Meet the Midwives-PAC Board of Directors
Heather Bradford, CNM, ARNP, FACNM, Kirkland, WA
Certified Nurse-Midwife, Center for Women's Health At Evergreen
joined the Midwives-PAC in 2000 as a Student Representative during the
PAC's first year. I have served on the committee since then,
participating 3 years as the ACNM Government Affairs Committee Chair,
one year as Chair-Elect, and now as Chair. I have been interested in
advancing ACNM's legislative priorities since taking a health policy
course during my nurse-midwifery training at the University of
Pennsylvania, and have felt passionate about grassroots advocacy since.
Jennifer Gwen Jagger, LM, MSN, New York, NY
Midwife, North Central Bronx Hospital and Morris Heights Birthing Center
Faculty, New York University Midwifery Program
joined the Midwives-PAC and Government Affairs Committee as a Student
Representative in 2007 to help increase our profession's influence in
national political debates and policy making around women's health,
especially maternity care. I
love my clinical work as a midwife - but believe strongly that if we
are to strengthen our profession we all must, at some point, decide to
engage in the politics of our health care system.
Prior to joining
ACNM, I spent four years working in public accounting and fifteen years
in the not-for-profit industry. I have a Bachelor of Science-Accounting
from University of Maryland University College and a MBA from Trinity University
in Washington, DC.
joined the Midwives-PAC Board in 2008 as a Student Representative from
the University of Pennsylvania. My deep commitment to furthering ACNM's
policy agenda inspired me to join the Midwives-PAC and the Government
Affairs Committee (GAC). Midwife-led legislative advocacy has the
ability to impact the women and families we serve.
Immediate Past Chair:
was Chair of the Midwives-PAC from 2005 to 2011. I joined because I
thought it was important to have a vibrant Midwives-PAC with a face and a
voice on Capitol Hill.
Erin Biscone, CNM, MSN, Houston, TX
Certified Nurse-Midwife, Baylor Midwifery Service
joined the PAC in 2011 because of my interest in strengthening our
profession through advocacy at the federal level. I want to make a
contribution towards achieving independent practice for all CNMs/CMs in
the US, as well as increasing access to midwifery care for all women.
ACNM Board of Directors Liaison:
was one of the founding members of the Midwives-PAC and served as the
first Secretary. I was the Chair of the Political and Economic Affairs
Committee (prior to GAC) and helped develop the PAC so midwives would be
able to have a place at more political tables. Because of my past
experience on the PAC, Former President Melissa Avery assigned me as the
ACNM Board Liaison to the PAC. I am politically active in social
justice issues, locally, in the state of Wisconsin, and nationally.
I joined the Midwives-PAC and Government Affairs
Committee (GAC) in June of 2011. I
was first interested
in participating in the PAC/GAC when I attended the ACNM 2010 Lobby Day
in Washington D.C as a student. I feel that I have a responsibility as a
midwife to actively
promote midwifery care for all women in this country as well as to do
I can to ensure that midwives have the opportunity to practice to the
extent of our licenses. I believe that the work done by our PAC/GAC, and
our lobbyist, make a significant contribution to this end.
Holland, CNM, MSN, Norwalk, CT
Certified Nurse-Midwife, The Midwives at Norwalk Hospital
I joined the Midwives-PAC as the
Region I Representative in April 2011. I had on-the-job training in
legislative change when Connecticut was successful in updating our state
midwifery statute in 2006, and my activist midwife heart realized it's not
enough to advocate for your clients who are birthing, or your practice which is
struggling, or your state affiliate which is trying to define itself.
Without the Midwives-PAC, we have no collective midwifery voice on Capitol
Hill, and I joined the PAC to work on ensuring that voice is strong and clear!
Government Affairs Committee Chair:
After graduating in 2003, I worked as an ACNM lobbyist
for one year. My legislative work with ACNM began in 2002 when I served
as the Student Representative to the Midwives-PAC, and then joined the
ACNM Government Affairs Committee (GAC) and Midwives-PAC. I served as
Treasurer of the Midwives-PAC from 2005 to 2009, and became Chair of the
GAC in 2010. I believe we can make a difference in the future of
midwifery and improve women's health care by advocating for women in
Caitlin Madison, BSN, SNM. Philadelphia, PA
Mom and Student Midwife at University of Pennsylvania
joined the Midwives-PAC because I feel it is so important for midwives
to be active in politics since policy is integral to our practice and
our ability to affect change. I wanted to learn more about the process
and become involved early with the intent to stay involved throughout my
I've been a member of the Midwives-PAC since 2010. I've always had
an interest in politics and have been concerned over the years with how
legislation impacts midwifery practice. I've been an ACNM member since
1976 and felt it was time to volunteer for a committee that has a
tremendous benefit for members.
Vivian Lowenstein, CNM, CRNP, FACNM, Philadelphia, PA
Midwife, Greater Philadelphia Health Action
in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania and work at the Greater Philadelphia Health
Action, a federally qualified health center providing care for
under-served women. I joined the Midwives-PAC in May 2011 because I am
passionate about midwives having a voice in their states and in
Washington DC and the fundraising needed to make our voices heard.
ACNM Board of Directors Liaison:
I serve as the Representative from Region IV to the ACNM
Board of Directors and have been a member of the Midwives-PAC as the
ACNM Board Liaison since 2010. I have a strong belief in the work of
the Midwives-PAC to increase the visibility of midwifery on Capitol
Diane Utz, RN, BSN, SNM, Kansas City, MO
Student Midwife at the University of Kansas
I joined the Midwives-PAC as a student representative in May 2011. I
look forward to becoming involved in ACNM and participating in political
advocacy for midwives and the women they serve. I currently work as a
L&D nurse at Research Medical Center and adjunct clinical faculty
for undergrad students at University of Kansas.