The MA Chapter of the NACPM acknowledges the many and egregious instances of social discrimination, hate, and legal persecution that have and continue to contribute to an overwhelmingly white, middle class CPM workforce. We are proud to be actively working to dismantle the barriers that exist and to work as an organization to support aspiring and active CPMs from BIPOC, LGBTQ, and low-income communities. As a chapter founded by white, middle class CPMs, we are continuously learning how to do this work better and welcome input and criticism from all.
We are building a network of apprenticeship opportunities with midwives from traditionally marginalized communities. These include apprenticeships in specific care areas such as at-home inseminations, non-western methods for cord separation and post-partum healing ceremony, and plant medicine to reduce impact and risks arising from chronic stress and discrimination. Due to the lack of diversity among CPMs in MA, some of these opportunities reside out of State. We are also building a scholarship fund to cover expenses related to out-of-state apprenticeship even as we continue to encourage more CPM diversity within Massachusetts.
Aspiring or new CPMs who may need financial assistance with education expenses, equipment and supply costs for setting up a new practice, or establishing a website should contact the chapter. We are also building a resource page on this website with links to local, regional, and national grant and scholarship opportunities. Please continue to check back as we add more resources to that library.