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So much to celebrate! Click here to read about MAWS' successes in the 2017 legislative session.

Save the date for Lobby Day 2018: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thank you to all who attended our 2017 Conference!
It was a wonderful two days. We are so grateful to our speakers and presenters, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and everyone who traveled from near and far to be with us. We hope you'll join us again in 2018. More details about next year's Conference coming soon!


Check out the newly revised Indications for Discussion, Consultation and Transfer of Care in a Home or Birth Center Midwifery Practice by clicking here.

Read our International Day of the Midwife Press Release for May 2014

Update on the Affordable Care Act for midwives including a Client Handout.

HB 1773 passed the Senate 49-0 on March 7! Thank you to everyone for your communications with your WA representatives! It made a difference! Lobby Day was a big part of this two year success story! Watch Video >

Position Statement on Planned Births at Home and in Freestanding Birth Centers by Women Under the Primary Maternity Care of Midwives in Washington (PDF).

Read Bios for the 2017 Board of Directors here.

MAWS celebrates over 30 years as a professional association!

The United States’ three midwifery organizations—American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), and National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM)—have released a historic consensus statement. Supporting Healthy and Normal Physiologic Childbirth: A Consensus Statement by ACNM, MANA, and NACPM gives perinatal care providers, policymakers, and pregnant people a succinct summary of the evidence for the benefits of normal physiologic childbirth.

Brand new study demonstrates once again that freestanding birth centers are a durable model of high-quality, high-value maternity care. This large, well-designed study of over 15,000 women demonstrates the safety of the midwifery-led birth center model of collaborative care as well as continued low obstetric intervention rates, similar to previous studies of birth center care. These findings are particularly remarkable in an era characterized by increases in obstetric intervention and cesarean birth nationwide. Read the entire journal article here.

And welcome to our website! We hope that you’ll find it user friendly and enjoy all of the new content and resources we have compiled. Don’t forget to invite your family, friends, colleagues and clients to visit the site.

MAWS is a statewide midwifery organization working to transform perinatal care and support our members as they promote the health and well-being of birthing people and babies.

Recent conference resources and links are posted here.

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MAWS is committed to promoting gender inclusion in midwifery. To read the letter we wrote to MANA, please click here.

For more information about gender inclusion, click here.

Check out our 2016 Member Report!

Annotated Guide to the Literature on Planned Home Birth

(updated Oct 2013) Click here.


new information for aspiring midwives and CPMs seeking licensure in WA. Click here.

Read our revised Diversity Values Statement

Valerie Sasson, MAWS President, on KUOW's
"The Conversation"

Click here to listen to this great interview and call-ins on "The Pros And Cons Of At Home And Hospital Births".

Practice Updates for Midwives

including the latest recommendations for HPV and CHD screening, NRP, GDM, Cord clamping and more!

Do you have a "Midwife-Friendly" Business?

Click here to learn how you can support Washington Midwives while bringing more attention to your health care or birth-related business or service.

Download the Orientation Manual for LMs (pdf)

Comprehensive Resource for New and Prospective Licensed Midwives. Click here to download pdf.

MAWS Nitrous Oxide Information (pdf)

Click here to download pdf.

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