is Michelle Gober, and I recently joined M.A.S.T. as the new Accreditation Doula. When the opportunity arose to join MEAC and AME in their efforts to support midwifery schools through accreditation, I immediately knew I would be a great fit. I am a practicing midwife, and graduate of a MEAC accredited school.

As more midwives are being called to work towards a better future for birthing families, closing the gaps in maternity care for those most affected by inconsistencies and inequity, midwifery programs that meet the highest standards for education are a must.

My goals for M.A.S.T. are to bring useful tools and resources to those educators and schools ready to take the next step towards accreditation. For the schools already accredited, I hope to encourage and entice you to join the M.A.S.T. program as consultants for new schools, sharing your experience and expertise.

I have created a needs assessment for the M.A.S.T Program, and would love your input. First, I will be updating the website with resources, FAQ’s, news & events, and success stories-I invite and encourage you to share yours! I have also created a facebook page for schools inquiring about accreditation to communicate with me and each other. Like and follow at

From there, I hope to provide support and encouragement to the midwifery community on the journey to accreditation. I can be reached at, and through the facebook page messenger. I look forward to working with all of you.