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2016 Annual Report

The 2016 Annual Report covers the period between July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. It focuses on how FAM is engaging the student midwifery community, increasing programmatic capacity, strengthening partnerships, and introduces the Birth Trust grantees. Read now 2016 Annual Report.  

FAM FUNdraiser: Purchase Your Tickets Here

FAM Special Event at #MANA2016 Date: October 14, 2016  Doors Open:7:30pm Tickets are $15 for Midwifery Alliance of North America (MANA) conference attendees and $25 for the general public. Click the heading to purchase your ticket now. All proceeds from this great event will support FAM’s work.

Special FAM Event: Join us for a night of FUN and FUNdraising on Friday, October 14th #MANA16

The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM), home of the Birth Trust, invites you to Eat, Drink and Be Giving. We will kick off the evening by honoring Debbie Pulley, CPM and Brad S. Bootstaylor, MD, FACOG, members of the local Atlanta birth community who have helped transform the way women and families experience birth. Come share the love!  There will also be great networking and a Silent Auction designed to dazzle your senses.


We are pleased to announce that the 2016 ballot for Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM) grant applications is now open for voting. Birth Trustees may cast their votes online from May 18th until June 2nd 12:00AM (Pacific Time). Once the votes are tabulated the 2016 grantees will be announced by FAM June 10th.  Due to the time sensitive nature of the grant making process FAM cannot extend the voting deadline. Here is your link As a Birth Trustee you contributed a minimum of $240 this year, in one single donation or with monthly donations of $20 for 12 months. Thank you for your generous support. As a reminder, every Birth Trustee receives only one vote regardless of the contribution given. To be eligible you must have begun your recurring donation by May 1, 2016. At FAM we understand that sometimes donors prefer to give and not be involved with the process, however, we believe that being a part of the voting process adds transparency and achieves buy-in from you the generous giver. Use this link to access the ballot The synopses of each of our 11 grants is included online for download. We suggest you read it first before casting your votes. As you are voting you will have the opportunity to download each complete grant application if you choose to. Please read the directions carefully and contact FAM if you experience difficulty while voting ( Just in case you missed it here’s the link again

New leadership for FAM, Tamara Wrenn

In 2015 FAM welcomed on board it’s new Executive Director Tamara Wrenn. Tamara has been a FAM supporter since 2011 when she joined the board of directors. Joining the FAM board gave Tamara the chance to continue to make a difference in lives and communities across North America, something she had already been doing as a maternal and child health consultant. Tamara is the founder of Just Us Women Productions, a nationally recognized New York State certified Minority Women-owned Business. The company works with women who are ready to live more healthy lifestyles. Tamara brings to FAM her administrative and hands-on skills in maternal and child health. Prior to operating her company, Tamara developed a successful mixture of operational, managerial, and direct service experience including successfully managing the perinatal network arm of a Bronx-based non-profit. She is a public speaker, workshop leader, MCH consultant, birth worker, and fitness expert. This diverse mixture makes her well rounded and suited for advancing women’s maternal health issues and the role of executive director with FAM. Tamara’s daughter and grandson were both born with the care and support of midwives. These relationships initiated and solidified her path into advancing the midwifery model of care. Tamara earned her Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling from New York University and her continuing education includes staying abreast of trends in public and perinatal health. She is an avid learner currently enrolled in the Family Herbalist Course with Vintage Remedies.

Home Birth Summit Dinner in Albuquerque

Support the work of the Home Birth Summit! The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery invites you to an enlightening and delicious evening to honor Prof. Saraswathi Vedam and Dr. Larry Leeman  as extraordinary champions of mothers and midwives October 16th 7:30-9:30PM Seasons Rotisserie & Grill 2031 Mountain Road Northwest Albuquerque, NM This fundraiser will be a time to connect with local and national supportersof the midwifery movement, to enjoy fabulous food, and to hear about the great work of the Home Birth Summit. Purchase tickets.

FAM EVENTS: Graham Nash and Microbirth Screening in St. Louis!

Songs & Conversation with Graham Nash Sunday, October 26th, 2014, 5:30-7:00PM BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups 700 South Broadway, St. Louis, Missouri Down the street from the MANA conference (after the closing ceremony)! Join legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash, alongside his daughter Nile Nash, for a night of music and conversation. Fans will be treated to an acoustic performance as they discuss family, music, and personal stories. VIP ticket holders may stay for an intimate reception afterwards and receive a signed copy of Graham Nash’s recently published autobiography, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life. Proceeds of the event will benefit Uzazi Village of Kansas City, The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery, and the Midwives Alliance of North America, all working to improve equity in birth outcomes for all women and babies. The Uzazi Village’s September walk across the state of Missouri to raise awareness on Black Infant Mortality was canceled en route because of a hit and run accident that totaled the RV rented for the campaign walk. But read this message from Uzazi Village founder Sherry Payne and her ongoing needs to serve the women of Missouri who need her most. Tickets: $50, VIP Tickets $100 include post-show reception and signed copy of Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life. A limited number of $40 (general admission) tickets will be available for MANA conference attendees. Buy your tickets TODAY! GRAHAM NASH is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—with CSN and with the Hollies. He was also inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame twice, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a Grammy Award winner. In 2010, Nash was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth for his contributions as a musician and philanthropist. An activist for social and environmental justice, he is also an artist, acclaimed photographer, and photography collector. NILE NASH is a Certified Nurse Midwife with a home birth practice in San Francisco. Saturday, October 25th, 2014 8PM Join the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery for a night of exclusive birth documentaries and special toasts to honor the […]

2014 Grantees Announced

We are pleased to announce our 2014 grantees. Our Birth Trustees voted on midwifery projects from Ancient Song Doula Services, Birthing Hands of DC, Commonsense Childbirth, the Home Birth Consensus Summit, Mamatoto Village, the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, the Midwives Alliance of North America, and the MAMA Campaign. Read the full announcement.

FAM presents at Grantmakers in Health

We must educate other health funders about midwifery. We know improving our access to midwifery care is the solution to our maternity care crisis. FAM and its partners continue this educational outreach with other foundations to increase their awareness of midwifery. FAM was invited by Grantmakers in Health to pen an article on this topic for their membership which you can also download. We attended our 3rd Grantmakers in Health conference in March 2014. Our session, “U.S. Maternity Crisis: Strategic Investments in Midwifery to Improve Access and Reduce Cost“, included the panelists above: (pictured left to right) Robin Hutson of FAM, Kara Williams of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, Prof. Gene DeClercq (moderator), and Betsy McNamara of the Transforming Birth Fund. Our powerpoint slides are available to download on the GIH conference page.