Purpose

The purpose of the Oklahoma Midwives Alliance (OMA) is to promote safe midwifery practice by protecting and advancing the rights of parents who choose a midwife as their primary birth attendant. The role of the OMA is to facilitate communication between midwives, promote midwifery education, educate the public regarding midwifery and out-of-hospital birth, and assist organizations with a similar purpose. The OMA is a professional organization available to all potential members. Our goal is to represent midwives and consumers regardless of race, religion, or philosophical beliefs.

Since its founding in 1985, the Oklahoma Midwives Alliance continues to promotes safe midwifery care through Evidence Based Practice and Informed Consent/Refusal processes. We value the continuous development of positive collaborative relationships between midwives, a broad health care system and medical providers. We desire to grow and support each other, provide professional accountability and advance midwifery in Oklahoma.

The OMA maintains relevance to current midwives while remaining true to founding principles. We promote the health and well-being of individuals in their childbearing years and families through the development and support of the profession of midwives, families, and consumers.

Vision

  • Midwifery is the standard of care for healthy low-risk women.
  • Midwives support each other in maintaining and improving the quality of care provided to birthing women and their families.
  • Professional recognition of midwifery as a safe and valid choice for maternity care.

Values

  • Communication
  • Accountability
  • Informed choice
  • Risk assessment
  • Evidence based care
  • Continuity of care

Goals

  • Promote public awareness of midwifery.
  • Protect birthing options and support the process of informed choice.
  • Lobby and advocate for issues related to midwifery and women’s health care.
  • Support midwives by providing opportunities for continuing education and independent peer review.
  • Promote accountability, interprofessional communication, and collaboration

Peer Review

Peer review brings midwives in an area together on a regular basis to discuss cases and learn from each other. It is an opportunity for cohesiveness within a community and can serve as a foundation when difficult situations arise. Establishing peer review is worthwhile preparation for future problem solving. Peer review is routine, confidential, professional, non-punitive, and for future problem solving. Participants take turns discussing difficult or unusual situations and giving each other non-judgmental feedback.  If a formal complaint is filed against an OMA midwife, the complaint will be addressed in local peer review.

Grievance Mechanism

The OMA recognizes its responsibility to protect the integrity and values of OMA membership, this is accomplished through the availability of a grievance mechanism.

All midwives will have the opportunity to speak to any complaints against them before any action is taken for remediation or against their membership status.

When a midwife extends beyond guidelines of practice, the midwife must be prepared to give evidence of informed consent as well as to document the process that led the midwife to show that the client was fully informed of the potential negative consequences, as well as the benefits of proceeding outside of practice guidelines.

The OMA Review Board consists of all OMA Senior Members in good standing.

A formal written complaint must be made in order for the OMA Review Board to consider the grievance. Mediation may be utilized to reach an acceptable outcome.