Susan M. Jenkins, Honorary Board Member
Susan M. Jenkins has been an advocate for birth rights, with a focus on access to midwifery care, for over thirty years. She has served as legal counsel for the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), the Big Push for Midwives Campaign (which she co-founded in 2007), various state midwifery and birth rights organizations, and numerous individual clients. She is a partner in The Sanchez Law Firm, P.C., which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Susan is a charter member and co-founder of Texans for Midwifery, and served as counsel during the initial development of the consumer group Where’s My Midwife? She is also co-founder, with Rebecca Spence, of the birthlawyers list-serve and the Legal Advocates for Birth Options and Rights (“LABOR”) Facebook page, pre-cursors of the Birth Rights Bar Association, and is a member of Human Rights in Childbirth, and served as co-counsel on amicus briefs filed on behalf of the Missouri Midwives Association, ACNM, AABC, and the parents’ appeal in the custody litigation in the New Jersey c-section informed refusal case. She was also instrumental in the development and implementation of federal legislation to mandate Medicaid payment for freestanding birth centers, so that lower-income women could have access to birth center midwife care. Susan is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1977) and Hunter College, City University of New York (B.A. 1974). She is married to her law partner, Ernest T. Sanchez, and has one daughter and fourgrandchildren (midwife-attended), and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.