About Midwives Alliance of Hawai'i
Midwives Alliance of Hawaii (MAH) was founded as a domestic non-profit organization in May 1993 and was re-birthed in August 2011. We are currently working on becoming a 501(c)3 federally recognized non-profit.
MAH provides families with access to safe, quality midwives who believe that pregnancy and childbirth are healthy natural processes. MAH believes that collaboration within our communities improves health outcomes and professional relationships. Through collaboration families are best able to be supported in their choices. Our collaborative efforts include participating as a member of the Hawaii Maternal and Infant Health Collaborative; Women's Coalition; Maternal Mortality Review Committee; Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment committee; Hawaii Children's Action Network; and developing a Community Birth Transfer form with input from a multidisciplinary team. Out of respect for our community, clients, and profession, MAH has advocated for midwifery licensure since 1998 in an effort to improve access to midwifery care, ensure standards and competencies of the midwifery profession are met, provide a level of safety in care, and ensure the community has access to a complaint process.
MAH is pleased to work with all who are interested in midwifery as a standard of care for families.
Please join us as we work to further the art and profession of midwifery.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of MAH is to preserve the art, science and the independent practice of midwifery while promoting good public relations through education with the people of Hawaiʻi. MAH does this by:
Promoting the intrinsic right of women to give birth as they choose.
Promoting midwifery as a standard of health care for women and babies.
Supporting and protecting the independent practice of midwifery.
Supporting the training and practice of midwives according to national standards.
Increasing public awareness about midwifery care in Hawai’i.
Educating policy makers and stakeholders about the profession of midwifery.
Facilitating the education and professional accountability of practicing midwives through peer review and data collection.
Promoting collaboration between midwives and other professionals.
Current MAH Board
Le'a Minton MSN, APRN, CNM, IBCLC: President
Jan Ferguson CPM: Vice-President & Secretary
Richard H. W. Chong: Treasurer
Leah Hatcher CPM: Kaua'i Island Representative
Tanya Smith-Johnson MS: O'ahu Island Representative
Melissa Walsh-Chong TBA, LMT: Maui Island Representative