On November 8, 2015, at 2:00pm at CitySpace on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, Birth Matters Virginia will honor two outstanding birth advocates as “Advocate of the Year.” Chosen from a list of thirteen very deserving nominations, the award committee has selected Ms. Claudia Booker, and Dr. Saba Masho.
Ms. Claudia Booker, LM, CPM, Attorney, Doula, will be recognized for her work in Virginia, surrounding communities, and across the country to make midwifery care and training accessible and inclusive. Ms. Booker is a licensed, practicing midwife in Arlington, Virginia, and she has been working to change the legal status of midwives in the neighboring areas of Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Dr. Saba Masho, MD, MPH, DrPH, will be recognized for her work as principal investigator for the $1 million Strong Start for Mothers and Infants Grant, bringing Centering Pregnancy to five locations that support low-income, under served women in Virginia.
“There were thirteen extremely deserving nominations for the 2015 Advocate of the Year Award,” said Peggy Caister, Director of Birth Matters Virginia. “It was a terribly difficult decision to make but, as we examined the candidates through the lens of eliminating disparities, these two candidates rose to the top. We are extremely proud to be honoring Ms. Booker and Dr. Masho”.
In addition to the awards, Birth Matters will host a keynote address by internationally renowned women’s health advocate, midwife, and educator, Jennie Joseph, CNM. Ms. Joseph is an enlightening and engaging speaker, and will discuss her work to reduce disparities among birthing women in Central Florida, which has resulted in a prenatal care center demonstrating markedly improved birth outcomes.