The Virginia Midwives Alliance advocacy consultant is Becky Bowers-Lanier. Becky is the President of B2L Consulting in Richmond.
A native of Pennsylvania, Becky moved to Virginia in the 60s after receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Becky’s nursing career spanned four decades. She has experience in critical care and emergency nursing, nursing education, nursing education program administration, and nursing workforce policy development.
Becky began her advocacy career through her involvement in the Virginia and American Nurses Association. She was the president of the Virginia Nurses Association from 1996-2000, where she honed her advocacy skills in the Virginia General Assembly, lobbying for nursing workforce issues.
In 2002, Becky moved to Richmond and was employed as a lobbyist at Macaulay and Burtch, PC, a law firm specializing in government affairs and contractual law. The Commonwealth Midwives Alliance was Becky’s first client! And she has advocated for midwifery and licensed midwives since then, helping CPMs become licensed in 2005.
Becky is our voice and ears in Richmond. She maintains relationships with members of the General Assembly whose committees legislate on health and health-professional issues. She also works with members of the Executive Branch, specifically the Secretary of the Commonwealth who oversees appointments to the Midwifery Advisory Board, and professional staff at the Department of Health Professions.
Equally important, Becky works with other lobbyists whose clients have interests that intersect with CPM practice, such as the Virginia Chapter of the American College of Nurse Midwives, the Virginia Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Medical Society of Virginia. These individuals serve in similar capacities for their respective clients, and it is in our best interests to have Becky working in that capacity.