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Affiliations and Related Organizations


  • WA State Perinatal Collaborative
    MAWS has been a partner on the Washington State Perinatal Collaborative (WSPC) since its creation in 2008. WSPC is a community of public and private organizations, agencies and individuals committed to maternal and child health. The mission of this collaborative is to improve the care and outcomes for pregnant people, newborns and infants with the help of families and front line health care providers. The initiatives and projects will be based in quality improvement science.
  • Foundation for Health Care Quality
    MAWS was invited by the Foundation for Health Care Quality to participate in a statewide obstetrical data collection project with hospitals called OB COAP (Obstetrical Outcomes Assessment Program).
  • WA State Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives
    MAWS works with the WA state Affiliate of the ACNM to organize Miles for Midwives a 2.8 mile Run/Walk event that takes place during National Midwifery Week to raise awareness around the benefits of midwifery and the important work of Washington midwives!
  • Washington State Department of Health Perinatal Advisory Committee (PAC)
    MAWS is represented on the PAC - a statewide committee formed by the Department of Health in December 1985 to: identify and prioritize statewide perinatal concerns, identify needs and make recommendations through specific work groups to address perinatal issues, provide consultation and recommend prioritized solutions to the Department of Health.
  • Physician-Licensed Midwife Work Group
    MAWS is represented on this task force (a cooperative effort of obstetrician–gynecologist physician leaders and licensed midwifery leaders, as well as those with expertise in public health and policy) which was appointed as a subcommittee of the PAC in 2005 to study and improve the process of home hospital transfers when a higher level of care became necessary. See Planned Out-Of-Hospital Birth Transport Guidelines for more information. Since developing transport guidelines, the work group has concentrated its efforts on developing a quality improvement project, The Planned Out-of-Hospital Birth Transfer Quality Improvement Project. The goal of the project is to facilitate communication between midwives and hospitals in order to improve care in the event of a transfer. In some parts of the state midwives and physicians have begun to meet and discuss implementation of this innovative quality improvement project to help ensure smoother transfers of care and enhance safety of those giving birth and thier babies. Several hospitals have been identified as locations at which to begin piloting this important project. To learn more about the project visit the Washington State Perinatal Collaborative website.

    Smooth Transitions: Enhancing the Safety of Planned Out-of-Hospital Birth Transports - A Quality Improvement Initiative of the Washington State Perinatal Collaborative. Download PDF.

  • Open Arms Perinatal Services
    MAWS and Open Arms have worked side-by-side serving on the PAC and lobbying for the passage of Anti-Shackling Legislation that affects incarcerated people during labor. MAWS also helped to lobby for the passage of Anti-Shackling Legislation that affects incarcerated individuals in labor. Open Arms staff members have presented at MAWS Conferences offering participants Continuing Education on their important work.
  • PALS Doulas
    Many midwives refer their clients to doulas who are members of PALS. The primary purpose of the doula profession is to positively influence the childbearing experience for birthing people and their families.
  • Bastyr University Department of Midwifery
    Many MAWS members completed their training at Bastyr or at Seattle Midwifery School before their recent merger. Bastyr graduates are qualified to become state (or provincially) licensed and nationally certified midwives.
  • Northwest Birth Assistants (NWBA)
    NWBA offers education, skills training, support and networking for those interested in a career in Birth Assisting.