2018: NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins became the first woman elected as the Senate Majority Leader and was always a strong supporter of women’s rights.
2017: Nancy Kraus was honored for her years of service to NYSALM. Nancy served as Treasurer, Secretary, and Communications Committee chair. NYSALM also honored NY Assemblyperson Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly Health Committee, for his years of support of midwifery.
2016: In 2016, NYSALM honored midwife Kate T. Finn, who has worked tirelessly on the Home Birth Integration Initiative.
2015: NYSALM honored Senator Kemp Hannon, R-Long Island, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, for his continuous efforts to improve maternal-child health in New York. Senator Hannon was a stalwart supporter of midwifery in the Senate.
2014: NYSALM presented Assembly person Ellen Jaffee with an award for her outstanding contribution to women’s issues and support of midwifery at our 2014 Lobby Day. Assemblymember Jaffee has been representing the 97th district (in Rockland county) in the NY State Assembly since 2007. She was a sponsor of the Midwifery Modernization Act and she co-sponsored the Birth Center Bill.
2013: Dr. Ellen Biggers was honored at our Annual Gathering for her work on the state Board of Midwifery and her leadership in collaborative practice. Liz Krueger, NYS senator for Manhattan’s East Side, was honored for her sponsorship of the Women’s Health and Wellness Act and the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights.
2012: Three awards were given in 2012. Assemblywomen Amy Paulin and Barbara Lifton were thanked for their passionate assistance in getting the Midwifery Modernization Act passed by the New York State Legislature in 2010. ACNM President Holly Powell Kennedy was saluted for her efforts in increasing communication among the different types of midwives and organizations in the United States.
2011: In 2011, we honored two consumer organizations and one physician. Freeourmidwives.org was a consumer organization based in Ithaca which organized and mobilized a strong consumer base of support for the Midwifery Modernization Act of 2010. Choices in Childbirth, based in NYC, performed a similar function downstate. These two organizations sent emails to legislators, came to our Annual Meeting and Lobby Day to lobby in person, and were the significant force in getting our bill passed. Dr. Donald Matheson from NYC is another obstetrician who served as a consultant to several midwifery practices over many years and who also served on the Board of Midwifery.
2010: In 2010, NYSALM celebrated its 10th birthday at our Annual Meeting and Lobby Day. We used this occasion to honor the midwives who served as our Presidents: Nancy Campau, Ceil Stearns, Kristin Walsh, MaryAnne Laffin and Laura Sheperis. These women provided leadership to help build NYSALM into an effective organization.
2009: Beth Coleman LM was the first Treasurer of NYSALM and served in that capacity for seven years until her retirement and relocation to California.
2008: Dr Jacques Moritz was featured in the film “The Business of Being Born.” He has served as a consultant to several midwifery practices at Roosevelt Hospital in NYC.
2007: Shay Bergin was Assemblyman Richard Gottfried’s chief legislative aide for many years. She was an invaluable resource and ally when we passed the original Midwifery Practice Act in 1992.
2006: Connie Coker, LM, became the first midwife elected to political office in NYS when she became a member of the Board of Legislators for Rockland County. She served her county from 2005-2011.
2005: Elaine Mielcarski, LM opened the first private midwifery practice in Syracuse with her husband obstetrician Richard Waldman MD. Elaine also served as an ACNM Regional Representative and a member of the Board of Midwifery.
2004: Dorothea Lang, who held Midwifery License #1 in our state, was a former ACNM President and visionary. Dorothea was head of the Maternity-Infant Care Clinics in NYC for many years. She has participated in many local, state, national and international events on behalf of midwives and the women we serve.