California Families for Access to Midwives (CFAM)

Mission: 

California Families for Access to Midwives (CFAM) is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization committed to improving the health of mothers and babies by increasing access to midwifery care. CFAM is committed to increasing care to all pregnant people regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender (trans), and resource level. When legislation and regulatory changes that affect midwifery take place, CFAM represents the voice of midwifery services consumers. CFAM has successfully driven campaigns to remove physician supervision from CA midwives and allow midwives to serve Medi-Cal subscribers. We intend to propose new legislation to increase the autonomy of decision making for pregnant people.

Internship description: 

  • Work on the redesign of our website, including reviewing for LGBTQ inclusive language.
  • Development and implemenation of social media campaign about birth as a reproductive justice issue, including how midwifery care can improve outcomes for pregnant women and people who have historically had poorer outcomes or limited access to care. This would also include educating consumers about the rights of all pregnant people to informed choice and informed refusal.
  • Development and implementation of a social media campaign to educate consumers about the availability, safety, and scope of practice of midwives in California. 
  • Participating in building relationships and coalitions with other reproductive justice, midwifery, and maternity and child health organizations. 
  • Development and implementation of an educational campaign to support legislation to enable women and pregnant people to choose where and with whom they give birth.
  • Create lobbying databases that will allow consumers to directly lobby for birth related issues, locally, statewide and at the national level.
  • Participate in fundraising and event planning.
  • Attend CFAM board meetings and Midwifery Advisory Council of the California Medical Board meetings with CFAM members. Attend meetings of other organizations we collaborate 

Internship skills needed: 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to learn website writing technologies under the guidance of supervisor. Ability to co-create and monitor social media campaigns.
  • Sensitivity to respectful and inclusive language about race, resource-level and LGBTQ people.
  • Preferred if intern had an understanding of the midwifery model of care and the politics surrounding midwifery versus obstetric care in the context of reproductive justice in historical and present times.
  • A passion for political activism in reproductive justice. 

Location: 

  • San Francisco/Oakland, CA

How to find us: 

The internship would take place at Bay Area Midwifery in Oakland. The location is near downtown Oakland and easily accessible by public transit, including BART.

Work hours: 

Flexible daytime work hours including some evening and weekend calls.

Dress code: 

Casual

Office building accessibility: 

No

How many people work at the organization: 

4

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

No

Internship dates: 

Flexible