Purpose of Alliance

The Oklahoma Midwives Alliance was established to further the goal of safe midwifery care in Oklahoma. The purpose of the Oklahoma Midwives Alliance (OMA) is to promote the safe practice of midwifery by protecting and advancing the rights of parents who choose an out-of-hospital birth and a midwife as their primary birth attendant by facilitating communication between midwives, furthering the education of midwives, educating the public regarding out-of-hospital birth and midwives, and assisting other organizations with similar purposes. The OMA is a professional organization available to all potential members. Our goal is to represent all midwives and consumers regardless of race, religion, or philosophical beliefs.

Peer Review

Local peer review brings midwives in an area together on a regular basis to discuss their 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. Sooner or later in every community there will be an issue that must be faced. Having an ongoing peer review provides a stable environment for solving problems and lending support to one another. Beyond community support lie the professional ethical concerns. Peer review adds validity to the certification process and is required in many medical settings. Citizens can know that their practitioner participates in peer review, and that, if a concern is raised, there is a platform for discussion and follow-up. Other health care practitioners can also know and recognize the professionalism involved in maintaining local peer review. If a formal complaint is filed against an OMA midwife, the complaint will be addressed in local peer review. Establishing local peer review is a worth while preparation for future problem solving.

Grievance Mechanism

The OMA recognizes that each midwife will practice according to her own conscience, practice guidelines and skill level. OMA midwives shall not be prevented from providing individualized care. When a midwife extends beyond her 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 be able 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 recognizes it's responsibility to protect the integrity and the value of the certification process. This is accomplished through the availability of a grievance mechanism. All midwives will have the opportunity to speak to any written complaints against them before any action is taken against their certificates. If a conflict arises regarding a midwife, 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. All OMA intern/senior midwives are required to attend peer reveiw on the local level.