About Us



The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to midwifery in North America through education, research and public policy.

Consistent independent research shows that expanding the midwives model of care in North America improves maternal and infant health outcomes, reduces unnecessary and costly medical interventions, and increases patient satisfaction.

FAM receives its support from foundations and individuals who understand the need for maternity care reform for its high costs and poor outcomes for mothers and babies.

Read our 2013 prospectus.


FAM has granted more than $1,000,000 to more than 30 programs since its first grant in 2003. Program areas include critical research on the midwifery model of care and training programs for those serving vulnerable populations of birthing women, public education campaigns to college students and policy makers, and capacity building for midwifery education and licensing organizations. See Projects Funded for more information.

The FAM board consists of eight volunteer members—five midwives and three consumers. In 2009, the FAM board hired Robin Hutson, Executive Director, to continue the growth of the foundation’s program support and meet the increased funding demands for midwifery education and public policy. In 2010 FAM joined the Women’s Funding Network , a consortium of global women’s funds, and in 2011 FAM joined Grantmakers in Health, a consortium of health funders.

By 2011, FAM had granted over one million dollars to midwifery projects that improve birth for mothers and babies. In 2012,Crosby, Stills, and Nash donated concert proceeds to FAM and their work to bring midwifery care to more women.